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Current Senior Fellows: 2020-2021

 Marlene Amstad | Camilla Cavendish | George ChouliarakisJeffrey Fuhrer | Megan Greene | Thomas J. Healey | Sajid Javid | Jo Johnson | Ranch Kimball |Patrick  Okigbo | Ioana Petrescu | Yair Pines | Christof Rühl Eric Salama Alexandra SchweitzerMerav Shaviv Wake Smith Philippe Tordoir 


Marlene Amstad headshotMarlene Amstad is economics and finance professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, the Co-Director of its Fintech Center at the Shenzhen Finance Institute and serves as Vice-Chair of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA). As the former deputy director at the Swiss National Bank she headed the investment strategy and financial market analysis unit.  Marlene also worked at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Credit Suisse and the Swiss Economic Institute. She served as adviser to over ten Asian central banks and coordinated the Asian Bond Fund (ABF) initiative of EMEAP (Executives' Meeting of East Asia-Pacific Central Banks). Marlene regularly holds research fellowships at central banks, most recently with the Bank of Japan, Bank of Finland and BIS and is a fellow at ABFER (Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research). Marlene’s research focuses on international finance and monetary economics. Her research is published in refereed and policy-oriented journals. She is the coeditor of “Central Bank Digital Currency and Fintech in Asia” with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) covering contributions by eight Asian central banks, IMF, BIS and Luohan Academy. Her latest book is “The Handbook of China’s Financial System” including banking, bonds, the stock market, asset management, the pension system, and financial technology (forthcoming Nov 2020, in Princeton Press).  Marlene is an expert in developing new economic indicators based on big data for policy makers and investors. Working at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, she created the “Fed New York staff underlying inflation gauge (UIG)” which is published monthly. She built a quantitative credit rating system for corporate clients at Credit Suisse, and at Swiss Economic Institute a recession indicator based on company surveys. As a Senior Fellow at M-RCBG, her research will be on data innovation and financial regulation. Her faculty sponsor is Ken Rogoff, Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics at Harvard University. Email: marleneamstad@hks.harvard.edu


Camilla Cavendish.jpgCamilla Cavendish is an award-winning journalist and commentator who sits as an independent peer, Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice, in the UK House of Lords. She is the author of Extra Time: Ten Lessons for an Ageing World, published by Harper Collins May 2019. She was a senior advisor to Prime Minister David Cameron, as Head of the Policy Unit in Number Ten Downing Street. She received her MA from Oxford University in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and her MPA from the Kennedy School, where she was a Kennedy Memorial Trust Scholar. She has expertise on a wide-range of policy issues, including healthcare. She was the author of the Cavendish Review, An Independent Review into Healthcare Assistants and Support Workers in the NHS and social care settings, commissioned by the UK Government in 2013. She has been a Non-Executive Director of the Care Quality Commission, the UK’s hospital and care home regulator. She is best known as the author of the UK government’s “sugar tax” on sugary drinks, announced in 2016 to counter obesity, and for her work on child protection. As Assistant Editor and OpEd columnist for The Times newspaper, her campaign to expose miscarriages of justice in family courts convinced the Brown government to legislate, to open those courts to the media. She is the recipient of the Paul Foot/Private Eye award for investigative journalism; Campaigning Journalist of the Year and Wincott Senior Financial Journalist.  She is published regularly in The Sunday Times and The Financial Times, appears regularly on BBC and ITV television, and has presented programmes for BBC Radio 4 on topics including the age divide and air pollution. She is chair of Frontline, a pioneering non-profit which recruits and trains high performing graduates to be social workers. She started her career at McKinsey & Co and went on to be CEO of a public-private joint venture which regenerated London’s south bank area. As a Senior Fellow, her research is entitled: The coming demographic challenge, the emergence of the “Super Old”, and the need for new conceptual frameworks. Her faculty sponsor is Jeff Liebman, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy. Email: camilla_cavendish@hks.harvard.edu


