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Alan M. Trager (senior fellow 2003-2012)
Alan Trager is a Senior Fellow, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School. He was previously an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy whose research and teaching focused on the role of public-private partnerships (PPP) in addressing complex public policy problems. He is regularly invited to teach international executive education programs, is Chair of the Public-Private Partnerships Study Group and participates in PPP symposiums and seminars from Ankara and Amman to Beijing. He most recently served as the PPP guest lecturer at the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program in Ha Noi, Vietnam and at the Mason Fellows Program at HKS as well as a panelist at the USAID Alliance Builders Forum in Washington D.C. and the Russian Energy Conference at Harvard. Prior to joining the faculty, he served as Senior Advisor to the Dean for Executive Education. His practitioner involvement in partnership issues is extensive and far-reaching. He is currently advising the MDR-TB Partnership in China supported by Eli Lilly. He is also Chair of the Advisory Board of Pathways, a USAID partnership in Bulgaria. In 2008-09, he served as a Commissioner of the New York State Commission on State Asset Maximization. Approximately fifty percent of his professional experience and academic interests have involved non-US locations and issues. He has researched and written case studies on public-private partnerships involving a variety of countries, all in affiliation with the Center for Business and Government. His newest area of interest is water partnerships. In February 2011, Trager taught a three hour long class titled “Water Infrastructure Investment, Finance, and Management” at MIT Sloan as part of The Business of Water Seminar. He also moderated a panel on international development at the HBS Social Enterprise Conference. His private sector experience includes founding and chairing AMT Capital Management, a private investment firm, and creating and managing ventures for Morgan Stanley, where he was a managing director. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he was manager of planning for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. Trager is a graduate (MPA 1972) of the Kennedy School. Early in his career, he was a VISTA Volunteer in Texas and worked for mayors in New York City, New Haven, and Boston.