Profiles of 2014 Graduates
Adrian Arceo Schravesande holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from ITAM in Mexico. Thereafter, he worked almost six years at the Ministry of Social Development. As a joint-degree candidate in IDE and Public Health, Adrian expects to complete his studies in December 2014. Afterwards, he would like to continue working on development and global health issues. He feels honored to have had the opportunity to spend this year with his talented classmates and wishes them the best of luck in their future endeavors. He would also like to thank all his professors, particularly Prof. Boozer, Louise, and his family for their support.
Ming Rui Chong graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc in Economics. Before coming to Yale, she worked at Ersnt and Young, HSBC, Morgan Stanley and the Ministry of Finance in Brunei. Her experience at LSE and her time at Yale convinced her of her interest in public policy, especially financial issues. Upon graduation, she will return to Brunei and contribute towards her country’s goal of economic diversification, with the aim of working at the Monetary Authority of Brunei Darussalam. She thanks everyone including Prof Boozer and Louise for her fulfilling time at Yale, and wishes her classmates the best of luck in all their future endeavors.
Anne Degrave graduated from ENSAE ParisTech in Economics and Statistics in 2012 and from the Master in Public Administration of Sciences Po Paris in 2013. She worked in a microfinance institution in Togo in 2010 and followed development issues for the French Mission to the UN in 2012. At Yale she enjoyed learning about development issues through not only economics but also history, sociology and anthropology, in a tremendously stimulating environment. Anne thanks Kate Baldwin, for whom she worked as a research assistant. She is also extremely grateful to Professor Boozer, Louise and her family for their precious support. [Anne is currently a PhD student in Political Science at NYU.]
Mariam Diarra graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge with a B.A. in law and from Paris II Pantheon Assas with a Maitrise in French and English law. Thereafter, she gained a Specialized Masters in Strategy and Organization from ESCP Europe Business School in Paris. She interned at several law firms in the fields of international arbitration and tax law, before becoming a research assistant for a South African-based intelligence consultancy firm in Pretoria. At Yale, she gained a rigorous training in economic development, public health and public policy. After graduation, she will return to France to work with international development agencies on economic projects for Sub-Saharan African countries. She made fantastic friends at Yale, grew tremendously and feels incredibly humbled to have been given the opportunity to study in this institution. She is infinitely grateful to her professors, her classmates and to Louise Danishevsky for contributing to an exhilarating year. She also wants to thank her family for their indefectible support.
Akshay Govind Dixit graduated from Presidency College, University of Calcutta with a B.Sc. (Honors) in Economics. At Yale, he focused on developing empirical research skills and would like to thank Professor Tom Tyler for advising him on his first empirical endeavor. Furthermore, he thoroughly enjoyed working as Teaching Fellow for Professor Barry Nalebuff’s course on Game Theory. After IDE, Akshay will join Innovations for Poverty Action as an Associate on a project for women empowerment in Bangladesh. He is immensely thankful to Prof. Boozer for his continuing guidance and support, to Louise for being so helpful, and to his family and friends for making this year an experience to cherish for a lifetime.
Akishiro Endo received a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Soka University of America in 2013. At Soka, he worked as a tutor of statistics and mathematics. His interest primarily lies on quantitative and analytical study. At Yale, in order to have a more rigorous research experience and improve his quantitative skills at a higher level, he worked as a research assistant for a professor of finance at the School of Management. He is very grateful for the great environment at Yale which gave him many opportunities to think about his future from different perspectives. After graduation, he will go back to Japan to apply the skills he learned at Yale. He truly appreciates all the people he encountered here.
Michael Kaiser graduated cum laude from Tilburg University in the Netherlands having majored in Economics. He also successfully completed the Outreach Honors Program as well as the CentER Honors program. During his time at Tilburg, Michael volunteered as an English teacher in rural Thailand and completed an internship in a microfinance project in Togo. At Yale, Michael specialized in Econometrics and Statistics. Along with the coursework, he worked as a research assistant to Nancy Ruther in the McMillan Center and did some data work for Mushfiq Mubarak at the School of Management. After gaining some (field) research experience in Development Economics, Michael hopes to enroll into a PhD program in Economics. Michael had a really great and intense year in IDE and is looking forward to the Football World Cup ‘14 in Brazil.
Priyanka Kanth previously holds a Msc. in health economics and policy jointly from the London School of Economics and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Before coming to Yale she worked on global health issues in Geneva and in India where she worked with MIT’s Poverty Action Lab. After graduating from IDE, Priyanka is headed to Stanford University to further pursue her interests in health and public economics.
Seungnam (Thomas) Lee graduated from Seoul National University with a BA in economics. He began his career as a diplomat in 2011 by joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea where he was in charge of African affairs. During his time at Yale, Thomas obtained a deeper knowledge of economic development and broadened his understanding of international environmental issues. He is grateful for the invaluable experience he had here, and would like to thank his family, professors, and friends for their support. After spending another year in France, Thomas will return to the Foreign Ministry in Seoul in 2015.
Radhika Lokur graduated from St. Xavier’s College Mumbai with a B.A in Economics & Statistics. Before coming to Yale, she founded and subsequently worked for an NGO in Mumbai, working on poverty alleviation measures in urban slums. At Yale, she enjoyed working as a teaching fellow for Professor Dean Karlan and as a Lead Analyst at the MacMillan Center. Radhika explored her interest in the growing intersection between the private sector & international development by supplementing her program with relevant classes from the School of Management. She feels lucky to have had this wonderful and inspirational experience at Yale.
Jason McInerney is a United States Foreign Service Officer spending a mid-career year at Yale. Previously, he ran the economic section of the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica. He has also served in Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Okinawa, Japan; and Washington D.C. While at Yale, Jason focused on the intersection of economics and public policy, greatly enjoying the intellectual stimulation and rigor both inside and outside the classroom. He is happy for the friendships he made, and especially grateful to Prof. Mike Boozer and Louise for their extraordinary support and guidance. He is also thankful for the love and support of his wife Mili and children Jason, Jeremy and Justin.