George Chouliarakis head and shoulders wearing a dark blue suit with matching tie, jacket unbuttoned, outside w/ blurred background.George Chouliarakis was the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers of Greece from February 2015 to July 2019 and the Alternate Minister of Finance of Greece - responsible for fiscal policy, the government budget, medium-term fiscal strategy, and public debt – from August 2015 to July 2019. From May to August 2015 he served as head of the technical negotiations for Greece that led to the Third Economic Adjustment Programme, an agreement that prevented Greece’s disorderly exit from the European Monetary Union. He subsequently served as interim Finance Minister in the run up to the elections of September 2015. Since then and until the parliamentary elections of July 7th, 2019, he had a pivotal role in guiding the economy through one of the most challenging times in its modern history. He oversaw the design and successful implementation of the fiscal consolidation program 2015-2018, which restored fiscal policy credibility and enabled Greece to regain market access. He also conducted the technical negotiations for Greece that led to the vital debt relief agreement of June 2018. He served as a member of the Eurogroup Working Group (EWG), an alternate member of the Eurogroup, a member of the Board of Directors of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), and a member of the Economic Policy Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Prior to assuming his policy-making duties, he taught macroeconomics, international economics and economic history as a tenured faculty member of the University of Manchester and, previously, of the University of Essex. He holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Athens, an MSc in Economics from the University of London and a PhD in Economics from the University of Warwick. As a Senior Fellow, his research will focus on the role of fiscal policy in coping with future large shocks (project title: Preparing for future shocks: lessons from the global financial crisis for fiscal policy and the EMU). His faculty sponsor is Jason Furman, Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. His email is:  gchouliarakis@hks.harvard.edu


Jeff Fuhrer head and shoulders smiling against Michael Mazur paintings "Rise" and "Fall"Jeffrey (Jeff) Fuhrer was Executive Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston until stepping down at the start of 2020. He oversaw and then served as an advisor to the Bank’s regional and community outreach department and was responsible for the Bank’s diversity and inclusion functions. He has been an associate economist of the Federal Open Market Committee, and regularly attended this key U.S. policymaking meeting with the Bank’s president. In June 1992 he joined the Bank’s research department as an assistant vice president and economist, and from 1995–2001 headed its Open Economy Macro/International section. In 2000 Fuhrer was named senior vice president and monetary policy advisor, in 2001 he became director of research, and in 2006 he was named executive vice president.  Fuhrer began his career at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, first as a research assistant, and then in 1985 returned as a senior economist after earning his doctorate. He has been active in economic research for more than three decades and has served as an associate editor for the American Economic Review. Fuhrer has published numerous scholarly papers on the interactions among monetary policy, inflation, consumer spending, and asset prices. He has been married for 39 years and has three grown children. Fuhrer earned an A.B. in economics with highest honors from Princeton University, and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. While at HKS, Jeff Fuhrer will pursue a research project, Issues in Monetary Policy Framework Design. His faculty sponsor is Karen Dynan, Professor of the Practice in the Department of Economics at the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences. His email is:  jeffrey_fuhrer@hks.harvard.edu


Megan Greene headshotMegan Greene has been a leading voice in global macroeconomics on both sides of the Atlantic for the past 15 years. She was previously the Global Chief Economist at Manulife/John Hancock Asset Management, where she was responsible for forecasting global macro trends and providing analysis to support the firm’s investment teams around the world. Prior to working at Manulife, Megan ran her own London-based economics consulting practice, Maverick Intelligence, serving global private sector clients as well as a number of governments and central banks. Megan cut her teeth as an international economist by covering Europe through the depths of the euro crisis, first at the Economist Intelligence Unit and then running the European research team at Roubini Global Economics. She first became renowned for her coverage of the euro crisis in 2008, when she correctly predicted a Greek government bailout and eventual debt write down. A leading expert on the euro crisis, her views were widely sought on the German, Irish, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Cypriot and German economies as well. Additionally, she advised both the UK House of Commons and House of Lords on the Brexit referendum. Megan writes a monthly column on global economics for the Financial Times and has written frequently for Politico, Bloomberg View and Foreign Affairs. She regularly appears as an expert on global macroeconomics on Bloomberg TV and radio, CNBC, CNN, NPR, the BBC and Sky News. She is a member of the board of directors of the National Association for Business Economists, the Parliamentary Budget Office in Ireland, Rebuilding Macroeconomics and Econofact. Megan is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves as an Affiliate of the Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance at Brown University, a Non-Resident Fellow at Trinity College Dublin and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund. She was the first female member of the centuries-old International Club of Business Economists and has taught seminars on sovereign debt crises and global macroeconomics at Princeton University, Brown University, the European University Institute and Trinity College Dublin. She regularly advises governments and central banks in the US, UK, eurozone and Japan. She holds BA in Political Economy from Princeton University and a MSc in European Studies from Nuffield College, Oxford University. As a Senior Fellow, her research is entitled, Narrowing the Gap: Theory vs Reality for Drivers of Inequality. Her faculty sponsor is Karen Dynan, Professor of the Practice of Economics at the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Email: megan_greene@hks.harvard.edu*


