Brandeis IBS alumni - using MA degrees for careers in economics
A degree from Brandeis International Business School (IBS) can pave the way for an exciting and dynamic career in economics. Two of our alumni were eager to share their success stories in the field.
Mr. Edward K. Gondwe, MA '06
Senior Governance Officer, African Development Bank
"My work at the African Development Bank has offered an experience at the forefront of the campaign to bring economic development to the world. It is an organization that is one of the prime movers of the African continent's growth into a wealthier, more prosperous region. You can learn from some of the most intelligent people in the field, and be a part of something very special. The exposure to different governments, civil societies, and cultures through opportunities to travel, and also the strong cooperation with other development banks, can give you knowledge very unique to these changing economic times.
The Brandeis IBS education is wonderful preparation for a career in economics. It provides you with top-notch training in technical knowledge and the strong ability to think in this field. Anyone looking for adventure and a premier experience would do well at the business school and would prosper in a job similar to mine."
Jacob Jolly, MA '11
Economist, IHS Global Insight
"I've been in my current position for about a year now and I'm really enjoying the work, especially as I gain expertise on the countries I cover. I'm responsible for covering six countries spread across the MENA region and produce daily briefs, special reports, forecasts, and various risk products (such as sovereign risk reports) for these countries.
I strongly believe that the economics courses at Brandeis IBS provided me with the skill set, and most importantly the macroeconomic intuition, necessary to quickly analyze macro data and produce insightful economic reports. The courses I took as part of the MAief program taught me the mechanisms of the macroeconomy, as well as a framework for analyzing country risk - both critical aspects of my current position."