Anita Jivani ’15

Internship: World Economic Forum

I’ve learned how to connect the dots in a way that I didn’t know how to before.

When I was looking at schools, it was important to me to go to a school that would help me use market-based approaches to solve some of the complicated global development issues happening in the 21st century.

SOM does a great job of tying it all together. We explore the interplay of the private sector and the public sector and the importance of multiple perspectives. I’ve learned how to connect the dots in a way that I didn’t know how to before. When I walk away from SOM, I’ll be able to critically analyze an issue from a multi-stakeholder perspective, and I think that’s something that’s really unique to this school and to the integrated curriculum.

I’m specifically interested in women’s and girls’ global development issues. I’m doing an independent study with Professor Rodrigo Canales looking at global campaigns aimed at improving girls’ lives, what works and what doesn’t.  I’ve been able to connect with some organizations that are working on women’s issues, including the Nike Foundation and the Clinton Foundation, and we’ve structured an approach to benchmark their effectiveness. The fact that I’m able to explore my particular interest with a faculty member who brings such deep academic expertise is a great testament to SOM.

Interviewed on February 27, 2014.

Anita Jivani
Internship: World Economic Forum