Meet MC/MPA 2014 Student Albert Solé

August 22, 2013

Every year the Mid-Career/MPA students are among the first to arrive on campus for a month long summer program exclusively for mid-career professionals. This year, several of them have volunteered to introduce themselves through the Harvard Kennedy School School (HKS) admissions blog with a self-authored post.

Below is a selected portion of the blog recently written by Albert Solé:

Mark Twain said the two most important days in one’s life are the day we are born and the day we know why (the day we learn our purpose). I would add a third, namely that equally genuine day in which you figure out how to achieve that purpose.

I may be the luckiest person in the world because a few months ago, the ‘how’ became crystal clear to me, and today, several weeks within the summer program at Harvard Kennedy School, I see how my vision is coming together.

Over the last 12 years I have been helping small and medium enterprises around the world improve their competitive position through collective efforts, generally driven from the public sector by means of cluster methodologies. Having had the opportunity to develop a wide array of clusters internationally, I realized we were actually helping companies increase their profitability, but regularly failed to seize the numerous win-win opportunities between cluster firms and the communities they belonged to.

During my short time at the Kennedy School, I have already experienced a lot – surpassing even my highest expectations. I have engaged in conceptual debates with HKS faculty members and been exposed to their constructive input. I have identified areas of common interest among some of the school’s research centers, in addition to other schools at Harvard University. I am confident this will allow for a much-needed cross-fertilization of ideas among business, government and social perspectives. I have met the most diverse sample of private, public and social sectors through my excellent classmates, being humbled and challenged by them every single day. I have established valuable contacts with consulting firms and institutions linked some way or another with the HKS community, allowing me to shape potential collaboration opportunities to apply what I am going to discuss and develop during the next 10 months

It is not always easy to be here. This is not a vacation or an attempt to have a Harvard label hanging on your wall down the road. All of us here are investing time and energy during a phase in life when most people are generating revenue and enjoying time at home with family and friends.

I know I am in the right place at the right time. Let the journey begin!

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Albert Sole

Albert Solé MC/MPA 2014

"During my short time at the Kennedy School, I have already experienced a lot – surpassing even my highest expectations," says Solé.