Harvard seems to play an unusually prominent role in the public life of Chile. The country, a narrow strip sandwiched between the Andes and South America’s Pacific coast, is headed by a Harvard-trained economist, Sebastian Piñera. Five other Harvard graduates have served in his cabinet. And the country’s past four finance ministers have been either Harvard PHDs or professors, including Felipe Larraín and Andrés Velasco, both former Kennedy School professors. Kennedy School alums also abound. At least 66 graduates of the school’s degree and executive education programs live in Chile, including Jose Edwards MPP 2007, a member of the country’s parliament; Claudio Orrego MPP 1995, mayor of Penalolen; and Tomas Recart MPA/ID 2008, the founder of Ensena Chile, which enlists top Chilean graduates to teach in low-income communities. Other HKS graduates, such as Arturo Fermandois MC/MPA 1994, the current Chilean ambassador to the United States, carry their country’s flag abroad.