Adriel Taslim

UC San Diego, School of Global Policy and Strategy
Class Year: 2018
Employer: FEMA
Position: Program Analyst

Public Policy

During his undergraduate experience at Mercer University, Adriel studied languages and music: learning French, German, and Mandarin, while also becoming a concert violinist and performing at festivals throughout Europe and America. His background in Western culture, international experiences, and Asian heritage combined to lead to an in interest in international studies. He began an Asian Studies minor and sought out opportunities to combine his linguistic and cultural interests through overseas English teaching programs. In summer 2012, he volunteered as an English teacher in rural Taiwan and, in 2014, began a gap year abroad as a volunteer in Lamphun, Thailand with the Teach Thailand Corps.

Upon completion of the first year of his master’s degree at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy, Adriel interned with the U.S. Government Accountability Office in Atlanta, GA on an audit project examining cost-cutting and efficiency measures within the military healthcare system. Soon after, he moved to Bangkok, Thailand as a Boren Fellow to study the Thai language and culture, while also working as the Monitoring & Evaluation Assistant with USAID on its educational development missions throughout the lower Mekong river region. In summer 2017, he transferred from Bangkok to Chiang Mai to work with the U.S. Consulate on political and economic analyses, local public diplomacy initiatives, and consular event planning.

Upon graduation in spring 2018, he began working as a project manager for Epic, a medical technology company. In that role, he was responsible for helping multi-state healthcare organizations manage the organizational and technical changes involved in transitioning electronic medical record systems. In the future, Adriel aspires to combine his professional project management skills, multicultural background, and cultural sensitivity to promoting cooperation and increase efficiency in operations from personal to multi-national levels.

"I'm not a Robot"