Lamisa Hossain, BMC ’24

Achieving Sustainable Development: Examining the Role of Private Equity and Foreign Direct Investment in Africa

Semester: Spring 2024

Faculty Advisor: Michael Allen

Field Site: Alterra

Field Supervisor: Leah Coates

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Further Context:

Working at Alterra Capital Partners as a Strategy and Investment Research Intern has been an exciting journey into the world of private equity and sustainable investment. Working in supporting Alterra’s climate fund, my role delved into researching opportunities within renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and climate technology startups.

Each week presented a new challenge, pushing me to sharpen my skills in financial modeling, investment research, and crafting compelling presentations. The technical competencies honed during my internship are undeniably valuable. My assignments allowed me to gain proficiency that will undoubtedly serve me well in my future endeavors.

Moreover, the exposure to the intricacies of investment research has deepened my understanding of the interplay of macroeconomic and microeconomic dynamics in driving investment decisions, which is a wonderful way to apply my learnings from class into practical experiences. Yet, beyond the technical realm, it’s the softer skills cultivated during my time at Alterra that truly stand out. Communication, in particular, emerged as a cornerstone of my growth. Whether it was articulating ideas in team meetings or seeking guidance on challenging tasks, I learned the importance of clear and concise communication. Initially, seeking help during uncertain situations was a challenge for me, but throughout the semester, I was presented with multiple opportunities to sharpen my communication abilities.

This experience instilled in me the understanding that collaborating enhances innovation and facilitates problem-solving. Reflecting on my internship experience, the most significant takeaway lies in the evolution of my approach towards tackling challenges. Embracing a proactive mindset, I’ve learned to confront obstacles head-on, leveraging the collective
knowledge and experience around me. This proactive stance not only enhances efficiency but also fosters a culture of continuous learning and growth. As I embark on the next chapter of my journey, I carry with me not just the technical skills acquired but also a newfound appreciation
for the power of effective communication and collaborative problem-solving. My internship at Alterra Capital Partners has not only equipped me with the tools to navigate the intricacies of the financial world but has also instilled in me the confidence to embrace challenges with resilience and resourcefulness.