Tell us about yourself.
I was born in Bangalore, India, but grew up in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. I currently live in Nairobi, Kenya. I was always interested in economics and global affairs, so I decided to pursue my degree in economics. In my sophomore year, I decided that a degree in finance would give me the practical knowledge that an undergraduate economics degree would not. It was a great combination, both the theory and practical aspects complementing each other perfectly.
Why did you choose to attend BU and Questrom?
I always wanted to study in Boston. I thought it was a great city to be a student in. Little did I know how brutal the winters would be. Jokes aside, it is a fantastic city to live in, given the numerous colleges and their students that live there. I initially enrolled at BU as an economics student, but I felt I needed some practical knowledge to supplement the theoretical understandings that economics gave me. Finance was the perfect option. Questrom has a great reputation for giving a wholesome understanding of the business world so I decided to double major.
Tell us about your experience while at BU.
BU was a great experience. I was able to make lifelong friends, build great relationships with professors and gain a wealth of knowledge. I was part of some great teams in Questrom and they really helped develop my ability to work in a team and cooperate with one another. Some of the skills I learnt throughout my core semester at Questrom truly helped me understand the ins and outs of starting your own company and managing every aspect of it!
What is your current occupation?
I’m currently interning at a startup in Nairobi, Kenya – UTU. UTU is currently building a trust infrastructure on a blockchain platform. Even though I was taken on as an intern, my role was very important. I was in charge of developing the monetary policy of our platform. This involved the creation of tokens, its valuation, and its exchange with other cryptocurrencies. To me this was the ultimate setting to test the skills and theories I had learnt at university. I joined UTU at an early stage and therefore was able to participate in the core decisions of how to structure the monetary policy of the platform, a dream for any aspiring economist.
What are your career goals and future plans?
It was tough, especially when you don’t have a job and have applied to countless companies. But it all worked out as I was able to get involved in a start up in Nairobi. Even though this was just an internship, I have worked with them for 3 months to date and will continue working part-time. In September, I will begin my masters in Economic Policy back at BU.
The best mistake you ever made was…
Not sure if this is a mistake, but I’m glad I didn’t take on a regular corporate job right out of college. My experience in the start-up has taught me more than I could have imagined. Most of all, being independent and taking initiatives yourself.
How do you define success?
To me, success is twofold: sustenance and enjoyment. Can I sustain myself and live independently? And do I enjoy what I do, happy with my role and eager for every new task at hand? If I can wholeheartedly answer yes to both those questions, I can claim to be a successful person!
August 10, 2018
The Road Less Traveled
The Road Less Traveled is a site dedicated to sharing stories of BU Alumni and the unique paths they take after graduation and aims to help student’s on their path to choose the right career.