Raquel Asencios

Nationality: Peru
Program: One-year MAPP
Graduated: 2008
Current job: Regional Program Coordinator-Gender for Latin America and the Caribbean at Save the Children International
Location: Lima, Peru

Beyond Work

+1. Which Hungarian words do you still remember?

Szeretlek [I love you], fantasztikus [fantastic], jó utat [have a nice trip], köszönöm szépen [thank you very much], minden [everything], jó [good] ... (I am married to a Hungarian!)

+2. What was your dream job when you were ten years old?

I wanted to be a doctor.

+3.Who is your role model?

No single person is my role model. I admire specific characteristics of different people, including my mother and close friends. I am also very influenced by feminists from Latin America.

+4. What is your favorite way to unwind after a long day at work?

Going out with my husband.

1. What led you to study public policy at CEU?

The solid and comprehensive curriculum, the unparalleled opportunity to be part of a multicultural academic environment, and the fact that CEU was part of the Erasmus Mundus MA in Public Policy program. Although I was not enrolled in that program, it was a factor in my decision to study at CEU.

2. What do you remember most about your time at CEU?

Interesting discussions among people with different perspectives in a respectful environment both during classes as well as in informal meetings with professors. I also remember the excellent library with lots of resources.

3. What have you been engaged in professionally since graduating from CEU?

I have been involved in human development and human rights issues. In particular, I have focused on women's and children's rights through the implementation of regional programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Since graduating from CEU, I have worked for Cuso International in Canada, Health Poverty Action on projects for the United Nations Population Fund in England, and the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe in Hungary. Currently I am at Save the Children International in Peru.

4. How have your policy studies at CEU contributed to your career?

It broadened my understanding of global contexts, which helped me improve the skills necessary for analyzing and proposing policies. It also strengthened my ability to conduct the rigorous research needed to make policy recommendations that effectively respond to the needs of target populations.

5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself working in the same area (women's and children's issues), but probably with a more global scope and influence.

6. Do you have any advice for current students?

Yes: enjoy and embrace everything that you are able to experience at CEU – in class, with your classmates and professors, in your free time, in the city, everywhere. For students on the one-year MAPP, the thesis preparation period really helps you put into practice what you have learned and develop your ability to connect with lots of people and organizations that can provide support. It is also a good moment to take a closer look at how your professional career could move forward in the future.

7. What is your favorite thing to do in Budapest?

I loved cycling and walking around the city. Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities I know. I have a special feeling for Hungary and Hungarians because I met my Hungarian husband while living there.

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