most of you know from the press release we sent out last week, CBG is the proud
and happy beneficiary of an extraordinarily generous $15 million endowment gift
from Sharmin Mossavar-Rahmani and her husband, Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani, MPA'82.
The gift will permit the Center to deepen and expand its capacity for research,
teaching and policy engagement, focusing on some of society's most challenging
problems at the intersection of business and government. In recognition of this
gift, one of the largest in the Kennedy School's history, the Center will be named
in honor of the Mossavar-Rahmanis, and a celebration will take place in the fall
Said Sharmin and Bijan of
the endowment, "The Kennedy School is a terrific, unparalleled venue for
this effort; it is a privilege -- and a responsibility -- to be supportive. We
hope that the Center's programs and activities will in the future inspire graduate
and also undergraduate students at Harvard to contemplate careers that alternate
between the public and private sectors."
of us at KSG and especially CBG are very grateful indeed to Sharmin and Bijan.
We look forward to working with them closely in the years to come as we generate
cutting edge ideas that make a difference to our students and to society at large.
Some of you will also have heard
that CBG Senior Fellow Marshall N. Carter recently was elected Chairman of the
New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Marsh's teaching and research at CBG has focused
on leadership challenges, and he now gets to practice his extensive skills once
again. He states that he will prioritize the extension of the NYSE's leadership
"on a broad range of fronts, including protecting investor interests, transforming
our market model, raising the bar on self regulation and governance, and ensuring
the highest quality market for our customers." We wish Marsh all the best
as he takes on this important new responsibility.
Environment and Natural Resources Faculty Group (ENRFG) has conferred its "Stone
Fellowship" for the best paper written by a doctoral student in the area
of environmental and resource policy during 2004 on Joseph Aldy, a Ph.D. student
in the Department of Economics. Aldy's paper, "Divergence in Per Capita Carbon
Dioxide Emissions," examines an important question -- whether over time countries
are moving closer to one another in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide they
emit per capita. CBG senior faculty members William Hogan and Robert Stavins served
on this year's award committee.
Steve Peterson, KSG Lecturer and Faculty Chair of the executive program in Public
Financial Management, is the Principal Investigator of the Ethiopia project and
has lived in Addis Ababa since the project's inception eight years ago. Steve
was on campus last month and led two seminars on the DSA project for KSG students,
staff and fellows. He recently reported a new project milestone, the successful
April 4 launch of an upgraded financial information system to prepare the Ethiopian
federal government's budget. This was completed on schedule, on budget, and on
specification, which is remarkable given the difficulties of working in one of
the world's poorest countries and the fact that similar efforts elsewhere have
a failure rate between 50 to 80 percent. (Equally amazing, Steve has managed to
achieve these impressive accomplishments despite having been a student in the
first graduate seminar I ever taught, back in Berkeley many years ago.) Click
here for project-related publications on the DSA website for interesting articles