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Meet Our 2019 Cohort of Fellows: Maura Farrell


Maura is passionate about solving social challenges with business innovation. As an MBA-MPA student at INSEAD and Princeton University, she is focused on the intersection of business strategy, public policy, and social impact. This summer, she is interning at EDP Renewables, where she is tackling the business challenges of incorporating renewable energy intro the grid. Prior to going to graduate school, Maura spent two years in Dhaka, Bangladesh managing a large study on payroll digitization in the garment sector. In this role, she helped financial institutions to develop new products, and factories to implement new payroll systems. The project demonstrated the feasibility and challenges of electronic payroll for factories, banks, and donors alike. Maura has also worked on a wide range of projects - from impact evaluation to business strategy - in India, Colombia, Mexico, and various parts of the United States. She earned her bachelor's degree in Economics and International Studies from American University in Washington, DC.

What made you consider business school?

After working with factories and banks to change their product offerings and HR practices, I wanted to better understand the constraints within which they operate. I hope to apply this new knowledge to making better-suited products for the emerging middle class. I also believe that strong management is integral to success in any context.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?

I am excited to learn new approaches to problem-solving.

Who are some leaders (in the LGBT community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?

Amartya Sen, Esther Dulfo and Abhijit Banerjee for how they approach, analyze and explain the world; Beyonce and Megan Rapinoe for using their platform to raise awareness and speak out for their communities; and Lynn Jurich for her innovation and perseverance.

What's one thing everyone should know about you?

If I could have an alternate career, I would hop from country to country working as a barista at hipster cafes - I would meet people, learn languages, and drink great coffee!