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Chiedza Juru

Master in Public Administration (MPA), Harvard Kennedy School Class of 2023


Chiedza Juru (MPA ’23) was the Co-Chair of the Africa Caucus, a student-led organization at the Harvard Kennedy School that promotes policy engagements and synergies between the Harvard community and Africa.

Under her leadership, the Africa Caucus successfully organized policy seminars and collaborated with the Center for International Development (CID) on the highly-regarded Harvard Africa Development Conference, a student-led conference designed to support Africa's expedited structural transformation by offering a platform that advances intellectual and practical debate and enhances partnerships between governments and investors in rebranding and reshaping Africa in the international development arena. The conference featured His Excellency Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President of Ghana, as the guest of honor and was attended by prominent African leaders including cabinet ministers, industry leaders, and academics.

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Chiedza Juru addresses finance ministers and leaders from Africa at Economic Growth in Africa CID roundtable conversation

In addition to her work with the Africa Caucus, Chiedza organized an Africa Policy Trek, which brought together 64 Harvard Kennedy students and faculty members from 24 different countries to deepen the participants' understanding of African history, governance, and business practices. During the trek, participants met with heads of state, government officials, and business leaders in Ghana and Nigeria. She also held the position of Deputy Editor-in-Chief for the Africa Policy Journal, a student-run scholarly publication that encompasses all the schools of Harvard University and focuses on African policy. In this role, she led a team of policy editors and oversaw the publication of articles on various topics, including education, healthcare, climate change, and business-government.

Chiedza was awarded the Raymond and Josephine Vernon Award for academic distinction and distinguished contribution to the Edward S. Mason Program and Harvard Kennedy School. Chiedza is committed to a career in public service with a focus on promoting access to inclusive and quality education for children in Africa.