Yuki Onogi earned his master’s in Russian, Eastern European & Eurasian Studies in 2011 from KU. After graduating from KU, he went on to earn a second master’s from John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in 2013.
Currently employed in the financial sector in Chicago, Yuki has seven languages under his belt, which come in handy as he covers both the Balkans and Eurasia in his current position. A native Japanese speaker, Yuki has gone on to learn English, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Polish and Russian, and even picked up a little Czech and Italian along the way.
“Because I am a Japanese national with background in Slavic languages, I actually have leverage in networking with Slavs at organizations, such as the U.N. I can also conduct research in these languages and can provide information only written in these languages to others.”
“I have a broad understanding of regional affairs in both former Soviet states and the Middle East together. Since ethnic complexity of these regions tends to be incomprehensible to non-regional experts, ethno-linguistic background in the region has been extremely helpful to understand and explain the ongoing regional issue (Thanks to the Slavic department and its affiliated professors!)”