senior.fellows.test

2013-2014 

Esko Aho

Esko Aho has enjoyed a distinguished career in the private sector and government service.  Since 2008, he has led Nokia's government and public affairs function, overseeing the company's global policies and activities regarding sustainable development and social responsibility. He has been a member of the Nokia Leadership Team since 2009, stepping down from that role on August 31, 2012. He was prime minister of Finland from 1991 to 1995.  He was elected to Parliament in 1983 and served on several key committees. He also served on the Nordic Council and the Finnish Delegation to the Council of Europe, is a former vice chairman of Liberal International, and was President of the Finnish Innovation Fund, SITRA, from 2004 to 2008. Currently, he is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) World Council and vice chair of ICC Finland, as well as a board member of the Technology Academy Finland. He also serves as a board member of Terveystalo and is vice chairman of the board of Technology Industries of Finland.  He holds a master's in social science from the University of Helsinki. As a senior fellow, Aho is pursuing research on the changing role of the state in maintaining welfare and global competitiveness. His faculty sponsor is Steven Kelman, Albert J. Weatherhead III and Richard W. Weatherhead Professor of Public Management.  
email: esko_aho@hks.harvard.edu         
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Richard J. Balzer

Richard J. Balzer has worked globally as an organizational consultant focused on leadership, strategy, and organizational change for over thirty years.  He has served as a coach and advisor to chief executives and board chairmen. His clients have included British Petroleum, Standard Chartered Bank, Goldman Sachs, NBC, and the NBA.  Balzer has also worked with a number of unions including the United Auto Workers, the United Steelworkers, the International Machinist Union, and the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers promoting joint labor-management efforts.  A writer and photographer, he is the author of five books including Clockwork: Life In and Outside An American Factory, Next Door Down the Road and Around the Corner, and China Day By Day.  He currently serves as the chairman of the Petra Foundation, an independent organization that identifies and awards grants to community-based leaders who work to address human rights and social justice issues throughout the United States.  He is a graduate of Cornell University and Yale Law School. As a senior fellow, he is exploring the leadership skills required to steward major multi-nationals.  His faculty sponsor is Max Bazerman, Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration.
email: richard_balzer@hks.harvard.edu

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Binta Niambi Brown

Binta Niambi Brown is a former partner in a large global law firm, currently taking a six-month sabbatical to focus on other projects. She has represented corporate clients in connection with corporate transactions and has advised general counsel and senior management officials of Fortune 1000 companies with respect to corporate governance matters. Also a startup advisor, Fortune Magazine listed her on its list of business’s 40 under 40 “hottest rising stars,” and the World Economic Forum honored her as a Young Global Leader in 2012. She was also named as one of the 2011 “40 Under 40” professionals in Crain’s New York Business, and the National Organization for Women recognized her as a “Woman of Power and Influence” in June 2011.  She was an informal national security advisor to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, where she focused in particular on human rights and international institutions. In 2006, she served on Governor Eliot Spitzer's transition team as a member of his Transportation Policy Advisory Committee.  In 2010, Brown served on Governor Andrew Cuomo's transition team, again as a member of his Transportation Policy Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Harvard Women's Leadership Board, the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a Truman National Security Fellow.  She is a Trustee of Barnard College, Columbia University, a Trustee of each of the New York City Parks Foundation and the American Theatre Wing, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Human Rights First. Her pro bono practice has included advocating on behalf of women and girls, assisting with democratic institution-building and rule-of-law reforms, and engaging in other human rights matters throughout the world.  In 2005, the U.S. Army and the Fifth Division of the Iraqi Army honored Brown for her pro bono support of a military operation that resulted in securing emergency medical care in the U.S. for a young Iraqi civilian.  For pleasure, she plays the electric bass (in New York City area bands), piano, and banjo, and is an avid photographer.  Brown’s work as a senior fellow will address market solutions to humanitarian and human rights problems.  Her faculty sponsor is Prof. John Ruggie, Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs.
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Justin Fox

Justin Fox is editorial director of the Harvard Business Review Group and the author of The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street. He also writes a blog for hbr.org and is a contributor to Time magazine. Before joining HBR Group in 2010, he wrote a weekly column for Time and created the Curious Capitalist blog for Time.com. Previously, Fox spent more than a decade working as a writer and editor at Fortune magazine, where he covered economics, finance, and international business. As a senior fellow, he will conduct research for a new project on the art and science of prediction.  His faculty sponsor is Richard Zeckhauser, Frank Plumpton Ramsey Professor of Political Economy.
email: justin_fox@hks.harvard.edu

