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Raikhan Sabirova

Fighting Poverty for Social Development
ppp Job Title:
Social Sectors Specialist

Organization:
Asian Development Bank

Graduate:
MPA, 2000
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Home Country:
Kazakhstan


What do you enjoy about your job? What aspects of your job are the most exciting or interesting?
I enjoy working in a multicultural environment at the Asian Development Bank. The most interesting and exciting aspects are working on projects which have direct and positive impact on people in different countries in Asia.

Why did you choose to pursue an MPA/MPP degree?
At the time when I decided to pursue a master's degree at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst I had five years of a practical experience working on development issues in Central Asia. I felt that it was a time to go back to a graduate school and gain skills and knowledge that would further equip me in my work on development.

How did you select your graduate school?
I would strongly recommend to consider the Center of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (UMass). It is a relatively newly set up program, but has a variety of opportunities for learning from different faculties at UMass. Amherst area is also so-called "a five-school area" with four liberal art colleges and UMass. It is a really nice town in the western Massachusetts with a beautiful autumn season!

How do you feel your MPA/MPP is helping you to make a difference?
All of the skills and knowledge in the public policy analysis, statistics, public finance, which I gained during my MPA are of tremendous help in my current work. I am proud of my last year work at the Asian Developent Bank (ADB), where I acted as a project task officer, and which resulted in a grant financed by ADB on addressing several strategic education reforms in the Kyrgyz Republic, (an amount of 15.5 million). I hope there will be more opportunities to apply my MPA skills.

How would you characterize your personality?
* Team worker *Compassionate * Creative * Persistent * Organized * Committed * Flexible * Curious * Detail oriented * People person * Diplomatic * Driven

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