Zhamilya is originally from the town of Oskemen in the eastern-most region of Kazakhstan. This region close to the intersection of Kazakhstan, Russia, China, and Mongolia is also where she studied international relations at the Sarsen Amanzholov East Kazakhstan State University. Despite being in her early twenties, she has already mastered several foreign languages and experienced life abroad in South Korea, Germany, and now—the U.S.
Lupe is a proud Bolivian who has already attained a fair bit of early career success in the IT sector even though she just completed her Bachelor’s degree last year at The Higher University of San Andrés. She is a developer who has worked on promoting Google products and APIs with the local chapter of a Google Developers Community Group in La Paz as a Marketing Team Lead and Lead Organizer. She also worked as the External Team Lead for an independently organized TED event called TEDxUMSA. Like Zhamilya, she is currently living in the U.S.
But besides their diverse backgrounds and the fact that both now find themselves in the States, what do the Kazakh international relations scholar and Bolivian IT developer have in common?