Ha Yeon (Carol) Park graduated from the University of Toronto as a Specialist in International Relations. During her senior year, she worked as a RA under Professor Albert Berry, a former assistant director at Yale’s Economic Growth Centre. She assisted him in writing the International Trade chapter of his development economics textbook. Correspondingly, she continued to take vested interest in the trade area while at Yale. She is looking forward to building a career as a researcher, focusing on South Korea’s trade development issue. She would like to thank Professor Boozer, Louise and my fellow classmates for my God-blessed year at Yale.
Sumati Rajput graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2011 with a major in Economics and a minor in Psychology. Post that she worked as an Economist at AECOM, an urban planning and development firm for two years. Over the past year at Yale, she had the opportunity to intern with the International Renewable Energy Agency’s ambassador to the UN. During the course of the IDE program, she was fortunate enough to explore numerous interesting courses at the Graduate School, School of Management, and the School of Public Health. She is very thankful to have had this wonderful experience and for being able to cultivate meaningful relationships with her professors and friends.
Lucy Rimmington graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc in Economics. Although she came straight to Yale after her undergraduate degree, Lucy has experience in financial services regulation in the UK and economic development research in South Africa. After IDE, Lucy will travel to Nairobi, Kenya to work in both research and consulting for a behavioral economics lab before returning to London for a career in economic consulting. She would like to thank the entire IDE 2014 cohort for a fantastic year and wishes them all the best in their future endeavours!
Nirav Shah graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai with a BA in Economics and worked with Bain and Company, India at the Bain Capability Center. At Yale, besides the IDE curriculum, Nirav took courses with the Public Health and Management Schools. He worked as a Teaching Assistant to Prof. Dean Karlan and a Research Assistant to Prof. Christopher Udry. Looking forward to an interesting career in public policy, Nirav is grateful to Prof. Boozer’s support inside and outside class and to Louise for always helping out. He thanks his friends for this wonderful experience and wishes them the very best!
Manavi Sharma graduated with a BA in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India. At Yale, she pursued her interest in research by working as a Research Assistant to Prof Jason Lyall as well as the Lead Analyst for an assessment project, both at the MacMilian Center. She is extremely passionate about development economics and will work in this field as a Research Associate at the Economic Growth Center at Yale after graduation. She is thankful to the people who supported her at Yale and helped make her time here memorable.
Sonakshi Sharma graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai University with a B.A (Honors) in Economics and Statistics. At Mumbai, she was involved with a student run social enterprise, Jaljyoti, in the capacity of Director for Resource Management. During her year at Yale, she took a wide variety of classes and worked as a Research Assistant for Professor Cheryl Doss on her Gender Asset Gap Project. She was also involved in an independent project to consult the NGO, Plan International USA on their campaignBecause I am a Girl. Sonakshi feels extremely grateful for all the great people she interacted with at Yale, specially her classmates and wishes them the best of luck in future endeavors.
Peerapan Suwannarat graduated from Thammasat University in Thailand with a B.A. in Economics in 2011. Her academic paper “Agricultural Productivity and Poverty Reduction in Thailand” won a recognition prize on the Bank of Thailand’s Setthathat Award Project. She worked as an economist in the bureau of the Macroeconomic Policy at the Fiscal Policy Office in Thailand’s Ministry of Finance for 2 years before winning the Thai government scholarship to further study the master’s degree. At Yale, Suwannarat concentrated her study on the public policy and macroeconomic analysis on both qualitative and quantitative methods to accumulate her work knowledge in the Fiscal Policy Office upon graduation.
Wei Ting Tan graduated from University College London with a B.Sc. (Dean’s List) in Economics. She interned with the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore (URA) during the summer of 2012 where she was involved in research work for urban planning and property market control in Singapore. While at Yale, she took on a diverse array of courses ranging from core economics to management and accounting. Upon graduation, Wei Ting will be embarking on her career with the Singapore Public Service in URA. She is thankful for the valuable experience and perspectives she has gained at Yale.
Jian Hua Tay graduated from University College London with a B.Sc. (Econ) (Dean’s List) in Economics. Before embarking on his undergraduate studies, Jian Hua worked with Habitat for Humanity Singapore in 2010 assisting the conduct of initiatives to clean homes of the elderly poor and provide adequate household furnishings. At Yale, he pursued diverse interests in international economics, development strategy, game theory, sociology and law. After graduation, Jian Hua will begin his career with the Singapore Public Service in the Ministry of Defense. He thanks Prof. Boozer, Louise and all his classmates for the enlightening, enjoyable and enriching year together.
Yoshiyuki Tominaga received a LL.B. from the University of Tokyo and a LL.M. from Harvard Law School. He works for the Japanese government, and his previous experience includes national budget formulation at the Ministry of Finance and labor law reform at the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare. He came to Yale IDE to acquire knowledge of economic analysis which is useful for future public policy making. He has strong motivation to contribute to people in Japan and the world.
Calvin Wong graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago with a B.A (Honors) in Economics. Before joining the IDE program, Calvin interned at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and worked as an editorial assistant for The Diplomat. He also spent a summer at the United Nations in Geneva. At Yale, he honed his interest in law and economics, and was a member of the Yale Study Group on Sustainable Development and Climate Change. Calvin is thankful to all his professors, and especially to his fellow students for the learning opportunities and friendship they have given him. Upon graduation, Calvin will be returning to Singapore to serve in the Foreign Service.
Rui Zhang graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Economics and Organizational Studies. He is indebted to Louise and Professor Boozer who provided unwavering support and invaluable guidance during his time at Yale. He is also immensely grateful for the abundant resources that Yale provided by which he was able to pursue his interest in analog film photography, East Asian studies and most of all development issues across the world. After graduation, Rui will be working for the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore where he hopes to make a splash.
