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Alejandro Razzotti

Fulbright Tackles Finance in Argentina

ppp Job Title:
COO, International Finance Unit

Organization:
Ministry of Social Development, Argentina

Graduate:
MPP; Public Policy; 1999
Georgetown University

Home Country:
Argentina


What do you enjoy about your job? What aspects of your job are the most exciting or interesting?
As Chief Operative Officer at the International Finance Unit at the Ministry of Social Development in Argentina, I provide institutional and technical guidance to the 9 social programs financed by the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the European Union for a total amount of USD$450 million. I also led a negotiation team to ensure steady financing for the Ministry for an amount of USD$1.3 billion for the next four years.

Why did you choose to pursue an MPA/MPP degree?
[I wanted] to obtain a great analytical ability, plus a deep understanding of the public arena, things I lacked from my law degree and my MBA completed in Argentina previously. At Georgetown I got that, plus an unforgettable first-hand experience of American and international politics.

How did you select your graduate school?
After I was awarded with a two-year Fulbright scholarship (1997/1999), I did my best to select an MPA/MPP school with a strong reputation and future in the international arena. Georgetown was a perfect fit. During my time at the University, I was the first international student to be distinguished as a Pioneer Hi-Bred International Fellow at the Georgetown Center for Food and Nutrition Policy. Besides that, I was honored with the GU Merit Award and the GU European Courses Grant, which was matched with an Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris scholarship to attend courses in France and Belgium. My main advice on this subject is to understand the for-life relationship between your university and yourself. Having that in mind should help you to make your choice carefully.

How do you feel your MPA/MPP is helping you to make a difference?
My MPP helped me to broaden my view about the public sphere and understand its complexity. I felt very much prepared to assume my public responsibilities. To choose one example of an accomplishment, I refer to my work as Director of Administrative Coordination at the Department of Education in Buenos Aires Province, one of the top three educational systems in Latin America with 4.5 million students. I managed to implement a strategy to expand the ATM payment system from only 2% to 74% of the workforce (180.000 persons added). I am profoundly proud of this simple but very effective way of making life better for others.

How would you characterize your personality?
* Team Worker * Committed * Driven *

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