Harsha Kodali '14, United States

 Investment Officer, USAID Development Credit Authority, Washington, DC
Focus on funding and scaling private sector investments in the agribusiness sector of developing countries.

Fletcher capstone:
Aligning Appetite with Risk: Attracting Retail Investors to Early Stage Impact Investing

The Fletcher Impact:
The MIB program was the perfect career builder. I gained knowledge and experience in both economic development and international finance. I now work on scaling private sector interventions in the agribusiness sector of developing countries, an ideal hybrid that reflects my academic experience. In particular, Professor Wilson's "Business at the Bottom of the Pyramid" class informs what I do today -- looking at the number of innovative and diverse ways to involve the base of the economic pyramid into the larger economy.

Why I chose Fletcher: I wanted my future career to be located at the crossroads of finance and international social impact. The Master of International Business (MIB) program stood out to me as a perfect way to establish myself at this intersection. Unlike many other schools, Fletcher is a small community. I know everyone at least on sight, and have had in-depth conversations with most of my peers regarding their interests. Additionally, Fletcher students meet every Thursday for social hour, a school-wide session in which we get to relax from a week of class, and we communicate freely using the 'social-list,' a school-wide e-mail listserv where topics range from potential job connections to intense debates on various global conflicts.What results is a close-knit community that I plan to carry with me throughout my career.

Favorite author: 
Cormac McCarthy

Favorite musician:
Zeppelin

Most rewarding trip:
Traveling the Nam Ou River in Laos by boat

Most interesting person you have met at Fletcher:
A fellow alum who is writing a fascinating book on gender in conflict situations.

Fletcher alumnus you admire:
Connie Schneider

Favorite lecture attended at Fletcher:
Professor Perry's speech on the creative process on writing

Fields of Study

  • Development Economics
  • International Finance and Banking

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • International Business Club
  • Fletcher Development Club
  • Fletcher Net Impact
  • Fletcher Futbol

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, International Relations and Economics, Claremont McKenna College

Experience before Fletcher

  • Research Analyst, Columbus Capital Management, San Francisco, CA
  • Associate, Strategies for International Development, Washington, D.C.
  • Research Associate, The Livelihood School, Delhi, India

Languages

  • Spanish
  • Telugu
  • Hindi
  • English

Summer Internship

I-DEV International, Cajamarca, Peru
I conducted financial and social due-diligence on small and medium enterprises, and subsequently placed these potential investments with impact investing funds. Additionally, I undertook development consulting projects focused on NGO sustainability through business solutions.