A letter to my younger self

Celebrating the International Day of the Girl

Tatiana Proskuryakova
12 October 2020

Dear Tanya,

Life at sixteen seems full of possibilities and of wonder, but I know that it can also be quite scary. What if you don’t make it into the school you wanted? What if you disappoint your parents? Not live up to your friends’ expectations? What if you make wrong choices, and these mistakes will ruin the rest of your life?

I am reaching out to you through time to say that all will be well, as long as you stay true to yourself, as long as you are kind and considerate, and as long as you try to be a better person tomorrow than you were yesterday. There are no mistakes, only steps along the way, and new opportunities open every day. Make the best of them when they come, don’t let fear of failure hold you back!

And above all, treasure the true friends you meet on your journey, believe me, when you look back it’s your friends that you will remember.




About Tatiana Proskuryakova 

Ms. Tatiana Proskuryakova was appointed Country Manager for Romania and Hungary in the Europe and Central Asia Region of the World Bank in July 2017. Prior to this appointment, she was Country Manager in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro based in Sarajevo since 2015, Country Manager in FYR Macedonia during 2013-14, and Country Operations Adviser for Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay during 2010-13.

Ms. Proskuryakova joined the World Bank in 1992 and throughout her career she has held various positions both in headquarters and in field offices, including in operations, portfolio management, and corporate strategy. Ms. Proskuryakova holds an M.Sc. in Economics/Political Economy from the Moscow State University, Russia, and an M. Phil. in Economics from the University of Oxford, UK.