Where are they now?

Pratheep Purushothaman

Country: India

Organization: Apollo Tele Health Services Limited

Position: Deputy General Manager - Projects

Study at ISS: MA - Development Studies - Major: Governance Policy and Political Economy - Specialization - Public Policy and Management

Year of graduation: 2014

How did the study contribute to your career?

​At ISS, I was with a group of 170 people from 65+ nationalities. Most of the discussions in the classroom revolved around policies and social aspects in these countries. People talked about practical cases and examples. This gave a wider perspective to public sector challenges. Now, at work, I look at the problem in hand through the multiple lenses gained during my study at ISS, in order to arrive at an optimal solution. 

Would you recommend ISS to others interested in studying Development Studies?

Of course I would. In this past 5 years, I have never passed up an opportunity to talk about ISS to prospective students interested in pursuing social sciences. I work closely with NESO India in conducting education fairs, career talks and so on, in order to promote study in Holland in general and ISS in particular. 

What was your overall experience at ISS?

In a word, my time at ISS was ‘marvelous’. In addition to learning, my stay at ISS opened up avenues to travel across Europe.

Rita Gallardo

Country: Philippines

Organization: Office of Senator Francis Pangilinan, Senate of the Philippines

Position: Consultant and Adjunct-Professor

Study at ISS: MA - Development Studies – Major: Universalizing Socio-economic Security for the Poor

Year of graduation: 2006

How did the study contribute to your career?

Universalizing Socio-economic Security for the Poor (USS) focused on the study and consciousness of poverty as well as on how to alleviate poverty. These are very crucial in technical policy writing in the agriculture and fisheries sectors in the Philippines since, according to the Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA), amongst all basic sectors, these consistently registered the highest incidence of poverty. My primary role in Senator Francis Pangilinan’s office is technical policy writing in agriculture and other related areas.

My programme at ISS also helped me be more critical of policies related to social enterprise and self-employment since during my time as a USS student we were taken to India to study the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA).

Would you recommend ISS to others interested in studying Development Studies?  

Yes!

What was your overall experience at ISS?

Pleasant! The course in general was very comprehensive given the limited time and for that I am always grateful to ISS. Also my sincerest thanks to the full scholarship that the Dutch Trade Union organization FNV granted to me. The organization made it possible for me to learn both theory and practice relating to poverty. Lastly, the Filipino student community in ISS was very tight and welcoming, so even in winter months there was warmth and sense of community.

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