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Thomas J. Healey is a Partner at Healey Development LLC. He recently co-edited a book on the financial crisis based on papers presented at an M-RCBG conference. He was formerly adjunct lecturer at the Kennedy School, where he taught the course in Financial Institutions and Markets. He joined Goldman, Sachs & Co. in 1985 to create the Real Estate Capital Markets Group, and founded the Pension Services Group in 1990. He became a Partner in 1988, a Managing Director in 1996, and remains a Senior Director of Goldman Sachs. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Healey served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for Domestic Finance under President Ronald Reagan. Before joining the U.S. Treasury, he spent eight years at Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc., where he was head of the Corporate Finance Department. Healey has served on the U.S. Department of Labor's ERISA Advisory Council, and was a Presidentially-appointed Director of the Securities Industry Protection Corporation. He is Chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation Investment Committee and is actively involved with other charitable institutions. Healey graduated from Georgetown University in 1964 and Harvard Business School in 1966. His research explores issues related to financial regulation. His faculty sponsor is Roger Porter, IBM Professor of Business and Government. Email: thomas_healey@hks.harvard.edu 


Sajid Javid headshotThe Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP is a British Member of Parliament and former Chancellor of the Exchequer of the United Kingdom. He served in the Cabinet of three Prime Ministers as the Secretary of State for five different Departments, including the Treasury and Home Office. Before going into politics he worked in business and finance, latterly as a senior Managing Director for Deutsche Bank. Sajid was born in Rochdale, England. He was the first of his family to win a place at University, attending Exeter to read Economics and Politics. He is married to Laura and they are proud parents of four children. Sajid started his career at Chase Manhattan Bank NA in 1991, first in London and then in New York. Aged 25, he was made a Vice President. In 2000, he joined Deutsche Bank in London to help build its business in emerging markets. As a senior Managing Director, Sajid moved to Singapore with Deutsche Bank in 2006 to run its credit trading, commodities, convertibles and principal finance businesses in Asia.  He also served as a board member of Deutsche Bank International (Asia) Limited. Sajid left Deutsche Bank in the summer of 2009 to give back through public service. He was elected as a Member of Parliament in the United Kingdom for the constituency of Bromsgrove in 2010, and has been re-elected three times since. Sajid served as Economic Secretary and Financial Secretary before joining the UK Cabinet in 2014 as the Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport, the first of his intake to join the Cabinet, and the first ethnic minority MP to become a Secretary of State in British history. In 2015 he was appointed Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade.  In 2016, Sajid was appointed Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. In 2018, he became Home Secretary, one of the four Great Offices of State, and took on responsibility for the UK’s internal affairs, national security, borders and immigration policy. In 2019, Sajid was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer, responsible for all the UK’s economic and financial matters. He resigned from that office in February 2020. Sajid has served on the UK’s National Security Council for over 3 years.  He is a member for life of Her Majesty’s Privy Council. As a Senior Fellow Sajid will research the lessons to be learned by governments and business from the COVID-19 pandemic and how they can be used to better prepare for future high-impact low-probability events.  His faculty sponsor is Richard Zeckhauser, the Frank P. Ramsey Professor of Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School.  Email:  sajidjavid@hks.harvard.edu


