Graduate Application International Network

Executive Director, 2020-present, University of Zurich

The Graduate Application International Network (GAIN) is an initiative founded at the University of Zurich to create a pipeline for African students to access graduate programs in economics. After a pilot in collaboration with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Kenya in 2019, we have expanded to nine countries in East and West Africa in 2020. Our program entails a webinar series to demystify the application process, one-on-one mentoring to help them complete the process, and financial support for application and test fees.

As Executive Director, I oversee a team of six people. Together, we organized webinars attended by dozens of applicants, recruited and matched mentors from top PhD programs, helped secure over $100,000 to fund application and test fees, and developed new international partnerships for the future.


Successful Mentor-Student Matches


$1000s Awarded in Grants


Student Home Countries


Mentor Institutions Worldwide


Application Fees Covered


Fold Increase in Students since 2019

Herb Scarf Summer Research Program

Co-Director, 2017-2019, Yale University

Herb Scarf Summer Research Opportunities in Economics (HSSRO) is a program designed to give Yale undergraduates a chance to explore a career in economic research. Students work closely with professors on every aspect of the research process, from data collection to coding to writing. The program curriculum includes a seminar series by Yale faculty and graduate students, a six-week workshop in statistical programming and research skills, and social events to foster an active community.

In 2017, I took over as Graduate Director to create this curriculum and transform the program from a collection of summer jobs into a comprehensive pre-doctoral experience.

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