Where are they now?

Garima Shrivastava

Study programme MA in Development Studies, Major in Human Rights Gender and Conflict Studies: Social Justice Perspectives with specialization in Women and Gender Studies 

Year of graduation 2018

Country of origin India

Current occupation Programme Manager Monitoring and Evidence for Change, Asia Pacific Research and Resource Centre for Women (ARROW)

What made your time at ISS special? ISS helped me develop a critical understanding of issues. Being taught by some of the most brilliant minds was a truly enriching experience. I met some of the most beautiful people from across the world. Each moment was special and I am truly grateful for that.

What is your most memorable moment at ISS? I thoroughly enjoyed all lectures, however the most memorable was the last session of the Making of Development class. 

What does ISS mean to you now? Having studied at ISS makes me proud. It makes me feel strong and the friends I made at ISS are like an extended family now. 

Joan Wilhemina Scott-Manga

Study programme MA in Development Studies, specialization in Women and Development

Year of graduation 1998

Country of origin Sierra Leone

Current occupation Retired (United Nations)

What made your time at ISS special? My exposure to the diversity of people and cultures from all over the world. I also gained a lot of knowledge which strengthened my capacity, making me more innovative in my thinking which better shaped my perception on a whole range of issues.

What was your most memorable moment at ISS? The environment at ISS was very conducive to my studies. There was a lot of socialization amongst students which was great. ISS staff were very friendly and supportive. I loved the city of Den Haag: quiet and peaceful.

What does ISS mean to you now? ISS means a lot to me because it gave me tools to be more creative and innovative in dealing with development issues and building on my career as a development worker, both at the national and international level.

Oluwatoyin Olabisi

Study programme MA in Development Studies, Major in Human Rights, Gender and Conflict Studies: Social Justice Perspectives

Year of graduation 2014

Country of origin Nigeria

Current occupation Executive director women & girls’ capabilities & empowerment organization 

What made your time at ISS special? The opportunity to interact with a diverse group of students.

What is your most memorable moment at ISS? When I had to rewrite my development essay on environment.

What does ISS mean to you now? The institution that made me.

Sylvia Saborio

Study programme National Development Planning

Year of graduation 1972

Country of origin Costa Rica

Current occupation Member of the National Board of Regulation and Supervision of the Financial System (Costa Rica).

What made your time at ISS special? It set me on an international, multicultural, interdisciplinary career path of public service which included the United Nations, World Bank, InterAmerican Development Bank and academia.

What is your most memorable moment at ISS? The frequent discussions on all sorts of economic development issues with my mentor and friend Kurt Martin over endless cups of coffee and bottles of wine.

What does ISS mean to you now? The ISS/Netherlands experience showed me what a successful society looks and feels like in terms of that delicate balance between individual freedom and social responsibility, which I have been in pursuit of ever since.

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