MPA/ID candidate Lucila Arboleya

Anita Niangoran

My ambition is to become a professional catalyst for creative economic and social change in Africa, and I believe that —at the time of a challenging global economic environment—the Continent needs leaders able to think beyond the traditional aspects of policy making in order to make a meaningful difference.

I therefore came to the MPA/ID Program seeking an interdisciplinary perspective on international development questions.

The program exceeded my expectations. I was truly impressed by the ability of the faculty to coordinate the topics covered in each class in a manner that allowed us to analyze key development questions from several angles. Equally importantly, the highly diverse class, highly qualified professors and distinguished guest speakers all constantly inspired me and challenged me to my limits. Moreover, during my summer internships with the Treasury Department in Turkey and the Office of the President in Botswana, I had the chance to improve my practical knowledge of macroeconomic issues related to monetary and exchange rate policies.

I expect the dual MBA with Stanford to be a complement to the knowledge that I acquired in the MPA/ID that will allow me to contribute to find innovative solutions to inclusive growth issues at the crossroads of the public and private sectors.

Before enrolling in the MPA/ID Program, Anita served as an Economist with the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Côte d’Ivoire, and as an Economist with the IMF in Washington, DC.


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