Jo Jonson wearing dark blue eye glasses, smiling, with blurred backgroundRt Hon Jo Johnson is a President’s Professorial Fellow at King’s College London and Chairman of TES Group, owner of the Times Educational Supplement and a leading peer-to-peer marketplace for teacher resources, recruitment and software services. A Member of Parliament between 2010-2019, Jo represented the south-east London constituency of Orpington for the Conservative Party. Over this period, he more than quadrupled his majority and, in 2017, secured the highest vote share (63%) in more than sixty years. He served as a senior Government Minister under three successive Prime Ministers, including as Head of the No10 Downing Street Policy Unit and Minister of State in the Cabinet Office; Minister of State for Transport; Minister for London; and Minister of State, attending Cabinet, for Universities, Science & Innovation. He introduced the Higher Education and Research Act 2017, a major piece of legislation which created a new regulator, the Office for Students, and established a mechanism (the Teaching Excellence Framework) to make universities more accountable for teaching quality and student outcomes. The Act also created a national strategic research agency, UK Research and Innovation. Before entering Parliament, he was an award-winning journalist at the Financial Times, where over 13 years he reported from over 20 countries in various senior roles, including Contributing Editor, Associate Editor, Head of the Lex Column, South Asia Bureau Chief and Paris Correspondent. Co-author of The Man who Tried to Buy the World (Penguin, 2003) and co-editor of Reconnecting Britain and India: Ideas for an Enhanced Partnership (Academic Foundation, 2011), he has a first class degree from Oxford University in Modern History and an MBA from INSEAD. He is a life member of the Privy Council; a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation; and a Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. He is married to Guardian journalist and author Amelia Gentleman. They live in London and have two children. While at Harvard Kennedy School, Jo will pursue a research project, “Global Britain”. His faculty sponsor is Jason Furman, Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. His email is: jojohnson@hks.harvard.edu


Ranch Kimball headshotRanch Kimball has a broad perspective on the intersection of company leadership, urban policies and economic development, and the connections with innovation, basic science and with the regulated government environment.  His business career included long service as a partner at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) on 3 continents, then running the private equity firm Kissinger McLarty Capital Group. Later, he was Governor Mitt Romney’s Secretary of Economic Development in Massachusetts, then served as President and CEO of a Harvard research hospital, COO of a college, and was a Managing Director at the world’s largest innovation center for start-ups.  He has toured and worked with over 100 innovation districts around the U.S. and internationally.  As a corporate and board leader, Ranch has served on 16 boards, ranging from publicly-traded companies to universities, museums, and multiple public-entity boards. He has chaired eight of those boards. While a Senior Fellow at M-RCBG, Ranch will work on a research project, A Quantitative Approach to Creating Successful, Diverse, and Inclusive Innovation Districts in American Cities. His Faculty sponsor is Edward Glaeser, the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. 


 Ioana Petrescu headshotIoana Petrescu is a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Ash Center at the Harvard Kennedy School. Dr. Petrescu is a former Romanian Finance Minister. While minister, she pursued policies to cut tax evasion and tax avoidance, promote financial transparency, improve tax compliance, lower the tax burden for businesses and keep fiscal discipline. She also served in the government as an economic adviser to the prime minister and head of his delivery unit, where she monitored the implementation of the prime minister’s priorities in procurement, employment, energy and tax compliance. She is an international consultant on issues such as tax reform, central government delivery and local public services and runs the Center for Leadership and Innovation at the National School of Political Science and Public Administration in Bucharest. In the past, she also served as an expert for the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels. She was an Assistant Professor at University of Maryland and she holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard. She published in various academic journals and newspapers. Her 2017 book, Essays in Taxation and International Relations, analyzes issues such as flat taxation and government revenues. Ioana’s research project, Democracy and Delivery: The Devil is in the Details, explores good practices in the delivery of public goods and services in new democracies characterized by corruption and clientelism, low paid bureaucrats, poor institutions, frequent political turnover, unclear legislation, and little transparency. Her faculty sponsor is Jeffrey Frankel, James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth at Harvard Kennedy School. Email: ioanapetrescu@hks.harvard.edu


Patrick Okigbo III headshotPatrick O. Okigbo III is the Founder of Nextier, a public policy advisory firm and think-tank, focused on improving governance and development outcomes in Africa.  Patrick started his career in Nigeria in 1998 with Diamond Bank Plc. before joining Accenture where he worked with financial services clients across West Africa.  He was part of the team that advised on the first electronic payment processing platform in Nigeria. Patrick joined the Management Associate Programme at Citigroup in New York City in 2003 and worked in different capacities including providing services to the U.S. government.  He left Citigroup as a Vice President in 2007 to join Transcorp Plc. in Nigeria as the Chief Financial Officer.  He led efforts to restructure the firm’s finances and to start-up two new ventures in agro-processing and hospitality.  In 2010, Patrick served as a Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria; focused on reforming the country’s electricity industry.  In 2011, he founded Nextier.  The firm works with major government institutions and international development programmes.  It is the local implementing partner on the two largest infrastructure-focused development programmes in Nigeria.  It has grants from top foundations (MacArthur Foundation and Open Society Initiative for West Africa) to its support research and advocacy activities. Patrick has a Bachelor of Agriculture degree from the University of Nigeria, an MBA from Emory University, and an Executive Masters in Public Administration from the London School of Economics.  He sits on the board of Tenece, a technology services firm with operations in four African countries and Dubai.  He is a Global Advisor to Energy for Growth Hub, a Washington D.C.-based energy solutions institution.  Patrick serves on several government committees and trusted advisor to several public officials.  He writes a regular blog on public policy and is widely published in newspapers.  Patrick is married to Awele and they are blessed with four children. As a Senior Fellow, Patrick’s research will be on Rebuilding the Falling House: Technology Innovations and Africa’s Renaissance.  His faculty sponsor is John Haigh, Co-Director, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, and Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Email:  pokigbo@hks.harvard.edu


