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M-RCBG appoints fellows in a variety of programs. In addition to the fellows listed below, please see additional listings here.

Adrien Abecassis | David Alworth | Anthony (Tony) Harding Joshua Horton | Jinlin Li | Asfandyar Nadeem | Brian O’Callaghan | Agni Orfanoudaki | William Overholt | Jonathan Sallet |Peter Tufano Philip Verveer |Tom Wheeler | Richard Yarrow 


photo of adrien abecassisAdrien Abecassis is a career diplomat who served as a European Advisor to the President of France overseeing French policies on bilateral European affairs, as a Speechwriter, and as a Senior Political Advisor to the President coordinating efforts on policy planning. He started his professional career at the Foreign Service as a Policy Officer, then was seconded to a progressive think tank to develop international and research activities. His commentaries have appeared in several news outlets, including Foreign Policy, Le Monde, Le Figaro, Les Echos, the Huffington Post, Le Nouvel Observateur, and on French television. He lectured at the Paris Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences-Po Paris) from 2007 to 2012. A Fellow with the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs from 2017 to 2020 and with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in 2019-2020, he graduated in International Law and Public Administration from the University of Paris Sorbonne and from Sciences-Po Paris. He also holds a Diploma in Arabic Language and Civilization and has lived in Cairo, Egypt, in 2004-2005. His research focus at Harvard is on solar geoengineering. Email: adrien_abecassis@hks.harvard.edu


photo of david alworthDavid Alworth received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and taught in the Division of Humanities at Harvard University prior to joining the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School as a Research Associate. He is the author of Site Reading: Fiction, Art, Social Form (Princeton UP, 2016), which won the Erving Goffman Award from the Media Ecology Association, and The Look of the Book: Jackets, Covers, and Art the Edges of Literature (with Peter Mendelsund, Ten Speed Press, 2020). He is also the editor of the forthcoming Norton Critical Edition of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. His current research focuses on digital ethics, the future of education, and the intersection of technology, culture, and society. Email: david_alworth@hks.harvard.edu


photo of tony hardingAnthony (Tony) Harding is a postdoctoral fellow researching the intersection of innovative technologies and climate policy. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Georgia Institute of Technology, where his research focused on climate and energy economics, and earned a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Math and Physics. His research applies both econometrics and economic modelling to evaluate climate policy and climate impacts. Tony’s most recent work estimates the distribution of economic impacts of solar geoengineering across countries and compares it to the impacts of climate change. His current interests include the design of effective international climate governance structures and the measurement of the value of scientific learning. Email: tonyharding@hks.harvard.edu


Joshua Horton head shot outdoors with beardJoshua Horton is the senior program fellow for solar geoengineering at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. Horton conducts research on geoengineering policy and governance issues, including the regulation of research, liability and compensation, and geopolitics. He previously worked as a clean energy consultant for a global energy consulting firm. His recent publications include “Solar Geoengineering Research on the U.S. Policy Agenda: When Might Its Time Come?,” coauthored with Tyler Felgenhauer and David Keith; “Parametric Insurance for Solar Geoengineering: Insights from the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Financing Initiative,” coauthored with Penehuro Lefale and David Keith; and “Steering and Influence in Transnational Climate Governance: Nonstate Engagement in Solar Geoengineering Research,” coauthored with Barbara Koremenos. Horton holds a PhD in political science from Johns Hopkins University and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. Email: horton@seas.harvard.edu

Jinlin LiJinlin Li is a post-doctoral research fellow, studying venture capital (VC) and entrepreneurship in China and working with Professor Lawrence H. Summers. From 2018 to 2021, Jinlin was a pre-doctoral fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and he received his doctoral degree in economics at Peking University in 2021. At Harvard, Jinlin also works with Professor Robin Greenwood at HBS on research in the Behavioral Finance and Financial Stability Project, and Professor Josh Lerner at HBS on research in the Private Equity Research Institute. As part of the research, Jinlin constructed a comprehensive dataset on China’s venture capital by using various administrative data.  Based on the dataset, he examines the role of VC, especially government VC, on firm dynamics and entrepreneurship. At Peking University, Jinlin assisted Professor Xiaobo Zhang to organize the Enterprise Survey for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in China (ESIEC) during 2014-2018. Email: jinlin_li@hks.harvard.edu


photo of asfy nadeemAsfandyar Nadeem is writing a book profiling the largest Sovereign Wealth Funds in the world, their Chief Executive Officers and their Chairpersons. He is leading this project as part of his role at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government, where he is a Non-Resident Research Associate. Asfandyar is the Founder and Chief Investment officer of Deem Global LLC, an investment management firm which manages portfolios for some of the most prominent investors in the world. Previously, he was the Head of Global Macro Special Opportunities and a Portfolio Manager at Brevan Howard Asset Management from 2014-2020. His periodic writings on financial markets, monetary policy and geopolitics, “Reflections on Markets”, are followed regularly by leading political figures, central bankers and investors. His thesis, “Globalization and Monetary Policy: Cross-Border Effects of US Interest Rate Movements on Developed Market Yield Curves” asserted that the actions of the Federal Reserve and movements of US interest rates were a dominant determinant of global asset prices and was awarded the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize by Martin Feldstein and Kenneth Rogoff. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University and was a “King’s Scholar” and “Captain of the School” at Eton College. Email: anadeem@hks.harvard.edu