Profiles of 2013 Graduates
Rahul Ahluwalia graduated from St. Benet’s Hall, University of Oxford with a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. At Yale, Rahul spent considerable effort furthering his interest in Burma, writing about its economic history and immense potential for economic development, and also its modern art movements. Rahul’s fascination with the Mughals endured; he explored Akbar’s manuscript ateliers for a class on Islamic art. His foray into Art History continued with a study of Edwardian Britain. Outside the classroom, Rahul assisted Professor Rakesh Mohan in writing a report for the Indian government on its future transport needs. He also taught philosophy to undergraduates, and helped curate an exhibition on art in the Empire at the Yale Centre for British Art. After Yale, Rahul will move to London to join the British Civil Service.
Rini Aich graduated from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University with a B.A (Honors) in Mathematics. Thereafter, she served as a Legislative Assistant to a Member of Parliament. At Yale, she pursued her interests in economic and public policy and interned with the UN and IPA to work on ‘sustainable development’ and ‘informal finance’. Rini looks forward to working on diverse economic projects. She thanks Prof. Boozer, Louise, her classmates and her family for making her time at Yale the most significant in her life thus far and for being a great support and source of inspiration.
Peter Baum graduated from ETH Zurich with a B.Sc.in Environmental Science and a minor in Statistics and Resource Economics. After gaining experience with the Boston Consulting Group, he worked for the German Development Bank (KfW) in Cairo on projects in the energy and water sector. Before coming to Yale he was a trainee at the European Commission working on energy infrastructure development. He focused his studies at Yale on the role of resources and public goods in economic development. In addition to the IDE program, he is also completing a Master’s in Environmental Management. He is very thankful for the wonderful time and the stimulating discussions over the last year.
Susanna Berkouwer holds a B.Sc. in Statistics with Economics from UCL and she worked in Egypt, South Africa and Kenya before joining IDE. At Yale, she enjoyed working as a teaching fellow for professors Robert Mendelsohn and Dean Karlan, visiting the Arctic to study environmental threats, and interning at Innovations for Poverty Action and at a UN Permanent Mission. After graduation, Susanna will join Harvard University as a research fellow to study environmental economics and sustainability in developing countries. She thanks Michael Boozer for his tremendous support and guidance, and her family for being endlessly inspiring. [Susanna is currently a second year PhD student in the Agricultural and Resource Economics program at Berkeley.]
Shweta Bhogale graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai majoring in Economics and Statistics. During her year at IDE, she took a variety of classes while pursuing her interest in development economics and worked as a Research Assistant for Prof. Cheryl Doss on the Gender Asset Gap project. After graduating, she is looking forward to being a Research Assistant at J-PAL, MIT and will be working on projects in Sierra Leone and Bangladesh. She feels honored to have had the opportunity to spend this year in the company of her highly accomplished and diverse classmates. She is extremely grateful to Prof. Boozer for being an excellent mentor, to Louise for being so kind and helpful, and to her family for being pillars of support.
Kuhuk Bhushan graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics. At Yale, she pursued her interests in economic development and public health. After graduation, she plans to return to India to pursue a career in the public sector. She is very grateful to her professors for providing an engaging learning environment, fellow IDE students for fun times and stimulating conversations, and her family for their unconditional support.
Stephanie Boegeman graduated from Harvey Mudd College with a B.S. in Chemistry. She worked several years in the public service and education with organizations such as AmeriCorps and the JET Programme. Most recently, she worked with an education-based NGO in Cambodia. At Yale, she has gained a deeper understanding of the intersection of public health and social justice. Her professional interests include gender equality, food policy, and behavioral economics. Stephanie is pursuing a joint degree in Development Economics and Public Health, and expects to complete her studies in the winter of 2014.
Hui (Jaime) Chew. Jamie graduated from the London School of Economics with a B.Sc. in Economics. In addition to summer internships in investment management in Singapore and London, she worked as a research assistant to Professor Danny Quah at the LSE before joining the IDE cohort. At Yale, she pursued her interest in behavioral and institutional economics, developing markets and the financial system, apart from watching the Bulldogs and the Yale band in action at sporting events. Jamie will be working with the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) upon graduation and thanks her professors and classmates for the year!
Gezime Christian came to Yale after receiving her B.S in both Business Economics and Mathematics with Honors from the University of Tampa. A first-generation college student from Kosovo, her experiences has helped her look at the world in a unique way, which has inspired her curiosity for international development. At Yale, Gezime gained further understanding in development economics and policymaking and volunteered at IRIS where she assisted refugees. Gezime is grateful for the knowledge and inspiration she obtained at Yale with her colleagues and asks that they hold on to their inspirations and follow their hearts wherever they go.
Mohamed Zaki Dernaoui [Zaki is currently a PhD student in the Finance program at MIT’s Sloan School]
Gaëlle Dreyer graduated from the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland with a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Economics. After working as a research fellow for the Swiss Health Observatory and the University of Neuchâtel, she came to Yale to strengthen her understanding of health and development economics. After completing the International and Development Economics program, she would like to continue working on global health policy issues. She wishes the very best to her wonderful classmates and she would like to thank Professor Boozer, Louise, her family and friends for their unconditional support.
Mary Carmen Easterwood graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Economics. In the last few years she has completed internships at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the US Embassy in El Salvador, and Innovations for Poverty Action. She is looking forward to doing development fieldwork after graduation.
Nisma Elias graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Reed College in 2012 with a B.A. in Economics. She worked with Grameen Bank and ExxonMobil in Bangladesh and a number of editorial positions in Portland, Oregon. She is happy that she chose the IDE program because of the chance to delve into development economics, along with the opportunity to take a variety of classes that were not only rigorous but expansive in their breadth and focus. While at Yale, she took classes in the School of Public Health, Management and Forestry and Environmental Studies, and interned with Innovations for Poverty Action. Nisma feels incredibly lucky to have made such amazing friendships while at IDE and is grateful to Louise and Mike for all their encouragement and help throughout the year.
