Top News / April 17, 2024

Exploring Global Career Paths: CGB Organizes Trek to International Organizations in D.C.

Students immersed in career insights during a visit to international organizations in Washington D.C. as part of the Careers Crossing Borders Trek.

For the first time as part of the Careers Crossing Borders Series, the Center for Global Business (CGB) organized a trek to dynamic multilateral international organizations in Washington D.C. on April 12 for 20 graduate and undergraduate students to explore potential career paths and gain firsthand insights into the inner workings of key global institutions.

Starting with the virtual session at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), students met with two Smith School alumni and the IFC’s Program Lead of Recruitment Programs, Kariuki Thande, about career opportunities with the IFC and were enlightened by the organization's pivotal role as the business arm of the World Bank. Sylvia Zulu, MBA ’06, manager of Sustainable Business Advisory, Middle East and North Africa, spoke to her 20 years at the IFC and encouraged students to leverage IFC career opportunities for limitless career paths and global opportunities. “At the IFC, we see ourselves as catalysts for private sector investment in developing countries,” remarked Zeynep Kantur, MFin ’00, a global sector manager in health and education, representing the IFC. Kantur elaborated on the IFC's support for crucial infrastructure projects like roads and hospitals, along with boosting emerging industries such as renewable energy and technology.  “Our goal is not just financial profit, but also social and environmental impact,” noted Thande, emphasizing the IFC's commitment to promoting growth and sustainability in emerging markets.

Transitioning to an in-person visit at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), students gained deeper insights into career opportunities at the institution charged with shaping and improving the future of the Americas. “At the IDB, we see ourselves as partners in development,” remarked Armando Baltazar, senior management and experience strategist. Baltazar discussed employment opportunities and internships available through corporate support or operations for development at the IDB, providing students with valuable insights into potential career paths. Further exploration led to the discovery of the IDB Lab's focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, as explained by Luben Petkoff, creative strategist. Additionally, Vinicio Stort, director and head of treasury investments, shed light on IDB Invest's role in fostering sustainable business growth while addressing social and environmental challenges. “Our aim is to create opportunities that lead to lasting change,” emphasized Stort, highlighting the IDB's commitment to fostering development throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

At the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), students explored the organization's pivotal role in promoting global economic and social well-being. “The OECD serves as a platform for countries to share ideas and best practices,” explained William Davis, senior advisor. Davis detailed the OECD's efforts to address pressing issues such as inequality, climate change, and digitalization through research and policy recommendations. “Our mission is to create policies that improve the lives of people around the world,” noted Davis, underscoring the organization's vital role in fostering collaboration and driving positive change on a global scale.

Concluding their journey with a virtual meeting at the World Bank, students were inspired by the institution's commitment to global development. “At the World Bank, we believe in creating opportunities for everyone,” remarked Domenico Taverna, a senior talent attraction specialist. Taverna detailed how the World Bank provides crucial financial support, technical expertise, and knowledge sharing to address a wide range of development challenges. “Our projects aim to create sustainable and inclusive growth,” noted Taverna, impressed by the institution's dedication to making a real difference in people's lives worldwide. Additionally, Taverna highlighted the World Bank's Young Professionals Program, which offers recent graduates the opportunity to work on impactful projects, gain hands-on experience, and contribute to global development efforts. This program provides a pathway for young professionals to launch meaningful careers in international development and make a positive impact on communities around the world.

With a broader understanding of global institutions and newly established professional connections, students of the Careers Crossing Borders Trek were able to form a broader vision of what a global career path could look like. 

The Careers Crossing Borders Series is provided in part by CIBE, a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

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