Omar Al-Alami (MBA’20)
International Business Diplomacy Certificate
Why did you choose Georgetown?
I believe Georgetown chose me. I was on a mission to combine finance and technology and everything about Georgetown and the McDonough School of Business supported that mission to create responsible financial solutions that empower underserved communities on a global level.
What is your favorite memory or proudest moment from your time at Georgetown?
I created a tutorial at McDonough that explores the impact of distributed ledger (blockchain) technology on the global payments industry. I conducted industry interviews with bankers and technologists to form conclusions about what is next for the market, and what that means for the strategies of SWIFT and Ripple — and the industry at large.
Is there a particular person that helped shape your Georgetown experience into what it is today?
The Georgetown community is built around supporting others, so it is hard to pick a single person. First and foremost, my classmates and friends have been the most influential part of my experience. They intricately balance humility with their hunger to learn and thrive on a culture that values everyone. Additionally, I had the opportunity to be involved in faculty research, which became a fantastic learning opportunity in accounting data, digital lending trends, and consumer financial behavior.
Ultimately, the program is student-led, and resources at the school, including the research centers, entrepreneurship competitions, and extracurriculars, are there for the taking.
What was your favorite class?
The Global Business Experience was my favorite class. I chose a project that combined my passion for lending with my strategy focus and a region in Latin America that I wanted to learn more about.
What are you most looking forward to as an alumnus?
I look forward to combining my focus on finance, technology, and entrepreneurship throughout the program in order to work with clients on creating sustainable solutions for tackling market challenges. Having co-founded the Georgetown FinTech Club, I am now in a position to connect with the student body on fintech’s latest trends, and engage with faculty on how it can be implemented in an academic setting.