Joldosh Osmonov, MPA '16

November 24, 2014

Tell us about your hometown. 

I come from Kyrgyzstan's capital city called Bishkek. By population, it is about the same as Philadelphia, but significantly smaller in size, as it is more densely populated. When Kyrgyzstan was part of the Soviet Union, Bishkek was the greenest city among the Soviet large cities. I lived there for the last 10 years, and I'm planning to go back, as I feel that I need to settle down for good.

Actually, I just recently read that the city's mayor's office is planning to pave bike paths all around the city - finally!

What were you doing prior to joining Fels?

I was working for the non-profit organization called International Republican Institute (IRI), which is actually headquartered in Washington, DC. For 5 years, I worked with young political activists, political parties, and local self-governments trying to promote institutional and organizational development, good governance, and strong civil society.

What attracted you to the Fels' degree program?

Fels has a strong focus on local governance. The local governance system in my country is just being born, and countless reforms can be done in this field. I feel like this is the field where I want to start with in my future public career.

Another reason would be the size of the program, as you get to know well all of your classmates and interact better.

What do you like to do in your free time?

All sorts of things. Swimming, playing soccer and basketball, boxing practices, just chatting with friends, sleeping....countless!

For the last several weeks, I was planning to get up at 6am and go for early morning running, and I am still in the process of planning.

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University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829