Name: Saquib Ahsan
Location: Tuxedo, New York
How did you get interested in global issues?
My interest in global issues stems from a number of experiences. After college, I worked in Bangladesh and saw the realities of poverty in the capital. While living there, I understood that 26% of the population live below the national poverty line of $2 per day, and I saw many people lack sufficient necessities like water and shelter.
Also, during graduate school, I took a course in Innovations in Electric Power Sector and learned about the power sector in Brazil, China, India and South Africa. While reading, I found out that over 1.4 billion people in the world have no access to electricity. With that notion in mind, I wrote a paper on energy security and poverty in the Caribbean region. It is an interesting topic because most of their electricity is powered by oil. Using oil poses big risks for the government, the people who live on the islands, and the environment. After school, I want to put more time and effort in fighting poverty because it is the right thing to do.
What do you do when you’re not fighting global poverty?
Learning new languages and going to the gym are important to me because they keep my life interesting and make me healthy. I am a member of Toastmasters, which is a well-known public speaking group. I used to be afraid of public speaking but now I consider it to be a hobby. I also like to play the acoustic guitar and learn new tabs when I am home.
What have you learned/found interesting about The Borgen Project?
I admire Clint Borgen because he started a non-profit organization with very limited resources. It is always challenging to start a group from the ground up. I think the organization has a clear vision and uses legitimate facts and figures to support its cause. As a new advocate for the Borgen Project, I look forward to contributing the fight against global poverty.
– Dmitriy Synkov