Brian O'Callaghan, outdoors, blue sport jacket, white and blue print shirtBrian O’Callaghan advises governments and businesses on accelerating growth while combatting environmental threats like climate change. Brian is Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, Lead of the Oxford University Economic Recovery Project, and Consultant on Energy and the Environment at the Robertson Foundation. Brian is completing his PhD (DPhil) as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, under Prof. Cameron Hepburn. Brian previously worked at the Boston Consulting Group with projects in Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. He holds degrees in Engineering (First Class Honours and the University Medal) and Commerce (Finance and International Business) from the University of Sydney. For governments, Brian’s research considers the economic characteristics of green investment opportunities, particularly in times of economic downturn. For businesses, Brian’s research considers how to win during the climate transitions in energy, industry, aviation, agriculture, and more. At Harvard, Brian is working with Professor Joseph Aldy on COVID-19 economic recovery and related topics. Email:brian_ocallaghan@hks.harvard.edu

photo of agni orfanoudakiAgni Orfanoudaki is a Harvard Data Science Initiative postdoctoral fellow working at the intersection of optimization and machine learning, with applications to healthcare and insurance. Her research explores practical solutions to address real-world industry needs drawn from conversations and requests from clinicians and health organizations, solved in new, creative ways that leverage data-driven analytics techniques. She has collaborated with multiple institutions, including a major medical society, an international reinsurance company, and more than seven hospitals from the US and Europe. She is going to join Oxford University in September 2021 as an Associate Professor of Operations Management at the Saïd Business School and as a Fellow at Exeter College. She received a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), under the supervision of Prof. Dimitris Bertsimas. Before joining MIT, she was a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company and earned a BS in Management Science and Technology from the Athens University of Economics and Business. Email: agni_orfanoudaki@hks.harvard.edu

William H. OverholtWilliam H. Overholt, Senior Research Fellow: William H. Overholt has been a Senior Research Fellow or Senior Fellow in Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and previously the Harvard Asia Center since 2008. During 2013-15 he also served as President of the Fung Global Institute in Hong Kong. His career includes 16 years doing policy research at think tanks and 21 years running investment bank research teams. Previously he held the Asia Policy Distinguished Research Chair at RAND’s California headquarters and was Director of the Center for Asia Pacific Policy; concurrently he was Visiting Professor at Shanghai Jiaodong University and, earlier, Distinguished Visiting Professor at Korea’s Yonsei University. During 21 years in investment banking, he served as Head of Strategy and Economics at Nomura’s regional headquarters in Hong Kong from 1998 to 2001, and as Managing Director and Head of Research at Bank Boston's regional headquarters in Singapore. For Bankers Trust, he ran a country risk team in New York from 1980 to 1984, then was regional strategist and Asia research head based in Hong Kong from 1985 to 1998. At Hudson Institute from 1971 to 1979, Dr. Overholt directed planning studies for the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of State, National Security Council, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Council on International Economic Policy. As Director of Hudson Research Services, he also did strategic planning for corporations. Dr. Overholt has published eight books, including China’s Crisis of Success (Cambridge University Press, 2018); Renminbi Rising: The Emergence of a New Global Monetary System (Wiley, 2016) and Asia, America and the Transformation of Geopolitics (Cambridge University Press, 2007); The Rise of China (W.W. Norton, 1993; and (with William Ascher) Strategic Planning and Forecasting (John Wiley, 1983). He is principal co-author of: Asia's Nuclear Future (Westview Press, 1976) and The Future of Brazil (Westview Press, 1978). With Zbigniew Brzezinski, he founded the periodical Global Assessment in 1976 and edited it until 1988. Dr. Overholt received his B.A. (magna, 1968) from Harvard and his Master of Philosophy (1970) and Ph.D. (1972) from Yale. Email: williamoverholt@fas.harvard.edu


Jon Sallet sport jacket, open collared light blue shirt, smilingJonathan Sallet currently serves as a special assistant attorney general for the State of Colorado. Prior governmental service includes an appointment as general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, deputy assistant attorney general for litigation in the antitrust division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and director of the Office of Policy & Strategic Planning for the U.S. Department of Commerce. His publications concentrate on antitrust issues, including Louis Brandeis: A Man for This Season, 16 Colo. Tech. L.J. 365 (2018), and, with Professor Nancy Rose, The Dichotomous Treatment of Efficiencies in Horizontal Mergers: Too Much? Too Little? Getting it Right, 168 U Penn L. Rev. 1941 (2020), which has been named a winner of the 2021 Jerry S. Cohen Award for Antitrust Scholarship. Jonathan Sallet is a Senior Research Fellow at M-RCBG where he will contribute to a seminar series on Big Tech, global tech policy and tech regulation, while collaborating on a paper on related topics. Email: jsallet@hks.harvard.edu