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Eoin Gahan

Eoin Gahan has long experience in international and national government policy for industry, technology, trade, and investment. Until 2013, he was Head of the Trade, Environment, and Survey Analysis Department in Forfás, which is the Irish government agency for enterprise policy. His trade policy work has included the preparation of economic cooperation programmes, trade, and investment strategy for high-growth markets, trade facilitation issues, the potential impact of trade agreements, European integration, and the implications of new technologies for economic activity. He has also led work on socio-economic scenarios for 2025, long-term energy strategy, and Next Generation Networks implications and requirements.  Earlier, he was a co-founder and director of an international consultancy in regulatory reform, and has carried out assignments for international and national organizations in regulation and competitiveness policy, including the World Bank, OECD, UNIDO, and other bodies. Previously, in Forfás, he directed the research of the National Competitiveness Council and instituted the Annual Competitiveness Reports.  He also led the Irish Government’s initiative to prepare the business sector for the changeover from the national currency to the euro. Until 1995 he was a senior official in UNIDO dealing with long-term development objectives, regional and national strategies for industrialisation, technology analysis, and economic forecasting, and was also Coordinator of the United Nations Industrial Development Decade for Africa.  As a senior fellow, Gahan’s research will focus on the fragmentation and complexity of trade negotiations and the additional challenges generated for trade policy.  His faculty sponsor is Robert Z. Lawrence, Albert L. Williams Professor of International Trade and Investment.
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Thomas J. Healey

Thomas Healey is a Partner at Healey Development LLC.  He recently co-edited a book on the financial crisis based on papers presented at an M-RCBG conference.  He was formerly adjunct lecturer at the Kennedy School, where he taught the course in Financial Institutions and Markets.  He joined Goldman, Sachs & Co. in 1985 to create the Real Estate Capital Markets Group, and founded the Pension Services Group in 1990. He became a Partner in 1988, a Managing Director in 1996, and remains a Senior Director of Goldman Sachs. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Healey served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for Domestic Finance under President Ronald Reagan. Before joining the U.S. Treasury, he spent eight years at Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc., where he was head of the Corporate Finance Department.  Healey has served on the U.S. Department of Labor's ERISA Advisory Council, and was a Presidentially-appointed Director of the Securities Industry Protection Corporation. He is Chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation Investment Committee and is actively involved with other charitable institutions. Healey graduated from Georgetown University in 1964 and Harvard Business School in 1966. His research explores issues related to financial regulation.  His faculty sponsor is Roger Porter, IBM Professor of Business and Government.
email: thomas_healey@hks.harvard.edu

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Vikram Mansharamani

Vikram Mansharamani is a Lecturer at Yale University where he teaches the seminar “Financial Booms & Busts” to Yale College undergraduates and co-teaches “Adventures in Business Ethics" to business school and undergraduate students.  He is also the author of BOOMBUSTOLOGY: Spotting Financial Bubbles before They Burst and is a regular commentator in the financial and business media.  He has been an active participant in the financial markets for the last 20 years, during which time he has held positions in management consulting, investment banking, and asset management.  He currently serves as chairman of the Torit Language Center Montessori school and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Association of Yale Alumni. He earned a PhD and MS from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, an MS in Political Science (Security Studies) from MIT, and a BA from Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with distinction.  As a senior fellow, he will conduct research for a project on the relative abilities of generalists and specialists to navigate uncertainty.  His faculty sponsor is Richard Zeckahuser, Frank Plumpton Ramsey Professor of Political Economy.
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Karen Gordon Mills

Karen Gordon Mills, whose M-RCBG appointment begins January 1, 2014, was sworn in as the 23rd Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in April of 2009 after being appointed by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. She served in the President’s Cabinet from January 2012-July 2013. As part of the Cabinet, Mills was a key member of the President’s economic leadership team, reflecting the important role that small businesses and entrepreneurs play in our nation’s long-term economic growth and global competitiveness. At the SBA, she led a team of more than 3,000 employees and managed a portfolio of more than $100 billion in loan guarantees.  Mills streamlined and simplified SBA’s core loan programs, reduced paperwork, shortened turnaround times, and increased transparency across the agency. These efforts resulted in record-breaking years for SBA lending in 2011 and 2012.  And, in 2012, the SBA’s Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program had its third consecutive record breaking year.  In addition, Mills led the development of innovative Federal programs that have helped small businesses create regional clusters, gain access to early stage capital, hire skilled workers, boost exports, and tap into commercial supply chains. Prior to the SBA, Mills held leadership positions in the private sector including several private equity firms. Most recently, she was president of the MMP Group, which invested in businesses in consumer products, food, textiles, and industrial components.  In 2007, Maine Governor John Baldacci appointed Mills to chair Maine’s Council on Competitiveness and the Economy, where she focused on regional development initiatives, including a regional economic cluster with Maine’s boatbuilding industry. She also served on the Governor’s Council for the Redevelopment of the Brunswick Naval Air Station.  Mills earned an AB in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar. Additionally, she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was vice chairman of the Harvard Overseers.  As a senior fellow, she will conduct research on entrepreneurship and American economic growth.  Her faculty sponsors are Dick Cavanagh, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, and John Haigh, M-RCBG Co-Director and Executive Dean of HKS.
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Lisa A. Robinson

