Alice Yang, Class of 2009
Soros Fellow and Zuckerman Fellow
Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School
Over the summer, I interned at Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. government agency whose mission is to reduce global poverty through the promotion of sustainable economic growth in emerging markets. I worked in the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Economic Analysis division on performance metrics for health, education, and private sector development projects in 18 countries.
At Harvard Business School, where I am a second year student, I was invited to join the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative’s inaugural Student Advisory Group. I also serve as the Social Chair of the Social Enterprise Club and sit on the Advisory Board of the 2010 Social Enterprise Conference.
Most recently, over the holiday break, I traveled to Turkey and Ethiopia with a group of classmates from HBS and the Kennedy School. In Ethiopia, we spent a week doing a baseline assessment of several impoverished rural villages where development projects are planned or already underway. Under the aegis of American and Ethiopian NGOs (A Glimmer of Hope, based in Austin, TX and the Organization for Rehabilitation and Development in Amhara, based in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia), and working with local university students and professors as translators, we conducted structured interviews with more than 130 subsistence farmers.
Below is a photo of me with my University of Gonder translator, Bayoush, and some of the Burbax village residents we were interviewing.