Adam Robbins, 2014, United States

Why I chose Fletcher: I chose Fletcher because of the Master of International Business (MIB) program, and because of Fletcher's Center for Emerging Market Enterprise. In particular, the Sovereign Wealth Fund Initiative is the only research program at a US university focusing on sovereign wealth funds. It all comes together because the MIB program is located at the intersection of international affairs and business. Most international affairs programs lack the business focus and rigor of the MIB program, and traditional MBA programs do not ask the larger, conceptual  questions I want to investigate. Fletcher takes international business in emerging markets seriously. It's visible in the experience and ambitions of my classmates, it's visible in the curriculum, which integrates global challenges into business education, and it's visible in the faculty.

The Fletcher Community: The sense of community at Fletcher is great. Students really make an effort to contribute to the community and help one another. If I need a crash course in a specific topic, about a far away country, or a potential employer, I can send a message to an email list, and usually get offers to help within a few minutes. This applies to alumni too! Alumni are incredibly accessible and generous with their time and contributions to the Fletcher community. Such a strong sense of community allows for more productive classroom discussions, and more provocative campus-wide debates on current events.

Favorite blog:

FTalphaville

Favorite musician:

Okkervil River

Favorite landmark:

Easter Island!

Most rewarding trip:

Anthropology research in the rural Philippines

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher:

Can government investment in the financial markets generate social good?

Favorite place to study on campus:

My porch

Fields of Study

  • International Political Economy
  • Strategic Management and International Consultancy

Activities involved in at Fletcher

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, Cultural Anthropology, Colby College

Experience before Fletcher

  • Program Manager, Sovereign Wealth Fund Initiative, Amundi Asset Management, New York, NY
  • Program Coordinator, Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University, New York, NY

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English  

Summer Internship

World Bank, Washington, DC
I worked with the World Bank's Sovereign Wealth Fund Secretariat.  I wrote three business school-style case studies about challenges facing sovereign investors in developing countries. I also set up and now manage an online knowledge-sharing platform for World Bank staff working with sovereign investors.