Performing at the European Championship 2015 in Kremlin, Moscow.

Dancing at the European Championship in Moscow this weekend. It is taking place in the State Kremlin Palace that used to be a modern arena for Communist Party meetings, important state events and inaugurations. Everything will be in a good old Soviet style, including our confidential meeting with Vladimir 😉

Diana Buraka - European Dance Championship

London Metal Exchange – insider tour – HSG Alumni London

Diana Buraka – London HSG Alumni Board Member – LME Visit

London Metal Exchange opens its doors for HSG (University of St.Gallen) Alumni

Our HSG London Alumni team has been looking into day-to-day trading at the London Metal Exchange. Diana Buraka (second left) met one of our HSG Alumni board members, Marko Kusigerski (first left), who works at the LME and shares his experiences at the oldest open-outcry Metal Exchange.

We got a unique insight into the essential processes at the London Metal Exchange from a privileged insider tour by one of our Alumni members.

For all those new to this subject, London Metal Exchange is the largest market in the world in metal options and futures, and it is central to official price setting. It is also, the only remaining ‘old fashioned’ exchange that still practices the ‘open-outcry’ way of trading. Each metal listed on the LME is traded individually in a short five-minute ring trading session and its outcome determines the official price worldwide! In 2012 LME was sold to Hong Exchange for £1.4 billion and currently it is looking into further expansion in China.

To our great fascination, we observed life trading sessions for zinc, copper and aluminum. The tactics of the ring trading resembled a heated parliamentary debate between the MPs, where ten exclusive members of ring were shouting out their last moment bid, accompanied by some energetic coded gestures that would outdo any fierce debate of two gesticulating Italians. The highlight of the short five-minute trading session for aluminum was at the very last minute, since every member hopes to get the last bid advantage. The whole process looks quite archaic and it hasn’t changed for the last hundred years. The ring proclaims the rule of gentleman, which means, styling yourself to something more extravagant than a conservative dark suit and tie will result in a hefty fine. During the ring session traders aren’t permitted to access any digital devises like phones or even digital watches, so, the only arsenal they have to their means is pen and paper, which brings me to memories of my final exam at the university of St. Gallen.  Don’t get me wrong, not all of them are Swiss, but most of them are wearing Swiss watch, that they tune every morning to the perfect clock hanging above the trading ring. This obsession with the time-precision is beyond my time-management comprehension, but for the traders it is second nature, since every second can result into a ‘rugs to riches’ story. Pursuing a career of a trader and becoming familiar with the secret coded gestures and verbal messages is something that one starts from infanthood. Sadly, I missed my chance…

Eventually the bell marked the end of the official morning session and the heated activity in the ring diffused in a matter of seconds. We caught ourselves still holding our breath for the last five-minutes following the intensity of the trading battle. When the spectacular show was over, we made a group photo with relatively relaxed faces. It was time to thank Marko for an insightful tour at the LME and return to our offices.




World Dance Championship 2014 – the pinnacle of Latin & Ballroom Dancing!

It is such an honor for us to represent France at the World Dance Championship this year. I am looking forward to sharing the dance floor with the best of the best from their countries. Today Disneyland in Paris opens their doors of the luxury New York Hotel for the professional Latin dancers from all over the world. It will be the third consecutive year that we have qualified to represent France at this major international dance competition. Last year we have traveled as far as Los Angeles to dance at the World Dance Championship. This time we dance for France in France – lots of excitement to perform for this major event and a great audience!

World 2014 Paris Disney - Diana Buraka and Florent Trarieux

Rolls-Royce experience in the world of the Russian Art

Hosting a private evening for Rolls-Royce at Sotheby’s Auction House in London. Rolls-Royce experience in the world of the Russian Art including works of Konstantin Makovsky, Boris Kustodiev and Ilya Mashkov. To support the idea of the Russian Socialist Realism movement, I joined the numbers of Russian women depicted in RED ;-). Though, unlike the Socialist Realism artists, glorifying the working class, today I celebrate the true Perl of the Capitalism in its purest form and the decadence of the Russian Elite in the name of the most luxurious brand of the century! J

Diana Buraka: Hosting Rolls-Royce event at Sotheby's

Diana Buraka: Hosting Rolls-Royce event at Sotheby’s

Russian Art


European Dance Championship 2014: Diana Buraka & Florent Trarieux

European Dance Championship 2014: on my way to Moscow to dance in Kremlin. Such an honor to be selected to dance at this big event!

European Dance Championship 2014


Modeling for Égalité Fashion Magazine – Diana Buraka

Modeling for Égalité Fashion Magazine October/November issue 2013, (p. 191)

Diana Buraka for Egalite Magazine

Diana Buraka for Egalite Magazine

Diana Buraka – at the Motor Show with Rolls Royce

Leaving to Germany to work for Rolls Royce at the Motor Show in Frankfurt with the true Spirit of Ecstasy! 😉

Diana Buraka for Rolls Royce

Diana Buraka for Rolls Royce

Diana Buraka – My way to the World Dance Championship 2013 – by DianaDanceTV

Good-bye Paris, hello California! French championship in Paris has left us with some sweet memories. Now we are catching a new wind in our sails, preparing for the next exciting, but challenging adventure, – The World Championship! We are so proud to be selected to represent France at the World Dance Championship 2013 in California in September this year! Vive la France! 😉 The World Championship in Latin American Dancing is going to take place in California on the 1st of September 2013. Diana Buraka and Florent Trarieux are representing France at the World Championship 2013

One Dance, One Chance! Gone to perform in Paris / Diana Buraka / French Dance Championship 2013

Diana Buraka_French Dance Championship 2013

Diana Buraka_French Dance Championship 2013

One Dance, One Chance! Gone to perform in Paris to be chosen for the World Dance Championship in California. Bliss! ‘Je me sens un peu comme  Jeanne d’Arc’ :-))

Fund Forum International 2013

Off to Zurich for the Rothschild Investors Summer Academy this Thursday. Next week exploring the latest on financial markets at the Fund Forum International 2013 in Monaco.