Seharish Gillani graduated from Georgia State University with B.Sc. (Honors) in Economics and a Minor in French. Her internships and research experiences in Microfinance drew her attention to broader development issues. While pursuing a graduate degree in International and Development Economics at Yale, she further developed her understanding of economic development and learned about the policy-making process. After completing her degree, she will procure some experience in implementation of development projects. Seharish ultimately aspires to take part in policy-making conducive for sustainable development to impede the unraveling of societies particularly in fragile states.
Archana Gopalkrishnan graduated from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business with a B.Sc in Finance and Economics. At Yale, she pursued her interest in Development through IDE and by taking multiple courses that expanded her knowledge about Populations, Public Health, Environmental Valuation and Behavioral Economics. She is thankful to Prof. Boozer for his unending guidance, tolerance and support throughout her time here. She would also like to particularly thank Christopher Hoy whose help and encouragement has been invaluable. She wishes all her IDE classmates the best of luck in all their future endeavors.
Marie-Pascale Grimon’s degree from the IDE program at Yale fulfills the requirements for a three-year master’s degree from ENSAE-Paristech. She would like to thank her amazing IDE classmates for sharing their ways of understanding and loving the world. She would also like to thank all her professors and specifically Michael Boozer, Catherine Panter-Brick for whom she was research assistant, Dean Karlan for whom she was teaching assistant, and Sallama Shaker who supervised her research on microfinance in post-conflict situations. Marie-Pascale will be working as an Associate in Research next year at Duke for a microfinance impact evaluation in Tamil Nadu, India. [Marie-Pascale is currently a PhD student at the Kennedy School at Harvard University.]
Stefan Hut graduated from University College Utrecht in 2010 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts & Sciences focusing on economics, politics and law. In addition, Stefan received a Diploma in Economics from Cambridge University in 2012. As part of his undergraduate studies in Utrecht, he spent a summer in Kenya, and in 2011 he was a consultant for the World Bank working on microfinance in Eastern Europe. He is very thankful to have been able to further develop his skills in economic analysis at Yale. After graduating from the IDE program, Stefan will move to Washington, DC to work at the World Bank on human development issues in the Europe and Central Asia region. [Stefan is currently a PhD student in Economics at Brown University.]
Satoshi Konagai received a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Soka University of America in 2012. At Soka, Satoshi worked for California State Assembly Women Diane Harkey as an intern. This experience motivated him to pursue the policy making career. At Yale, he pursued his interests of international development, especially private sector development in developing countries, through taking classes from IDE and School of Management. After graduation, Satoshi is planning to work for Ernst and Young as a consultant in Tokyo. Satoshi really appreciates his experience at Yale, and thanks Mike, Louise and his IDE classmates from the bottom of his heart.
Dima Krayem graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.A in Economics in 2009. Dima worked as an RA for the Office of Technical Assistance Management at the IMF in DC. She also worked on a UNHCR project on Mapping the Living Conditions of Refugees in Lebanon, before deciding to attend Yale for a specialized end degree in Economics. She is grateful for the stimulating environment at Yale that has allowed her to grow personally and intellectually. Dima seeks to become a policy analyst specializing in poverty reduction in her home country.
Leslie Liang graduated from the University of Warwick with a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. His interests include measuring well-being, as well as the role of institutions in development and democratization. To him, the intellectual freedom and great friendships forged throughout his time at Yale will remain one of the best memories he has had as a student. He is also thankful for all the support and opportunities Professor Boozer and the rest of the department have given him; he is proud to have been a part of this wonderful academic community. Upon graduation, Leslie will return to Singapore to work in the public sector on trade promotion.
Nidhi Parekh graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai with a B.A. in Economics and Statistics in 2012. She has interned with J-PAL, SEWA and Deloitte Touché Tohamatsu. At Yale, she was a Teaching Fellow for ‘Global Health’ by Prof. Richard Skolnik. After graduation she will be an Overseas Development Institute Fellow. There she will gain some field work, macroeconomic development and policy experience. Nidhi is very grateful to her advisor, professors and friends for this wonderful experience at Yale and wishes them the very best.
Sarahjane Phelan graduated from Oxford with an MMath in Mathematics before working as a trainee actuary with PwC and Aviva in Dublin, and MetLife in London. While at Yale, she particularly enjoyed taking classes on Behavioural Economics and Global Health alongside interning for IPA’s Global Financial Inclusion Initiative. After graduation, Sarahjane will travel to Burkina Faso for a fellowship with a local micro-insurance provider and wishes everyone in her cohort luck on their adventures.
Nithya Sharma graduated from Dartmouth College in 2008 with a B.A. in Economics and English Literature. Nithya also received her MBA from the Yale School of Management in 2012. She joined the IDE program to pursue an integrated perspective of policy and international economics that would complement the management training from her MBA studies. With professional experiences in development banking, the public sector, and development consulting, Nithya is looking forward to building a career in international development, with a special interest in global health and gender equality. Nithya thanks her family and friends for their unconditional support and wishes her IDE classmates all the best in the future!
Adeline Tay embarked on the IDE program after graduating from the University of Mannheim, Germany with a B.S. degree in Economics. Adeline had a very enriching time at Yale deepening her knowledge about Economics and its applications to real-world issues, as well as broadening her knowledge in International Relations, Management and Finance, amongst many others. Her broad-based academic training at Yale, in addition to her previous stints in the Singapore government and the Center for European Economic Research, has contributed much to preparing her for her upcoming career in the Singapore government service as a practitioner of Economics to issues in trade and industry. The close-knit IDE community, including Professor Boozer and Louise, have also made her experience in Yale an especially memorable one, which she will fondly look back on as a source of motivation and support.
Ryohei Yamamoto graduated from the University of Tokyo in Japan with a B.A. in Economics in 2007 and started his career as an economist at Bank of Japan. While working at the Bank of Japan, he was sent to Yale to achieve higher academic standards for his work. He has learned rigorous economics and demonstrated the knowledge of his working experience in the class. After graduation, he will go back to Japan and continue his career as an economist to make the most of his skills learned at Yale.
