I was born in Ghana and moved to Colorado in 2008 for high school. I always had a keen interest in development economics and policy, and in undergrad (Princeton ‘15), majored in Public Policy and International Relations. My first job was at an economic research think tank in Washington D.C., Center for Global Development. As a research assistant, my work involved analyzing data on energy poverty and multilateral banks to shape policy proposals that could drive better development outcomes.
Tell us about yourself and your early career interests.
After two years, I sought to learn how those ideas worked in practice. I moved back home to Ghana to serve as a junior advisor at the Finance Ministry. It was an exciting time that gave me clear insights into the multi-faceted and sometimes intractable nature of economic transformation. In that role, I interacted often with global private financiers on transactions like government bond issuances and infrastructure projects. That made me curious about a career on the other side of the table as an investor.