Valentin Sierra Arias is a Master of Public Policy (MPP) candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School Leadership Institute (HGSLI), and Master of International Economics and Finance (MIEF) from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He currently serves as President of the Harvard Colombian Student Society (HCSS) at Harvard University and also represented his peers in the SAIS Student Government. He previously served as analyst for Washington, D.C.-based consulting firms, and also as editor of Vox.LACEA.org, the research portal of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association. His interests lie at the intersection of productivity, competitiveness, informality and sustainable economic development in Colombia, where he hopes to pursue a career in public service. Valentin holds a B.A. in political science and economics from Saint John’s University (Minnesota), where he served as the first Student Manager of the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy & Civic Engagement while also leading the university’s International Affairs Society and Model United Nations team. Valentin also became the first international student in the history of St. John’s University to earn the coveted academic distinction Phi Beta Kappa. Originally from Manizales (Caldas), Valentin loves singing and spending time with his family.
Harvard Affiliation & Academic Trajectory
Harvard School Kennedy School of Government
Master of Public Policy, 2019
Harvard Graduate School Leadership Institute
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Master of International Economics and Finance
President at Harvard Colombian Student Society