Elena Nikolova, 2014, Bulgaria & United States

Why I chose Fletcher: I have known about Fletcher since my elementary school years because my mother was a student in the MALD degree program in the late 1990's. I fondly remember the welcoming Fletcher community and the diverse student body. Years later, as I searched for graduate school options, I specifically looked for energy and environment programs with a strong international focus. Naturally, Fletcher was the first place I considered, and its MALD program was the perfect fit.

The flexibility of Fletcher has allowed me to: Fletcher's flexible curriculum is one of the primary features that drew me to the MALD program. Based on my work experience, I found that the most interesting issues often involved a mix of legal, economic, and policy trade-offs. As I researched graduate school programs, I specifically looked for cross-disciplinary programs that would allow me to build the skills necessary to compare the efficiency of energy extraction to the costs of environmental risk. By taking classes in finance, law, economics, and international policy at Fletcher, I am able to link the approaches of multiple disciplines and am prepared to apply them in the real world as a decision-maker.

Favorite magazine:

The Atlantic

Favorite book:

A Farewell to Arms

Favorite city:


Favorite location on campus:

Reading Room, Ginn Library

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher:

Balancing energy extraction with environmental protection

Fields of Study

  • International Business Relations
  • International Environment and Resource Policy

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Tufts Energy Conference
  • Fletcher Energy Consortium
  • Global Women

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, International Relations, University of Pennsylvania

Experience before Fletcher

  • Associate, Goldwyn Global Startegies, LLC, Washington, DC

  • Researcher,  National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, Washington, DC


  • Bulgarian
  • French
  • English

Summer Internship

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris, France
I worked on the G-20 Global Marine Environment Protection Initiative (GMEP), a mechanism to share best practices in offshore drilling and environmental protection.