Lisa A. Robinson specializes in the economic analysis of environmental, health, and safety regulations. In addition to her role as senior fellow at M-RCBG, she is a research associate at the Center for Risk Analysis and Center for Health Decision Science at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is also affiliated with the M-RCBG’s Regulatory Policy Program, and will be developing and teaching a Kennedy School course on benefit-cost analysis in the spring of 2014. For the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other organizations, she has led numerous assessments of the costs, benefits, and other impacts of policy options, developed related methods, and drafted guidance documents. Her recent work focuses on approaches for estimating the value of outcomes that cannot be fully valued using market measures, particularly mortality and morbidity risk reductions. She has also explored the implications of behavioral economics and options for enhancing the analysis of employment impacts and distributional effects. Robinson was previously a Principal at Industrial Economics, Incorporated, the Director of Policy, Planning, and Budget for the Federal Institute of Museum Services, and an analyst at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. She serves on the governing boards of the Society for Risk Analysis the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis as well as on the editorial boards of their journals. She received her Master in Public Policy degree from the Kennedy School. As a senior fellow, she is investigating how the costs and benefits of regulatory policies are distributed across demographic groups. Her faculty sponsors are 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.
email: lisa_robinson@hks.harvard.edu
Study Group on Benefit-Cost Analysis in the Real World: Assessing Environmental, Health, and Safety Regulations
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James Segel

James Segel recently returned from serving for four years as Special Counsel to Congressman Barney Frank, then Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee (2007-2011).  While there he was extensively involved in working on what became the Dodd-Frank Bill as well as the activities surrounding the financial crisis beginning in 2008.  In addition, he worked extensively on banking, housing, insurance, municipal finance, and other issues within the jurisdiction of the House Committee on Financial Services. He served as the Chairman’s liaison to other Democratic members of the Committee; the entire Massachusetts Delegation; to Massachusetts governmental officials including the Governor’s office and the Mayors’ offices; and as liaison to national and Massachusetts businesses and advocacy groups. Segel began his professional career in the Massachusetts State Legislature as a State Representative from Brookline, served as chairman of Barney Frank’s first Campaign for Congress in 1980; and then served as the first Executive Director of the Massachusetts Municipal Association dealing with the response of cities and towns to Proposition 21/2 and other municipal finance, environmental, and labor issues.  Following MMA, he served as of counsel at Hale and Dorr in Boston (now Wilmer Hale) for ten years and then as a partner at Smith Segel Ruddock. Segel returned to Smith Segel Ruddock after his service in Washington.  He has served on a number of elected and appointed boards and commissions including gubernatorial appointments to the State Tax Reform Commission; the Commission on State Aid to Cities and Towns; Special Commission on Environmental Operations (the Tsongas Commission); the Commission on the Disposal of Low level Radioactive Waste; and the Chairman of the Mayor’s Commission on Healthcare which led to the merger of Boston City Hospital and University Hospital in Boston.  In addition, Segel served as Secretary to the Coordinating Committee (the Vault ) representing leading businesses in Boston; President of Temple Israel in Boston; President of the Jewish Community Relations Council; Chairman of the Advisory Committee to WBUR;  Treasurer of the Old North Church Foundation: and a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society.  He graduated cum laude in government in 1967 from Harvard College; received his MPA from the Kennedy School at Harvard in 1976; and his JD from Boston College Law School in 1972. As a senior fellow, he will research the passage of TARP by the US Congress.  His faculty sponsor is David King, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy.
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Douglas H. Shulman

