Nicholas Twyman

MPS '22, Global Development
  • Hometown: Bellaire, Texas, USA
  • Colleges attended and degree earned: University of Texas at Austin: B.S. in Ecology and Evolution
What are the big challenges you want to tackle in the world?

I would like to help envision and create more equitable food, energy, and financial systems that primarily aim to empower people in developing countries.

What were you doing before the MPS program?

I spent 1 year managing an urban farm in Houston, TX and 3 years working in Malawi at the intersection of agriculture, healthcare, nutrition, and community development.

What does global development mean to you?

The aim to achieve a steady, dynamic equilibrium as a global community that shares resources, technological innovation, and wisdom in an effort to solve the problems that humanity faces.

What has been the most memorable or impactful experience of your career so far?

Working for 3 years in Malawi at a developing hospital center was the most densely packed learning experience of my conscious life. I learned about our global finance/economic systems, large scale agriculture, permaculture, anthropology, and the history of colonialism in Africa just to name some.

How do you envision your MPS degree contributing to your career?

I envision my MPS degree connecting me with a network of like-minded solution oriented thinkers across academia, the private sector, and public sector. I would like to start a business of my own at some point in my life, but I am not sure if it will be directly after graduating.

Do you have any aspirations for what you’d like to focus on in your MPS problem-solving project?

I would like to focus on integrating novel financial technologies within agricultural development to create resilient communities.

Tell us a fun fact about you.

I like to free dive, and I can hold my breath for 2.5 minutes.

Connect with Nicholas: 
  • nickpt95 [at]