Kate Fedosova, 2014, United States

Why I chose Fletcher: Fletcher presented the opportunity for a rigorous business education, which would enable me to advance my interest in the intersection of post-conflict development and business model innovation in resource-constrained settings. Prior to Fletcher, my travels offered me a chance to meet and interview women entrepreneurs in Chad, Ivory Coast, and Congo. The women shared concerns of livelihoods threatened by insecurity, volatile markets, and limited access to capital. Their stories sparked my interest in supporting and scaling new businesses in emerging and post-conflict markets; I wanted to develop fundamental business skills, and gain an understanding of the political and socioeconomic factors influencing business. The MIB program's dual perspective, unique among business and international affairs programs, allows me to pursue my goals with one degree. 


On Fletcher’s Career Focus: I have been pleasantly surprised by the wealth of resources dedicated to career development. I expected Fletcher to be intellectually stimulating and academically rigorous (which it is!), but I did not realize the level of support devoted to professional development across all sectors. There are weekly career panels, internship presentations, and recruiting lunches, a few of which take place in foreign languages. It is fertile ground for building an international career.

Favorite magazine:
The Atlantic

Favorite book:
Man's Search for Meaning

Favorite movie:
Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others)

Favorite site:
Pinnawala, Sri Lanka

Most rewarding trip:
Launching Peace in Focus' first program in Burundi

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher:
Entrepreneurship in emerging and post-conflict markets

Fields of Study

  • Development Economics
  • Strategic Management and International Consultancy

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher NetImpact
  • International Business Club

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, Diplomacy & World Affairs and French Language, Occidental College

Experience before Fletcher

  • Co-Founder and Director, Peace in Focus, Boston, MA
  • Researcher/Analyst, Associates for International Research, Inc., Cambridge, MA
  • Consultant, Mercy Corps, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Languages

  • Russian, French, English 

Summer Internship

Monitor Deloitte, Boston, MA
I worked with the Monitor Deloitte team on a study of private sector activities in sustainable and inclusive business. We conducted extensive interviews with leading multinational corporations to identify trends, strategies, and challenges facing this field.