Douglas H. Shulman stepped down as the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in November 2012 after serving in that position since 2008. As head of the IRS, he led one of the largest financial institutions in the world with approximately 100,000 employees, over 200 million customers, a $12 billion budget, and over $2.5 trillion of annual transactions.  During his tenure, the IRS played a major role in the nation’s economic recovery efforts by delivering about $300 billion—or 40% of the money of the Recovery Act—through the tax system.  Shulman was intimately involved in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, as most of the financial information and transactions resulting from the law flow through the tax system. In the face of increasing globalization, Shulman stepped up IRS activity on a variety of international tax issues, including a historic breakthrough in offshore tax evasion. He served as the Chair of the OECD FTA, the global body of his counterparts, from 2009-2012. Also under Shulman's direction, the IRS transformed its use of data analytics to drive improvements in its operations.  He launched and completed a major modernization of IRS’s core technology, allowing the IRS to process tax returns on a daily cycle, rather than weekly batch cycle, resulting in faster refunds and better customer service for all 140 million individual taxpayers. He also focused on employee engagement and performance, and under his leadership the agency improved significantly in the government-wide Best Places to Work in Government survey.  Shulman came to the IRS from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA, previously NASD), where he served as Vice Chairman and before that President of Markets, Services & Information. After joining NASD in 2000, he oversaw its stock market operations and led the multi-billion dollar sale of the NASDAQ Stock Market and the divestiture of the American Stock Exchange, directed NASD’s entry into the fixed income markets through the launch of TRACE (an industry-wide bond market reporting facility and service), played a lead role in acquiring new regulatory services and restructuring the company, modernized technology operations, and led entry into new business segments.  Earlier in his career, he held a number of positions including working at the consulting firm AT Kearney, helping to co-found Teach for America, serving as Vice President of Darby Overseas Investments, and starting a technology and innovation focused advisory firm.  He also served on a number of boards of directors, including the World Federation of Exchanges and the Depository Trust & Clearing Corp (DTCC). He holds a BA from Williams College, an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.  As a senior fellow, he will conduct research on data and analytics, with an emphasis on big data. He will also offer a study group and give guest lectures in areas of financial markets, health care reform, and technology innovation.
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Paul Tucker

Paul Tucker was appointed as Deputy Governor, Financial Stability, at the Bank of England in March 2009.  He has been a member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee since 2002. He is also a member of the Bank's Financial Policy Committee, Prudential Regulation Authority Board and Court of Directors.  He is a member of the G20 Financial Stability Board Steering Committee and chairs the FSB's group on resolving large and complex banks.  From 1980-89 Tucker worked as a banking supervisor; a corporate financier at a merchant bank; and on projects to reform the Hong Kong securities markets and regulatory system following the 1987 crash, and then the UK's wholesale payments system, leading to the introduction of real-time gross settlement. He was Principal Private Secretary to Bank of England Governor Leigh-Pemberton for 3½ years until 1993, from where he moved to the domestic market operations area. He became Head of Gilt-Edged & Money Markets Division in mid-1994, during a period of reforms in the gilt and sterling money markets. He was Head of Monetary Assessment and Strategy Division 1997-1998, which is responsible for assessing UK monetary conditions and issues concerning the monetary framework. From January 1999-May 2002, he was Deputy Director, Financial Stability, and was closely involved with the Bank's Financial Stability Review over those years.  From May 1997 to June 2002, he was also on the Secretariat of the Monetary Policy Committee, preparing the published minutes. From June 2002 to February 2009, he was Executive Director for Markets.  As a senior fellow, he will work with faculty and students, both inside and outside the classroom, to help advance research and teaching about the global economy, financial institutions and the global financial system, and contribute to the intellectual life of both the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School.
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Howard L. Wolk

Howard L. Wolk is Co-President of The Cross Country Group (CCG), a privately-held organization consisting of technology-enabled emergency assistance, direct marketing and customer service businesses serving global corporate clients in the automotive, insurance, real estate and financial services industries.  The company enjoys strategic relationships with global corporations such as General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Liberty Mutual, Progressive, Bank of America, Citibank and many others.  CCG has approximately 2500 associates in North America and Europe and serves over 75 million of its clients’ customers.  He began his career at the New York City law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where he participated in a number of corporate finance, merger and acquisition and joint venture transactions.  After Simpson Thacher, he joined the White House as Associate Counsel for the transition team during the Clinton Administration, vetting candidates for positions in the Departments of Treasury and Justice and several independent agencies.  He also served as a member of Vice President Gore’s Task Force on Reinventing Government.  He received B.A. and B.S.Ec. (Wharton School) degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. degree from Columbia Law School and an M.P.A. degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  He is a member of the Massachusetts, New York and DC Bar Associations, is a Trustee of the Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center, a member of the Board of Combined Jewish Philanthropies and serves on the boards of several other non-profit and social entrepreneurship organizations.  As a senior fellow, he will study the nature of American entrepreneurship.  His faculty sponsor is Dick Cavanagh, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy.
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Esko Aho

Richard J. Balzer

Binta Niami Brown

Justin Fox

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