Karen Zhang graduated with Distinct Honors from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Economics and Applied Mathematics. She was honored with the Mark A. Schimbor Award in recognition of the best undergraduate research. As a joint-degree candidate in IDE and the Yale School of Public Health, Karen is interested in economic development focusing on health policy and healthcare system. She is grateful for her time at Yale where she received enormous advice from the IDE program and supportive Yale faculties. She wishes all of her classmates the best of luck in pursuing their careers. [Karen is currently a PhD student at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.]
Profiles of 2012 Graduates
Kenya Amano graduated from Hitotsubashi University in Japan with a B.A. in Law. After working at the Bank of Japan as an Economist, he came to Yale to seek new policy approaches and social systems for overcoming deflation and “Lost Decades Syndrome” in Japan. He has learned a tremendous amount at Yale through an independent study and discussions with faculty members. He would like to thank the IDE program for deepening his understanding of economics and for developing his analytical skills.
James Arnold graduated from the University of Oxford with a B.A. in Economics and Management in 2010. He then spent the following year pursuing internships with Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and the European Commission in Brussels. At Yale, James gained a multi-disciplinary approach to development by studying electives from across the university’s Economics, International Relations and Management faculties. He would like to thank his IDE friends and professors for a very enriching year. James is preparing to undertake a two-year fellowship abroad with the Overseas Development Institute.
Jared Augenstein graduated from Vassar College in 2010 with a B.A. in Science, Technology & Society. In addition to the IDE program, he is currently completing the Masters in Public Health program. Last summer, Jared worked at Results for Development, a global health and development think-tank in Washington, D.C. Jared has been very involved in a variety of student groups including Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, the Student Global Health and AIDS Coalition, and the Yale School of Public Health Student Consulting Group. Jared is looking forward to employing what he has learned at Yale in the “real world” and wishes all of his classmates the best of luck as they travel to all corners of the world.
Maria Bautista (or “Eibee” as she is known by her peers) graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Economics and a Minor in Mathematics. At Yale, she pursued her interests in development and financial markets through the International and Development Economics program and by taking numerous classes in the School of Management. After graduation she will be returning to the Philippines to work at Citibank’s corporate banking department, as well as jump-starting development initiatives among the country’s corporate elite. Maria aspires to one day becoming her home country’s first female central bank governor.
Peiyi Chen graduated with Honors from the University of California, Davis with B.A. in Economics and a minor in Psychology. After working with Shell Oil Company and Investment Banking Division at CICC, she has enjoyed the respite of a more academic pace at Yale. After graduation from the IDE program, she will go back to China and pursue a career in Strategy and Management Consulting. She will miss her IDE cohort for the fun times and inspiring conversations. She would also like to thank her mother, Lifen Hong, for her unconditional love and support.
Yan Min Chia graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a B.Sc. in Economics. She is thankful to all her professors and friends at Yale for contributing to the amazing experience she has had here. After graduating from the IDE program, Yan Min will be returning to Singapore to work as a journalist with Singapore Press Holdings, one of Singapore’s largest media companies.
Somachi Chris-Asoluka, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2011. Seeking to derive conceptual benefit, Somachi has combined her economics coursework at Yale with a dynamic International Relations approach with emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa. With knowledge gained in fondly remembered Yale classrooms, Somachi is eager to delve further into development economics by interning in global organizations that particularly target poverty and inequality. In the near future, she plans to return to Nigeria to serve the Nigerian government by enrolling in the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) for a year. As a young Nigerian woman, Somachi hopes to empower women in the developing world by employing sustainable microfinance practices.
Aletheia Donald holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Economics from University College London. After completing an internship in Mali with Innovations for Poverty Action, she came to Yale to pursue her interest in development issues. While at Yale, Aletheia took classes at the School of Public Health and the School of Forestry, and volunteered in her spare time. Over the course of the year, Aletheia also worked as Research Assistant for IPA, and will start as a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School after graduation. She thanks her classmates and professors for the wonderful year! [Aletheia is currently an Economist with the Gender Innovation Lab at the World Bank.]
Ni Gu came to Yale after receiving her B.A. in Economics from Bard College and a Master of Management Studies degree from Duke University. At Yale, she enjoyed the inspiring and challenging coursework in both the International and Development Economics program and the School of Management. With internship experiences in the banking sector and the United Nations Development Program, Ni is looking forward to a career in economic and financial analysis.
Xi He came to Yale after receiving her B.A. in Economics and Finance from the University of Hong Kong. She joined the IDE program to pursue a further understanding of international economics. After graduation she will be working as a research analyst in a consulting firm. Xi loved her time at Yale, especially the friendships she has made with all the wonderful and intelligent classmates from around the world, and she wishes them all the best after they leave the warm and amazing IDE family.
Christopher Hoy. Since the age of five, Chris has been focused on helping to end extreme poverty. He has been actively involved in numerous non-government organizations, including co-founding and playing a leadership role in Fairly Educated which unites university fair trade movements around the world. He completed his undergraduate and honors program at the University of Sydney, where he concentrated on the role of agricultural exports in ending extreme poverty. His studies at Yale have enabled him to continue his work in this important area.
Haijing (Crystal) Huang graduated with a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago and worked as a research fellow at Stanford Law School before coming to Yale. Born in China, she grew up in the Philippines where her interest in development economics work began. While attending IDE, she worked as a research assistant for Innovations for Poverty Action under Professor Dean Karlan. Upon graduation from Yale, Crystal will be working for the Inter-American Development Bank. Crystal would like to thank IDE Director Michael Boozer, all her professors, fellow IDErs and IPA colleagues for her unforgettable experiences at Yale! [Crystal is currently a PhD student at the Rand Graduate School.]
Yuki Kimura graduated from Kyoto University with a Bachelor of Law Degree. Interested in sustainable development, she has worked for several NGOs on development issues in Asia-Pacific and, in recent years, in central banking. Her studies at Yale have enriched her knowledge of economics and statistics, allowing her to develop a multi-disciplinary perspective on policymaking. After completing the Yale IDE Program, she will continue working in the financial sphere, applying her newly gained knowledge and insights.
