The Organization for Economic Cooperation (OECD) is devoted to promoting policies to improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The OECD enables governments to collaborate and address the economic, social and environmental challenges of globalization. The organization includes 34 member countries and works with more than 100 countries around the world. Each year the OECD selects a group of students to serve as student ambassadors for the upcoming year and represent colleges and universities from across the United States and Canada. The OECD recently welcomed its 2013-2014 class of student ambassadors, and among the elite nine is University of Arizona student, Ryan Fulleman.
Ryan is a senior at the University of Arizona majoring in Economics with a minor in Japanese language. Ryan’s resume includes membership in the Honors College, Economic Society, service as an international trade student volunteer with the US Commercial Service, and membership on the University of Arizona Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team. Ryan was born in Valencia, California and raised in his hometown of Gilbert, Arizona. This past summer Ryan was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and had the opportunity to study abroad in Tokyo, Japan, where he visited the OECD Tokyo Center.
The nine students, who were selected through a competitive application process, will spend one year as ambassadors during which they will develop and organize on-campus programs and events featuring the work of the OECD. Events will focus on the OECD’s influence in the world of economic policy, cooperation and development. Additionally, two finalists will be selected to visit the OECD in Paris in May 2014.