Today's global challenges require novel approaches and non-traditional alliances that bring together leaders from government, civil society, and business.

The Leadership Council is a network of business, philanthropic, and civic innovators committed to our mission of developing principled, effective public leaders. Leadership Council members contribute to the life of the center through vital financial support and advice grounded in their experience as leaders across sectors. Members of the Leadership Council are invited to join the Council by the center director and often rotate out after a period of time.

Our Mission

The mission of the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) is to inspire and enhance the capacity for principled, effective public leadership in government, politics, civil society, and business.

CPL’s Leadership Council is a network of business, philanthropic, and civic innovators committed to the Center’s mission. Since 2013, Leadership Council members have contributed to the life of the Center and the preparation of our next generation of public leaders through vital thought partnership and financial support grounded in their experience as leaders across sectors.

What are the benefits of Leadership Council membership?

  • Regular updates on CPL’s research agenda and student activity, as well as innovative leadership insights from noted academics and public leaders.
  • Participation in semi-annual Leadership Council meetings and strategy conversations featuring prominent guest speakers and current HKS students and faculty.
  • Special invitations to private Harvard events.
  • Individualized meetings, student engagement, and speaking opportunities at Harvard designed by CPL staff.
  • Esteemed network of global peers committed to collaborative and cross-sector leadership training, development, and practical applications of research.

How are Leadership Council members involved with CPL, HKS, and Harvard University?

  • Provide strategic guidance to Center leadership based on their own expertise as leaders.
  • Serve as ambassadors of the Center and enhance the reach of our ideas through their networks.
  • Help strengthen collaborations for leadership education and research within Harvard and beyond its walls.
  • Guide promising students pursuing careers in government, nonprofits, and the private sector.
  • Enhance the growth of the Leadership Council by connecting CPL and HKS to potential new donors and LC members.
  • Serve as ambassadors of the Center and enhance the reach of our ideas through their networks.

Supporting CPL

Annual gifts from Leadership Council members lay the foundation for philanthropy at CPL. They also provide CPL with the unrestricted resources needed to respond to new opportunities and expand as a global leadership institution. In addition to a commitment to a renewable three-year term and an annual gift, Leadership Council members work closely with CPL to identify additional priorities based on their personal philanthropic interests.

Leadership Council Members

Yousef Al Otaiba

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba

United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States

Mohammed Alardhi photo

Mohammed Alardhi

HKS EE '92 | MC/MPA '04
Investcorp International

Omar Alghanim Photo

Omar Alghanim

MBA ’02
YAKOA Services Limited

Patricia Arvielo Photo

Patricia Arvielo

New American Funding

Gabrielle Bacon photo

Gabrielle Bacon

Marla Malcolm Beck headshot

Marla Malcolm Beck


Josh Bekenstein photo

Josh Bekenstein

MBA ’84
Bain Capital, LP

Nicolas Berggruen

Nicolas Berggruen

Berggruen Institute

Ben Black photo

Ben Black

Fortinbras Enterprises LLP

Joshua Boger headshot

Joshua Boger

MA '75/PhD '79
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated

Nathan Bruschi

Nathan Bruschi

Ex-officio member, Leadership Council
Alumni Council Co-Chair
President and CEO, Anchorwork Inc.

Tushara Dilanie Canekeratne

Tushara Dilanie Canekeratne

Nadastra, Inc.

Chris Galvin photo

Chris Galvin

Blythebourne Capital LLC

Eric Gertler

Eric Gertler

Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
U.S. News & World Report

James Gertler

James Gertler

MBA ’92
Drew Lane Capital, LLC

Headshot of Carol J. Hamilton

Carol J. Hamilton

Group President, Acquisitions, L’Oréal USA
Chair Emerita and Member, Women's Leadership Board, Women and Public Policy Program

Donald Kaberuka photo

Donald Kaberuka

African Union Peace Fund

Richard M. Krasno Photo

Richard M. Krasno

Ladenburg Thalmann

Dina Powell McCormick Photo

Dina Powell McCormick

BDT-MSD Partners

Headshot of Precious Moloi-Motsepe

Precious Moloi-Motsepe

Executive Chairperson, African Fashion International
Member, Women's Leadership Board, Women and Public Policy Program

Randy Peeler Photo

Randy Peeler

Berkshire Partners

David M. Rubenstein photo

David M. Rubenstein

The Carlyle Group

Laurie Melchior Scott Photo

Laurie Melchior Scott

MBA ’89
Laurie Melchior Scott Foundation

Ian Simmons photo

Ian Simmons

Blue Haven Initiative LLC

Graves Tompkins photo

Graves Tompkins

General Atlantic

Clyde C. Tuggle photo

Clyde C. Tuggle

Pine Island Capital Partners

Charlotte Wagner photo

Charlotte Wagner

Wagner Foundation

Hamada Zahawi

Hamada Zahawi

MC/MPA '17
Ex-officio member, Leadership Council
Alumni Council Co-chair
Managing Partner, Veritas Global Advisors LLC