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Elise El Nouchi

Alumni Story

Currently pursuing her master's in Development Management at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, Elise graduated with Honors from a Bachelor of International Relations at IE University, in Spain in 2019.

Passionate about development and governance of the African continent, she has acquired a strong understanding of local dynamics working for various NGOs and research centers with a specific focus on economic and social development in Africa. In parallel to her master's studies, she worked as a consultant for GROW Liberia on projects aiming at fostering public-private partnerships and renewed development models on the continent. She also was the Co-Director of the LSE Africa Summit 2021. Her academic and professional experiences in multi-cultural environments where integrity, teamwork and entrepreneurship are fundamental attributes, provided her with a robust and critical view of African development.


Current Location

London, United Kingdom


MSc student at LSE -Graduate consultant at GROW Liberia and Co-Director of the LSE Africa Summit

Program studied

BIR 2019


Could you tell us about the application process and how you got your current role?
I applied to a master’s in International Development at the London School of Economics after taking a gap year from studying and working in different firms and positions to gain professional experience after my graduation from IE. While working, I prepared my application to the program by gathering various documents, i.e, cover letter, references, english certificate, application form. I wanted to apply early on to receive an answer in the first round and be able to plan ahead, which I did.

How did your experience at IEU prepare you for your professional and academic career?
IE taught me how to make the most of my curiosity and not to be afraid to have views that differ from other people, because it from the richness and diversity of the different point of views you face that you grow the most. More specifically, I discovered my passion for the African continent at IE University by discussing with colleagues and teachers on various topics related to African development. Asking questions and confronting different views helped me to gain a greater understanding of the mechanisms involved and realize that I had so much more to learn.

What is the competitive advantage that studying at IEU provides or has provided you?
IE taught me not to be afraid to ask others when in doubt, to rely on my peers and to speak up for what I stand for.

Do you have any advice for IEU students and alumni who are looking to pursue a career in international development?
I would tell them to think about what concrete change they want to make in the future and start assembling the different pieces that would bring about this change. One must take advantage of every opportunity that is available to participate in projects, meet new people and always be open to learning.

What skills do you consider are needed to succeed in international development?
Integrity, boldness, open-mindedness, and team spirit.

Tell us about the IEU alumni community and the impact they have had in your life and/or career
I oftentimes use the IE alumni network to ask questions to my old colleagues, learn more from their experience and discover new professional opportunities

Why do you think it’s important to engage with the IEU alumni community?
I would say never be shy to reach out to people who studied with you at IE because most of them will always be open to help and have a chat. It is part of the IE family spirit, and you will learn a lot personally and professionally from sharing views and experience.

What skills would you recommend job seekers develop in order to make them more competitive in today’s workforce?
I would say that public speaking and communication skills are paramount. Indeed, the COVID 19 pandemic only made more salient the importance of effective communication in the professional world as social interactions become digitalized. I am convinced that anyone looking for a job will now need to be able to convey ideas effectively and quickly to be considered as an asset in any firm.

What’s the best career advice you have ever been given?
I have been told that there exists no dream too big, no goal to high, and that with reasonable amount of effort, curiosity, and boldness, anything is achievable; but you should never forget that the best way to learn is from others.

If someone was considering going to IEU, what would you tell them?
I would tell them that if they are looking for a university where they will be challenged, where they can learn from their peers in a highly multicultural environment and where they can make their entrepreneurial dreams come true, then IE is the place to be.

Why did you choose the BIR program at IE University?
I have always been passionate about international relations, international trade, and governance. My objective was to learn more about these topics from motivated teachers and professionals. Furthermore, I wanted to be immersed into a multicultural environment where I could learn from my peers and understand the views of people coming from diverse countries and background. For this reason, BIR seemed to be the logical sequence to my academic life and it definitely met all of my expectations.

What is one thing you wished you knew, when you were a student?
I wish I had realized earlier the value of social interactions that was available at IE University. Indeed, I fervently believe that I owe a big part of my social skills to the multicultural environment and strong academic support I received at IE University. If I could go back in time, I would make the most of my time at IE my participating in even more clubs, groups and initiatives to ensure I meet and learn from as many people as possible.