Iris Bohnet is Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and the director of its Women and Public Policy Program. She is also the co-chair of the Behavioral Insights Group (BIG) at the Center for Public Leadership at HKS, an associate director of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory, and the faculty chair of the executive program "Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century" for the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders. From 2011 to 2014, she served as the Kennedy School's Academic Dean. Currently, she serves on the boards of directors of Credit Suisse and University of Lucerne, as well as the Advisory Board of the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and numerous academic journals. She is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Behavior of the World Economic Forum.
Professor Bohnet teaches decision-making, negotiation and gender in public policy and leadership in degree and executive programs, and has been engaged in the teaching, training and consulting of private and public sector leaders in the United States, Europe, India and the Middle East.
A behavioral economist combining insights from economics and psychology, her research focuses on questions of trust and decision-making, often with a gender or cross-cultural perspective. Her most recent research examines "gender equality nudges," interventions that decrease the gender gaps in organizations, politics and society. Professor Bohnet's academic work has been published in the best journals of her profession, including the American Economic Review, the American Political Science Review, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Her work has been profiled by leading media outlets around the world.
A Swiss citizen, she received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Zurich in 1997 and spent a year as a research fellow at the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley from 1997-1998. She joined the Harvard Kennedy School as an assistant professor in 1998 and was made full professor in 2006. She is married to Michael Zurcher, and she and her husband have two children. The family lives in Newton, Massachusetts, USA.
OUTSIDE PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
In addition to her work at Harvard University and the board memberships mentioned above, Iris Bohnet has been engaged as a speaker, advisor or participant with the following organizations in 2014: GetDiversity, EDGE, KPMG, Schellenberg Wittmer, SwissNex, University of Lugano, University of St. Gallen, University of Zurich, World Economic Forum, YWCA Boston.