Cecilia Paradi-Guilford '10, Hungary and United Kingdom

The World Bank, ICT and Innovation Specialist - Washington, DC
Provide analysis and advice on information and communication policy and applications for development in the Middle East and North Africa, including issues of accountability and citizen engagement

Fletcher Thesis: Managing Socio‚ÄźPolitical and Security Challenges in the Afghan Mobile Telecommunications Sector

Choosing Fletcher: "The Fletcher School was the only graduate school in the US that I had applied to. The MIB program offered the core business curriculum I was looking for combined with an international affairs field in development economics. In addition, it offered a closer faculty-student engagement than British and European graduate programs and a close-knit network in the sectors I was most interested in."

On Fletcher’s Diversity: “One of the reasons I chose Fletcher was its great diversity. The students are roughly 50% international and 50% American, which is reflected in the environment, the talent pool, and the amazingly versatile experiences and skills that people bring to the school and to the other members of the Fletcher community. This manifests itself through the great number of languages spoken at Fletcher, the fantastic cultural nights, the fun atmosphere and cooperative team work. All these different experiences and cultural perspectives come together to produce more profound, more original solutions both in the class room and eventually in the real world for global issues. I have found this environment to be truly stimulating while accepting of different points of view, which I really appreciate. We challenge each other, but always with respect. This is very much the essence of Fletcher.”

Fields of Study

  • Strategic Management and International Consultancy
    International Development

Key Fletcher Activities

  • Consulting with On The Frontier Group 
    Fletcher Political Risk Forum 
    Fletcher A/V Club 
    International Business Club 
    Student delegate to India with the Center for Emerging Market Enterprises

Summer Internship

  • Chemonics, Africa New Business Development, Washington DC, USA

Education before Fletcher

  • University of St Andrews, MA Hons. International Relations and Middle East Studies

Experience before Fletcher

  • The Royal Bank of Scotland
    The Council of Europe
    Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence


  • Hungarian