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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 of business and government.
Co-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 Haiti, in private sector development. After HKS, she intends to work on implementing new strategies to tackle youth unemployment.
Co-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, public finance, and state labor markets at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
Co-VP of Communications: Magdalena J. Seol
Magdalena is an MPA candidate and is involved in a project at the Environment and Natural Resources Program of Belfer Center. Prior to Kennedy School, she served at the Office of the President of her country, South Korea, managing the globalization arm of key agendas related to climate change. Before this, she was a management strategy consultant and more than half of her engagements had to do with expansion strategies to emerging and overseas markets. Throughout her career, she tried to create public impact by leveraging the power of all different sectors. Most recently, she established a strategy consulting firm based in Seoul solely dedicated to solving global development problems. She received her B.A. in International Relations from Seoul National University, followed by her graduate studies in Refugee Studies at Oxford University. Besides her work and study, she loves singing classical pieces of 16th to 19th centuries.
Co-VP of Communications: Stephanie Desanges
Stephanie Desanges, MPP ’17, is originally from Boston and attended Northeastern University. She has worked 5.5 years in a variety of roles in the private sector in investment banking, private banking, and asset management at JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs in New York City and London. Recently, she interned on the Northeast fundraising team for the Hillary Clinton Campaign. She has taken a deep interest in international development and has aided to build 3 organizations focused on economic development, specifically in Haiti after the earthquake. She has built a for-profit sustainable development community in the central plateau, an impact investment fund, and a non-profit focused on the pillars of education and healthcare.
Co-VP of Finance: Amrita Vir
Amrita is a first year MPP / MBA joint degree student with Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School. She is from Houston, Texas and attended Southern Methodist University, where she received a BBA in Finance and Minors in Economics, International Studies, and Chinese. During college, she founded a microfinance non-profit to support underserved Dallas entrepreneurs, and after graduation, she worked in energy consulting at Booz & Co. in Dallas and Houston. Amrita is interested in harnessing the public and private sectors to facilitate financial empowerment. When she is not reading cases or writing policy memos, Amrita also enjoys power yoga, cooking, and seeing live music.
Co-VP of Finance: Kaitlin Klaustermeier
Kaitlin is a first year MPP / MBA joint degree student with Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School. She is originally from Boyceville, Wisconsin and attended the University of Minnesota, receiving a B.S. in Business (majoring in Management Information Systems and minoring in Finance). After graduation Kaitlin worked for The Boston Consulting Group in Chicago and also spent time in Seattle at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she worked on their Primary Healthcare Strategy. Kaitlin is interested in the intersection of K-12 education, government policy and private education companies, specifically in how to best support rural communities in the United States and around the world. When she is not studying Kaitlin enjoys playing basketball, rollerblading, watching the Green Bay Packers and playing board games.
Co-VP of HBS Relations: Matt Hellauer
Matt is a second year 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. After undergraduate, Matt worked in investment banking at Allen & Company in the firm’s M&A Group. He was selected as a Dukakis Fellow by the Kennedy School in 2015 and spent his summer working for the Governor of Colorado. 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.
Co-VP of HBS Relations: Taniel Chan
Taniel, a New York City native, 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 at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and as an Education Pioneers Data and Strategy Fellow at the New York City Department of Education. He spent the summer after his first year at the Kennedy School at the National Economic Council at the White House. 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 includes K-12 education, public private partnerships, social enterprise, the New York Yankees and learning to survive in hostile New England territory.
Economic Development Committee, Chair: Christoph Nedopil
Christoph, a first-year MPA2 student, was born and raised in Bavaria, Southern part of Germany. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and received his PhD in institutional development in emerging economies. Prior to HKS, he founded two companies in Germany; one based in Berlin that helps companies adjust their product strategy for ageing consumer groups, the other, to develop an application for taxi sharing. Christoph has also been a consultant at the IFC for the past 8 years and has worked on corporate governance and board issues in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. In his spare time, Christoph enjoys doing sports, playing classical music, cooking, making good espresso and meeting new people! As the chair of the Economic Development Committee, he plans to highlight the relevance of entrepreneurship for economic development.
Regulations Committee, Chair: Rae Shih
Rae Shih is an MPP1 at HKS and a concurrent degree student with the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Prior to Penn Law, she worked at StudentsFirst, the education reform organization founded by Michelle Rhee, former Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools. At StudentsFirst, she wrote state legislation and regulations, in particular, two bills on teacher preparation that passed in Indiana in 2013 and 2014 holding teacher preparation programs accountable for their graduates' effectiveness. She is a former Teach For America high school math teacher at a charter school in New Orleans. Most recently, she worked at the U.S. Department of Education's Office For Civil Rights as an Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellow, where she researched federal regulatory issues, including statutory interpretation via policy guidance documents, and administrative law procedures.
