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Alumni Profile: Ebenezer Amoh

"What I love about Brandeis is that it gives you the freedom to explore."

Ebenezer Amoh, MA '13

Ebenezer Amoh, MA '13
Accra, Ghana

Current employment: Associate, Credit Suisse (Boston, MA)

Previous work/internship experience: Mass Innovation Nights, Accion Texas, JP Morgan, Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Ebenezer Amoh, MA ’13, showed an early aptitude for finance. He grew up in Accra, Ghana, where his father was a small-business owner and his mother taught second grade. Whenever his parents gave him pocket money, Amoh diligently saved it. His friends and brothers, meanwhile, spent theirs on candy.

“Any time they wanted to buy some toy they couldn’t afford, they would come to me for a loan,” says Amoh. “And I would give it to them – with interest, of course. It was a good business.”

Today, Amoh is an associate at Credit Suisse. His first job after graduating from Brandeis IBS was as a deals associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston, where he put his financial skills to work. His team’s primary goal was to value companies’ intangible assets, such as their trade names, customer relationships and non-compete agreements. 

He joined PwC after an internship there between his first and second year at Brandeis International Business School (IBS). “I saw the posting for it on the school’s career database, and the Career Office worked with me to sharpen my resume and make sure I was presenting myself in the best possible way,” he says. “They also did mock interviews with me so that I was prepared for face-to-face meetings. I owe a lot to that team.”

Amoh also gives credit for his professional success to Brandeis IBS’ rigorous finance and policy curriculum. “The school provided me with the technical and quantitative skills necessary to operate in today’s financial landscape,” he says. “When I was hired at PwC, I was able to hit the ground running.”

His favorite course at Brandeis IBS, Global Economic Environment, involved in-depth case studies of economic issues in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. “Professor John Ballantine always stimulated a lively debate,” he recalls. “Oftentimes, we had to argue a side we didn’t necessarily agree with, which forced us to consider other perspectives and evaluate the virtues of competing strategies.”

In another class, Field Projects in Consulting, Amoh worked with Mass Innovation Nights, an organization that helps entrepreneurs launch products. In that course, he and other students developed marketing materials and built a financial model to analyze the impact of strategic decisions on Mass Innovation’s financial performance. “That course taught me a lot about leadership – what it means to work on a team, how to effectively communicate with colleagues and how to manage client needs and expectations.”

Amoh participated in a variety of activities on campus. He was a member of the Global Markets Investment Club, which enables students to invest money in the stock market; he participated in the African Students Organization, which hosted speakers and other cultural events; and he played on the school’s intramural soccer team. Amoh, who is fluent in French and Twi, also studied Beginning Chinese.

“That is what I love about Brandeis IBS – it gives you the freedom to explore.”