Student-Organized Conferences

Harvard Kennedy School’s student life offers a rich array of co-curricular, service, and social activities, including student clubs and interest groups that students can become involved with and student-organized conferences. The following list provides a sample of some of the student-organized conferences offered at Harvard Kennedy School:

Harvard African Development Conference

Each year over 300 members of faculty, alumni, students, and community participants converge at Harvard University's only multidisciplinary conference dedicated to development in Africa. Attendees are provided with the unique opportunity to engage in meaningfully animated discussions with leaders in the fields of business, law, government, healthcare, and design.

Black Policy Conference

The Black Policy Conference is the leading policy driven forum to address the issues affecting Black communities. The conference provides an opportunity for the convergence of the world’ s greatest minds and practitioners with the hope and intent of finding sustainable solutions for issues facing Black communities.

European Conference at Harvard

Forum to discuss political and business ideas to take Europe forward.

German Conference at Harvard

Germany, the US, and the Future of the Transatlantic World: The student-organized German Conference - exploring the fate of the Western world.

Harvard India Conference 

This March, Harvard University and a roster of global luminaries gather to embrace the most powerful reality of the Indian story: That there is no single, universal Indian narrative. The India Conference at Harvard, India vs. India: Local Strength vs. Global Growth, brings together business leaders, entertainment professionals, government officials, philanthropists, and many others to engage with their strands of the colorful Indian narrative in a multiplicity of fields. Our focus will be not on oversimplifying, but on encouraging complexity and controversy.

International Development Conference

The Inter­na­tional Devel­op­ment Con­fer­ence at Har­vard Kennedy School of Gov­ern­ment is a yearly student-organized, student-run con­fer­ence ded­i­cated to fos­ter­ing a con­struc­tive dia­logue between lead­ing aca­d­e­mics, prac­ti­tion­ers, pol­icy mak­ers and stu­dents con­cerned with cre­at­ing a bet­ter world. The Con­fer­ence is hosted at Harvard Kennedy School and is a joint effort between stu­dents at Har­vard and Carnegie Mel­lon Uni­ver­sity. 

Latino Law, Policy, and Business Conference

Now in its 16th year, this Conference brings together Latino leaders from the private, public, and non-profit sectors to discuss issues of importance to the Latino community. One of the longest Latino traditions at Harvard, the Conference has sparked dialogue across disciplines; provided networking opportunities for students, alumni, and professionals; and inspired the next generation of Latino leaders.

Social Enterprise Conference

The Social Enterprise Conference is one of the world’s leading forums to explore the intersection of business and social impact. The Conference is entirely student-run, jointly hosted by students from the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School.

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