Nithiyananthan Muthusamy, 2017, Malaysia

Manager, IDinsight - New Delhi, India

Why the MALD? In one word: flexibility. The MALD program allows me to combine my two passions: Development Economics, and the Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Programs. Also, I'll be taking courses related to my other interests, such as public policy decision-making and global health. Ultimately, I get to decide what I take away from my academic experience here at Fletcher.

On a quintessential Fletcher moment: My quintessential Fletcher moment thus far was Asia Night, which consisted of performances from cultures across Asia as performed by members of the student body. It was astonishing to see the variety of talents among Fletcher's students. Plus, the fun, supportive atmosphere was a great way for us to bond early on in our Fletcher experience.

Favorite magazine:

The Caravan (India)

Favorite movie:

Apocalypse Now

Most rewarding trip:

Studying Abroad in the University of Cape Town

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher:

Poverty and inequality in the developing world

Favorite lecture attended:

Former Governor of the Central Bank of Greece

Fields of Study

Development Economics

Human Security

Activities involved in at Fletcher


Global Health Club

Education before Fletcher

A.B. - Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

Experience before Fletcher

Research Analyst - Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, India

Intern - Ashoka India, New Delhi and Bangalore, India

Research Assistant - Office of a Malaysian Member of Parliament, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia