Beatriz Cordova Aquino

Master of Public Policy (MPP) Class of 2024

The LSE community is absolutely welcoming and warm. From constant mentorships and programs to accelerate my professional skills to wellbeing services and student groups, each piece has contributed in its own way to make me feel at home.

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Name: Beatriz Cordova Aquino

Programme and year: Master of Public Policy, Class of 2024 

Nationality: Peruvian 


Can you tell us about your background and why you chose to study the Master of Public Policy (MPP) at SPP? 

I am a political scientist, Master in Gender Studies, and elections specialist. I have more than a decade of experience in Peruvian public service, and I am also the co-founder of Quinta Ola, a feminist NGO whose work focuses on political empowerment of girls and youth.  

I chose to study in the SPP because I wanted to delve into the complexity of policy making processes, as well as feel inspired and motivated by a global community of policy makers.  

How did it feel to be awarded the Peruvian Scholarship for Public Service? How are you hoping to use your studies to support policies in Peru?   

I felt grateful and reenergized to pursue my long-term professional goals. I plan to use all the knowledge acquired in this experience to keep on promoting equality and the strengthening of Peruvian democracy.  

What have been some of your takeaways in your studies so far? 

My time in LSE has made me rethink the necessity for policymakers from diverse professional backgrounds and sectors (government, private sector, civil society) to build bridges, and embrace the diversity of economic, political, and social perspectives, as well as the variety of models for addressing various social issues. 

What makes you feel #partoflse? 

The LSE community is absolutely welcoming and warm. From day one, I have felt accompanied in this adventure. From constant mentorships and programs to accelerate my professional skills to wellbeing services and student groups, each piece has contributed in its own way to make me feel at home.  

Where is your favourite place in London?  

Victoria Park in East London.  

What are your favourite things about being a SPP student? 

The amazing international cohort of the Master of Public Policy makes peer learning a major advantage of being part of the School of Public Policy. Learning from them and enriching my views through their perspectives is one of my favourite things of being an SPP student.   

Who would you recommend the programme to? 

To all change makers along different fields of expertise. Whether you are an historian, engineer, lawyer, sociologist, etc. please do not hesitate. If you want to create change by policy interventions, this is the place for you.  

What advice would you give to anyone who is considering studying the MPP? 

If you want to learn from top world academics while being constantly motivated and inspired along with a professionally experienced cohort in one of the most exciting cities of the world, the MPP is the place for you. It is a very competitive program, so do not forget to trust the power of your own voice during the process of admission and let the recruiters know you better not only as a professional, but also as a human and what inspires you to be an agent of change.  

Do you have any advice or words of motivation for those who are considering applying for the Peruvian Scholarship for Public Service? 

If you feel that this scholarship is for you, it's probably because it is. Especially if you come from a public university in Peru, you are not from Lima, and/or you are a woman, I encourage you to apply! Remember that what you bring to the table is unique. Make sure that uniqueness is conveyed during the application process. 

Do you have any practical advice for our international offer holders who are preparing to join us in September? 

Transport in London is very good! You can get everywhere with the different options available (even to and from the airport). Trust your Google Maps/Citymapper app and remember you can access with any credit card available (the one you bring with you also works!). Just make sure you use the same one to tap in and tap out.  

What are your plans and ambitions after graduation? 

I plan to get involved in senior level policy making in the public sector, especially advocating for topics with a direct impact in girls and women’s lives.  

Can you describe your SPP experience in three words?  

Stimulating. Enriching. Diverse.  


Beatriz is happy to connect via LinkedIn.