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About The Field

The International Finance and Banking field prepares students for careers such as treasurers, comptrollers, and chief financial officers (CFOs) of globally reaching manufacturing and trading corporations; investment bankers in financial services encompassing international banking, investment and insurance; and asset managers with institutional investors, hedge funds, private equity firms, and sovereign wealth funds. It is also appropriate for students looking to deepen their skills in quantitative financial analysis and knowledge of the global financial sector. The field deals with valuation concepts which are at the core of investment decisions, including new product launches, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs, privatization, project finance, and private equity. Emphasis is placed on funding/financing within the multi- currency setting of global capital markets. Special attention is devoted to the challenge of managing credit, interest rate, and exchange risk in the context of financial engineering and asset securitization.

Students should refer to the Registrar's Field of Study Guide for definitive field requirements in a given academic year.

Current Students and Alumni

Qasim Hasnain

Operations Lead, Pricewaterhouse Cooper - New York, NY
Master of International Business (MIB)
Class Year: 2014

Meera Jayakumar

Management Consultant, Oliver Wyman - Singapore
Master of International Business (MIB)
Class Year: 2018

Rob Fitzgerald

Due Diligence Analyst, Boston Private
Master of International Business (MIB)
Class Year: 2019

Outside the Classroom

Events
  • The Changing Nature of International Capital Markets - Marshall Carter, Chairman, New York Stock Exchange
  • A Private Equity Primer for Emerging Markets: Trends, Challenges, & Questions - Roger Berry, Director, Climate Change Global Capital
  • Making Microfinance Prime: Lessons from the US - Vidar Jorgensen, President, Grameen America, Inc., and Piyush Tantia, Director, Oliver-Wyman
  • Structural Reform of the Japanese Banking Model - Kohei Ohgaki, General Manager of the Syndicated Finance Structuring Division, and Masahiro Kihara, Joint General Manager of the Loan Trading Division, Mizuho Bank
  • Mexico's Financial Reform - Dr. Francisco Gil-Diaz, Secretary of Finance under President Vicente Fox
  • IBGC Speaker Series: Rethinking International Finance:  New Perspectives on Reconciling the Bottom Line and Social Impact
  • From Financial Crisis to Financial Stability: Have the seeds of the next crisis been laid?
  • Bridgewater Associates: Where Are We in the Global Economy?
  • Global Investing: Practitioner's Lab with Masha Gordon
  • IBGC Speaker Series: Javier Diaz, VP, Colombia Stock Exchange
  • IBGC Speaker Series: Changing Lives & Empowering the Unbanked: How Technology Drives Solutions in Emerging Markets

 

Internships
  • BNP Paribas, New York, NY
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) - Washington, DC
  • Government of Singapore Investment Corporation - Singapore
  • Citigroup Investment Research Division - New York, NY
  • Trans-National Research Corporation - Ramsey, NJ
  • Asian Development Bank - Manila, Philippines
  • US Department of Treasury - Washington, DC
  • Global Green Growth Institute - Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • Investors Collaborative - Cambridge, MA

 

Capstones
  • "Privatizing Pyramids: A Case Study of the Sale of State-Owned Bank of Cairo"
  • “The New Frontier of Development: How Securitization and Risk Spreading in the Microfinance Industry Can Benefit Development and the Private Sector”
  • "Engaging Institutional Investors in Responsible Investing"
  • “The Exit Option as Indicator of Financial Development: An Examination of East Asia & Pacific Private Equity-Backed Exits”
  • “The Valuation and Financial Analysis of High-Growing Companies - Theory and Application”
  • "Impact of Corporate Governance Practices on Financial Performance of Microfinance Institutions in India"
  • "Funding Small Scale Social Innovation Ventures in India - A Case Study"
  • "Aligning Appetite with Risk: Attracting Retail Investors to Early Stage Impact Investing"
  • "NRI Investments in Indian Real Estate: Opportunities and Scope"
  • "The Evolution of Chinese Bond Market: Return and Risk Analysis"
  • "Sovereign Wealth Funds: Are these stabilization entities for the financial markets?"
  • "Water Out of Two Stones: An Analysis of the Zillow-Trulia Merger"
  • "Early Warning Signals and Policy Responses to the U.S. Financial Crisis 2007-09"
  • "Myanmar Microfinance Market Entry Assessment"
  • "The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Impact on U.S. Investment Abroad"
  • "The Role of Derivatives in the Bankruptcy of Detroit"
  • "Development of Domestic Bond Markets: A Comparison of Select East Asian and Latin American Countries"

 

Student Groups
  • Fletcher Finance Club
  • Fletcher Net Impact
  • Fletcher Political Risk Group
  • International Business Club

 

Annotated Curriculum

A Fletcher education is highly customizable, and each student may decide on a different academic trajectory to suit his or her own professional and academic goals. To get a better sense of how these individual curricular decisions can play out, we asked recent students in their final semester to talk about their goals, their classes, and the decisions made during their Fletcher career. Meet Alex:

Pre-Fletcher Experience
Strategy Consultant, Monitor Deloitte in Washington, DC
General Manager, Valsek Nutritional Foods in Addis Ababa

Fields of Study
International Energy Studies (self-designed)
International Finance and Banking

Capstone Topic
The PPA Crutch: The Implications of Renewable Energy Power Purchase Agreements in New England (Advisor: Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher)

Post-Fletcher Professional Goals
Develop business models and financing mechanisms to bring renewable energy to scale in new markets

Read about Alex's curricular path>