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Each year, the HKS Alumni Board honors several alumni and an alumni network for their efforts to improve their communities locally, nationally, and globally.

2020 Alumni Award Winners
 

J. Mark Iwry MPP/JD 1976 is one of the nation’s foremost thought leaders and policymakers regarding retirement security, pensions, and saving.

 

Sara Minkara MPP 2014 is founder/CEO of Empowerment Through Integration (ETI), an international nonprofit disrupting the narrative surrounding disability. 

 

Theodora Skeadas MPP 2016 chairs or co-chairs three HKS alumni groups and works tirelessly to strengthen connections among alumni.

 

Harvard Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development (W3D) is a University-wide network dedicated to connecting and cultivating global leaders.

 

The Honorable Jerome A. Holmes has given to the HKS Fund consistently ever since he received his mid-career MPA in 2000.

 

Adamas Belva Syah Devara MPA 2016 started Ruangguru.com which has grown to become the largest educational technology enterprise in Southeast Asia.

Learn About the Alumni Awards
Alumni Public Service Award

This award, established in 1997 and formerly known as the Alumni Achievement Award, recognizes alumni who have significantly improved the human condition at the local, state, provincial, national, or international level. Recipients will have made a substantial difference for people, organizations, or governments through a single influential act or a series of steps that produced positive societal change. Nominations come from HKS alumni, faculty, and staff. Self-nominations for this award are discouraged.

Previous Recipients

2019
Cina Lawson MPP 2001

2018
Bryan Stevenson MPP 1985, JD 1985, LLD 2015

2017
Frank Pearl MC/MPA 2011

2016
Amara Konneh MC/MPA 2008

2015
Steve Bonano MC/MPA 2009

2014
Leopoldo López MPP 1996

2013
Jian-Li Yang PhD 2001

2012
James R. McCorkell MPA 1999

2011
Jia Yang MC/MPA 2001

2010
Susan Ople MC/MPA 1999

2005
Robert B. Zoellick MPP 1981

2002
Juan Carlos Navarro MPP 1985
Carol Raphael MC/MPA 1979, S&L 1987

2001
Douglas K. Bereuter MC/MPA 1973
Anne F. Reed MC/MPA 1981
Barbara B. Roberts S&L 1989

2000
Sheila P. Burke MC/MPA 1982
Alan “Scotty” K. Campbell MPA 1949, PhD 1952 (Awarded Posthumously)
Donald Y. Tsang MC/MPA 1982

1999
Linda W. Chapin S&L 1988
Klaus M. Schwab MC/MPA 1967

1998
Ira A. Jackson MC/MPA 1976
Harris M. Mule MC/MPA 1967
Paul N. Ylvisaker MPA 1945, PhD 1948 (Awarded Posthumously)

1997
Mollie H. Beattie S&L 1986, MC/MPA 1991 (Awarded Posthumously)
Ian D. Clark MPP 1972
Paul A. Volcker Jr. HKS 1951

Emerging Global Leader Award

This award recognizes alumni under the age of 40 who have stood out as leaders or catalysts for change and who have made meaningful differences to individuals, organizations, or governments.

Harvard Kennedy School established this honor (formerly known as the Rising Star Award) in 2001. Recipients exemplify the HKS goal of educating enlightened public leaders, generating answers to our most challenging public problems, and taking on complex issues that require entrepreneurial efforts. Nominations come from HKS alumni, faculty, and staff.

Previous Recipients

2019
Kader Kaneye MC/MPA 2017

2018
Dina Buchbinder MC/MPA 2016

2017
Rey Faustino MPP 2012 

2016
Malik Ahmad Jalal MPA/ID 2011

2015
Tarun Cherukuri MPA/ID 2013

2014
Moís Cherem MPP 2009

2013
Ejaj Ahmad MPP 2008

2012
Melodie J. Potts Rosevear MPP 2008

2010
Amit Bouri MPA 2007
Mehmet G. Daimaguler MC/MPA 2005

2003
Raymond M. Jefferson MC/MPA 1989
Nazanin Samari MPP 2002

2002
Jared M. Genser MPP 1998
Jeremy B. Zucker MPP 1997
Gregory H. Zaff MPP 1993

2001
Brett M. Peiser MPP 1996
Claudio Orrego MPP 1995

Julius E. Babbitt Memorial Volunteer Award

Established in 2006, this award recognizes alumni who have made exceptional contributions to the HKS community by volunteering their time, creativity, and energy and by advancing the spirit of volunteerism and service to the School. It honors the memory of Julius Babbitt MC/MPA 2001, a member of the HKS Alumni Board who served as both director of HKS alumni programs and chair of the HKS New England Alumni Network. Nominations come from HKS alumni, faculty, and staff.

Previous Recipients

2019
Michael Koehler MPA 2014

2018
Yasmin Padamsee Forbes MC/MPA 2008

2017
Jen Tutak MPA 2012

2016
Rudy Brioché MPP 2000

2015
Karen Kingsbury MC/MPA 1998

2014
Doug Levine MPA 2008

2013
Wendy Feldman MC/MPA 1989

2012
Joseph A. Rieser Jr. MPP 1974

2011
Akiteru Maruta MC/MPA 2003

2010
Robert Xie MC/MPA 1994

2007
Lisa-Joy Zgorski MPP 1993

Alumni Network Engagement Award

Established in 2015, this award recognizes one Regional Network or Shared Interest Group (SIG) each year that has significantly strengthened the alumni community within its region or affinity group, and advanced the network’s ties with the School. Nominations come from officers of Regional Networks or SIGs on behalf of their network.

Previous Recipients

2019
HKS New York Alumni Network

2018
HKS Alumni Network of the United Arab Emirates

2017
HKS Washington, DC Alumni Network

2016
HKS Alumni Network of the San Francisco Bay Area

2015
HKS New England Alumni Association

HKS Fund Outstanding Alumni Award

Established in 2017, this award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated long-term commitment to the Kennedy School community through their dedicated annual support of any amount. Each year’s recipient, who embodies the power of alumni participation and philanthropy, has shown that gifts of all amounts can have a tremendous impact on students, faculty, and alumni. Individuals are nominated and selected by members of the HKS Fund Executive Council.

Previous Recipients

2019
Jessica Feldman MC/MPA 1989

2018
Mary Kurkjian MPP 1978

2017
Allan Wendt MC/MPA 1967

Digital Innovation Award

This award, established in 2018, recognizes alumni who have clearly defined a problem and provided a solution that includes metrics to measure impact. Solutions should be sustainable and have the potential to scale. They also must include a digital component. While solutions can be early prototypes, they must have been tested with the end-user community. The award will be given to alumni who have created positive change by solving a complex problem using technology. Strong nominations will show how HKS provided either inspiration or resources, or served as a place where nominees generated or matured an idea. Nominations will come from HKS alumni, faculty, and staff. HKS advisers and partners should use good judgment with regard to any potential conflict of interest.

Previous Recipients

2019
Lauren Sager Weinstein MPP 2002