Age: 23 Home Town: Washington, D.C. Education: Bachelor of Arts in Diplomatic History and Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Pennsylvania Specific Field Interests: Social Entrepreneurship, Rural Economic Development, Gender Rights Placement: Anudip, Kolkata, West Bengal Area of Focus: Social Enterprise
Highlights: Sam got his first taste of India two years ago as a Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) summer intern at Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group. The focus of the organization was to expand the rights and opportunities for waste pickers across New Delhi by creating waste collection contracts between pickers and corporations. Ever since those initial twelve weeks, he has been interested in how business can be used to advance social causes particularly in underrepresented communities and, of course, finding a way to return to work in India again. Sam also developed a passion for education working in the Philadelphia public school system during his undergraduate years at the University of Pennsylvania. This past year as a Fulbright Fellow in Jordan he researched the effects of government and international development programs on community decision making in rural semi-nomadic economies. He plans to spend the next year trying to see as many Bollywood movies as possible while attempting to learn as many Indian languages as he can within the duration of the Fellowship.