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MA Alumni Profile and Spotlight: Ewa Maria Nucinska

A Fulbright scholar studying international finance and policy

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Ewa Maria Nucinska, MA '11
Krakow, Poland

Current employment: State Street Global Advisors, Currency Portfolio Manager, London, where she helps to oversee $100 billion currency assets globally.

Previous work experience: Pile Elbud Krakow, China; Institute for International Trade, Australia; PMR Corporate, Poland

It was during an internship in Washington, D.C., that Ewa Nucinska, born and raised in Krakow, Poland, decided she wanted to go to graduate school in the U.S.
“You walk around D.C. and you feel a great sense of power,” says Ewa, who previously interned at the Polish Embassy, providing legal advice to U.S. investors and drafting a report on the World Bank Procurement Projects. “It was such a stimulating environment, and being there made me realize that I would like to be involved in international finance and trade issues. I knew that receiving my Masters from a top American school would be an asset in this competitive job market.”

Ewa, who was a Fulbright scholar, was instantly drawn to Brandeis International Business School (IBS) for many reasons. “What first appealed to me was that Brandeis IBS offers a Master program with a strong emphasis on finance and economics,” she says, having earned her BA in Economics from Krakow University. “And I liked the way the professors taught and communicated. There was a line of partnership between the teacher and student.”
The fact that the student body comes from over 60 countries continues to strike her. “People come from all over the world to study at Brandeis IBS. They work in teams on a daily basis and there’s this sense of mutual understanding and equality. No country is superior to any other.”
And: she fell in love with Boston. “It’s a great academic center, with a very European feel to it,” she says of the city, which is less than 10 miles away from the Brandeis IBS campus, located in Waltham. “I went to the city as often as possible—to see an art exhibit, walk along Newbury Street, or see a matinee.”