 Peter Tufano headshot, suit jacket, dark background, slight smilePeter Tufano is the Peter Moores Professor of Finance at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.  He served as the Peter Moores Dean of the School from 2011 to 2021.   For 2021-22, he is a Visiting Scholar at M-RCBG at HKS and a Visiting Professor at HBS.  Peter was a Professor at HBS from 1989-2011, where he oversaw the school’s tenure and promotion processes, campus planning, and university relations. He advised the University on financial and real estate matters. He was the founding co-chair of the Harvard i-lab. Peter’s research has focused on financial innovation and financial engineering—and for more than two decades, household finance.  With HKS Prof. Danny Schneider he is studying the recently enhanced federal Child Tax Credit.  He has been studying corporate adoption of ESG practices as part of the Ownership Project at Oxford, and is launching a broader climate finance agenda, including the creation of Business Schools for Climate Leadership. He is studying leadership transitions where leaders have fiduciary duties. As Dean, Peter championed the mission of making business, business schools, and entrepreneurship forces for justice and systems change, re-orienting the School around global challenges while transforming the gender and global composition of the class.  This orientation, along with his approach of “embedding” the School within the broader University, produced the 1+1 MBA programme; the required Global Opportunities and Threats: Oxford (GOTO) course; its global analogue, Map the System; the Engaging with the Humanities Programme; the Oxford Foundry;  Oxford’s joining of the Creative Destruction Lab, its Aspen-Oxford Leadership Programme, and more. Peter founded and chairs Commonwealth, a non-profit building financial security and opportunity for financially vulnerable people through innovation and partnerships to change systems.  Their work includes tax-time savings, financial entertainment, workplace emergency saving, and prize-linked savings.  Their work contributed to the passage of the American Savings Promotion Act in December 2014, which removed federal barriers to the sale of prize-linked savings products. Peter earned his AB in economics (summa cum laude), MBA (with high distinction) and PhD in Business Economics at Harvard University.  He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and recently earned GARP’s certification in Sustainability and Climate Risk.  Email: ptufano@hbs.edu


Philip Verveer headshot, suite with red and white tie and cityscape behind himPhilip L. Verveer is a Senior Research Fellow at M-RCBG where he will contribute to a seminar series on Big Tech, global tech policy and tech regulation, while collaborating on a paper on related topics. He holds a joint appointment as a Senior Fellow at HKS’ Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. Philip Verveer has practiced communications and antitrust law in the government and in private law firms for nearly five decades. Government service included positions as Senior Counselor to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler (2013-2017) and Ambassador and US Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy (2009-2013).  Earlier in his career, Phil served as an antitrust prosecutor in the Department of Justice and FTC and as Chief of three Federal Communications Bureaus.  Between 1973 and 1977, he served as the Antitrust Division’s first lead counsel in the investigation and prosecution of United States v. AT&T, the case that eventuated in the divestiture of the Bell System. As a Bureau Chief at the FCC (1978-81), he participated in a series of decisions that enabled increased competition in video and telephone services, introduced asymmetric telecommunications regulation, and limited regulation of information services. In 1979, he became a charter member of the United States Government’s Senior Executive Service and in 1980 received the Distinguished Presidential Rank award. In between government service, he engaged in private law practice in Washington, DC for nearly thirty years, principally as a partner in the New York firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. He served in the United States Army as a Captain, Military Intelligence, principally at 8th U.S. Army Headquarters, Seoul, Korea. Email: philip_verveer@hks.harvard.edu
Tom Wheeler looking up and to the side, smilingTom Wheeler is a businessman and author and was Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2013 to 2017. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at M-RCBG where he will contribute to a seminar series on Big Tech, global tech policy and tech regulation, while collaborating on a paper on related topics. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution and holds a joint appointment as a Senior Fellow at HKS’ Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy . For over four decades, Wheeler has been involved with new telecommunications networks and services. At the FCC he led the efforts that resulted in the adoption of Net Neutrality, privacy protections for consumers, and increased cybersecurity, among other policies. As an entrepreneur, he started or helped start multiple companies offering innovative cable, wireless and video communications services. He is the only person to be selected to both the Cable Television Hall of Fame and the Wireless Hall of Fame, a fact President Obama joked made him “the Bo Jackson of telecom.” Tom Wheeler’s newest book is From Gutenberg to Google: The History of Our Future (Brookings Press, 2019). He is also the author of Take Command: Leadership Lessons from the Civil War (Doubleday, 2000), and Mr. Lincoln’s T-Mails: The Untold Story of How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War (HarperCollins, 2006). Email: thomas_wheeler@hks.harvard.edu

Richard Yarrow in a blue shirt, smilingRichard Yarrow is a fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center. He was recently a fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and previously the Harvard University Archives, where he ran a university-wide faculty oral history program. His research focuses on science, economics, and political thought in modern China and Germany. Yarrow has also worked or studied at think tanks across the political spectrum including the Center for American Progress, Urban Institute, and American Enterprise Institute. He studied intellectual history and philosophy at Harvard University, where he received the Sophia Freund Prize. His faculty sponsor is Lawrence Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor. Email: ryarrow@fas.harvard.edu