Kateryna Olkhovyk received a bachelor's degree in Asian studies from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, and graduated from the School of Law and Economy of China at the University of Warsaw. As an undergraduate, Kateryna studied the influence of the Far East on the development of British and Russian culture in the 18th and 19th centuries based on Edward Said's theory of Orientalism. In 2019 she received a Yenching Academy Scholarship to pursue a master's degree in Chinese law and society at Peking University. While studying in China, Kateryna researched privacy issues in modern smart cities in China, the U.S., and Europe. After graduation, Kateryna interned at the Parliament of Ukraine and worked in the national power company Ukrenergo, where she was part of the International Cooperation Unit that fostered Ukraine's integration into the ENTSO-E. Kateryna has been a speaker at multiple international conferences, including the World Youth Forum 2019 in Egypt. Kateryna came to Harvard intending to study the influence of the Russo-Ukrainian war on global food and energy crises, implications of the Chernobyl disaster, and perceptions of Eastern Europe through the Euro-Orientalism concept, as well as energy security in the Eurasian region. At the Davis Center, she was a research assistant with the Negotiation Task Force.