Age: 22 Home Town: Cave Creek, AZ Education: BA Development Studies, Brown University Specific Field Interests: Social Enterprise, Sustainable Development, Good Governance, Livelihood Development Placement: PBK Waste Solutions (Bangalore, Karnataka) Area of Focus: Social Enterprise
Highlights: Michael spent his undergraduate years studying the dynamics and implications of international development, focusing on the context of South Asia. He first traveled to India to intern with a logistics company in Mumbai, where he worked on setting operating procedures for a newly established free-trade and warehousing zone. Eager to engage with the country's development issues, Michael returned to India the following summer to pursue a research project on the politics of land acquisition and displacement in rural India. He utilized the three months of interviews that he collected from farmers, lawyers, activists and government officials to write his senior thesis, titled "Democracy & Displacement: Contesting Land Acquisition in India's National Capital Region". Outside of the classroom, Michael was a member of Brown's varsity swimming team. Michael is interested in exploring the role and impact of social enterprise in India's development space through his work as an AIF Fellow.