The Hauser Center is pleased to be supporting the following Harvard students during their summer internships with nonprofit, civil society, and non-governmental organizations around the world:
Ben Beachy is an MPP student at Harvard Kennedy School, focusing on international economic policy and development. He will be in India working with ActionAid, an international rights-based organization that partners with poor communities to counter poverty. Ben will assist ActionAid India in launching a national Land Rights Secretariat, a new "knowledge hub" to support small-scale farmers’ struggles against increasing land grabs and decreasing public investment. Ben will research the economic viability and food security contributions of smallholder farming, and will help map the proliferation of illicit land seizures. Prior to studying at the Kennedy School, Ben spent six years working as an economic policy analyst in Nicaragua and a national grassroots organizer in Washington, DC with the advocacy organization Witness for Peace.
Nick Gerry-Bullard is a masters candidate in the joint MPP/MBA program at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School. He studied in the Science in Society Program at Wesleyan University before moving to New York to work in HIV/AIDS advocacy and social policy research at the nonprofits Funders Concerned About AIDS and MDRC. After a year as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, he worked in the New York City Mayor's Office, helping form public-private partnerships and building performance measurement systems for NYC Service, a citywide civic engagement and volunteerism initiative. Among other activities this year, he served as a Panel Manager for the 2011 Social Enterprise Conference, creating a panel with representatives from business, government, and the nonprofit sector on best practices and challenges in cross-sector environmental partnerships. He is thrilled to return to the nonprofit sector this summer to work on energy and environment policy at Civic Exchange, a Hong Kong think tank, and is deeply honored to serve as a Hauser Center Summer Fellow.
Arpana Pandey is a student in the Master in Public Policy program at the Harvard Kennedy School. She will be in Vietnam this summer, working with ActionAid, a global anti-poverty agency that promotes the rights of poor and marginalized communities across the world. Arpana will research and document urbanization trends in Vietnam and analyze the potential ramifications for the country’s ongoing poverty alleviation efforts. Her research will form the basis of an ActionAid report that will address the challenges of urban poverty and inequality in rapidly changing and developing Vietnam. Prior to Harvard Kennedy School, Arpana worked as an International Economics Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. She graduated with a degree in Economics from Smith College.
Natasha Sunderji is a first year Masters in Public Policy student. She will be working in Geneva with the Medicines Patent Pool Foundation, an innovative ‘one-stop shop’ for patent holders, generic manufacturers and organizations engaged in research and development. The Patent Pool aims to improve access to affordable and appropriate HIV medicines in developing countries through voluntary licensing of critical intellectual property. Natasha will work with the Executive Director and the Communications department in planning mid and long term operations, enhancing the Stakeholder Communications strategy, and undertaking research projects in support of the Pool’s implementation.