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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

Alumni of IBGC Global Research Fellowship Published in MIT Press Innovations

Building on research conducted as part of the IBGC Global Research Fellowship, Fletcher alumni Michael Mori (MALD ’15) and Trevor Zimmer (MALD ’15) published a piece in the MI Press Journal, Innovations. Their research, undertaken in the Summer of 2014, examined the gaps in mobile banking among the poor in Indonesia. Both Michael and Trevor currently work for Dalberg Design Impact Group at Dalberg Global Development Advisors.

Introduction:

Indonesia is the largest consumer market in Southeast Asia and a member of the G20, yet it has one of the largest underbanked populations in the world. As of 2014, only 36 percent of Indonesia’s 243 million people were banked, leaving the majority financially excluded, exposed to risk, and left to manage their finances with mostly inefficient, informal services (World Bank 2014).

Check out their full article in Innovations: “Mobilizing Banking for Indonesia’s Poor”

The Inclusive Growth Initiative (Inclusion, Inc.) of IBGC offers the opportunity for a select number of exceptional Fletcher students to conduct original research and analysis around the world as a part of the IBGC Global Research Fellowship. The program was created in 2013 and has sent student teams into the field for immersive studies in emerging and frontier markets such as Myanmar, Turkey, Kenya, and Indonesia.