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The Business & Government Professional Interest Council serves as the dynamic forum for HKS students and fellows interested in the thought-leadership, partnerships, careers and innovations at the intersection between business and government.
2014-2015 B&G PIC COMMITTEES
Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, Chair: Justin Miletti
The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee connects students to leading CSR theorists and practitioners through panels, lectures, and other campus events. The CSR works closely with the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Center for Business and Government to develop campus content that reflects the range of approaches businesses, government, and nonprofits take when examining the field of CSR.
Creative Economy Committee, Chair: Sarah Zhang
The Creative Economy Committee will explore all the aspects of the creative economy from business related topics in entertainment, design, are and beyond, to the development of the creative economy in cities, states and regions around the world.
Economic Development Committee, Chair: Hiroaki Sonoda
The Economic Development Committee organizes events relating to development objectives through the lens of businesses, non-profits and government agencies. Upcoming activities will include a take on Ebola, a visit from the CM Gibraltar and a debrief on the World Economic Forum.
Public Private Partnership (PPP) Committee, Chair: Andrew Deye
In an era of scarce resources, governments around the world will continue to pursue PPPs to achieve policy objectives and deliver large, complex infrastructure projects. In this context, the PPP Committee seeks to foster a detailed understanding of PPP industry trends and best practices, together with experiences with leading practitioners from the field.
Regulation & Public Policy Committee, Chair: Robert Greene
The Regulation & Public Policy Committee examines how regulations and other prescriptive public policies (tax incentives, subsidies, etc.) impact commerce, what drives government to regulate, and how businesses react to the incentives government creates. The committee sponsors events that facilitate debate on how prescriptive public policies like regulations impact sector growth, and that enable students to pursue private, public, and non-profit careers in these policy fields.
Social Enterprise and Impact investing Committee, Chair: Priscilla Rouyer
The Social Enterprise and Impact investing Committee aims at inspiring, educating and connecting professionals who want to create social change in the world.
Paul Chen & Hany Beshr, Co-Chairs
Helena Fruscio, VP of Communications
Taniel Chan & Matt Hellauer: Co-VPs of Operations & Finance
MEET THE B&G PIC TEAM MEMBERS
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 is joining Goldman Sachs in its Tech, Telecom and Media Group in NYC, where Paul hopes to deepen his understanding of the global financial market. 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.
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.
Helena Fruscio, VP of Communications
Helena is Bradford Fellow in the mid-career MPA program at the Harvard Kennedy School. Helena was the Creative Economy Industry Director in the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Upon completion of her year at HKS she will return to her position with the Commonwealth. Before working for government Helena was widely praised for her leadership as Director of Berkshire Creative Economy Council a not-for-profit in western Massachusetts. She is an artist and has a Bachelors of Fine art in Ceramic Sculpture and is at the Kennedy school to learn how to bring her creativity and vision to government.
Matt Hellauer: Co-VP of Operations & Finance
Matt is a MBA / MPP joint degree student with Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School. He is originally from Baltimore, Maryland and attended Georgetown University where he received a B.S. in Mathematics, Phi Beta Kappa. He also spent his junior year abroad at the London School of Economics in the school’s mathematics department. After undergraduate, Matt worked in investment banking at Allen & Company in the firm’s M&A Group. Matt is interested in the intersection of urban policy and entrepreneurship, specifically using innovation and startup communities as catalysts for urban revitalization initiatives. Outside of the classroom, he is interested in long distance running, good restaurants, the Baltimore Orioles and the Ravens.
Taniel Chan, Co-VP of Operations & Finance
Taniel Chan, Co-VP of Finance and Operations. A New York City native, Taniel is a joint MBA/MPP degree candidate at Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to starting his studies at Harvard, he worked on the short-term interest rates desk at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and as an Education Pioneers Data and Strategy Fellow at the New York City Department of Education. After graduating, he plans to explore the synergies and opportunities for social impact that arise and are catalyzed from the nexus of business and government and where he fits into the picture. Taniel’s interest include K-12 education, public private partnerships, social enterprise, the New York Yankees and learning to survive in hostile New England territory.
Corporate Social Responsibility Committee
Chair: Justin Miletti
Justin is an MPP candidate focused on corporate social responsibility, particularly in the mining and extractive sectors. Previously, he worked as an Advisor to the Executive Director of McGill University’s Institute of International Development. This included leading the executive education programs on International Development and CSR in Canada and West Africa. Justin has also consulted for the World Bank and Africa-Canada Emerging Leaders Dialogue. After graduation he intends to work on innovative CSR initiatives focused on community development for a large extractive company.
Creative Economy Committee
Chair: Sarah Zhang
Sarah is pursuing dual degrees in Master in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Master in Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Before graduate school, she led Strategy, Business Development and Sales Force Effectiveness functions at Bayer Healthcare as a Senior Manager. Sarah has also worked as a Senior Program Officer at China Social Entrepreneur (YouChange) Foundation and as a management consultant. She is very passionate about enhancing mutual understanding, diversity and equality via arts and culture.
Economic Development Committee
Chair: Hiroaki Sonoda
Hiroaki, a Fulbright Scholar, is a MC/MPA at HKS. He worked for Industrial Growth Platform, Inc., a Japanese consulting firm, focusing on corporate turnaround projects of Japanese manufacturers. In 2012, he joined Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission, where he revealed the regulatory capture in Japanese nuclear regulatory agency, and subsequently, engaged in procurement reform of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), as an advisor of Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund, a government fund to nationalize TEPCO. He hopes to contribute to economic development by improving management practices in both public and private sector.
Public Private Partnership (PPP) Committee
Chair, Andrew Deye
Andrew is a mid-career MPA at HKS for 2014-15. Previously, he was a Vice President at Greenhill & Co., a global independent investment bank. At Greenhill, and previously at Morgan Stanley where he started his career, Andrew specialized in evaluating, structuring and negotiating infrastructure and public-private partnership ("P3") transactions.
Regulation & Public Policy Committee
Chair: Robert Greene
Robert is a MPP candidate at HKS and a research assistant at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, where his research focuses on financial regulation. Prior to Harvard, Robert researched and wrote about the regulatory process, financial regulation, pubic finance, and state labor markets at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
Social Enterprise and Impact investing Committee
Chair: Priscilla Rouyer
Priscilla is an MPA Candidate. After graduating from Sciences Po Paris in 2009, she worked in Europe and the Middle East for McKinsey&Company. She then worked for the Inter-American Development Bank in Hait, in private sector development. After HKS, she intends to work on implementing new strategies to tackle youth unemployment.