People >alumni Profies > valentina zuin
- Class:MCP '05
- Prior Degree: Bocconi University,Milan
Public Management and Economics, 2002
- Geographic and Thematic Areas of Interest:
Equador, Peru, Angola, Benin, Senegal, Mozambique. Small enterprise development, slum upgrading, and water and sanitation in developing countries.
- Recent Awards:
I was awarded the American Planning Association Outstanding Student Award in 2005. I received a fellowship from the MIT program Human Rights and Justice and the MIT IDEAS Competition.
- Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
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Q. What are you doing now?
ZUIN: I am currently doing my PhD at Stanford where I am working on water service delivery in peri-urban areas in Africa. Before starting my PhD, I have worked for 2.5 years for the Water and Sanitation Program of the World Bank based out of the Government of Mozambique.
Q. What do you enjoy most about your current work?
Zuin: I particularly enjoyed closely working with water utilities, regulators, government officials, and donors because it provided me with a wide perspective on the water sector and its challenges, especially when thinking about improving service delivery for the poor.
Q. How did the skills that you acquired at DUSP help you to find interesting work?
Zuin: My ability to better understand cities in their different development aspects (housing, water and sanitation, local economic development). I also learned to organize and undertake rigorous field work in the developing world.
Q. Which things that you learned at DUSP are most useful in your current position?
Zuin: My ability to think critically and bring together challenges and opportunities arising from different disciplines (housing, transport, water and sanitation).
Q. What did you like most about the program?
Zuin: I loved the people at DUSP, who are engaged and caring about making cities better placed. Friends I have made at DUSP will be friends for my whole life.
Q. What suprised you most about the MCP program?
Zuin: The diversity of the background of the body of students admitted to the program, and the fact that they are whom I learned the most from.