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Gerardo Talavera, SIS/MIS '15

Gerardo Talavera

UPDATE January 23, 2017: MIS Graduate selected for UN Post

Why I chose MIS:

I am a Peruvian Diplomat. I hold a Bachelors degree with a major in Economics from the University of Maryland and a Masters degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Diplomatic Academy of Peru. When searching for a masters program, I was looking for a competitive university with international prestige that could add special knowledge and expertise to my profession. The School of International Service, and MIS in specific, was exactly what I was looking for: a great and demanding program that could give me the liberty to explore my intellectual curiosities, improve and reaffirm my professional skills, all in a diverse and enriching atmosphere. I was also enticed by SISs great network of professionals in Washington D.C., which would help my career as a diplomat, no matter where I get posted. 

How MIS has made a difference in my world:

MIS has broadened my knowledge and given me the tools to compete in a very demanding professional market. Although I am a diplomat and will serve my entire professional career in the Peruvian Diplomatic Service, I know that the skills taught in MIS have prepared me to deal with the challenges I might face in the future. The vast range of classes offered has improved my negotiating, investigative and analytical skills. Not only have I been taught by an excellent group of professors, all leaders in their fields, I have also had the chance to learn from fellow students, many of them great professionals who are thriving in their careers. This experience in MIS has helped me grow both professionally and personally.

Field of study:

One of the great things about MIS is that it gives students the liberty to choose from the amazing range of courses that SIS has to offer. Personally, I chose classes that I thought would reinforce my diplomatic skills. I also found very useful the new MIS program requirements. The economics and statistics classes updated what I learned as an economics undergraduate major and strengthened my investigative skills.

SIS activities:

I joined the intramural soccer league both fall and spring semesters of my year in MIS. This was a great experience for me; it is where I met most of my great friends at SIS and it broadened my network for future endeavors. I also attended many of the alumni networking events organized by MIS and other programs at SIS. These were a great way of meeting people and learning more about the programs reach and all the professional possibilities Washington D.C. has to offer.


Spanish (Native)

English (Advanced)

Portuguese (Beginner)

World issue of interest:

Multilateral diplomacy.

Foreign Economic Policy, specifically Free Trade Agreements as a way of integration and economic development.

New type of open integration processes like the Pacific Alliance.

Professional role model:

My professional role model is Peruvian career diplomat and former Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1982 to 1991, Ambassador Javier Pérez de Cuéllar. He was also Ambassador of Peru to Switzerland, Venezuela and the Soviet Union.

Favorite book:

A World for Julius by Alfredo Bryce Echenique

Favorite movie:

The Life Aquatic by Wes Anderson

Current residence:

Lima, Peru