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Dan Pandeni Idhenga - WIS Graduate 2016

(Shared on LinkedIn)

This week, I am proud to graduate with a Master’s degree in Emerging Economies & International Development from King's College London. Walking across the stage with other graduates was a surreal moment considering my undergraduate graduation at Baruch College was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It's been a long journey, but I am grateful for the opportunity to complete this milestone, especially in the presence of those who have supported me throughout.

Through my degree, I gained a deeper understanding of the complexities of global development while focusing on entrepreneurship focused solutions to addressing development challenges. The programme also provided the tools and knowledge to make a positive impact in the world and to contribute to sustainable global development.

In particular, I enjoyed writing my dissertation “Have Startups Contributed to Development in Namibia? - To what extent have startup companies, through the use of public and private investment, contributed to Namibia’s development since independence in 1990?”

I am proud of myself for never giving up and for pushing through the challenges that came my way. I would like to express my gratitude to all the people who have helped me along the way including my family Linda Scott and some of my professors at Baruch and King's Ranjit Nair, Ph.D., Lin Peng, Michele Costello, Ingrid Kvangraven, M. Sudhir Selvaraj, PhD Robyn Klingler-Vidra, PhD and many more! To my wonderful friends, professors, and colleagues, thank you for being a part of this journey.

Going forward, I will continue to support the London venture capital and startup ecosystem through the King’s Angel Network, Kings Alumni Office, and King’s Entrepreneurship institute.

I'm excited to see what the future holds and I'm ready to tackle the next challenge.

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