Dami Lasisi is a second year Master candidate in Economics at the Graduate Program in Economic Development at Vanderbilt. She moved from Nigeria to pursue further education in the United States. She has explored several avenues for social and economic development in sub-Saharan African countries, especially Nigeria. She has research experience on Sino-African relations, specifically the impact of Chinese foreign direct investment on Nigeria’s economic growth. She previously spent the summer working with the Deal Advisory team at KPMG Nigeria. Her budding interest in social enterprise has inspired her to discover and implement solutions that can change the mentality of the poor and also improve their living standards. She enjoys cooking and loves having friends over to eat.