Ms. Julia Kurokhtina graduated top of her class with a Master's Degree from the esteemed "KIMO" Institute of International Relations Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine.
Since the early age of 19, Julia worked side by side with former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who later became the Governor of Odesa Region.
During almost 5 years working with Mr. Saakashvili, Julia was promoted to handling all Strategic Public Relations, Media and Strategic Communications.
In 2017 Julia became an Entrepreneur and founded her own Strategic Communications Agency: "J.K. Communications". Some key projects included commissioning with the Royal Habsburg-Lothringen Family of the Flame of Peace Monument, as well as commissioning the Ilya Muromets 3D printed statue together with Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko. In 2018 she went further and founded “Muromets Fest”, which became both nationally and globally renowned event, lighting up the connection of millennia old Ukrainian traditions and modern day culture, focused on helping people to find their inner and outer strength.
Over the years there have been already 4, and more to come, Muromets Fest events, with the largest gathering hosting over 40,000 people.
In 2020 Julia expanded and consolidated her companies and capabilities into an umbrella organization called “J.K. Group” offering clients a wider range of possibilities in all spheres of Consulting. That same year she reconnected with Alex David Bart, co-founder of the “Empire State Capital Partners” investment bank, with whom they had cooperated on New Ukraine Investment Forums back during the time working with then Odesa Region Governor Saakashvili. Julia and Alex decided to join forces in business, which led to a total reorganization of “Empire State Capital”, where Julia became a co-founder and CEO. In addition, she became Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of the affiliated Non-Profit Organization, BIG.U “Business Incubator Group. Ukraine”, which is an organization, that helps Small and Medium Businesses and Entrepreneurs throughout Ukraine. In her role as CEO of “Empire State Capital”, Julia is already leading negotiations on over $1 billion in Investment deals into Ukraine.