Hitoishi Chakma was born and raised in Bangladesh, with roots in the indigenous Chakma population from the southeastern parts of the country. Prior to Yale, Hitoishi worked with the BRAC Microfinance Program in Bangladesh, leading research efforts in product development and digital financial services. As part of that work he also consulted for the Kenyan government in the implementation of a livelihoods project, and collaborated on a case study detailing the recovery of the microfinance programs in Liberia and Sierra Leone after the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Most recently he has worked with a fintech accelerator in Seattle, helping tech start-ups solve issues around technology-enabled models of financial inclusion. In that capacity he managed to disburse grant funding to 10 start-ups around the world. At Yale, Hitoishi focused his training on applied statistical methods, research, and emerging market opportunities. This interdisciplinary design helped him draw on knowledge from the business world, cutting-edge statistical methods, and global affairs to solve complex problems in the real world. While at Yale, Hitoishi also served as a senator for the Graduate and Professional Students Senate, and served as a judge at the Yale Hackathon 2017. Hitoishi holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) in international development from the University of New South Wales in Sydney.