Harvard Kennedy School’s Future of Diplomacy Project Announces Spring 2012 Fisher Family Fellows

Contact: Doug Gavel
Phone: (617) 495-1115
Date: February 10, 2012

Cambridge MA -- The Future of Diplomacy Project at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, is pleased to announce the 2012 Fisher Family Fellows. They include the former Foreign Secretary of India, Shyam Saran; the former High Representative for the Common and Security Policy (CFSP) and former Secretary General of NATO, Javier Solana; and Tim Shriver, the President and CEO of Special Olympics.

All three fellows will be delivering public addresses and working closely with Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) degree students during their time in Cambridge.

“We are pleased and honored that Javier Solana, Shyam Saran and Tim Shriver have agreed to be Fisher Fellows for the Future of Diplomacy Project. All are outstanding leaders in government, diplomacy and the non-profit world. Our students at the Kennedy School will benefit from their wisdom and experience,” said R. Nicholas Burns, professor of the practice of diplomacy and international politics at Harvard Kennedy School and faculty director of the Future of Diplomacy Project.

The Fellows’ work at Harvard Kennedy School is made possible through The Richard and Nancy Fisher Family Fellows Program, created by Nancy and Richard W. Fisher, AB ’71, long-time supporters of Harvard University’s international engagement and teaching.

The Fisher Family Fellows will be in residence with the Future of Diplomacy Project at various times over the course of the spring 2012 semester:

Shyam Saran is a career diplomat who has served in significant positions in the Indian government for over three decades. He is the current Chairman of the Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries (RIS) think tank and Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi.
Saran last served as special Envoy of the Prime Minister of India (October 2006 to March 2010) specializing in nuclear issues, and he also was the Indian Envoy on climate change.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Saran was the Foreign Secretary, Government of India (2004-2006). Saran also served as the Ambassador of India to Nepal, Indonesia, Myanmar and Mauritius. He has held diplomatic appointments in Geneva, Beijing and Tokyo and was a fellow of the United Nations Disarmament program in Geneva, Vienna and New York. Saran holds a post-Graduate degree in economics.

Shyam Saran will be in residence with the Project from February 13 – 17, 2012.

Javier Solana is president of ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics (Barcelona-Madrid).

Previously, Solana served as the European Union’s High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and Secretary General of the Council of the European Union. Before serving the Council, Dr. Solana was Secretary General of NATO where he negotiated the NATO-Russia Founding Act and presided over the establishment of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council. Prior to that, he held different ministerial portfolios in the Spanish government, including Foreign Affairs.

He is also distinguished senior fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings Institution, and chairman of the Aspen Institute España.

Solana will be in residence with the Future of Diplomacy Project as a Fisher Family Fellow in April 2012.

Timothy P. Shriver is a civic leader, social entrepreneur, and the Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics. Shriver has helped transform Special Olympics into a global Movement that advocates for acceptance, inclusion, and respect for more than 3.7 million individuals with intellectual disabilities in over 170 countries. Under his leadership, Special Olympics has come to encompass a variety of programs aimed at supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families, including a global athlete leadership network, cross-cultural research, and education and family support. He has spearheaded programs in developing or war-torn countries such as Afghanistan, Bosnia Herzegovina, and Iraq.

Before joining Special Olympics, Shriver was an educator, counselor, author, and speaker focusing on school prevention issues such as substance abuse, violence, dropout rates and teen pregnancy. He worked with the New Haven Public Schools’ Social Development Project, now considered a leading school-based prevention effort in the U.S.

Shriver earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University, a Master's degree in Religion and Religious Education from Catholic University, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Connecticut.

Tim Shriver will be in residence with the Future of Diplomacy Project in the first week of April 2012.

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