Hideto Koizumi received a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Soka University of America in 2011. At Soka, Hideto gained some experience in the field and worked as an intern at the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, PlaNet Finance in China, and the Centre for Microfinance in India. These first-hand experiences motivated him to pursue academic careers in development economics, which put him on the path to the IDE Program. After graduation, Hideto is planning to work at the Innovations for Poverty Action as a research assistant for Professor Karlan. He would like to thank his IDE classmates for their sincere and consistent support, Louise for organizing everything and for her cheering smile, and Mike for being way too nice and teaching him the celebrated D’oh test. [Hideto is currently a PhD student at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.]
Maggie Wanshan Li graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in Economics. She has a strong passion for public and monetary policy, and she believes that well-designed policies could substantially improve people’s lives. During her studies at Yale, she has gained tremendously from the intellectual vitality at Yale, as well as the friendships she has made in the IDE program. She would like to thank her family for their unconditional love and also Professor Boozer for his continuous support. In the future she will continue working in the public sector to generate positive changes.
Yong Long Lim graduated from the University of Warwick with a B.Sc. in Economics. His experience at Yale has been nothing but enjoyable. He is grateful for Yale’s liberal arts approach that allowed him to attend classes in religion, politics, city planning and even Spanish, above and beyond the core modules of economics. The extra-curricular activities and friendships forged made his time at Yale all the more enriching. Upon graduation, he will return to Singapore and pursue a career in the civil service.
Alexandra Ying Ning Loh graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with first class honors in Economics. Before coming to Yale, she spent her summers working in the Prime Minister’s Office in Singapore, interning at the ExxonMobil Asia-Pacific Headquarters in Singapore and at Nomura Bank in Hong Kong. At Yale, she has gained a deeper understanding of international and development economics whilst exploring new interests by taking classes at the School of Management. After graduation, she will work in the global markets division of an international bank in Hong Kong.
Kate Lofgren McNamara graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University with a Bachelor in Arts in Political Science with minors in Economics and Religion. After working in banking in New York, she came to Yale for a Masters in International and Development Economics. Kate plans to pursue a career in the field of economic empowerment and policy. She is grateful to Professor Boozer and Louise and would like to thank her brilliant, generous, and compassionate IDE classmates for their support and inspiration. Kate is deeply indebted to her loving family and friends. [Kate is currently an Investment Analyst with the Soros Economic Development Fund.]
Veronica Postal graduated with honors with a B.S. in International Economics and Management from Bocconi University. After completing with distinction a Master of Science in Political Science and Political Economy at the London School of Economics, she came to Yale to pursue her interest in development. While at Yale, she took classes in economics and management, and she interned at the Human Development Report Office in New York. She is grateful to her family for their unconditional support, thankful to Professor Boozer for his guidance, and wishes her fellow IDErs the best of luck in all their endeavors. [Veronica is currently a PhD student in Economics at the University of Minnesota.]
Fabian Schrey graduated from the London School of Economics with first class honours reading Economics and Geography. Before he came to Yale, he interned at the German Embassy in London where he worked for the Economic and Finance section. During his time in New Haven he particularly enjoyed Behavioral Economics and Stochastic Processes as well as learning a lot about Gothic Cathedrals. Although he is looking forward to going back to Europe to work, he is very sad to leave his friends and wants to thank them all for a marvelous time. He wishes them and especially Professor Boozer and Louise all the best. [Fabian is currently a PhD student in Economics at Yale University.]
Teodora Tsankova graduated from the American University in Bulgaria with a double major in Economics (Honors) and Business Administration. Her school awarded her with the Tchaprachikoff Scholarship for graduate studies at top US universities. While at Yale she held a Research Position with a Postdoctoral Associate at the Economic Growth Center. She took classes in the School of Forestry, School of Management and the Jackson Institute. Upon graduation she is going back to Europe to work for the development of her home country, Bulgaria.
Faraz Usmani graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Economics in 2010 before returning to his native New Delhi to join the National AIDS Control Organization at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India. He came to Yale to further pursue his interest in economic development and public policy. Faraz feels honored to have studied under such esteemed professors at Yale, and privileged to have had such an accomplished group of individuals as his peers in the IDE program. [Faraz is currently a PhD student at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment.]
Jiarui Wang graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a B.A. in Economics. She became interested in economic development in her undergraduate studies. While at Yale, she acquired skills for working in the field of development and expanded her knowledge in many areas in international development such as microfinance and global health. She would like to thank her professors and fellow IDE students for their support and inspiration.
Ting Wang was born in China and came to the U.S. for undergraduate studies. She was an intern in a hedge fund company and she also dabbled in monetary policy and development economic research before coming to Yale. She feels enriched by her experience at Yale and especially enjoyed spending time with her fellow IDE classmates who are spunky and entrepreneurial. After IDE, she hopes to work at IPA to further conduct development research while consolidating her math background by taking more courses on campus. Ting has always sought a career that jibes with her inner passion and she confronts the future with much optimism.
Eleanor Wiseman holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Cambridge as well as a B.A. in Business Engineering from UCL, Belgium. She came to Yale to strengthen her knowledge of Development Economics, but has also taken classes in other disciplines. During her time at Yale, she has worked as a research assistant focusing on healthcare in Africa and represented Yale on the ski team. Next year, she will be working in the field for J-PAL. She would like to thank her friends and professors for a life-changing experience, and wishes everyone the very best. [Eleanor is currently a PhD student in Agricultural and Resource Economics at Berkeley.]
Viola Wong graduated from University College London with a B.Sc. in Economics. After attending summer school in Korea, she came to Yale to experience the U.S. education system. The IDE program has opened up her eyes to the field of Development Economics and allowed her to broaden her interest in International Relations and Management. She has further enriched her time at Yale by dancing for the Yale Ballroom team. Viola will be working in a Singaporean government institution after graduation. She is thankful for all the precious friendships she has made throughout this year.
