Esther Ocheni is an aspiring policy maker from Nigeria. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on Development and a minor in French Language from American University, Washington, DC. Her ambitiousness led her into the Development Bank of Nigeria, a collaborative effort by the World Bank, African Development Bank, KFW Development Bank (among others) and the Nigerian Government to curb poverty, encourage economic growth and diversification, and address the major financing challenges faced by Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises (MSME) in Nigeria. Her roles at the bank included researching MSME financing constraints, identifying under-served sector potentials and quantifying impact post-funding. The privilege of this position ignited her passion in poverty alleviation and change through socioeconomic empowerment. In the MPPGA program, she seeks to deepen her understanding of policy-making processes and the interconnections between its complex challenges. Her goal is to achieve expertise in development and social change, poverty alleviation and global governance in order to graduate ready to drive policy change in industry, government or non-profits.
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