Special Announcement


Parenting teenagers in a multicultural setting

Join US for a Virtual event: Parenting teenagers in a multicultural setting.

Meet Alexandra Pugachevsky, book author and our colleague!

Thursday, March 21, 2024 || 12:00 - 1:00 PM Virtual: Webex link  Meeting number (access code): 2303 796 5746 | Meeting password: MulticulturFY24

Organized by Multicultural Families Employee Business Resource Group (EBRG) and Eurasia WBG+IMF Staff Association.

Join the conversation with author Alexandra (Sasha) Pugachevsky about parenting teens and pre-teens in a multi-cultural setting. Alexandra immigrated to the United States in her teen years. The experience left such a lasting mark on her, that she wrote a whole book about it.


Alexandra Pugachevsky is Senior Operations officer at DFi, working on China and Korea trust funds. She started her career at the World Bank over twenty years ago in the Oil, Gas, and Mining department, covering operations in Francophone and Anglophone Africa, Central Asia and Yemen. She regularly facilitates Operations training courses. Alexandra holds a Master’s degree from Georgetown University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she writes urban fantasy books.

To learn more about Alexandra’s books, please visit alexandrapugachevsky.com

Learn more about  the speaker's trilogy Zoya: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0C6MBRW87?binding=paperback&ref=d...

During the event, we will:

  • Investigate the emotional hurdles that teens face when adjusting to a new country and cultural landscape and examine the implications for parents in preserving their native languages within the family in a foreign land.
  • Discuss strategies that parents can employ to support their children in overcoming obstacles and successfully integrating into a new setting, all while respecting their cultural roots and fostering a harmonious family atmosphere.
  • Engage with the author, moderator and audience to exchange personal stories and insights, fostering a dialogue on topics pertinent to all staff members who have experienced relocation to a different country.


Meet the Moderator: Julius Gwyer || Julius currently serves as a Program Officer in the trust funds and partnerships unit of DFi. His career has spanned various roles within the World Bank Group, including supporting leadership on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Financing for Development agenda in the Office of the President’s Special Envoy Office and in the offices of two MDCFOs. Prior to this he worked in the World Bank and IFC offices leading knowledge across the WBG, co-established the WBG's web strategy and governance, and led an online community of practice with 30,000 members. Julius earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and public administration at the University of London. He has an MBA from the University of Glasgow and has received executive training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and George Washington University. In 2023 he received a World Bank award for his leadership of an innovative Ai project. Outside of work he is a keen photographer (thephotographic.com) and world traveler, having visited 76 countries.