Alumni Success Stories

Moving Up the Chain with IUGB/ GSU/ Strayer University Graduate Maferima Ouattara
Your determination and persistence will get you there!

Maferima Ouattara


Meet Maferima Ouattara, an IUGB/ GSU/ Strayer University alumna pursuing her goals with tenacity and passion. Maferima is a study in perseverance and she is honoring her educational credentials as we speak, even as she works full-time at Curry Honda of Atlanta. Her educational career began in 2007 with IUGB in Cote d’Ivoire but, by 2011, Maferima arrived in the United States, eager to complete her higher education at Georgia State University.

Maferima’s arrival in the United States to pursue her education in 2011 was just the beginning of many aspects of her educational and work careers. At Georgia State University she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics; her Bachelor’s in Business Administration (Finance); and she was an honors graduate this month from Strayer University with her Masters of Business Administration Degree. Along the way, she discovered that her true academic calling was supply chain management (aka ‘blockchain’). Maferima decided it would be best to become certified in this specialized management niche, in addition to her already impressive academic credentials.

As a trilingual world student/ employee/ volunteer, Maferima already has an outstanding portfolio, including an IUGB Foundation Internship, Delta Airlines (Customer Service Agent Above Wing); Georgia State University (Student Fundraiser; Student Assistant University Housing) and in Cote d’Ivoire; Audit, Data Entry, Research Intern at the Office General of Customs in Cote d’Ivoire. As a president of the Youth Association of Attoban in Cote d’Ivoire, she worked with her peers to better the living conditions of youth in her neighborhood. She serves as Secretary of the IUGB Alumni and Friends Network (AFNET) and reported on tutoring committee activities and tutored students about basic finance concepts for The Finance Society of GSU. In her free time, she is a TV host at Cvoir Net, a model, and she recently joined the movie industry .

We look forward to see how Maferima will maximize her experience to greatly improve blockchain in countries around the world-and what other discoveries, educational or otherwise, await her.

Maferima said “To our alumna with true grit: we know you will be a success in whatever field you choose, because your determination and persistence will get you there!” She is planning to pursue with her PhD and will return back to Ivory Coast.

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