Five Young Professionals Selected to Represent the US at the Y20 in Russia


Next week, five young professionals will have the unique opportunity to represent the United States at this year’s Y20, the official youth engagement event of Russia’s G20 presidency. The delegation is a collaborative project between YADL and the Center for Russian-American Engagement of Emerging Leaders (CAREEL). CAREEL promotes collaboration between young American and Russian leaders and empowers this first generation of leaders born after the Cold War to replace outdated preconceptions and stereotypes through firsthand experience to sustain a cooperative rapport and trusted network between the two countries.

The delegates will engage in discussions about sustainable development and international finance with counterparts from around the world with the goal of producing a communiqué to be presented to the G20 leaders in September. Y20 participants will also have access to the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. The members of the American delegation to the Y20 are:

Elizabeth Bagot | Originally from Kansas, Ms. Bagot studied international relations at Stanford University. She developed an academic curiosity for the history of the USSR and modern-day Russia and relocated to Moscow State University in 2010 to become fluent in Russian. For the last two years she has been working as a business and finance translator for Interfax Information Services, a leading independent news source for international business leaders. Ms. Bagot specializes in upstream oil and gas in Russia and the CIS. When not working, she is working on a graduate degree in international business management.

Elizabeth Bagot

Cooper Henderson | Mr. Henderson is originally from Moab, Utah, but now lives in Salt Lake City, where he graduated from Westminster College in 2011.  During his time at Westminster, he served as Student Body President, worked for Governor Jon Huntsman, and studied economics.  Over the last two years, he has managed the Center for American-Russian Engagement of Emerging Leaders (CAREEL), a non-profit organization he co-founded that promotes US-Russia youth cooperation.  Mr. Henderson also owns a software/web development company and teaches night school at a for-profit college


Michael Karno | A native of Chicago, IL, Mr. Karno spent his undergraduate years at Georgetown University studying international political economy where he attained a certificate in international business diplomacy. He spent his first year after graduation with J.P. Morgan (JPM) in New York City in the firm’s Investment Bank Global Credit Risk Management (GCRM) group, focusing on Latin America. Mr. Karno transferred internally to the Asset Backed Securities group in GCRM at JPM in Chicago, where he has been for the last two years.


Pavle Milekić | Mr. Milekić grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a dual degree in international relations and Russian in 2007. He completed his M.A. at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 2009 and moved to Moscow shortly thereafter as a participant on the Alfa Fellowship Program. He is currently working at the International Finance Corporation processing investments in the banking sector in Eastern Europe and Central Asia


Matt Tan | Originally from New Jersey, Mr. Tan recently completed his undergraduate degree at McGill University, where he studied finance, international management, microbiology and immunology. In the past, he has done work with several NGOs, and served as a representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council in New York. Currently, he works at Credit Suisse, manages his own company he founded in 2007, and is engaged in venture capital and entrepreneurial work for RealVentures in Montreal, Canada.

Matt Tan