May 2019 Newsletter

As we head into the summer, we are delighted to congratulate our most recent graduates: the Capital Markets Class of 2019! Our 22 Fellows completed the training program at the end of April, with hands-on workshops in leadership and management run by The Rivington Group followed by a formal graduation ceremony at the IFC. This concluded four months of hard work at internships across the U.S., during which the class had a few opportunities to touch base – including with a packed trip to New York City in mid-February where they visited with Wall Street firms, and mid-March webinars in which they compared internship experiences.

Class of 2020 graduation on April 26, 2019

 Directly after graduation, earlier this month several alumni from current and past cohorts participated in the 2019 Milken Institute Global Conference, where they pitched innovative financial policy solutions to a room of investors, philanthropists, development partners, regulators and policy experts. We wish our Class of 2019 all the best as they return to their desks in their home countries – and looking ahead, we are also excited to meet our Class of 2020 when they arrive in Washington DC at the end of the summer!

Valedictorian Speech by Yemisi Okuneye

The class valedictorian, Yemisi Okuneye from the Nigeria Securities and Exchange Commission who completed the program with the highest Grade Point Average, wished her classmates all the best with an entertaining and motivating speech.

Pitching policy solutions at the Milken Institute Global Conference

From left, Kieran St Omer (Eastern Caribbean Central Bank), Gwendoline Darguste (Central Bank of Haiti), Denis Kizito (Uganda CMA) and Chukwudi Ugwu (Nigeria Central Bank) won this year’s pitch competition with a policy solution to finance renewable energy projects in the Caribbean.

Read more about one alum’s experience at Global Conference here.

Sitting in on February’s mid-internship New York trip

Discussing the global macroeconomic outlook over a working lunch at Bloomberg

Exploring FinTech solutions to financial inclusion and open banking with Finastra

Exploring the importance of programming and data over dinner with WorldQuant University

Discussing emerging trends in global investment banking over breakfast with Bank of America

Working lunch to discuss sovereign ratings with Fitch Ratings

A CEO’s insights into the US private equity industry with Clayton Dubilier & Rice

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