Ran Xu graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with B.A.degrees in both Economics and Mathematics. She came to Yale to pursue a deeper understanding of International and Development Economics. After graduation, she will go back to China and work in a fund management company. Ran Xu would like to thank Professor Boozer, Louise and all her IDE friends for all their help, and for all the wonderful times they have spent together during the year. She wishes them the very best in the future.
Xiaye Yang graduated from Renmin University of China with a B.A. in Economics. She came to Yale to deepen her knowledge in economic theory and policy making. After graduation, she will work for an international organization during the summer and then pursue further study in the area of international relations. Xiaye is very grateful for the wonderful year she spent at Yale and for the brilliant people she met. She would like to thank her professors and schoolmates for all their help and support.
Profiles of 2011 Graduates
Uttara Balakrishnan graduated with high distinction from the University of Delhi with a B.A. in Economics. She came to Yale to pursue a deeper understanding of International and Development Economics. She has taken a multi-disciplinary approach to address her interests in economic development and public policy by taking classes in the School of Management. She feels enriched by her experience at Yale and is excited about the future when she plans to work in an international development organization. [Uttara is currently a PhD student in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland.]
Yi Li Patricia Chua graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc in Economics. She came to Yale to experience the American education. After graduation, she will be working with a government institution in Singapore.
Mark Clifton received a BA with Honors in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University. Before coming to Yale, Mark Clifton worked as an economist for a number of years, initially as an economic consultant in the United Kingdom, specializing in the energy and water sectors. This was followed by several years working for a regulatory authority in the United Arab Emirates. In the future, Mark hopes to utilize what he has learnt at Yale by working more in the field of development economics.
Diana Connett graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in 2006.
After working as an energy policy advocate for Environment Massachusetts and backpacking through much of South America, Diana is completing a joint degree with the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and IDE. While at Yale, she worked with the Center for Environmental Law & Policy to drive several reports, including the 2010 and 2012 /Environmental Performance Index/ and /Exploring Trade and the Environment/ as well as a thesis on quantification strategies for environmental indicators. She is now pursuing a career in sustainable development.
Evan Green-Lowe graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Economics and International and Global Studies. Having worked at the U.S. Government Accountability Office and MIT’s Poverty Action Lab, he joined the IDE program to take advantage of a curriculum that could further his understanding of the technical issues critical to development economics. Next year Evan will be working as a Research Associate in Sierra Leone where he will help implement an impact evaluation connected to the New Rice for Africa (NERICA) initiative.
Jimin Ha holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a Diploma in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics (EME) from the London School of Economics. Her experiences as an intern at the United Nations and McKinsey Global Institute led her to pursue study at Yale to deepen her understanding of international and development economics. In the near future she hopes to pursue a long term career goal of working for an international organization or public sector that delivers societal change. Jimin would like to thank her IDE colleagues for being inspiring and encouraging. [Jimin is currently a PhD student at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.]
Celine Harion graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc in Philosophy and Economics. She came to Yale to deepen her knowledge of economics and apply it to development field projects. After graduation she will start a Research Assistant position in Rwanda working on technology adoption among coffee farmers. She has loved her time at Yale and has made many wonderful friends. She is grateful to Mike Boozer for his work as Director of the IDE programme. [Celine is currently a PhD student in Economics at LSE.]
Shu Kitamura received a B.A. in Liberal Arts with a focus on the study of International Relations from the University of Tokyo. After working at the Japanese Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), he came to pursue a deeper understanding of economic policy for developing countries. After graduating from the IDE program, he will go back to JICA and continue a career in international development. Shu enjoyed the life in New Haven and would like to thank his IDE colleagues and his family for supporting his study here.
Kevin Kromash graduated from Wesleyan University in 2008. At Yale, he is pursuing concurrent Masters Degrees in Environmental Management and International & Development Economics. In the future, he hopes to work with an organization that uses quantitative analysis to promote the best approaches to economic development and environmental protection. Thanks very much to Professors Boozer, Bubula, and Alonso, as well as Louise, Camilo, Scott, Anant, and all my colleagues for a great year! Remember everybody, E[X2] ≠ [E[X]]2 !!!!
Zhihui (Joyce) Kua graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with first class honours. Before coming to Yale, she spent her summers working at a public school in Singapore, conducting research at the Institute of Policy Studies within the National University of Singapore, and interning at Barclays Capital. She hopes to combine her work experiences with what she has learned at Yale to further explore the intersection between private sector initiatives and the provision of education. Upon completion of the IDE program, she will return to Singapore to serve the Ministry of Education.
Pimpatchara (Pim) Kusolvititkul graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Economics-Mathematics. She came to Yale with a great interest in Behavioral Economics and its application on development policy. Upon graduation, she will return to Thailand and work in the Ministry of Finance. Pimpatchara would like to thank her professors and friends at Yale for giving her such a wonderful and enriching experience at Yale. She wishes them all the best.
Meng Lu graduated from the University of Oxford with a B.A. in Economics and Management. She is very thankful for the enriching experience at Yale and hopes to stay in touch with the wonderfully global network of friends and colleagues. [Meng earned her J.D. at Harvard Law School after finishing at IDE.]
Takako Onitsuka graduated from the University of Tokyo with a Bachelor of Law Degree in 2005. She joined the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan and gained her policymaking experience in the field of consumer protection and climate change. In 2010, she received an LL.M from Harvard Law School and became licensed as a New York State Attorney. The focus of her study while at Yale has been Economics, especially public sector economics and Law and Economics, which has allowed her to develop a multi-disciplinary perspective on policymaking. She will return to Japan after graduation and continue her work for the Government of Japan.
Sreelakshmi Papineni graduated in 2005 from University College London with a BSc in Economics. After graduation she worked for five years on the trading floor as an Equity Salestrader in London. She came to Yale to revive her interest in economics and to begin her pursuit of a career in development. She is looking forward to doing fieldwork in Africa or South Asia, specifically contributing to poverty alleviation efforts. She wants to thank her IDE classmates for many laughs and for providing her with friends in every corner of the globe.
