Making the Most of a Johns Hopkins SAIS Education

Ridwan Sorunke
African Studies, MA ’19
Home Country: Nigeria

Ridwan chose Johns Hopkins SAIS for its reputation as a top graduate program for international relations, where he could expand his knowledge of public policy and diplomacy in the U.S. The school’s location in Washington, DC has also provided Ridwan the unique experience of directly leveraging the knowledge acquired from the classroom in the field. It also offers the benefit of networking with key stakeholders of emerging African markets. Additionally, the international economics component of the program will provide Ridwan with the quantitative skills that are in high demand.

Ridwan appreciates the rich diversity of the school community. He has formed great relationships with inspiring colleagues from all over the world and has learned more about their home countries while sharing about his as well.

Events hosted on campus have been an exciting part of learning outside the classroom. In his work for the Office of the Dean, Ridwan has engaged with business and government leaders including philanthropist and tech giant Bill Gates, Danish Politician Brian Mikelsen, U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

This summer, Ridwan has been a Summer Associate at Albright Stonebridge Group supporting the firm’s clients as they navigate complex business challenges in Africa.

After graduating, Ridwan hopes to work in the nexus of business and politics. He will continue to support large multinational corporations and startups to solve complex regulatory issues and reduce exposure to political risks across markets in Africa. He also plans on working on development issues in Africa, most especially on agriculture and health.