Shuvam Dutta, 2013, India

Why I chose Fletcher:  Working as a banker in emerging markets, I was constantly faced with the shocking asymmetry in financial access which separated the handful of large established business houses from the thousands of micro-enterprises (perpetuating inequality of income and opportunity). I wanted to attend a policy school to broaden my understanding of how policies can enable local businesses to access capital. I wanted to learn how policy innovations can broaden financial access and how effective collaboration between governments and the private sector can foster economic growth. Fletcher's unique multi-disciplinary approach to education, coupled with professors who have more than just an academic understanding of global subjects, convinced me of Fletcher's superiority. But the clincher was the Fletcher community. The people I met from the school were affable, sincere and helpful, to the extent that I think Fletcher chose me as much as I chose Fletcher.

On the diversity of the school: It is difficult to imagine the full range of diversity that Fletcher's student body represents. I share my apartment at Blakeley Hall with a news producer from Al Jazeera and a Peace Corps volunteer. I have met people from every imaginable profession - from human rights practitioners, to military professionals, to diplomats-in-training, to bankers. It has been such a great experience.

Favorite Author:

P.G. Wodehouse

Favorite Musician:

Bob Dylan

Favorite City:

Kolkata

Experience When You Felt The Farthest From Home:

Spending a night in a hamlet in Khardung La, Ladakh

Best Place to Study:

Reading Room at Ginn Library

Fields of Study

  • Development Economics
    Human Security
    International Business Relations

Summer Internship

Short Term Consultant with the International Finance Corporation, South Asia Infrastructure Investments Group - World Bank Group, New Delhi, India

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Ambassachords
    Centre for Emerging Market Enterprises
    Harvard Law and International Development Society

Education before Fletcher

  • B.S., Economics, Singapore Management University

Experience before Fletcher

  • Standard Chartered Bank, Investment Banking Analyst - Singapore
    Monetary Authority of Singapore, Policy Analyst - Singapore
    Child Relief and You, Volunteer - India

Languages

  • Bengali
    Hindi
    English