Host Company Testimonials


Natalia Orlova | Chief Economist of Alfa-Bank, Head of Alfa-Bank Macro Insights

“Annually, Alfa-Bank is pleased to host Alfa Fellowship Program fellows. They are always highly qualified specialists and results-oriented. We are very happy to give them the opportunity to become part of our team for the duration of their fellowship.  I would like to acknowledge past fellows’ high level of professionalism and desire to develop new skills, as well as their sincere interest in Russia. Our team highly appreciated the cooperation with the fellows and is very proud that after completing their work placements at Alfa-Bank, they have received job offers at prestigious organizations in the U.S. and abroad.

We look forward to meeting the Alfa Fellowship Program’s new fellows and wish the Program well.”

Control Risks

Nabi Abdullaev | Partner, Russia & CIS

“It has been a good tradition for Control Risks to host Alfa Fellows; we have done it for several years and have never been disappointed. Moreover, one of the first fellows who completed a work placement with us was offered a job at Control Risks and is now a Senior Consultant in our London headquarters.

As a rule, Alfa fellows hosted by our company get a status equal to a researcher, with all required accesses and privileges, and after several weeks of training, he or she starts working as if a regular team member. In my time with Control Risks, we have had four fellows, one each year. They drafted reports, edited texts, analyzed data, prepared daily country and industry risk updates and were, simply put, good team members.

Each of them contributed as a junior member of our team. Together with more experienced colleagues, they participated in creating intellectual products demanded by our clients.

We will readily and happily invite future participants of the program for work placements with Control Risks.”