“I chose to attend LSE for the well-known rigour of its Economics programme, with faculty conducting exciting research on pressing economic and development issues. In addition, there is immense exposure to industry, academia, government and non-profit work, which means that decisions about future prospects and career are made in an information-rich environment.
I am currently working as an ODI Fellow at the Ministry of Finance in Timor-Leste. Situated in Asia, Timor-Leste is one of the youngest countries in the world, and is rich in petroleum resources. I am involved with the preparation and analysis of the National Budget, and am leading the Ministry's efforts to develop an in-house debt sustainability model, among other responsibilities.
Being at LSE opened up an array of opportunities for me. The M.Sc. in Economics is a well-respected programme, preparing students well for both academic and professional careers. The technical rigour of the program has been of immense value in my research, and the analytical skills that I took away from the programme have been key in my professional work.
LSE has an extremely rich cultural and intellectual environment. The professors in the Economics department were very inspiring to learn from and work with. Classmates and Teaching Assistants, from different places across the world, were an enthusiastic bunch - always up for economic discussions and policy debates - making it a vibrant place to learn and grow. The physical facilities for independent and group study were very inviting and I always looked forward to being back in the Library or the Lincoln’s Inn Fields building. I am still in touch with my colleagues and professors from LSE, and look forward to contributing back to the School and the Department in the future in any way I can.”