12:30pm, April 1
12:30pm, April 1
SAIS Perspectives is hosting an informal lunch discussion with outstanding young alumni about how they started their careers in international development after graduating from SAIS. Hear about what it’s like to work at the World Bank, Plan International, and Devex, how they found their jobs, the most valuable things they learned at SAIS and much more. Lunch will be provided.
Time: 12:30pm, April 1, 2019
Location: BOB 736
Rupinder Kaur Rai (Rupi), is an Infrastructure Analyst for the World Bank’s Infrastructure Finance, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and Guarantees Group. She joined the World Bank in 2015 and since then, has supported technical assistance, capacity building and project structuring along the infrastructure investment and project cycle. Her role involves advising clients internally and externally (governments), on the development of policy, regulatory and legal frameworks; infrastructure planning; and project preparation. Her focus regions are East Africa and South Asia. She is part of the WBG Analyst Program.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Rupi was a senior research assistant for the Public-Private Partnerships Initiative at Johns Hopkins, where she performed analysis of PPP frameworks for healthcare projects and supported the development of executive education programs on PPPs. Rupi graduated from SAIS with an MA in International Relations and Economics and earned a BA and MA from University of Vienna, Austria.
Bhavana Chilukuri is Associate Director of Analytics at Devex. In this role, she is building a consulting practice focused on delivering actionable and data-driven insights to clients in the global development space. Before joining Devex last fall, Bhavana spend 7 years honing her strategy consulting skills at Dalberg Advisors, where she worked primarily in global health, nutrition, and education. Prior to joining Dalberg, Bhavana was an associate at The Kaizen Company, where she specialized in new business development and knowledge management. She has also worked at Amnesty International as a Research Associate within the Asia/Pacific department and as an economist at the US Department of the Treasury. Finally, Bhavana served as an Indicorps Fellow in western Maharashtra, India, where she worked with the local NGO Shashwat to improve the quality of education at a primary school built to serve over 40 first-generation learners from marginalized tribal communities.
Bhavana graduated with a dual B.A. in Economics & History from the University of Maryland at College Park and holds an M.A. in International Development from Johns Hopkins SAIS.
Rose Fishman is a Senior Program Associate at Plan International USA, an international NGO focused on children’s rights, where she supports education and child protection programs in eight countries across Asia and Africa. Rose joined Plan after graduating from SAIS in 2017. At SAIS, Rose studied International Development with a focus on Social Policies and Programs and a minor in African Studies. Prior to SAIS, Rose served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia, where she taught English in a primary school. Rose holds a B.S. in Economics from American University.
The nature of work is changing fast. Automation, new technologies, and the globalization of trade and supply chains are dramatically changing the types of jobs available, where they are located, and the skills needed to fill them. Demographic shifts—increasing female labor force participation, the “youth bulge” in developing countries, and aging populations in wealthy countries—are transforming the global workforce. Climate change is fundamentally reshaping agricultural livelihoods. In many countries, the informal sector provides far more jobs than formal employment. Two billion people affected by state fragility have to find ways to provide for themselves in unstable environments.
These changes present both risks and opportunities and will test policymakers’ ability to respond effectively to a new global landscape. This issue of SAIS Perspectives will explore how people have adapted to the changing nature of work, where they have struggled, and the tools policymakers can use to help.
We want your perspective on how to promote secure and sustainable livelihoods in a rapidly changing world.
Submissions on any topic are welcome, but we are especially interested in articles and blog posts that address this year’s theme. For more information on how to submit your work, click here.
SAIS Perspectives' Development Roundtable series covers events hosted by the International Development program at SAIS, which bring prominent speakers from the policy and international development community to the SAIS campus.
The photos on our site were chosen from the top fifteen entries to our 2018 photo contest. We were overwhelmed by the response to this year's photo contest. We received over 160 amazing photos taken around the world by members of the SAIS community. To celebrate the winners and launch this year’s issue, we displayed the winning photos at events on the SAIS DC and Bologna campuses.
SAIS Perspectives launched its 2018-19 issue and celebrated the winners of the 2018 photo contest with events at SAIS DC and SAIS Bologna. The DC event featured a panel discussion with documentary photographer James Whitlow Delano and IDEV program director Professor Tanvi Nagpal. In Bologna, Dr. Michael Plummer, the Director of SAIS Europe, spoke about the theme of this year’s issue of SAIS Perspectives, “Work in a Changing World.”
Click here for photos and video from the events.
SAIS Perspectives is the student-run publication of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies International Development (IDEV) Program. Our goal is to create a platform for sharing ideas about current issues in the field of international development.
Each year the editors choose a theme and solicit articles based upon that theme from the greater SAIS community. Last year’s theme, “Development for All,” discussed how to make development more inclusive, from the financial sector and informal settlements to politics and law enforcement. The 2017 theme was "Technology and Development," and the 2016 theme was "Migration and Displacement." This year’s theme is “Work in a Changing World.”
Previously, SAIS Perspectives was an annual print publication. in 2014, however, we launched SAIS Perspectives' new online home, www.saisperspectives.com. We accept both short blog entries that highlight an issue or interesting experience, as well as longer articles that take a deeper look. We also welcome other media, such as photos or video.
We encourage all SAIS students, faculty, and alumni, as well as members of the broader community, to submit their work for publication. Learn how to submit pieces here.