Arkady Ho, 2019, United States

Why I chose the MIB: "The MIB program was the perfect fit for my professional goals in impact investing, finance, and social impact. I came to Fletcher having worked in a range of environments, including economic consulting in the Bay Area, a Vietnamese bank in Ho Chi Minh City and finally a NYC-based community development financial nonprofit. I had a pretty clear idea of where I wanted to go and how Fletcher would help me reach my goals. From the 'Business for Social Impact' field of study to the Fletcher Social Investment Group (FSIG), there are countless offerings at Fletcher to explore my interests, as well as a community of like-minded students, alumni, and faculty who are similarly committed to social impact. Equally important, I felt strongly that Fletcher would be a great cultural fit for me. The people here are so down-to-earth, but at the same time incredibly smart and hardworking, and it's a truly collaborative environment."

On the rich classroom experience:  “One of my favorite classes has been Market Approaches to Development with Prof. Kim Wilson. It is a 12-person, seminar-style class that is heavily student-driven. Among a range of topics, we discuss how social enterprises use business concepts to create financial sustainability, and there are prominent ethics and social justice components to the class, which I value highly. For example, in one class we discussed the merits and controversies to an NGO's efforts to build a sustainable supply chain in a South Asian country by partnering with a large multinational and having low-income women sell that company's products, which include a skin-lightening cream that perpetuates discriminatory societal ideas and practices.  Underpinning all of the experiences at Fletcher, both inside and outside the classroom, is the extraordinary diversity of the student body. It makes for lively discussions and an incredibly rich learning environment!”

Favorite movie
Wall-E

Most pressing world issue
Inequality

Moment when you felt the furthest from home
Stay at an elephant sanctuary in Laos

Most interesting person you’ve met at Fletcher
Classmate who speaks 11 languages (!)

Favorite Guest Speaker
Andy Fastow, former CFO of Enron

Fields of Study

  • Business for Social Impact

  • Development Economics

Activities at Fletcher

  • Fletcher Social Investment Group (FSIG)
  • Net Impact
  • Fletcher Students of Color and Allies
  • Finance Club

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, Quantitative Economics, Tufts University

Experience before Fletcher

  • Senior Asset Manager, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), New York, NY

  • Senior Quantitative Analyst, Bao Viet Securities Company, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • Senior Analyst, Analysis Group, Menlo Park, CA

Languages

  • Mandarin Chinese
  • English