Eniola Mafe (MAGES '10)
Intrigued by the historical, cultural, and economic ties binding Africa and Europe, Eniola Mafe chose the Master’s degree in German and European Studies (MAGES) because, in her words, "it was unlike any other masters program I looked at, and it allowed me the freedom to define my own concentration."
Before coming to SFS, Eniola attended Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and a minor in German. She came to SFS to learn more about issues of migration, integration, and identity facing the African community in Europe, especially in Germany. “I have found the MAGES program to strike the perfect balance,” she says, “providing an academic environment that is both challenging and nurturing. Even when I came to visit as a prospective student, I could tell that there was a uniquely collegial, warm nature about the program.”
Since she has been in the MAGES program, Eniola has expanded her original research plan to include an investigation into the sustainable development initiatives that European corporations have undertaken in Africa. Prior to coming to SFS, Eniola worked as a global markets analyst for Merrill Lynch in London and New York. “During my time in the private sector, I saw first-hand how corporations can be either the greatest aide or the greatest adversary to sustainable development,” she remarked. “After I finish my degree, I plan to go into consulting or academia and work towards bringing the European and African business communities closer together.”
“As a European of African descent, my interests are irrevocably tied to my dual identity. My background, along with my business experience, helps me to better understand the interdependence between Europe and Africa and the strong partnership that can be fostered beyond foreign aid.”