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Our alumni do development differently.

Around the world, Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) graduates are in pivotal roles, leading development.

Inside governments and traditional development organizations, and outside the box in startups and social enterprises, MPA/IDs are changing the way development is done.

Our graduates hold influential policy and management positions in a wide range of international organizations, national governments, central and regional banks, nonprofit and research organizations, and private sector companies. 

Where do MPA/ID graduates work?

The majority of MPA/ID alumni work in public service, broadly defined. The national governments of their home countries (15%) and the World Bank (9%) are the two biggest employers. About forty percent of our alumni work in the private sector, in consulting, finance, technology, and other private firms. A growing number of our graduates go on to start their own social enterprises.

MPA/ID graduates, classes of 2001-2018
Public Service 59%
International Organizations 20%
Public Sector (Governments) 16%
Non-profits 15%
Educational Institutions 5%
Social Enterprises/Start Ups 3%
Private Sector 41%
Consulting 12%
Media/Writer 1%
Other Private 28%
Total 100%

 Biggest employers of MPA/ID alumni

  • Governments of home countries
  • World Bank
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • United Nations System
  • Center for International Development (CID), Harvard University
  • IDinsight
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Innovations for Poverty Action / Jameel Poverty Action Lab
  • McKinsey and Company
  • Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
  • Dalberg Advisors
  • JP Morgan Chase

MPA/ID alumni include:

Woman smilingMeriem Ait Ali Slimane, MPA/ID 2008, is the Senior Private Sector Specialist in the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice, West Africa based in Dakar, Senegal. She has been leading lending operations, technical assistance and analytical projects in the areas of refugees and women economic opportunities, and in export competitiveness. She co-authored the book Privilege-Resistant Policies in the Middle East and North Africa in 2018.

Woman smilingToni Alva, MPA/ID 2014, is the youngest-ever finance minister of Peru. Learn more about her work  in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis in this Center for International Development event recording: Challenges to Contain COVID-19 in Latin America: Lessons from Chile & Peru

Simon Black, MPA/ID 2017Simon Black, MPA/ID 2017, is an Economist at the World Bank Global Climate Change Research & Analytics (GCCRA) division. His SYPA was titled “Carbon Taxation in Developing Countries: Who Could and Should Raise Energy Prices Now and How?”

man speakingIndu Shekhar Chaturvedi, MPA/ID 2004, is Secretary of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in India. He previously served as Senior Advisor to Executive Director in the Office of Executive Director for Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Sri Lanka at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

 Shannon DingShannon Ding, MPA/ID 2012, is an International Economist with the US Treasury’s Office of East Asia, where she focuses on China with respect to the financial sector, monetary policy, and exchange rate policy.

Woman smilingAmandla Ooko-Ombaka,  MPAID & MBA 2016, is an Associate Partner at McKinsey focused on agriculture and food. She is based in Nairobi,  Kenya. Her article, "Finding Africa’s path: Shaping bold solutions to save lives and livelihoods in the COVID-19 crisis" was co-authored by Ying Sunny Sun, MPA/ID 2012.

Man smilingDan Radcliffe, MPA/ID 2007,  a “development economist and practitioner focused on the intersection between digital payment systems, poverty alleviation, and public service delivery," serves as Deputy Director, Financial Services for the Poor at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, WA.

Praava Health
Sylvana Sinha MPA/ID & JD Columbia (2004)

"I am the Founder & CEO of Praava Health, which is building a network of family health centers in Bangladesh where patients come first. We are creating a better patient experience enabled by technology." - Sylvana Sinha MPA/ID, JD Columbia 2004 (USA)

Lori Systems Truck
Josh Sandler MPA/ID, MBA 2016

“Industrialization is one of the key drivers to economic growth. Essentially every country has gone through this. And on the African continent, what is preventing industrialization? The answer is logistics.” - Josh Sandler MPA/ID, MBA 2016 (South Africa)

Heat Maps of Predicting Conflict
Christy Lazicky, MPA/ID 2017 Best SYPA Award Winner

"Using machine learning for predictive analytics in peacekeeping has the potential to help peacekeeping forces more quickly and effectively make predictions about conflict, and thus deploy resources more rapidly to save lives." Christy Lazicky MPA/ID 2017 (USA)

Tomás Recart MPA/ID 2008 (Chile)

"During my first month at Harvard, I attended a presentation where I heard Wendy Kopp speak about Teach For America and its 'theory of change.' I immediately contacted other friends from Chile interested in improving education, and together we discussed our vision for starting a similar program in Chile." - Tomás Recart MPA/ID 2008 (Chile) 

Learn how our Office of Career Advancement can be a partner to you while you are an MPA/ID student and, later, as an HKS graduate like Amandla Ooko-Ombaka MPA/ID, MBA 2016, to support you along your unique career journey.