Amalia Frank, 2011, United States

Project Manager, Zoological Society of London - Bata, Equatorial Guinea
Responsible for ZSL's conservation efforts in developing alternatives to bushmeat consumption by developing sustainable fishing, livestock, and agriculture programs

Other post-Fletcher employment: Conservation Fellow, Village Enterprise - Hoima, Uganda

Fletcher Thesis: Ecotourism through the Lens of Sustainable Business Development: A Case Study on Galapagos

 

How Fletcher impacted my professional trajectory: I have a far greater understanding my abilities and what is possible in my professional future. The sky really is the limit! Before Fletcher, I knew that I wanted international development to be a part of my career in some context; however, the Fletcher coursework, professors, and of course my classmates proved to me that the combinations of international development and business were endless. Whether I’m building business proposals, modeling in excel, designing programs, or developing strategies for entry into emerging markets, I feel confident in what I am able to do.

My Fletcher experience helped me to not only focus more on the specifics of what it is that I really want to do, but also increased my skill set and broadened my understanding of the overlap between business concepts and international affairs. Now, I feel comfortable working with income statements for a Fortune 500 company, while developing an environmental analysis of the corporate impact of mining operations in Southeast Asia. Fletcher equips its students with the ability to do anything and everything, a particularly marketable skill in our increasingly interconnected global climate.

The most surprising thing I learned at Fletcher: How much I love Excel!


Favorite Newspaper:

New York Times

Favorite Food:

The pupusas found in Antigua, Guatemala during Semana Santa are out of this world fantastic.

Most rewarding trip:

Camino de Santiago - 500 mile (800 km) walking pilgrimage across Spain

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher:

Poverty in the face of such oppressive wealth and abundance

Best place to study:

The little study rooms in the basement Cabot or my kitchen.

Fields of Study

  • International Environment and Resource Policy
    Strategic Management and International Consultancy

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • International Business
    Microfinance
    International Development

Education before Fletcher

  • B.A., Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park

Experience before Fletcher

  • Senior Consultant, IBM; Fairfax, VA

Languages

  • Spanish
    Hebrew
    English

Summer Internship

  • Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Strategic Partnerships; Arlington, VA