Yair Pines headshotYair Pines is Deputy Director & Business Division Manager at the Israel Land Authority (ILA). The ILA is the government agency responsible for managing land in Israel, 93% of which it controls. In past senior positions in the Ministry of Finance’s (MoF) Budget Division (parallel to the US OMB), Yair, as Deputy Commissioner of Budgets, was instrumental in formulating policy for social ministries and in drawing up budgets of c. 200 billion shekels. His special interest lay in working to remove imbalances between private and public medicine, in alleviating poverty and a lack of socio-economic mobility among the most underprivileged and integrating them into Israel’s thriving economy, particularly people living in the country’s geo-social periphery, Israeli Arabs and the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. He led on a number of government initiatives, in particular making more land available for its flagship Homebuyer’s Lottery Program and incentivizing developers to enter the public housing segment. In previous executive roles, Yair worked closely with all strata of government and in many cases represented the MoF in governmental committees on public policy. Also at the MoF, Yair coordinated real estate and planning domain budgets between the ILA, the national planning authority, and the government housing authority. His central role in prompting and implementing comprehensive reform of planning and construction licensing, and in cementing agreements between public and private entities, set the ball rolling in many of the most important national infrastructure projects now under construction in the country. Before turning his attention and his passion to social policy, Yair spent several years in the private sector, including with CPA firm PwC. His MA in Law and BA in Economics-Accounting are both from Bar-Ilan University. As a Senior Fellow, Yair aims to examine international experience on affordable housing and socio-urban development policies in order to create a more inclusive economy and promote reforms needed in Israel. His faculty sponsor is Tarek Masoud, Professor of Public Policy and Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations at Harvard Kennedy School. Email: yairpines@hks.harvard.edu


Headshot photo of Christoph RuehlChristof Rühl is an internationally renowned economist, specializing in macroeconomics and energy economics. He has a succinct track record in business, economic policy advice and academia, and is published and quoted widely in his fields. His most recent commercial expertise is in energy, specifically oil and gas, and in asset allocation, focused on global macro and geopolitical trends. He combines more than 20 years of experience in senior positions in world class companies.  From 2014-18 Christof served as Global Head of Research at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, creating and managing ADIA’s first global research team to provide economic, energy and geopolitical analysis to the Fund. Earlier, he was Group Chief Economist and Vice President of BP plc (2005-14), credited with a significant contribution to the global debate on energy, climate change, and the various links between energy and economic development. Christof joined BP from the world of global economic policy, having served at the World Bank (1998–2005) - including as the Bank’s Chief Economist in Russia and in Brazil - and at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD, 1996-98). He started his career as an academic economist, first as a Research Associate at the Universities of Bremen and Hohenheim in Germany; and from 1991-96, as an Assistant Professor at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). Christof is a sought after lecturer and public speaker. He currently serves as independent board director and as a global advisor of companies in energy, banking and private equity. He is a German national. While an M-RCBG Senior Fellow, Christof's research will center on energy policy. His faculty sponsor is William Hogan, Raymond Plank Research Professor of Global Energy Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. Email: christof_ruehl@hks.harvard.edu


