Student Spotlight – Rajany Mathew

Before Duquesne: Rajany served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for 27 months in the beautiful island of Madagascar. From 2013 to 2015, she worked as an Agri-business volunteer, which involved working with a local silk-weaving cooperative to help develop their business and establish partners overseas. Furthermore, Rajany worked in the local community to help develop a Farmer Field School. This program taught yield-increasing farmer techniques in addition to healthy cooking and nutritional information while using local foods and building organic gardens.

A graduate of  Drexel University in Philadelphia, Rajany majored in Marketing and Finance in the 5-year co-op program. Her professional marketing co-ops were with Johnson & Johnson and Sunoco. She completed her last co-op volunteering at an orphanage in Thailand. She also studied abroad in Singapore which piqued her interest in traveling and working abroad.

Why Duquesne: “I came upon Duquesne’s MBA program when I was looking for MBA programs that combined my passion for business, sustainable development, and traveling. This program was the perfect fit as it combined all three and was only 1-year long. I also spoke with the director of the program before I applied and she was so enthusiastic! I felt like I would be as asset to the program and school.”

Beyond Duquesne: Rajany would like to work for a Non-profit or B-corporation. She is especially interested in corporate social responsibility and working on sustainable development.

Interesting Fact About You: “I worked with my silk weavers (“silkies”) in Madagascar to help them find a partner overseas. Upon volunteering in my second year of service, I met a woman who was the manager of fundraising. We realized that Americans love the silk scarves my silkies make. We decided to work together and produce silk scarves for  Operation Smile to sell in order to fundraise for their mission trips to countries including Madagascar. Operation Smile conducts two mission trips to Madagascar every year where they perform surgeries on people of all ages who have cleft lips and cleft palates. In this way, we were able to support Madagascar through our business and help it to develop sustainably.”

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