Elen Shrestha, 2011, Nepal

Research Analyst - Acumen LLC, San Francisco, CA

Why I chose Fletcher:
My undergraduate training was focused on economic development with special attention to sustainability and outreach in microfinance institutions. After graduation, I ventured out into a completely different field – economic consulting - where I worked on anti-trust litigation cases from the energy industry. It was clear to me that my career would benefit the most from a graduate program that offers an interdisciplinary and flexible curriculum. Fletcher was the perfect blend where I could train in international policy for sustainable development using business models. Furthermore, the strong sense of community at Fletcher was a real draw for me – I knew I had not made a mistake when a second year Fletcherite I met during the Open House not only recognized me, but remembered my name!

How Fletcher has broadened my global perspective: The student body is very diverse in terms of nationality and life experiences. The strikingly communal atmosphere of the school allows for close interactions and the classes provide a good platform for the exchange of ideas. For example, in my development class, the development experiences in a Latin American economy were contrasted with experiences in Africa by people who had actually worked in or were from those parts of the world.

Favorite book:

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda

Favorite band:

Pearl Jam

Favorite landmark:

The Great Pyramids

Most pressing world issue:

Security issues, Climate Change, Food security

Favorite lecture attended:

Chomsky - Security Issues in South Asia

Fields of Study

  • International Business Relations
  • International Environment and Resource Policy
  • Law and Development

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • International Business Club
  • Net Impact
  • International Development Group

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, Economics, Smith College

Experience before Fletcher

  • Compass Lexecon, Senior Analyst - Cambridge, MA


  • Nepali
  • English

Summer Internship

  • Riskmetrics, ESG Research - Boston, MA