Anton Raneses, ALM Sustainability

Where will you be living next year, and what will you be doing?
Juba, South Sudan – Help USAID/South Sudan continue to provide lifesaving humanitarian assistance, conflict mitigation assistance, essential services such as health care and education, and support for key milestones of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which culminated in South Sudan’s independence.

What advice do you have for Harvard HES students, now that you have graduated?
My advice is to find an area of specialty that blends well with personal work or academic background. Then pursue that subject matter with passion and keen interest. Don’t forget to negotiate every step of your intellectual engagement with your partner or family members so that the outcome of that Harvard degree will become a “win-win” for all parties concerned. Finally, enjoy the fruits of your labor as part of the learning process. As the Great Mahatma says: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

In what ways has your Harvard Extension degree impacted your career?
I have leveraged my degree with corporate, government, and U.S. military background in the international development space to engage policymakers, development actors, NGOs, and foreign country governments in their path to sustainable development.

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