Associates Program


The Associates Program allows students of exceptional achievement to engage in activities of the Center and, in so doing, enhance their educational experience while contributing to the outputs of the Center.  Accomplished  students from all of Boston University’s component schools and colleges are invited to apply for an Associate Position.

Associates Eligibility and Selection

The ideal candidate will bring ideas, along with a vision for turning those ideas into realities.  Because of the unique nature of this position, Associates are expected to be professional, highly motivated, and have a strongly disciplined work ethic.  To apply, please submit a resume and complete the Associate Profile Form.  Selected students will then be invited for an interview, after which a final determination will be made.

Responsibilities and Opportunities of Center Associates

Associates will have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing programs, research, and projects of the Center.  Associates will work closely with Center senior staff, faculty or members of the Center’s Board of Advisors.

Past Associates have assisted with research, project development, networking, event planning, and other activities.  Tenure as an Associate will continue until the Associate’s graduation.  Associates names and brief biographies will be included on the Center’s website as resources of the Center.  Additional responsibilities may include the following:

  • Research and writing in connection with initiatives of the Center
  • Organization and administration of conferences, seminars, or other events of the Center
  • Representation of the Center at programs and events on and off campus
  • Participation in Center-led activities as may be instituted from time to time.

Associates will be designated on an as needed basis.

For more information, please review our Frequently Asked Questions




Muhammad Mudassir is a Relationship Manager at United Bank Limited (UBL) in Pakistan. He is in charge of workers’ remittances business within the bank’s retail banking group.

His responsibilities include designing marketing plans, innovating new products, and setting strategy and business plans to increase remittance inflows. A principal focus of this work is on identifying new partners across the globe and attracting international money transfer companies to partner with Pakistani banks.

He was selected as a Humphrey Fellow by the US. State Department’s flagship program, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship, and placed at Boston University for a year of educational and professional development. He was an intern at BU Center for Finance, Law & Policy where he learned research techniques and tools.

He is also the Founder & President of the Center for Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus in Pakistan, the only non-profit which aims to provide support, guidelines, professional counseling and financial assistance to the people living with Spina Bifida in Pakistan.

Muhammad has studied in the Entrepreneurial Management program at Boston University and also holds an MBA from Khadim Ali Shah Bukhari University, Pakistan. He has also attended certificates and workshops on Strategic Business Management, Strategic Negotiation Skills and Comprehensive Project Management Workshop from American Management Association.

Contacts: Cell phone: USA (978-876-9552), Pakistan (0321-2488458); Email:


Cisem Dincer

Cisem Dincer is working as a sales manager responsible for retail banking branches at Ziraat Bank-the biggest state-run lender by assets and largest branch network in Turkey. She also has more than fifteen years of experience in internal control, audit and financial analysis. Prior to her current position, with her team, Ms. Dincer introduced an e-reporting system which allowed her company to sustainably go paperless. By monitoring new reporting systems and submitting auditing and control processing reports, she improved operational efficiency and enhanced internal auditors work.

In her current role, her responsibilities include building sales team talent through coaching and developing sale awareness by promoting large and complex cross-functional sales initiatives and designing retail customer portfolios according to the goals and objectives of the Bank. She also evaluates the performance of sales teams and participates in the opening and closing decisions of the Bank branches nationwide.

Cisem participated in the U.S. Department of State’s Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program at Boston University, studying “finance and economic development” during 2011 and 2012 academic year. While taking classes at School of Law and School of Management of Boston University and working as an associate at the Center for Finance, Law & Policy, she was involved in financial inclusion research mainly focusing on the impact of microfinance in women’s empowerment. She published an article entitled “Credit Due Turkish, US Women” in Boston Herald as well.

Upon her return to Turkey, she started to develop a new network composed of social entrepreneurs and people who work for NGO’s. Her awareness was highly increased in terms of social projects which could create social impact in the society. She received a certificate of a program entitled “Women Movement in Technology”, a local version of ‘mWomen’ project run by Vodafone Turkey with the cooperation of Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey (KAGİDER) and Turkish Informatics Association (TBV). As a part of the program, Vodafone ran a competition among Turkish women to find women entrepreneurs who have bright ideas on building successful small businesses to support their projects. Ms. Cisem’s project as she named it “Gelecegimiz Genclerimiz” (youngsters are our future) was in the final among the first ten out of 312. The project was screened on TV8 in a program named Bir fikrin Mi Var? (Do you have an idea?) which is designed to seek for entrepreneurial initiatives to invest. Most recently, it is also selected to “Sosyal Değişim Lab” (Social Change Lab) which is founded by Ozyegin University in collaboration with TOG (Community Volunteers Foundation) and JP Morgan.

Ms. Dincer received her bachelor’s degree in international relations and attended a full time intensive banking and finance training school for one year. Cisem earned her master’s degree in international economic affairs with a concentration in economics and finance.

Contacts: Cell phone: Turkey (+90-530-104 11 68); Email:

Cisem Dincer, Working Paper “The Role of Microfinance in Women’s Empowerment in Turkey” Microfinance in Turkey