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
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.