In Their Own Words
Satyam Ramnauth: I come from a very small island called Mauritius. We’ve been lucky in terms of leadership and we’ve been able to create a level of development which is often talked about in Africa. And I think taking that experience is what has motivated me to stay in Africa and work in Africa.
Mary Peschka: So I have a personal connection to Mauritius. My father was in a car accident there when he was a young U.S. naval officer and when he was sent back to the U.S. to convalesce my mother was his nurse – so they fell in love and got married and the rest was history, so I’ve always felt that I need to go to Mauritius to the very beginning.
So you’re in Madagascar now?
Satyam: Yes, I am in Madagascar. Sadly, in the 70’s, they took a bit of a political turn, and that political turn, history has shown, hasn’t been for the better. And today, Madagascar faces very deep poverty, fragmented institutions, a political environment that doesn’t make development easy, a small private sector but very resilient in the face of what they have lived over the last 50 years.