Government Relations Committee, Co-Chair: Aziz Majoul
Aziz is an MPA candidate at HKS and a research assistant at the Middle East Initiative, where his research focuses on the Arab Social contract. Prior to Harvard, Aziz was an entrepreneur and founded an M&A consultancy in Tunisia focusing on cross-border deals between Europe and North Africa. Following the Tunisian revolution in 2011, he also advised the Tunisian businesses organization for private sector development reforms. Aziz intends on working on measures to enhance private sector growth and empower the middle class notably through a better business and government coordination. Aziz chairs the government relations committee at the B&G PIC.
Government Relations Committee, Co-Chair: Sobia Maqbool
Sobia Maqbool has 11 plus years of multi-faceted experience in financial risk assessments chiefly in Pakistan, but also notably in Middle Eastern countries and beyond. She has led policy development initiatives with the regulatory authorities to revamp the regulatory framework for credit rating agencies and published analytical methodologies for various market segments and financial products. Sobia has broad based management experience in technical, business development and administrative roles; during her time with JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited, she forged partnerships with third party organizations to broaden the scope of business activities. In addition to this, she implemented strategy for international expansion for Islamic International Rating Agency with operations now in more than 10 jurisdictions. Along with her job responsibilities, she has also been engaged in volunteer work in the field of education, while being involved with the local arm of Lions Club International, the world’s largest service club organization. She has done her MBA with majors in Finance and also a CFA charterholder. Sobia is now pursuing MPA at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Public Private Partnership Committee, Chair: Dinesh Lingamaneni
Dinesh Chand is from Bangalore, India. Prior to Kennedy, Dinesh worked with Ernst & Young LLP (EY) as a management consultant helping private sector with performance improvement strategies. Post EY, he moved into development sector to help public elected representatives in India catalyze development in their constituencies using various financial resources at their disposal. Having worked in various sectors including Health, Drinking Water and Livelihoods, he hopes to explore private sector solutions to address the leakages in the public delivery systems. His hobbies include running, tennis and currently trying to explore the area of political history.
Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, Co-Chair: Justin Miletti
Justin is an MPP candidate focused on corporate social responsibility, particularly in the mining and extractive sectors. He is currently a research fellow for the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at MRCBG. 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. This summer, Justin worked as a community relations analyst for Teranga Gold in Kedougou, Senegal. After graduation he intends to work on innovative CSR initiatives focused on community development for a large extractive company.
Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, Co-Chair: Paolo Fresia
After a brief stint as bond trader with Goldman Sachs and a year in Haiti with Doctors Without Borders, Paolo lived in Asia for the past two years before coming to HKS. He most recently worked at boutique CSR consultancy BSR, focusing on corporate sustainability strategy and integration. His projects have focused on working with global companies on opportunities in the Myanmar and Laos garment, forestry, and telecommunications industries, especially around labor and human rights topics. Moreover, Paolo has recently founded an impact investment fund with five friends, and therefore has a keen interest in the social enterprise ecosystem. Paolo is excited to join the PIC as Co-Chair for CSR, and looks forward to connecting with all those interested in sustainable development.
Social Enterprise and Impact Investing Committee, Chair: Matt Tyler
Matthew is an Economist who commenced his career as a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) strategy team focussed primarily on financial services. Since leaving PwC in 2011, he has been dedicated to public service. Between 2011-2012 Matthew was a Research Assistant on an Australian Research Council grant to understand Indigenous men’s health in the Kimberley. After an internship with the Strategy and Delivery Division at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, he was a Senior Economic Analyst with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade working on the Australian Government’s foreign aid program. Most recently, Matthew has been Policy Advisor to Claire O’Neil MP, where he has led analysis of numerous Federal domestic economic and social policies and provided advice to senior Shadow Ministers. He is deeply committed to policies that promote economic growth and mitigate inequality. Drawing on his cross sector experiences, he is particularly interested in scaling up social finance to fund programs and pilot initiatives in early childhood education, parenting, mental health and vocational training. Matthew is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School.
Sustainability Committee, Chair: Jennifer Helfrich
Jennifer Helfrich is a first year MPP student with the Harvard Kennedy School. She joins the school as the Belfer Center Environment and Natural Resources Program's Roy Family Fellow. Before coming to HKS, Jennifer worked for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission on energy efficiency programs, solar incentives, conservation management, and clean energy education. With the Technische Universität Berlin, Jennifer published comparative research on US and German policies for renewable energy and environmental impact assessment. During her University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) Environmental Studies B.A., Jennifer helped build the Sustainability Office and founded the UCSC Carbon Fund. She makes a mean berry cobbler, misses California trail running, and thinks a tasty craft beer can make a bad day good.