In the John F. Kennedy Forum:
Carr Center 10th Anniversary Event
“Why Human Rights Matter:
Human Rights as Public Service”
The panel includes:
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- 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)
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.
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 is the Special Assistant
to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs National
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
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 teaches international
affairs at the Harvard
Kennedy School of Government, where she also directs the Program on
National Security and Human
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, 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.