News from IDE Alumni: 2004-1990


Lin Gao 2004 is President and Founder of Xinjiang Clean-Seed New Energy Company, Ltd in China.

Edward Gondwe 2004 is a Young Professional at the African Development Bank, in Tunis, Tunisia.  He writes: “I have adjusted well here at the ADB in Tunis working as a Young Professional in the private sector department.  It’s been very rewarding and I have learned a lot and experienced a lot.  I am really putting my IDE education to good use.”

Soo-Hyun Kim 2004 is a Ph.D. student at ISYE, Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. He writes, “I am currently a research associate in the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center. The focus of my research is on the economics of crime and on evaluating publicly-funded criminal justice interventions.”

Pang-Yen Bryan Lou 2004 is a Senior Manager, Marketing-Asia Pacific at Clarins Institute in Hong Kong.

Juliana Wang 2004 is currently a second-year doctoral student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her specialization is energy economics, and she is interested at looking at energy policy in the context of climate change from a real option perspective.

Aaron Chalfin 2004 is a Research Associate at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.

Gao Lin 2004 is President and Founder of  Xinjiang Clean-Seed New Energy Co., Ltd in China.


Sorasit Vanaprasert 2003 is working for Thailand’s Government Pension Fund (GPF).

Jun Liu 2003 is currently working at the World Bank in Washington DC as a junior professional associate providing internal support for budget and strategic staffing needs. In addition, he is completing a second master’s degree in finance at Johns Hopkins University. He writes, “I feel really thankful for my Yale education. Because of my preparation in economics and finance at Yale, it is not difficult for me to digest more advanced and specific knowledge in finance fields like modeling and testing.”

Chian Choo 2003 is currently part of the fixed income investment management team at the asset management arm of DBS Bank, one of the largest banking groups in the Asia-Pacific region. Last year he wrote a paper entitled ”How Can Singapore Remain Competitive in a Globalizing World Economy?” and won the first prize in the 2003-04 MAS-ESS Essay Competition, jointly held by the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Economic Society of Singapore. He presented this paper at the Singapore Economic Review Conference in summer 2005.


Gioconda Naranjo Landerer 2002 has left the Inter-American Development Bank Project at the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru and now is working as an advisor at the National Council of Competitiveness at the Prime Minister Bureau. She writes, “My current job is very exciting and I can tell that to be in a competitive country means a big effort. In this process every single institution of the country is involved. I feel a great sense of satisfaction working improving the living conditions of Peruvians.”

Aaron Maniam 2002 is in Singapore and is Director of the Institute of Policy Development at Civil Service College.


Luisa F. Charry 2001 is employed by the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C.

Tavneet Suri 2001 enrolled in the PhD program in economics at Yale University after completing the IDE program.  She is now Assistant Professor of Applied Economics, Economics, Finance & Accounting (EFA) at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Dwi Sabardiana 2001 is Deputy Director at BPK-RI in Jakarta, Indonesia.  He writes: ”I still recall when I took four classes from the Forestry and Environmental Studies for my last semester in IDE.  It was a significant decision advised by Professor Evenson. After leaving Yale, I worked to evaluate the Indonesian government’s programs related to sustainable development issues–social welfare and economic growth.  In 2007, I was in a team to design a strategic plan to develop environmental audit in my organization and was appointed to head the environmental audit unit.  Now my work is heavily to audit such environmental issues, especially in the mining and energy sector in Indonesia. Being able to evaluate the three basic postulates of sustainable development is what I’ve learned from the IDE Program.”

Luisa F. Charry 2001 is Head of Equity Research at Valores Bancolombia in Bogota Columbia. 

Shweta Bagai 2001 writes, ”After three years at the Development Research Group of the World Bank in Washington DC, I moved to Mozambique for a few months. In addition to working on a Trade Integration Study, I became a certified scuba diver. I am currently back in India, where I am working on trade/investment policy issues with the Confederation of Indian Industry, an industrial lobby group. In particular, I have done substantial work on trade facilitation, including some World Bank publications.”

Zaruhi Sahakyan 2001 is a Ph.D. student in Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests are in international trade and public economics.

Cheng Hin Saw  2001 is a Senior Equity Specialist with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Singapore.


Alissa DeJonge 2000 is an economist at the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, a nonprofit organization that promotes Economic development. She just completed an assessment of Connecticut’s capacity and trends relative to other states in areas of technology and innovation. Alissa is the First Vice President of the Hartford Area Business Economists and a member of the Board of Trustees of Mercy High School in Middletown.

Farrukh Suvankulov 2000 is Senior Analyst for the Bank of Canada in Calgary

Dendy Kurniawan 2000 is Chief Financial Officer, PT Geo Dipa Energi (Persero) in Jakarta, Indonesia

Gaye B. Muderrisoglu 2000 is currently a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Michigan and continuing work on her dissertation on international conflict.

Leonie Lee Siok Yoong 2000 is the Deputy Director of Industry at the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Singapore.

Dendy Kurniawan 2000 is the Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director of PT Geo Dipa Energi, an Indonesian Sate Owned Company focusing in Geothermal Businesses.


Ryan Washburn 1999 is an Economist at the US Agency for International Development in Kigali, Rwanda.

Sandra Utsumi 1999 is Vice-President and Head of Macro Strategy at Espirito Santo Investment Bank in Portugal.


John Mirikitani 1998 is Assistant Professor, International Trade and Business Department, Hallym University, South Korea.   He writes: ”Hallym University is in the top 10% of universities in South Korea, and has achieved that status in only about 25 years: it is a small, ambitious private university of 10,000 located in Chuncheon, Northeast of Seoul, in a beautiful ski-resort area.  Under the leadership of President Lee YongSun, Ph.D. International Economics, the College of International Studies was recently founded and has became a special priority of Hallym University.”

Pedro Trujillo 1998 writes, “After my graduation from the IDE program I did an MBA at UNC, graduating in 2000. Since then, I have been working for Becton Dickinson in New Jersey in positions of increased responsibility. Most recently I was promoted to Controller for the Business Process Organization.”


Francisco Monaldi 1996 is the Director, International Center on Energy and the Environment, IESA,

and Associate Professor at Universidad Catolica Andres Bello and IESA. Lecturer at Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. Visiting Professor at Stanford University and National Fellow of Hoover Institution (2008-2009). He is also a Consultant to the Inter American Development Bank and other public and private institutions.

Kotaro Tamura 1996 was reelected to the Japanese Senate last year. He was appointed a member of the Finance Committee and the Budget Committee.


Phillip Carter III 1995 is Ambassador, US Department of State in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.


Kemal Ciliz 1994 is currently a full professor in the electrical engineering department at Bogazici University in Istanbul. He is also the managing partner for Infonet Information Technologies Ltd., which specializes in information security services, and he is on the board of three different IT companies in Istanbul and various civil service organizations.

Juan Cruces 1994 is the Dean of the Business School at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Naveen Jehan Shaikh 1994 is in Edinburgh, United Kingdom and is Director of N.J. Shaikh Consultancy Ltd.


Alberto Capriles 1993 is a Corporate Treasurer at Mercantil Banco Universal in Caracas Venezuela.


Jesus Alfredo Vaca 1992 is the Regional Representative, Andean Region, at Dresdner Bank AG in Bogota, Colombia.

Satoshi Ohuchi 1992 is currently serving as Personal Secretary to Japan’s Senior Vice Minister of Finance.

Andrew Atherton 1992 is Deputy Vice Chancellor at Lancaster University in the UK.


Sonia Plaza 1990 is a Senior Economist at the World Bank.  She writes: I am very proud of  the newly published book Africa’s Silk Road China and India’s New Economic Frontier, released during the Singapore Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF.  I was the author of Chapter 5, focusing on between-the-borders factors in African-Asian Trade and Investment.  All the things that I learned from several professors from the International and Development Economics Program is what I constantly apply in my work.”