Larissa de Lima is a joint degree candidate for Master in Public Policy and Master in Business Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Business School. Originally from one of the poorest regions in Brazil, Larissa is passionate about understanding different drivers of development. Prior to grad school, she was a management consultant for Oliver Wyman in Boston, focusing on the healthcare industry. She had the opportunity to work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health Team to set up a strategic alliance with the Brazilian Ministry of Health. She took a sabbatical from consulting to spend time in Ethiopia, volunteering for TechnoServe, a nonprofit focused on finding business solutions for rural poverty. She was also briefly in Buenos Aires, helping a local education foundation develop tools for school directors to better monitor student performance. Having graduated with a computer science degree from Harvard College, Larissa is also passionate about science and technology. While at school, Larissa keeps herself connected to Brazil through her work for Primeira Chance, a nonprofit that provides scholarships and mentorship for low income students in her home state.