My name is Max Svjatoha and I am the Head of Economy and Finance at EWB KTH. I was born in Riga, Latvia, but I’ve been living in Stockholm for most of my life.
My path to KTH wasn’t very straightforward at all. Having studied music in high school and university, I was an active musician for years while working on the side. Science and engineering wasn’t something I’ve been formally exposed to until I’ve decided to take some basic high school level science courses around the age of 25. After some initial doubts, engineering became an obvious choice for further education, as it applies science and mathematics to solve problems.
I am currently studying Mechatronics at KTH, hoping to use control and automation techniques to make the world a better and more sustainable place.
Why did you choose to get involved with EWB?
Seeing how there’s no shortage of problems of solve in the world, I decided to join EWB to assist in any way I can. Having the opportunity to make a difference on a global scale and the sustainability focus of EwB is especially appealing.
Why Finance though? Because I’m a numbers geek, even when it comes to music. This gives me the opportunity to optimize funding and resource spending in the organization, giving us more resources to do our work. One of my first steps will be to assemble a finance team, so we can better manage our ever growing KTH chapter.
What does the Head of Economy and Finance do?
I am in charge of starting up, managing and assisting the finance team and making sure EWB resources are used as efficiently as possible. I get the opportunity to directly negotiate with sponsors and various EWB partners - a fantastic way of getting to know other professional engineers who want to contribute to a more sustainable future.