Christopher Jack Knowles

ISS helped me to refine my research and writing skills as well as taught me to think critically and question why things are the way that they are
Christopher Jack Knowles
2017-2018 - MA Development Studies - Economics of Development (ECD)

Name: Christopher Jack Knowles

Country: United States of America

Organization: Paysys Global

Position: Analyst, Digital Financial Services and Digital Payments

Study at ISS: MA Development Studies - Economics of Development

Year of graduation: 2018

How did the study contribute to your career?

ISS helped me to refine my research and writing skills as well as taught me to think critically and question why things are the way that they are. These skills are critical to be an Analyst as much of the position requires market research, surveying as well as data analysis.  My masters research on micro-finance and poverty in the Philippines provided me the background and experience necessary to be effective in my current position where we are promoting financial inclusion through digital payment systems in the Philippines.

What was your overall experience at ISS?

ISS was a very memorable experience for me where I learned so many different things from the professors and international student base. Working in international development it is great to have a strong network of alumni around the world that can help with local projects and provide country insights. I owe much of my academic and personal growth and maturation to ISS and the wonderful people who make it a very special and unique research and learning institution.