The goal of the M-RCBG senior fellows program is to bring senior practitioners from business and government to HKS to complete significant writing projects: peer-reviewed journal articles and books. In addition, senior fellows enrich the HKS student experience by offering study groups.

M-RCBG reorganized its fellows program in 2011. It established a fellows selection committee comprised of senior faculty and chaired by Richard Zeckhauser, Frank Plumpton Ramsey Professor of Political Economy. Below is a partial listing of senior fellow accomplishments since the program’s reorganization:


Richard Balzer (senior fellow 2012-2014)
Faculty sponsor: Max Bazerman, Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration

Completed a book manuscript on Lord Browne's rise to become CEO of BP and the changes he brought about in that company.

Offered two study groups:
Exploring Leadership and Personal Impact (Fall 2013)
Coaching: A Platform for Excellence (Spring 2014)


Timothy Christian (senior fellow 2011-2013)
Faculty sponsor: Amitabh Chandra, Professor of Public Policy

Dr. Christian published several papers on strategies for controlling health care costs and offered the study group, "The Global Interface of Medicine, Business, and Government" in the spring of 2012 and 2013.

Publications and presentations included:

  • Christian TF, Rakover J, Chandra, A. The Increasing Prevalence of Normal Imaging Results in Patients with Suspected Coronary Artery Disease. Submitted, Annals of Internal Medicine.
  • Christian TF. Controlling Healthcare Spending on Medical Imaging and the Art of Probability. Being revised for publication.
  • Christian TF. The Shifting Tides of Coronary Artery Blood Flow and Medical Imaging Economics. JACC Imaging 2013,Vol 6, issue 5, May-in press.
  • Christian TF, Rakover J. An Incentive-Based Insurance Payout Template for Medical Imaging. Academy of Health Annual Research Meeting 2012, Orlando, FL.
  • Christian TF Rakover J. Weighted Insurance Reimbursement Strategies for Cardiac Imaging based on Appropriateness Criteria. AHA Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2012, Atlanta, GA. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2012; 5: A147.


Gerhard Clemenz (senior fellow 2011-2012)
Faculty sponsor: Michael Scherer, Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management in the Aetna Chair, Kennedy School, Emeritus

Dr. Clemenz published two papers in the Regulatory Policy Program working paper series:


Nick Lovegrove (senior fellow 2011-2013)
Faculty sponsors: John Haigh, M-RCBG Co-Director and HKS Administrative Dean, and Richard Zeckhauser, Frank Plumpton Ramsey Professor of Political Economy

Nick Lovegrove published "Triple Strength Leadership" in Harvard Business Review (with Matthew Thomas).  He offered the study group, "The Call for Tri-Sector Leadership" in the spring of 2012 and 2013. In addition, he founded the InterSector Project, a non-profit social entrepreneurship start-up.


Marco Magnani (senior fellow 2011-2013)
Faculty sponsors: John Haigh, M-RCBG Co-Director and HKS Administrative Dean, and Richard Zeckhauser, Frank Plumpton Ramsey Professor of Political Economy

Mr. Magnani made substantial progress on his book (subsequently published in 2014, see (*) below), and prepared synopses of major chapters:

In addition, in 2012 he organized a series of talks on "The Challenge of Reforms and the State of Relations between Business and Government in Different Parts of the World," featuring Fu Jun, Executive Dean University of Beijing School of Government; Lorenzo Bini Smaghi, Former Member, European Central Bank’s Executive Board; Francesco Giavazzi, Full Professor of Economics at Bocconi University Milan; and others.

*Book publication:
Sette Anni di Vacche Sobrie (Seven Years of Sober Cows)
 Italy 2020: Challenges and Opportunities of Growth
Marco Magnani

Can Italy avoid seven more years of lean cows? Yes, but only if it restarts thinking long-term. Today’s strategic decisions will determine what Italy will be in 2020. Italy should restore hope in the young generations and rediscover some of its traditional strengths. Specifically, it should stimulate social mobility by promoting meritocracy eliminating current structural obstacles existing in different parts of Italian society, starting from the education system; revitalize the local dimension of development by leveraging on Italy’s unique cities, territorial excellences, industrial district and know-how clusters; unleash the entrepreneurial spirit and renowned creativity of its people; promote innovation in new sectors, as well as traditional ones, investing more in research but also focusing on "low-cost" innovation; leverage on the potential of its unparalleled cultural heritage and creative sectors – the Italian "shale gas" – to create economic growth; learn how to take advantage (also economically) of its new intercultural and diverse society. The prosperity of a country largely depends on the ideas of its people, the complexity of its productions with their implicit, tacit, and therefore hard to replicate, know-how. Italy is very rich of all of this. In Sette anni di vacche sobrie the author gives a detached overview of the Italian situation, analyzing the challenges and opportunities of growth the country faces in the medium-long term, spurring institutions, leaders and citizens to plan the future of Italy.


Udi Nisan (senior fellow 2011-2012)
Faculty sponsor: Jeffrey Liebman, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy

Dr. Nisan published a paper in the Regulatory Policy Program working paper series:

  •  Dahan, Momi and Udi Nisan. 2012. "Explaining Non-Take-up of Water Subsidy," Regulatory Policy Program Working Paper RPP-2012-03. Cambridge, MA: Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University.


Lisa A. Robinson (senior fellow 2012-2014)
Faculty sponsors: James K. Hammitt, Professor of Economics and Decision Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Richard Zeckhauser, Frank Plumpton Ramsey Professor of Political Economy

Ms. Robinson contributed three papers to the Regulatory Policy Program working paper series:

She offered two study groups: