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Aleksey Koval '10

Aleksey Koval '10

Double Major: Economics and International Relations
Current Position: Head of Business Development, SvitSoft Ltd.
Current City: Kiev, Ukraine
Age: 28

Making the decision to attend Hobart and William Smith Colleges was hard because I had to leave my friends and family and fly more than 5,000 miles overseas, but it was necessary, because I knew that by attending HWS I would have a chance to get a different education than in Ukraine. Different in two ways: first, the way classes are taught; second, the student experiences. Not only did I learn a new language, study, play hockey, and meet many great people who later became my long-time friends, but also had a chance to look at myself outside of my normal environment.

After graduating from HWS, I worked for a NGO organization based in New York City, as well as for a for-profit company in the field of international trade and financing, IT and project development. Looking to apply my professional skills and gain more experience, I returned to Ukraine and joined SvitSoft Ltd. - a digital marketing agency. Currently I am the head of business development for SvitSoft. I oversee new, existing, and complex projects, while developing new skills particularly in Internet marketing and web solutions. I added an international focus to the company's overall strategy and am in charge of looking for domestic and international partner companies.

Recently, I led a number of projects for the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, British Embassy in Ukraine, and Ombudsman on Human Rights in Ukraine. These opportunities were realized partially due to my economics and international relations education. The projects were not only interesting, but also got me named to the "40 leaders under 40" in Ukraine. In December, I traveled to Washington, D.C., with the First U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Roman Popaduk, U.S. Ambassador John Tefft, and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the U. S. to meet with dignitaries and corporate executives in the political and business communities, and attend a conference and gala event.

I was fortunate to earn a spot on The Open World Leadership Center delegation. Along with four other delegates from Ukraine, I traveled to Texas to meet with various government representatives including state judges, hospital CEOs, police chiefs, and others. The Open World program is sponsored by the U.S. Congress and focuses on various exchange programs to foster democracy and intergovernmental and business cooperation.

Of greatest value to me now is the knowledge and interpersonal skills I gained while studying at HWS as well as the international mindset that I developed while working with foreign managers. This year, I am also working on opening my own firm in a specific sphere of Internet marketing.


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