CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs has named Dina Habib Powell, President Trump’s former deputy national security advisor for strategy, as a non-resident senior fellow.

Powell will share her expertise on American foreign policy, the Middle East, and international politics with Kennedy School students, faculty, and fellows in seminars, study groups, and meetings on campus during the coming year. She will contribute to the Future of Diplomacy Project’s objective of advancing the critical importance of diplomacy, addressing national security threats, and focusing on negotiations in international politics today.

“Dina Powell is one of our country’s finest public servants,” said Nicholas Burns, Goodman Family Professor of the practice of diplomacy and international relations and faculty director of the Future of Diplomacy Project. “She was a key figure in the Trump Administration’s Middle East policy and on other leading issues, including the development of the National Security Strategy which outlines the key threats and opportunities facing the United States. She also brings extensive experience from her service in the George W. Bush Administration. Combined with her deep private sector background, Dina will be a source of ideas and inspiration for our students. I look forward to working with her.”

While at the Kennedy School, she will also engage with the Center for Public Leadership, drawing upon her extensive experience as a leader in social innovation.

Prior to joining the Trump administration, Powell spent over a decade at Goldman Sachs where she was a partner and served as global head of the firm’s impact investment business. Earlier in her career, she served in the George W. Bush administration as assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs, deputy under secretary of state for public affairs and public diplomacy, and as assistant to the president for presidential personnel.


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