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MIB Alumni Nathan Cohen-Fournier (MIB’ 17): The Place I Call Home

Not every MIB journey is the same. Alumni wind up at major consulting firms, multinational corporations, international organizations, foundations, governments, and everything beyond and in between. One of the more unique journeys belongs to Nathan Cohen-Fournier (MIB ’17). Building on his work as part of the Global Research Fellowship, Nathan took a job in the remote region of Nunavik, in the northern reaches of Quebec. There he works as the Socio-Economic Development Officer for Makivik Corporation. Part of his charge there? The design and implementation of a youth entrepreneurial strategy in Nunavik — exactly what his research through IBGC looked at in the first place.

Not everyone comes to Fletcher looking to promote entrepreneurship deep in the tundra, but with the skills you’ll learn on campus, a healthy dose of passion, and a lot of hard work, the MIB can take you to places you never even knew you wanted to go.

Learn more about Nathan, his journey to Nunavik, and the exciting work he is doing.


On May 30, 2016, I discovered Nunavik for the very first time.

Two years later, as I write from Kuujjuaq [the Great River], my gaze is drawn to the outdoors. My mind wanders through the stillness and along the gentle curves of the tundra. Truth be told, I did not expect to live in the North, where delicate snowflakes and wandering ice sheets fill the landscape with a silent beauty. Even as June approaches and cherry blossoms have long faded in other parts of the world, Nunavik awakes slowly from the long winter.

What brought me back here?

When the opportunity presented itself to take up a position in Kuujjuaq, I naively thought that getting away from the concrete jungle could help me find peace. I thought that, in a remote community, the pace would slow down and that I’d be able to touch the essence of life in a more authentic, simple way. Don’t get me wrong, I love cities. The unique amalgam of colours, scents and noises. The chaotic embrace of a bustling street market. The sweet taste of anonymity. I was looking for something different, a place where I would be more vulnerable.

Read the full post from Nathan on his blog

MIB Alumni Stories: Ammar Karimjee (MIB’17) Happy With His Landing

Originally posted on the Fletcher Admissions Blog

Way back in the fall, an email snaked along to me and I reached out to the writer, Ammar Karimjee, a 2017 MIB graduate, to ask if I could publish it in the blog.  He agreed right away, so the delay in sharing it is all on me.  And yet with students entering in September 2018 still considering what this all means for them, and with the Class of 2018 searching for their own post-Fletcher jobs, I think Ammar’s post is instructive.  Note that the original recipients were staff and faculty associated with the MIB program and the Office of Career Services.  And, again, when Ammar refers to “a month ago,” he was reflecting on summer 2017, but I have confirmed with him that his work situation hasn’t changed.

Ammar Karimjee (MIB’17)

About a month ago, I moved to Tanzania to begin work with One Acre Fund Tanzania (OAF) as an “Impact Ventures Associate.”  As many of you may know, OAF’s core model provides a range of products: better seeds and fertilizer, along with training — all provided as part of a reasonably sized loan to farmers across East Africa.  On average, farmers who work with One Acre Fund have yields that are 50-100% higher than similar farmers who do not.  In Tanzania, OAF works with about 30,000 farmers.

While the model has significant impact for farmers, growth is relatively slow because the work is very hands-on.  Each new community we enter has to understand the product, be trained, and see results only after a full growing season (or one full year).  To tackle that problem, my team is trying to understand other ways of approaching and impacting farmers that may be faster to scale than the model OAF uses traditionally.

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Three People. Two Questions. One Degree. – Focus on Business for Impact

Our Master of International Business alumni step out of Fletcher into fascinating careers across sectors and geographies. Our new series, “Three People. Two Questions. One Degree.,” features MIB alumni working in a common industry who bring a unique Fletcher perspective to their organizations. Through a pair of questions, they look back at their time at Fletcher and forward to the future:

THREE PEOPLE


Zandile Lambu ‘17
Circle
Compliance Specialist

Boston, MA

Jesse Simmons ‘16
Align Impact
Investment Analyst

Santa Monica, CA

Ammar Karimjee '17
One Acre Fund
Impact Ventures Associate

Tanzania

TWO QUESTIONS

  • What did you learn at Fletcher that is most relevant to your career today?
  • What idea/innovation gives you the most hope for helping those at the bottom of the pyramid?

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Three People. Two Questions. One Degree. – Focus on Technology & Innovation

Our Master of International Business alumni step out of Fletcher into fascinating careers across sectors and geographies. Our new series, “Three People. Two Questions. One Degree.” features MIB alumni working in a common industry who bring a unique Fletcher perspective to their organizations. Through a pair of questions, they look back at their time at Fletcher and forward to the future.

THREE PEOPLE


Shailesh Chitnis ‘10
Compile
Vice President of Marketing

Bangalore, India

Sarah Ryan ‘13
SONOS
Global Commercial Insights

Boston, MA

David Rottblatt ‘11
Embraer
Business Development Director

San Francisco, CA

TWO QUESTIONS

  • What did you learn at Fletcher that is most relevant to your career today?
  • What innovation do you think will impact businesses most over the next 5 to 10 years?

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Student Research: IBGC Meets “BBGC”: Belgian Brewing in a Global Context

As the calendar turns summer and another class leaves Fletcher, we reflect on some of the fascinating research we’ve supported from students in the past. In this post, MIB ’16 graduate Ali Edelstein travels to Belgium to study its brewing industry.


