Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.» — Mark Twain
I want to show that contribution towards society is important no matter what – you don’t need to be in a specific field, time or environment to make a difference to the world in this lifetime.
My desire to contribute to society stems from my college years studying business administration where a lesson in entrepreneurship lit a fire within. I went to study in the USA through a special student exchange program. I could never dream that I would end up across the world from a tiny town in the middle of Eastern Siberia. In an effort to share what I’ve learned from my studies abroad; I came back to Eastern Europe in 2000 and started my corporate career in the energy industry. I pushed forward gathering experience working for blue chip companies such as British Petroleum, Shell, and Wood Mackenzie. After years of commercial business experience, traveling the world, learning about cultures, and what brings people closer together, I decided to launch a series of projects that would reflect my take on life, share my research on travel and cultures, and show my passion for the world, and people.
Alina embarked on a career in the energy industry back in 2000. Over 20+ years Alina has assumed senior roles and leadership positions in business development, sales & marketing, and strategic planning for large international blue chip companies.
Alina holds Master’s Degree in Economics and Investment from Moscow Technical University and Master’s in Philosophy (Political Science) from King’s College, London, UK. Alina is actively engaged in charitable work and the creative arts, especially filmmaking and writing screenplays. She is also the creator of Thrive & Go app, connoisseur of wine and international cuisines, health & wellness activist.