Tara Badri graduated in 2013 with an MIA and concentration in Economic and Political Development. She is the CEO and co-founder of Dommett Analytics, a technology company that uses artificial intelligence for decision-making models.

How do you think SIPA helped you achieve your goals?

Since graduating from SIPA, I partnered with a brilliant Oxford physicist who had developed a predictive computer system. Using algorithms, the system is able to find patterns in vast amounts of data to make sound decisions. It is a self-taught system that uses artificial intelligence, allowing it to constantly improve.

There are many applications for our company’s technology-from healthcare testing and diagnosis to policymaking and financial market trading, our system can be adapted across industries. To date, the technology has been developed and we are in the testing phase.

Our company, Dommett Analytics, was founded over a year ago. I am a CEO and co-founder, responsible for the financial and legal aspects of the business. My time at SIPA certainly prepared me for the challenges of this business and greater entrepreneurship. From our statistical training to regulatory analysis and report presentation, the skills I developed at SIPA have been a crucial element to my personal achievements that in turn has led to the success of the business.

Do you feel like you have gotten to know some of the faculty members?

Ms. Lindenmayer pushed the boundaries on what I believed I was capable of doing as a woman and in the world. She demonstrated that people are people, regardless of sex, race, nationality or wealth but that understanding these differences are crucial to note when driving conversations, negotiations and resolutions, and that the impossible is in fact possible when differences are appreciated.

Dr. Chanis took my level of critical thinking and analysis to a higher level. By mandating intense in-class debates and rigorous written report analysis, he taught me the logic of how to assess every piece of information against each other and judge it in the bigger picture. His lessons have had impacted me as an individual and professional. The most important lesson I learned at SIPA is that international relations are basically human nature playing itself out a global level.

How do you stay involved with the SIPA community?

SIPA has provided me with such valuable skills and world-wide network. In London, I actively arrange informal SIPA events to allow Seeples to network and exchange ideas. The idea is that bringing together different people with similar interests can drive innovative ideas in what we do.

Making a gift is important because who would we be as individuals, community members and professionals without the time and help of others?