This week, I realized Belgium is not the same country I lived and worked in two years ago. Its quirky citizens and hidden, lively bars have become more exposed to worldly cares and issues. Belgian companies are being acquired by international competitors; family brewers are innovating to stay relevant among microbrewers; and ISIS is launching a full assault on the country. The Institute for Business in the Global Context gave me a travel grant to support my research around the middle topic, so I traveled to Belgium, not expecting to experience the latter.

The author with Fletcher alum Mark Baker, Diageo’s Director of Global Trade & Regulatory Affairs

I arrived in Brussels on Monday morning and went directly to the European quarter for a meeting with Mark Baker, Fletcher alum and Diageo’s Director of Global Trade & Regulatory Affairs. True to Fletcher spirit, the topics we discussed ranged from the company’s work with local agricultural cooperatives in Africa to its involvement in a recent WTO case.  Mark played an instrumental role in helping me build industry knowledge and secure contacts for my capstone, “Strategic Alliances for Bourbon Barrel Beer: A European Market Opportunity Analysis”.

Tuesday morning came and as I headed to the train station to travel to the Amsterdam office of Diageo’s peer — Brown-Forman’s — I received news of multiple explosions in Brussels. Suicide bombers had initiated explosions in the airport and at Maelbeek metro station. I caught the last train out of the country before they shut down transportation, and while I had a productive meeting at Brown-Forman reviewing the details of my capstone’s proposal, I couldn’t get my favorite city off my mind.

What happened? Were my friends OK? How many people were killed? How could this happen? Would Brussels ever be the same?

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Online Retailers: Leading in Innovation, but Lagging in Corporate Responsibility?

Online retailers and brands are making beautiful, unique products more available than ever, and both consumers and investors have flocked to show their support. But are we holding them to the same standards that we’ve come to demand of industry-leading brick and mortar retailers?

Warby Parker store in downtown Boston

Warby Parker store in downtown Boston

In 2015, U.S. retail sales were $2.9 billion, and online retail made up just over 9% of that, at $271 million. While that may look like a small part of a large market, just five years prior, online retail was only 5% of total U.S. retail sales value. By 2020, Euromonitor International projects that online retail sales will nearly double, up to 15% of total U.S. retail sales. Notable growth in the online retail category is projected for every region in the world, which means it deserves the same consumer and investor scrutiny as the rest of the industry.

Through media attention, consumer boycotts, and shareholder resolutions, many established retailers and brands have realized that human rights and environmental abuses in international supply chains are bad for business. As a result, most apparel companies with strong brand recognition have since undertaken corporate responsibility or sustainability strategies as a matter of course.

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Fletcher alumnus Justin Ettinger (MIB 13) joins Dean Stavridis to discuss his current role as a senior manager in corporate strategy at Under Armour, Inc., in addition to why he chose Fletcher, his capstone project for Converse and his move to the West Coast to work for Gap Inc.

MIB Program Announces Alumni Advisory Board

We are proud to announce the members of the MIB Alumni Advisory Board. Alumni from our first three Master of International Business classes — currently living around the globe, from right here in Boston to India, Zimbabwe, and San Francisco — were nominated by their peers and will help guide the future of the MIB program. We look forward to continuing to work with our ever-growing alumni community!

The Advisory Board members are:

  • Patty Ye Cao (2012) – Aberdeen Asset Management – London, UK
  • Shailesh Chitnis (2010) – Compile – Bangalore, India
  • Frank D’Agnese (2010) – State Street Bank – Boston, MA
  • Justin Ettinger (2013) – Under Armour – Baltimore, MD
  • Tanya Hoke (2013) – Belem Group – Boston, MA
  • Tatiana Popa (2010) – Pfizer – New York, NY
  • Violet Midzi Vertriest (2013) – UNICEF – Harare, Zimbabwe
  • David Rottblatt (2011) – GE – San Francisco, CA
  • Rishad Sadikot (2012) – Cambridge Associates – Boston, MA

The Alumni Advisory Board serves as a guiding council to ensure that the MIB program remains on the cutting edge of international business issues. The alumni that make up the Board come from a diverse range of geographies, industries, and perspectives, ensuring the full breadth of the MIB program is represented.

Congratulations to Ariel Jahner (MIB ’13), Forbes “30 Under 30” Recipient!

The MIB 2013 alumna is currently a Narcotics Affairs Officer with the US Embassy in Mexico City. It’s a well deserved award for the important work you do!

Ariel has served as the Narcotics Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City for the past two years, collaborating with the U.S. and Mexican interagencies to develop strategies to stem the flow of heroin from Mexico to the United States. Additionally, she is developing programs and strategies to boost the capacity of Mexican rule of law institutions and professionalize Mexico’s police force through the Merida Initiative. She holds a B.A. from American University and an MIB from Tufts University.

Read more at Forbes

“Crowd-sourcing an apology to Bangladesh” by Imad Ahmed (MIB ’11)

by Imad Ahmed (MIB ’11)

In 44 years, the state of Pakistan has failed to make an official apology for the war crimes committed by its armed forces against the people of Bangladesh in 1971. With the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ recent denial of atrocities, it is unlikely one is forthcoming.

It is incumbent therefore upon self-respecting patriots to circumvent the official leadership. In the age of the internet, this couldn’t be easier. We have started to crowd-source an apology in order to offer it to the people of Bangladesh.

Read the full op-ed from MIB alumnus Imad Ahmed in Pakistan Today

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