Isaac Williams, 2014, United States & Brazil

Why I chose Fletcher: I learned about Fletcher over four years ago while working for a humanitarian NGO in Darfur, Sudan. At the time, I knew that I wanted to attend graduate school to explore my interest in managing and growing organizations in volatile environments. I considered many MBA programs, but in the end, none seemed to be the right fit for me. I wanted a program that would give me room to explore my diverse interests; delve deeper into the real complexity of the world I encountered everyday in my work; and most importantly, allow me to participate in a community of diverse, global-minded students. Though my route to Fletcher was a bit more circuitous than I expected, the Master of International Business program has proven to be a great fit for me!

A typical day at Fletcher: Life at Fletcher is a constant stream of interactions with fascinating new ideas and people. A "normal" week very often involves encounters as diverse as a conversation with a friend over lunch about social entrepreneurship, a discussion with an experienced international correspondent about alternative political systems in Somalia, and a Q&A session with a former senior multinational executive about the reasons behind his company's collapse. The most common difficulty I face is how to allocate my time among so many interesting opportunities!

Favorite blog:
WrongingRights.com

Favorite food:
Brazilian rice and beans

Experience when you felt farthest from home:
Arriving in Khartoum, Sudan, and starting my first job out of college

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher:
The role of the private sector in post-crisis and frontier markets

Favorite lecture attended at Fletcher:
European Commissioner Olli Rehn on the future of the Eurozone

Fields of Study

  • International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • Strategic Management and International Consultancy

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher Net Impact
  • Tufts Refugee Assistance Program
  • European Club

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, International Relations, Wheaton College

Experience before Fletcher

  • Operations Manager (International Programs Manager), PartnerAid, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Administrator, Sudan Programs, PartnerAid, North Darfur, Sudan
  • Development Communications Assistant, USAID, Luanda, Angola

Languages

  • Portuguese
  • German
  • English

Summer Internship

IPC GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany
I supported client engagements and new business acquisition for a consulting firm specializing in supporting emerging market banks in profitably growing credit offerings for small- and medium-enterprises. Key projects included the development of a capacity building program for Myanmar’s financial sector and supporting similar engagements in Central Asia, Caribbean, China, and the Middle East.