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Ayaan Harper

Ayaan Harper

SUSTA International Trade Intern

Georgia Department of Economic Development

Atlanta, GA

My mission is to connect companies, big and small, to commercial opportunities in emerging markets. I truly enjoy client-facing interactions, capturing the magic of products and services and strategizing to position them for new customers across the globe.




"Limits, like fear, is often an illusion."
Exceptional oratory and writing skills Salesforce and Python proficiency Cross-cultural working competency Spanish and Arabic language skills Community outreach

Emerging market research, strategy development, travel, writing and great food.

A position, in the the U.S. or abroad, where I can leverage my client-facing experience, research skills and cross-cultural competency to connect company leaders to opportunities in emerging markets.
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Georgia Department of Economic Development

SUSTA International Trade Intern

Conducted research on Georgia’s agriculture and food processing industries in addition to import/export regulations to support Georgia companies in advance of in-bound trade missions from India, China and Cost Rica.

Managed trade mission meetings, transcribed exchanges between Georgia producers and foreign buyers, analyzed alignments and produced follow up reports.



Business Development Association, IT Practice

Quickly grasped the value proposition of CEB’s IT Leadership Council and pitched relevant, actionable solutions to CIOs in the small/mid-size space during introductory sales conversations ultimately generating over $80,000 in revenue.

Worked with manager to initiate IT-specific training for the Atlanta team during which I occasionally led discussions on the implications of CEB’s latest research and how these could be quickly and effectively implemented into sales conversations with CIOs.

Strategically organized outreach territory, identified top priorities, and developed an effective outreach plan.


Educational Express

Education Accounts Executive

Worked with educators and school administrators to develop educational travel itineraries that aligned with classroom lessons helping students make meaningful connections between curriculum and real-world challenges and events.

Developed partnerships with entertainment and educational organizations in the Southeast region to manage costs, build brand reputation and provide unique, exciting experiences for students.

Managed sales accounts generating over $60,000 in sales within the first 10-month period.

Took the initiative to develop the company’s first comprehensive, cost-effective social media marketing strategy using the Canva graphic design platform; wrote all original content for the company website and social media platforms.


Atlanta Habitat for Humanity

Americorps Community Outreach Assistant

Disseminated information about the Habitat for Humanity program within the Metro Atlanta area.

Led monthly information session and provided support to applicants during the early stages of the home buying process

Developed a robust community database using Salesforce CRM software enabling more efficient, informed outreach.