Strong HKS Representation on Forbes ’30 Under 30’ List

December 18, 2012
By Jenny Li Fowler, Harvard Kennedy School Communications

Ten percent of this year’s Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ list of promising young leaders shaping law and policy have connections to Harvard Kennedy School, and one HKS alumnus made the '30 Under 30' social entrepreneurs list.

Neil Buddy Shah MD/MPA-ID 2012 is on the social entrepreneurs list. The 29-year-old is a founding partner of IDinsight, a non-profit organization that helps clients amplify impact by providing timely program evaluations for almost any field of development. Forbes reports, "Among its accomplishments to date: identifying the most cost-effective way to deliver anti-malarial bed nets."

The law and policy list includes HKS alumni Emily Stanger MPA/ID 2008 and Mat Morgan MPP 2013 and HKS assistant professor of public policy Daniel Shoag.

Twenty nine-year-old Stanger is the special advisor to the Minister of Gender and Development on Policy, Programs, and Planning in Liberia.

“To be honest, when I came [to Libera], I didn’t think I’d be here for more than a year. Liberia is very much in a post-conflict stage where everything is being reconstructed and rebuilt. At the same time, if you stay on, you see changes. It’s incredibly exciting,” said Stanger.

She is also the former advisor to Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.

Twenty seven-year-old Morgan is the fonder of ShoutAbout, a free engagement tool for news sites and blogs that enhances existing comment sections.

“It bridges awareness with action, presenting links to learn more, like visit Wikipedia, or do something in response, like sign a petition,” says Morgan.

Shoag is an assistant professor of public policy and an affiliate of theTaubman Centerfor State and Local Government whose research focuses on fiscal policy, state and local pension plans, and regional macroeconomics.

According to Forbes, three judges who are immersed in the worlds of law and policy selected the winners-- Michael Feldman of Glover Park Group, a strategic consulting firm in Washington founded by Clinton administration vets; Eugene Meyer, president of the conservative Federalist Society; and Felicia Wong, president of the liberal Roosevelt Institute.

The list also included Yohannes Abraham, Deputy Political Director Obama For America 2012; Lauren Burke, Cofounder of Atlas; and Sabrina Hersi Issa, CEO of Be Bold Media. Read more on the Forbes website.

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Emily Stanger MPA/ID 2008 pictured with Nobel Prize Laureate

Emily Stanger MPA/ID 2008 pictured with Nobel Prize Laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

"Liberia is very much in a post-conflict stage where everything is being reconstructed and rebuilt. At the same time, if you stay on, you see changes. It’s incredibly exciting,” said Stanger.

Daniel Shoag, assistant professor of public policy

Daniel Shoag, assistant professor of public policy