Megan Yamoah

Megan Yamoah is pursuing an MS/PhD in Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her studies will focus on innovation and sustainable economic growth in emerging economies, working across private, public, and academic actors to design and advance regional innovation, with a focus on Southeast Asia and West Africa. 

Megan graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in Physics and Electrical Engineering before pursuing an MPhil in Economics at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. She grew up in Davis, California and is the daughter of immigrants from Thailand and Ghana. Growing up between Thai, Chinese, and Ghanaian culture has driven her to advance impact in emerging economies, in particular Thailand and Ghana, as well as connect with and learn from people with diverse lived experiences. 

Megan co-founded a social impact technology start-up, Gifftid, which aims to mainstream the impact economy by supporting social enterprises, their investors, and community talent. Through her graduate studies, she plans to advance cross-cutting impact in developing countries, building not only the technical understanding in economic development, but also the crucial connections across academia, NGOs, governments, and the private sector to drive systemic change. 

Megan is a photographer, dancer, avid skier, and a passionate cook and baker.