International development, foreign policy, global governance
World Bank, Washington, D.C.
You graduated from college with a degree in business administration and economics. Why did you decide to pursue a degree in public affairs? Why did you choose Brown for your MPA?
I decided to pursue a degree in public affairs to expand my understanding of how international stakeholders interact in solving global policy issues. Knowing that private firms are a large part of economic growth of most countries, I hope to combine my knowledge of business, economics, and policy in a manner that benefits clients. Additionally, I sought to pursue a degree that would provide me with the tools and frameworks needed to enact sustainable change in the world.
I chose Brown for my MPA for its world-class faculty and a curriculum that includes a three-month consultancy in one year. I sought a program that could provide me with the necessary knowledge about policy without having to be in a traditional two-year program. I also chose Brown as it would give me access to incredible professional connections, a beautiful campus, and very knowledgeable classmates.
As the son of a diplomat, you had the privilege of living in Poland, Australia, Cuba, Austria, Sudan, and the U.S. How has that experience informed your policy studies?
Having lived in so many countries has shown me just how complicated foreign relations can be. Due to the existing anarchic landscape, it is extremely difficult to bring countries together and have them agree on a certain action or goal. Current and future efforts that includes professionals with deep knowledge of country, culture, and regional expertise are crucial in negotiating the various problems that we face.
I have also learned the value of diversity. Having been able to work with people from different cultures with different mindsets, I have learned that all forms of strategic teamwork are far more effective when you have distinct perspectives in the mix. I have been able to put a face and voice on various global issues such as climate change, extreme poverty, and education due to having interacted with people that are living the effects of policy issues on a day-to-day basis.