May 22, 2017

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Arame Dieng

Originally from Senegal, Arame translated her passion for women’s empowerment into action. For the past two years, she has been managing The Women’s Mentorship Program, an initiative that connects NYU Abu Dhabi students with professionals from various industries in Abu Dhabi. The program had connected over 300 participants to date. Arame plans to work as a management consultant or business analyst, helping companies with their business strategy, and travel the world pursuing her entrepreneurship dreams. 

What is your school and major?

I studied Economics with a specialization in Finance at NYU Abu Dhabi.

Do you plan to work in the same field as your major?

Definitely! I plan to combine my passion for research and business analysis to help companies address untapped opportunities and solve some of the complex challenges that they are facing today. Studying economics—among other things—has really taught me to think critically about the world and I am really excited to bring in a unique perspective to the corporate world.

What did you find most valuable during your time at NYU?

Many things! The endless opportunities to step out of my comfort zone and grow, the friendliness of professors and staff members, and access to the global network university—to name a few. I am incredibly grateful to have studied in a liberal arts college where I was able to build myself into a well-rounded individual while acquiring a set of skills that often have nothing to do with my major, but that I will continue to use for years to come.

What was your favorite moment at NYU?

I actually have two. The first one was definitely my January course in Buenos Aires. I absolutely enjoyed learning about international human rights and exploring the city with my classmates. I think this experience was a defining moment in my life as I realized how much I do not know about the world. It motivated me not only to travel more but also make sure to truly engage with local communities whenever I do so.

The other one is my time serving as the director of the Women’s Mentorship Program at NYU Abu Dhabi, which is a student-led initiative that connects NYU students with Abu Dhabi professionals through one-on-one mentoring. Witnessing the program grow in size and impact both within the university and beyond made me feel extremely proud and I can’t wait to see how it evolves in the future.

What will you miss most about being an NYU undergrad?

The small classes at NYU Abu Dhabi, the sense of family in the classroom, and the chance to build ties with truly remarkable faculty members. I will also miss connecting with a diverse pool of students from around the world and sharing the joy of finding commonalities amid differences together.

How are you celebrating the accomplishment of graduating and receiving your degree?

My family will be coming to graduation in a couple weeks from Senegal and I will have the pleasure to introduce them to friends, professors, NYU staff, and all the people in the wider Abu Dhabi community who have supported me throughout the past four years. I look forward to spending quality time with everyone, especially my classmates who will be scattered in all corners of the world shortly after.

Do you plan to stay in Abu Dhabi?

I do plan to stay in the UAE! Abu Dhabi has a special place in my heart. I found a home in the middle of the desert and made countless memories in almost every corner of the city that I will continue to treasure. I firmly believe in the potential of this region and I do think that now is an exciting time to be here and take part in both the growth and innovation that is happening across the UAE.

What are your plans for the summer?

I plan to spend a couple weeks in Morocco before heading for a trip to Europe. I always crave new adventures and I can’t wait to make this summer memorable. I will be heading to Senegal shortly after, before heading back to the UAE to begin work.

Pretend it’s your 10-year reunion. What would you like to say when classmates ask what you’ve been up to?

Impacting lives for the better! There is so much that needs to be done around the world and what better way to contribute than to initiate change wherever and whenever you can. I am quite passionate about development finance and I hope to either start my own venture or pioneer a program that increases people’s access to financial services in Senegal and more broadly in West Africa. I am very excited about the journey leading to the next 10 years and I can’t wait to see what great things my classmates and I will do.