Mike Chieco graduated from Lehigh University in 2010 with an Honors B.S. in finance. As an undergraduate, he combined his studies in finance with extensive coursework in international relations and political science to understand the political and economic implications of the Great Recession. After graduating, Mike joined Deloitte Consulting in its New York Strategy & Operations practice, focusing on growth strategy and customer engagement for multi-national retail and restaurant companies. Most recently Mike spent two years in Nairobi, Kenya, with Liberty Eagle Africa Limited, an investment company launching international brands into East Africa. While at Liberty Eagle Mike launched two new brands, Pizza Hut and Yves Rocher, into the Kenyan market and oversaw company operations in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. At Yale, Mike is pursuing the joint degree program in management and global affairs (MA/MBA) and is studying the impact of weak state structures and conflict on entrepreneurship in developing markets.