Patrick Kabanda, 2013, Uganda

Consultant, Office of the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, The World Bank - Washington, DC

What was your favorite class at Fletcher and why? The course called "Legal and Institutional Aspects of International Trade" was my favorite, and also most difficult, class. The difficulty somehow shaped a kind of beauty that came from trying to consider how the WTO legal texts really work. The cases sometimes took surprising turns, turns that revealed the kind of drama that only comes when, in our increasingly globalizing world, economics, politics, and law dance at different tempos. Needless to say, as someone interested in trade in services, I was piqued to see that one of first major disputes taken to the WTO involved cultural trade between the U.S. and Canada, and how developing countries can reflect on that experience.

How I first learned about Fletcher: I first learned about Fletcher during my orientation at Juilliard when the school’s president, Joseph Polisi, a Fletcher alumnus from the MA program, was telling us about his education and background.  Later, I gained more information about Fletcher when I received a Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship from Juilliard. In the consortium of sixty-nine institutions, Fletcher was the first to receive the endowment for Young Leaders Fellowships from The Tokyo Foundation. Ever since then I was hooked.

Favorite Magazine:

The New Yorker

Favorite Book:

World on Fire by Amy Chua

Favorite Movie:

The Shawshank Redemption

Favorite Food:

Ugandan sweet potatoes

Favorite Landmark:

Egyptian Pyramids

Fletcher Thesis

  • "Where Culture Leads, Trade Follows": A Framework for Developing Uganda's Music as International Trade in Services

Fields of Study

  • International Organizations
  • Law & Development
  • Social Institutions & Economic Development (self-designed)

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher Mentors
    Admission Interviewer
    Fletcher Perspectives
    Fletcher Fútbol

Education before Fletcher

  • Master of Music, Organ Literature and Performance, The Juilliard School
    Bachelor of Music, Organ Literature and Performance, The Juilliard School

Experience before Fletcher

  • Phillips Academy Andover, Music Instructor and School Organist – Andover, MA
    Trinity Wall Street, Assisting Organist - New York, NY


  • Luganda

Summer Internship

Researcher and Analyst, The Doi Tung Development project, Mae Fah Luang Foundation - Chiang Rai Province, Thailand