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Two years ago I was thinking about my future and the career I planned in international development. I was reading Muhammad Yunus' Banker to the Poor when chapter 12 Beyond Micro-credit: A New World of Grameen Enterprises introduced me to the larger concept of social entrepreneurship. I was stunned by the simplicity and power of this transformative idea. I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

IDEX offers an exceptional platform from which to launch my career in social entrepreneurship. At business school I have learned the fundamental skills necessary to run an enterprise, but I know there is much about social enterprise and international development that I still need to learn. With specialized training as well as hands on field experience IDEX offers the missing puzzle pieces of my social entrepreneurship education.

Additionally Rupert Scofield, president and CEO of FINCA, argues that every aspiring development professional ought to have a deep "poverty experience" to inform their decisions and fuel their passion throughout their careers. I agree and I believe that IDEX is an ideal platform to gain this experience.

I am also extremely excited about the prospect of building lasting relationships with the other talented and ambitious IDEX fellows devoted to social entrepreneurship.

Finally, I am thrilled to see that IDEX has success in placing graduates in my dream organization Ashoka. It is my contention that many of the best ideas in social entrepreneurship will emerge from the poor communities themselves. Thus we can best promote development by assisting these innovators in scaling and building their operations through support institutions such as Ashoka.

IDEX has the whole package for launching my career in social entrepreneurship, targeted education, hands-on field experience, the transformational "poverty experience", a vibrant network of talented graduates and great job post-program job placement.

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