Tidjani, Prisca Yéwa
Class of 2016
What languages do you speak? I speak and work in both French and English. Additionally, the Beninese languages I speak are Idaasha, Nagot, a little Fon and Dendi.
Describe any previous research experience: I worked with the Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy (IERPE) on Round 6 of the Afrobarometer project on the quality of the democracy and governance in Benin. After one week of intense training on sampling and implementation of the survey, I was sent into the field to speak and listen to survey participants in the local Beninese languages. From this research, I learned how to collect reliable data, while in the process learning more about the geography and rural living conditions in my country.
What is your current area of research interest? My current area of research interest is in finance. Especially, the application of a local tax system to carry out sustainable development like, improving the minimum standard of living of others.
Why did you choose to study at ASE? I choose to study at ASE for three principal reasons. Firstly, after my undergraduate degree, ASE’s MBA program offered the best opportunity to enhance the necessary skills to make decisions based on reliable data. Secondly, ASE a number of social and cultural advantages to help one succeed on the international labor market. This advantage comes from the diversity of the pupils and professors coming from large universities around the world. Thirdly, ASE’s research centers offer students the rare opportunity to complete applied research tasks in Benin. Finally, I was drawn to partnership with many international universities, such as Princeton University in the United States.
What do you enjoy most about studying at ASE? The MBA at ASE is by far the greatest intellectual challenge I've ever faced. I have learned a tremendous amount in a brief period of time. I have developed a strong foundation in finance, which I'm sure will contribute to my long-term success - whichever career path I pursue. I am amazed at how well-known the teachers are in their fields of study, yet how accessible they are to students. The professors are always willing to help us and give us extra materials to deepen our knowledge. The diversity of classmates, who come from all across Africa, enable me to understand how things work elsewhere. There is also a delicious restaurant on-campus.
What are your plans after you finish your degree at ASE? Once I finish my masters at ASE, I plan to attend a PhD program and set-up a firm. This firm will be developed based on the reinforcement of our interior resources to progressively finance our budget and promote more investment. I am also considering pursuing an internship with the World Bank.
What are your future career goals? I would like to have an international career, where I work in institutes such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, etc. This will allow me to serve my country, while following the example of Professor Leonard Wantchekon. I would like to devote my time to complete more research in Africa, as I know there are many questions to be answered.
What would your advice be to future students of ASE? To future students of ASE, I would remind them of the opportunity before them. The opportunity to be in grand university, which will help them become the men and women who lead the Africa of tomorrow. I would advise them to stay concentrated on their studies and to work hard, hard and hard without complaints. Through this work, they can contribute to the development of Africa and of the world."