2009 Fellows

    Embry Owen

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“When I began my summer internship at Mercy Corps’ Action Center to End World Hunger, I was certain that in order to achieve my goal of working in international economic development, a career in the nonprofit sector was my only option. My experiences this summer have led me to re-evaluate my presumption and explore the ways the for-profit world can benefit the poor.”

“My primary responsibility at the Action Center was to conceptualize, plan and present a speaker panel on micro-finance. Even as an economics major, I knew few details about micro-finance before beginning this project. Through researching international and domestic micro-finance institutions (MFIs), I began to grasp the wide diversity and the nuances of their work. My appreciation for micro-finance grew while reading “Dead Aid” by Dambisa Moyo, a former executive at the World Bank and Goldman Sachs. She explains why foreign aid to many African nations has failed and why, in order to develop their continent, Africans must engage the capitalist market system with the support of developed nations.”

“Prior to my work at mercy Corps, I could not have imagined a career in the for-profit financial sector that utilized my passion for economic development. But now I’m eager to pursue one. I hope to intern for a for-profit micro-finance firm, or a financial services company that also does social entrepreneurship, thereby comparing my experiences to those at Mercy Corps and other nonprofits. I’m also excited about what my future as an event planner holds; the satisfaction of seeing hours of preparation culminate in an insightful panel, with five expert speakers and ninety attendees, is something I won’t soon forget.”