Always having been intrigued by the wider world-system resulting out of the actions of and the interactions and relationships between the infinite number of actors operating at the multiple levels of the global economy, I decided to pursue my Bachelors degree in International Affairs at the University of St. Gallen (HSG). During my studies, I had the chance to work for an MNC as well as to co-found a start-up, which gave me invaluable insights to both the complexity of business as well as the added value it can create. Taking this knowledge and combining it with my experience as a working student for a small Zurich-based NGO, which had sparked my interest in philanthropic work and development, I developed a deep interest for the complementarity of entrepreneurship, philanthropy and development. Having written my thesis about one possible form, or rather model of this complementarity – namely Philanthrocapitalism – led me to the realization that philanthropic efforts and entrepreneurial bottom-up development could only go so far without the support of public bodies and the government. This in turn then prompted me to take an interest in governmental and corporate affairs and the wider field of development, leading me to a Masters in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.

In fall 2018, as part of this Masters, I will be spending an exchange semester in the M.A. in International Affairs program at the Elliott School of International Affairs (The George Washington University) in Washington, D.C. Having had the opportunity during my undergraduate studies to pursue a highly enriching exchange at Sciences Po Paris, I am now thrilled at the prospect of having a similarly rewarding experience, both in terms of academic learning as well as personal growth, in D.C. I would like to express profound gratitude to the Fondation Zdenek et Michaela Bakala for awarding me a scholarship that is making this exchange possible.