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In the John F. Kennedy Forum:

Carr Center 10th Anniversary Event

Panel Discussion

“Why Human Rights Matter:
Human Rights as Public Service”

The panel includes:
  • Greg Carr, Founding Benefactor
  • David T. Ellwood, Dean, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Samantha Power, Founding Executive Director (1998-2002)
  • Sarah Sewall, Director (2005-2009)
  • Rory Stewart, Director (2009-Present)
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Greg Carr Greg Carr, through his non-profit, The Carr Foundation, signed a 30-year agreement in 2006 with the government of Mozambique to restore that country's flagship national park, Gorongosa. The project entails science research, conservation of the ecosystem, economic development through ecotourism and social development of the traditional communities located near the park through education and health care initiatives. In 2000 his foundation created the Museum of Idaho, a cultural and natural history institution that is the largest museum in the state. In 1999 he co- founded the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. In private sector business, Mr. Carr was the chair of Prodigy Internet Corporation from 1996 to 1998 and he co-founded Boston Technology, a global telecommunications provider, in 1986 and served as its chair until 1998. He serves on the board of Physicians for Human Rights. He received a M.P.P. degree from Harvard University in 1986.
Dean Ellwood David T. Ellwood is the Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy, has served as Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government since July 1, 2004. As Dean, Ellwood sets the strategic direction of the Kennedy School and leads its efforts to advance the public interest. Ellwood joined the Kennedy School faculty in 1980 and served two separate terms as the School's Academic Dean. In 1993, he was named Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where he served as co-chair of President Clinton's Working Group on Welfare Reform, Family Support and Independence. At HHS, Ellwood played a key role in the Administration's development and implementation of critical social policy.
Samantha Power Samantha Power is the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs National Security Council.

Samantha Power most recently served as the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she taught courses on U.S. foreign policy, human rights, and extremism and where she was the founding Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. She is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of “A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide” (2002) and “Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieria de Mello and the Fight to Save the World” (2008). Power has served as a columnist at Time Magazine and, in her journalism, has reported from such places as Bosnia, East Timor, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan, and Zimbabwe, and prior to serving at NSC contributed regularly to the New Yorker Magazine, the New York Review of Books, and the New Republic. Power is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.
Sarah Sewall Sarah Sewall teaches international affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she also directs the Program on National Security and Human Rights.

Sewall led the Obama Transition's National Security Agency Review process in 2008. During the Clinton Administration, and served as the first Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance. From 1983-1996, she served as Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell on the Democratic Policy Committee and the Senate Arms Control Observer Group. Before joining Harvard, Sewall was at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences where she edited The United States and the International Criminal Court (2002). Her more recent publications include the introduction to the University of Chicago Edition of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Manual (2007) and, with John White, Parameters of Partnership: U.S. Civil-Military Relations in the 21st Century (2009). She is a member of the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee and the Center for Naval Analyses Defense Advisory Committee. She graduated from Harvard College and Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
Rory Stewart Rory Stewart, the Ryan Family Professor of the Practice of Human Rights, is the Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Stewart is the founder and Chief Executive of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the regeneration of the historic commercial center of Kabul, Afghanistan. Rory earned his BA and MA in Modern History and Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Balliol College, Oxford University, served as an officer in the British Army, and worked for the British Diplomatic Service in Indonesia, Montenegro and elsewhere, before taking two years to walk from Turkey to Bangladesh. He covered 6,000 miles on foot across Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal - a journey which he describes in his critically acclaimed book entitled The Places in Between. In 2003 he started working for the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Iraq as Deputy Governorate Coordinator (Amara/Maysan) and Senior Adviser and Deputy Governorate Coordinator (Nasiriyah/Dhi Qar). In recognition of his service in Iraq, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the British Government in 2004. He wrote Occupational Hazards: My Time Governing in Iraq, published in the United States under the title The Prince of the Marshes, describing his experiences with the CPA. Rory spent the 2004-05 academic year at HKS as a Fellow at the Carr Center. He has also written for the New York Times Magazine and the London Review of Books, among other publications.


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