Yihemba Yikona is a joint degree candidate at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and the School of Management. Yihemba graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a bachelor's degree in politics and certificates in Latin American Studies and Spanish. While at Princeton, she wrote her undergraduate thesis on the inclusion of Afro-descendants in the 2016 Colombian peace process. After graduation, Yihemba started her career leading communications at a nonprofit girls’ education organization in Guatemala. She most recently worked at USAID for Power Africa, a U.S. government-led partnership that seeks to double access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her portfolio focused on improving the enabling environment for private sector investment in the African energy sector. At Yale, Yihemba plans to explore social entrepreneurship, public-private partnerships, and international development.