Associated with the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government (M-RCBG), the Business & Government Professional Interest Council (B&G PIC) serves as a forum for HKS Students interested in careers, partnerships, and innovations at the intersection of business and government.

How to get involved

  • Join our Facebook page to learn more about our events, opportunities, and student perspectives!  Elections for leadership positions will be held at the beginning of the fall term. 

B&G PIC Leadership Team

Hany Beshr, Co-Chair.  Hany is a mid-career MPA in the Edward S. Mason Program at HKS.  Previously he was a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton and KPMG in the Middle East.  He worked with government clients on economic development projects, focusing on the role of private sector in development.  He served as Advisor to the Cairo Governor on the relations between government and private sector. hany_beshr@hks15.harvard.edu

Paul Chen, Co-Chair.  Paul is a dual degree candidate between HKS (MPA) and Stanford (MBA).  Upon graduating from the University of Virginia, Paul worked for Jefferies, a NYC-based financial institution.  While in graduate schools, Paul is interested in the intersection between business and government.  After school, Paul wants to continue deepening his understanding of the global financial market.  This coming summer Paul will be working for Goldman Sachs in New York.  Born in Chengdu, China, Paul spent his first 15 years in the hometown of pandas.  Outside of work, he is interested in food, traveling, reading and inter-faith dialogues.

The rest of the 2014-15 leadership team is in formation. 

B&G PIC Leadership Team

Rick Relinger, Chair.  Rick is an MPP student at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a research associate for the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative studying corporate human rights due diligence programs. Before studying at Harvard, he taught middle and high school social studies in Apache Junction, Arizona. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego where he researched the impact of free trade agreements on labor rights and served as an Obama delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Rick is interested in corporate social compliance programs and embedding the corporate responsibility to respect human rights. 

Parisa Roshan, Vice-Chair.  A Los Angeles native, Parisa Roshan moved to Cambridge in 2012 to study Business & Government Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to her arrival at Harvard, Parisa held positions with the U.S. State Department, Lehman Brothers, and the RAND Corporation, where she performed award-winning research and analysis. Her objective is to redefine public service outside of its traditional context in government and engage the private sector in creating shared value. 

Ashley Fischer
VP for Communications

Paul Chen
VP for Finance

Tamaryn Nelson
VP for External Relations

Honor McGee
Co-Chair, Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

Ted Robertson
Co-Chair, Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

Jonathan Welle
Vice Chair, Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

Chris Alexander
Chair, Venture Capital & Private Equity Committee

Ahmed El Mahi
Vice-Chair, Venture Capital & Private Equity Committee

Albert Sole
Co-Chair, Social Enterprise Committee

Jonathan Chang
Co-Chair, Social Enterprise Committee

Jason Zhang
Vice-Chair, Social Enterprise Committee

Shaloo Puri
Chair, Public Private Partnership Committee

Ruben Brekelmans
Vice-Chair, Public Private Partnership Committee

Siqi Mou
Co-Chair, Impact Investing Committee

Kate Aitken
Co-Chair, Impact Investing Committee

Will Sentance
Co-Chair, Creative Economy Committee

Penny Sun
Co-Chair, Creative Economy Committee


  • Speed Networking with Senior Fellows from M-RCBG and other HKS research centers, organized once each semester
  • Annual Davos Debrief, a first-hand behind-the-scenes account of events at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, from Harvard faculty who attend
  • Social mixers with club members
  • Brown bag lunch discussions with CSR practitioners
  • Speaker events with NGO advocates on business and human rights issues

Professional Opportunities

  • Chance to network with other HKS students interested in business & government
  • Invitations to select HBS social enterprise, CSR, and government club events
  • Chance to network with M-RCBG center staff and senior fellows and other visiting government officials, business professionals, and academics
  • Research opportunities with M-RCBG
  • Targeted internship and full-time job opportunities compiled by OCA and distributed exclusively to PIC members
  • Case competitions, research paper competitions, brown bag lunches, and other events solely targeted at those students interested in this sector
  • Corporate social responsibility report feedback sessions with private sector CSR departments

Funding Opportunities

  • Apply for summer internship and PAE/SYPA funding through M-RCBG
  • Other scholarship opportunities

Social Opportunities

  • Chance to network with other HKS & HBS students interested in business & government at club mixers and other select events
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