Takondwa Musa, born and raised in Malawi, earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Organizational Leadership at Rutgers University – New Brunswick. As a Ronald E. McNair Fellow, Takondwa’s research examined trade and aid imbalances within the Southern African region. Subsequently, he was a participant in the Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) Undergraduate Research Program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation; while being hosted at Florida International University, Takondwa conducted a social network analysis quantitative study that sought to visualize growth and change within UWIN. He also worked as a Research Assistant in the School of Social Work at Rutgers University for two years before entering the Public Policy Ph.D. program. Takondwa’s research interests are international economic development and international trade.