Zoi-Melina Papoutsi graduated with high distinction from the Athens University of Economics and Business with a BSc. in Economics. A Fulbright scholar, she enriched her knowledge in a variety of topics by taking advantage of all the opportunities Yale has to offer. Melina has taken a multi-disciplinary approach to address her interests in environmental issues by taking classes in the School of Forestry. In the future, Melina looks forward to widening her horizons and to interact within a multinational and diverse environment such as that at Yale University.
Georgina Pizzolitto graduated with a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata in Argentina. Before coming to Yale she worked at the Poverty and Gender Unit for the Latin America Region at the World Bank and the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank where she worked on projects to reduce poverty and inequality and increase opportunities for the poor. After graduating from the IDE program, Georgina will continue working to move the development agenda in poor countries forward through active engagement on development issues.
Yu (Yuki) Qiu graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor Degree of Commerce. After working for two years at Just Energy in Canada, she came to Yale to pursue the IDE program. She has enjoyed the campus and the academic environment at Yale very much. She would like to thank her IDE colleagues for all the wonderful moments they have shared!
Sumana Rao came to Yale after receiving a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University. Her interests lie in emerging markets, social venture and finance.
After graduation she will join Wells Fargo Securities’ investment banking division in San Francisco. She is incredibly grateful for her time at Yale and feels very lucky to have been a part of the 10-11 cohort!
Ralph Schmitt-Nilson graduated 2010 from a joint degree program in Economics and Statistics at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and ENSAE ParisTech. His interests led him to pursue coursework in international trade and European economic affairs. In particular he is grateful for experiencing the intra-disciplinary atmosphere on campus and meeting people with the most varied backgrounds. He thanks the German Government for supporting his studies at Yale and wishes his teachers and fellow classmates all the best for the future.
Kevin Shanahan graduated from the University of Warwick with first class honours in Economics. At Yale, he has enjoyed gaining a deeper understanding of development economics whilst exploring new interests in other fields, particularly literature and political philosophy. Before starting work in London, he is looking forward to a summer travelling around the USA. He would like to thank his professors and IDE friends for a very rewarding and enjoyable year.
Ioanna Sikiaridi graduated from UCL with a BSc in Economics. During her undergraduate studies she was fascinated with development experiments conducted throughout the developing world. She spent her summers ‘trekking’ throughout Latin America learning the language and immersing herself in the culture. This year has been a great experience and has given her a great group of friends. After graduation she wishes to continue exploring the world travelling and working in finding innovative solutions to eradicate poverty and hunger.
Suppharoek Wanisubut graduated with first class honors from Thammasat University in Thailand with a B.A. in Economics. After nearly three years working in real estate, and energy and environment services companies, he came to the IDE program at Yale with strong interests in international development issues. At Yale, he enjoyed taking his IDE courses as well as the elective courses in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Upon graduation, he will return to Thailand and would like to continue to work in the sustainable development field.
Diqiu (Danielle) Wu is from Beijing, China. She graduated from the University of Auckland with a BCom in Finance and Economics. After participating in various projects in International and Development Economics, Danielle came to Yale to receive formal training in this field. As a CFA Society Scholarship holder, a Goldman Sachs Global Young Leaders trainee, an independent researcher, a published writer, a student association leader and a Miss Chinese finalist, Danielle has made achievements in many fields. After graduation, she would like to continue to conduct research in the development field and help change people’s lives.
Jingjing Xie received a B.A. in Finance and Mathematics from Wuhan University and a M.A. in Economics from Peking University. After working at the United Nations, she came to Yale to pursue a deeper understanding of International and Development Economics. After graduating from the IDE program, she would like to pursue further development work in international institutions.
Ling (Shirley) Xiong came to Yale after she received her BA in Philosophy, and Economics and Mathematics from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. At Yale, she further developed her interests in the international macro economy and its impact on people’s lives. She also solidified her pursuit of a career in governments and international organizations. She would like to take this opportunity to express her gratitude towards her parents, YongPing Xiong and Hui Ling, and her childhood mentors, Ms. Wang JiHeng and Professor Yin YiWei, for their unconditional love and support.
Akihiro Yoshinaga was raised in Japan and the US, and has travelled to 24 countries. He holds an LL.B and LL.M. from the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law. While in college, he participated in relief work in Zambia. Since 2005, he has worked in policy planning and negotiation at the Bank of Japan, the central bank. At Yale, he studied economics in the IDE program, finance at SOM and banking law at the Law School. Akihiro will soon return to the Bank of Japan to encounter new challenges with a broadened perspective.
Jiaqi (Kelly) Zhang received her undergraduate degree from the London School of Economics. The courses she took at Yale stimulated her interest in leveraging microfinance to alleviate poverty and boost new business. As a member of the Graduate & Professional Student Senate, she coordinated the Yale Day of Service and other fund raising events. She thanks Professor Boozer, Louise and her IDE classmates for her memorable life at Yale. She also thanks her parents, Xiangyang Zhang & Ping Li for fulfilling her dream of a Yale education. After graduation, she will continue to raise awareness to issues in international development.
Lingxiu (Marvin) Zhang. After spending one year at the China-Africa Development Fund, Lingxiu Zhang came to the IDE program with the aim of furthering his knowledge of development and Africa. An Actuarial Science major at the LSE, Lingxiu has taken a “Liberal Arts” approach at Yale by taking different but interconnected courses spanning from Microfinance to Diplomacy. Passionate for volunteering, Lingxiu spent his free time teaching English to Iraqi refugees and preparing tax returns for low-income families in New Haven. After graduation, Lingxiu will conduct research at the University of Cape Town.
Wei Zheng graduated from the University of Maryland (College Park) with a B.A. in Agricultural and Resource Economics. With a great interest in sustainable development and poverty alleviation, she came to Yale University for a better understanding of this area. One year’s living and study experience at Yale enriched her knowledge of the developing world, as well as the skills useful for future study and research. After graduation from the IDE program, she hopes to pursue her career in the international development field and contribute herself to the fight against global poverty. She really enjoyed the year she spent with the other IDEers, and would like to thank them for their help.