Akofa Dossou

Advice from WIB Associates
Principal Researcher, Charlotte Regional Business Alliance
Be self-confident, persistent and self-disciplined.

Charlotte degrees


Doctor of Philosophy, Public (Economic) Policy - 2022 (expected) 

Master of Science in Economics - 2021

Applied Econometrics Graduate Certificate - 2018 
Master's of Public Administration - 2015 
Bachelor of Arts, Global International and Area Studies (European politics) and French - 2013 

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Pomegranate tea and three cups of hot water throughout the day



Books: The Confidence Effect by Grace Killelea, We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozie Achidie 
TV show: Madam Secretary. This show has a didactic message about women's challenges and small/big victories in the professional world.


After moving to the U.S in 2010, I encountered several challenges in the academic and professional environment. With English as my third  language, I overcame language barriers in the classroom and professional world without taking ESL classes. 

The strategy to this achievement is simple: put in the extra work through self-discipline and be persistent to reach success despite all failures. My self-confidence carried me through challenging moments.

As I always tell others: "Impossible is not a word in my growth and success dictionary. Alternatives, errors, trials, outcomes, open-mindedness and perpetual learning are words that I revisit quite often in my dictionary to achieve my goals and vision." Following this mindset, I am able to navigate a sea of responsibilities (full-time job, full-time student, and owner of a startup company) with no fear of failure. 

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