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James Mwakichako

Narok, Kenya
James Mwakichako

Major & Graduation

Mathematical Finance ~

Short-Term Goals

I would like to graduate from Illinois Tech with honors and with a master’s in mathematical finance, and work for Prudential as an actuary. During my time at Illinois Tech, I would like to start a Rotary Club that would influence the lives of people in the Bronzeville area through community service.

Long-Term Goals

I look forward to going back to Kenya and starting an insurance company that offers affordable health premiums to low-income citizens in the whole of Africa. I am convinced that a healthy nation is a working nation. At the same time, I would like to start a microfinance lending scheme in my insurance company to promote entrepreneurship among young people. Kenya, for instance, has a population of about 40 million people and only about 1 million people are insured. Muhammad Yunus, the founder and managing director of Grameen bank, is widely considered as the “banker to the poor.” After reading his book, I developed a bigger perspective to life, a dream bigger than myself. I would like to be referred to as the “insurer to the poor.” I believe that I can raise people’s living standards just by providing quality health services to people and also reduce many preventable deaths in Africa.

Illinois Tech Leadership Experience

  • Chair, Finance Board, Student Government Association (Present)
  • Mathematics Tutor, Academic Resource Center (Present)
  • Finance Board Adviser, Vice Chair, African Student Organization (Previous)