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Profiles in Development

Katherine Marshall Kissoon
Katherine Marshall Kissoon

When Katherine Marshall Kissoon left her native Guyana at age 18 to study business finance in England, international development was the furthest thing from her mind.

“I was heading to Wall Street,” she said. “I didn’t have any interest at that point in development type work.”

That soon changed. During her three years at the University of East Anglia, she determined that the curriculum’s finance focus was too narrow and had little bearing on issues Guyana was facing.

“It just wasn’t that relevant to the needs that were all around me at home,” she said.