Jana Bakunina was born in 1979 in the Soviet Union and raised in Ekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth largest city, situated nearly 2,000km east of Moscow. She won a scholarship to an English-speaking boarding school in Germany and from there secured a place to study Economics & Management at the University of Oxford, before moving to London to work in the City.
After a career in investment banking and the media, Jana turned to writing. She has a weekly column in the Russian-language paper Pulse UK, regularly contributes to the New Statesman and Huffington Post and writes for Life Tonic, a blog about life skills, entrepreneurship and economics. Jana also runs Ladies Who Impress, where she celebrates talented, successful and daring women and their stories.
Jana has recently completed her first book, Bird’s Milk, a memoir telling the story of her journey from the Soviet Union to London, looking back at her own life and Russia through the turbulent years of its economic and political changes.
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