Ariela St-Pierre-Collins was born and raised on the Caribbean island nation of Barbados. She graduated in June 2019 from Western University, with a B.A. Honours Specialization International Relations. While completing her undergrad, Ariela remained heavily involved in her school and local community through volunteering for initiatives such as Boys & Girls Club and joining the Alpha Phi Fraternity for women. In 2018, she was appointed as Alpha Phi’s sitting delegate on the governing council of the university sorority community, and served for 14 months as the Chief Operations Officer of the aforementioned council.
During the summers of 2017 and 2018, Ariela undertook two internships at the Bridgetown, Barbados office of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). These internships were facilitated within the Operations department as well as the Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility, a regional partnership between the IDB; Caribbean Development Bank; the Department for International Development UK; and the government of Canada. Compete provides funding, technical assistance and support in capacity building, in order to further their goals of stimulating economic growth, increasing productivity and fostering innovation via the private sector within Latin America and the Caribbean. Ariela’s internships allowed to her build on existing knowledge, as well as establish skill sets relating to loan management systems and issuing calls for applications, whilst allowing her to experience development from the perspective of an international development organization.
At BSIA, Ariela hopes to further research and understand the real impact that multilateral institutions such as the IDB have on the lives of people living in the developing world.