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When my study with Mesci nearly completed, I was granted by University Meets Microfinance (UMM) and International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a CGIAR center for doing thesis on "Microfinance and payment for ecosystem services". After completing my thesis and graduated from MESCI, I continued working as consultant for IWMI for three months, from which I was able to publish my very first paper in international journal.
Since then, I moved to another international organization which also belongs to CGIAR center, namely International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).

My work focuses on economic analysis of climate change, cost benefit analysis (CBA) of climate smart agriculture (CSA) practices. I was involved in developing an online user-friendly CBA tool specifically for CSA practices which has been used globally by researchers, government officers from Vietnam, Uganda, Nicaragua, Philippines and will be continued using in Ghana, some West African countries and Latin American countries. Recently, I've contributed writing IFAD's document series on economic advantages, titled "Assessing the value of climate change actions in agriculture" which was presented at COP 22 in Marrakech 2016.

Before studying MESCI, I have a completely different background that I never thought I could become an economic researcher or development professional. I believe that MESCI really helps you to achieve your career goal in development or research field whichever background you come from.