As as part of the sixth grade's study of the influence of others in Africa, we interviewed Zach Marks '01 about the potential for South Sudan to develop a stable agricultural sector. Zach spoke about his experiences working as a consultant at McKinsey & Co. with South Sudanese government ministries, farmers, and international organizations. In 2012, Zach worked in South Sudan, helping the new government to develop the National Effort for Agricultural Transformation (NEAT).
Zach's thoughtful responses to their questions provided students with a clearer picture of the mis-steps and successes in the past and the challenges for agriculture given the recent internal conflict in South Sudan. Half-way through the interview, Zach and the students critiqued the questions already asked and identified what makes a useful question. Students then resumed the interview, asking questions that were noticeably more rich.
Zach graduated from Yale University in 2010, where he majored in ethics, politics, and economics. He is the co-founder and COO of Oystir, a service matching Ph.Ds with jobs most suited to their skills.