AFLSE Scholarship Awarded for 2017-18
The AFLSE Scholarship for 2017-18, covering tuition costs for a year of graduate study at the LSE, has been awarded to Anastasia Plotnikova.
Anastasia Plotnikova attended the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, WA, where she graduated cum laude with a B.A. in International Political Economy and a minor in law. During her time at the University of Washington, Anastasia spent two summers working with women and children in Cambodia, instilling in her a desire to create positive change in the lives of people around the world.
After university, Anastasia spent two years working at an anti-trafficking organization helping at-risk youth in Southeast Asia. She then joined UNICEF USA, where she engaged the entertainment community to fundraise, advocate, and educate on behalf of the world's most vulnerable children. In this role, she managed relationships and liaised with entertainment industry executives, agents, managers, celebrities and more – including UNICEF Ambassadors and Supporters – to increase support for UNICEF initiatives, programs and campaigns. She was able to see firsthand the positive change dedicated individuals can make when using their platforms for good.
Taking direct action against social inequity is not new to Anastasia. When she was 14, she traveled to Mariupol, Ukraine in collaboration with a non-profit to help drug addicted youths living on the streets. Even though she was young, she felt an instinctive call to help others any way she could.
Anastasia’s ultimate goal is to work within the Corporate Social Responsibility sector to help unite public, private and non-profit organizations. Her career experience working in the complex and multilayered world of international non-profits has given her comprehensive and nuanced insights into international institutions, aid and the societies they impact.
Completing the MSc in Development Management at LSE will strengthen her knowledge about the role of such institutions at local and global levels and equip her with the vital tools needed to create a positive impact within the international community, and most importantly, the lives of those in developing countries.
Anastasia is incredibly grateful to receive the AFLSE scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year, and is eager to begin her journey at the LSE.