Eric Salama speaking in front of an audienceEric Salama is a global business leader with a track record of transformation.  He has recently stepped down as CEO of Kantar, one of the world’s leading research, insight, data and consulting companies after leading its carve-out from WPP and a sale of a majority stake to Bain Capital.  During his 18 years as CEO the business grew to over $4bn of revenue, 30k employees, operating in all markets around the world and working with major multinationals and local giants – clients and partners such as Google, Facebook,  Alibaba, Globo, BBC, Yilli, ITC, JBS, Coke, Unilever, Loreal, VW, Group M, Omnicom.  The business is unique in combining survey and behavioural data at scale around the world and by 2020 had moved from being a collection of agency brands to going to market under a single brand and with a single P&L, Kantar. Prior to Kantar Eric served on the main board of WPP for almost a decade as the CEO of wpp.com and the Head of Strategy, working as part of the team which built it into the largest marketing services company in the world. Eric has served as a Trustee of the British Museum, a Director of UK Government Department DFID and a Governor of Birkbeck College London.  On 1st July he will become Chair of leading UK Charity Comic Relief.  He has presented extensively around the world in Government and Parliamentary forums, public conferences and client events.  He was both a Chairman and a juror at Cannes Lions Festivals of Advertising. He worked for the Labour Party Front Bench Team on Foreign Affairs 1983-6, was appointed by Tony Blair to the UK Government Creative Industries Task Force in 1997 and served as an advisor to Gordon Brown in his roles as Chancellor of the Exchequer and Prime Minister from 2000 to 2010. While a Senior Fellow at M-RCBG, Eric will conduct work on data usage and data privacy with his project, Shaping the World’s Newest Human Right. His faculty advisor is Jim Waldo, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard. Email: Ericsalama@hks.harvard.edu


Alexandra Schweitzer headshotAlexandra Schweitzer is expert at leading complex new ventures and transformation initiatives from strategy through successful execution.  She combines entrepreneurial passion and drive with the ability to navigate through large organizations and alliances, balancing mission and business discipline.  Her systems perspective is grounded in deep senior leadership experience as a P&L owner, a product portfolio manager, a client services executive, and the head of departments and teams with multi-million-dollar budgets.  Her health care sector experience spans payers, providers, state government, and specialized analytics and managed care organizations. Population health strategist and builder:  Alexandra has built and led value-based integrated systems of care, including tools to address social determinants of health, in innovative accountable care and provider-payer organizations, including: i) A “partnership model” Medicaid ACO under the new Massachusetts delivery system reform program; ii) Iora Health, a venture capital-backed startup nationally known for its relationship-driven, technology-enabled care model, predominantly for Medicare Advantage members; and iii) The Tufts Health Plan Senior Care Options (SCO) program for dual eligible seniors, which she built and ran.  Practical strategic planner:  As a business leader, a consultant, and a hands-on not-for-profit board member, Alexandra has led the development of numerous mission-critical strategic plans.  She emphasizes broad input from stakeholders, alignment of mission and financial goals, and a strong focus on execution to achieve results. Innovative board leader:  Alexandra is the Board President of Goddard House, an assisted living residence in Brookline, MA, where she is driving a major organizational transformation to develop innovative programs serving isolated seniors in the Greater Boston community.  As a LeadingAge board member, she initiated and led a cross-sector workgroup to promote tightly-integrated programs using affordable senior housing as a platform for health.  She was the Board Vice Chair of the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston and led their strategic planning committee. Alexandra has a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. in English and American Literature from Brandeis University.  A lifelong learner, she has completed an executive MBA at Columbia University and certificates in strategic selling, large account management, and project management. Her research project as a senior fellow is entitled, Addressing Social Determinants of Health: Why Some Initiatives Thrive and Others Don’t. Her faculty sponsor is Dutch Leonard, George F. Baker, Jr. Professor of Public Management at Harvard Kennedy School, and Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Email: aschweitzer@hks.harvard.edu


Merav Shaviv headshotMerav Shaviv was employed as Deputy Director General in the Council for Higher Education (CHE) in Israel from 2003 until 2019, first as Deputy Director General for Budgeting, and then as Deputy Director general for Planning and Policy. Through her positions she participated in the formulation of multi-year strategic plans for the Israeli higher education system. She also initiated and took part in establishing policies and programs in many key areas, including increasing access to the higher education for minorities, a new program for making higher education accessible in the periphery of Israel, a program for raising the number of students in high tech degrees, an evaluation of the need for new faculty in medicine, a reexamination of the structure of the higher education system, and more. As part of her duty, Merav was involved with many professional committees including the strategic forum of the Israeli government in the Ministry of the Prime Minister of Israel, interministerial committees on the changing job market, interdisciplinary forum for research infrastructure, and more. From 1995 to 2003, Merav was employed at the Budget Division of the Ministry of Finance in charge of the Labor and Social Affairs Budgets. In that position, she mainly initiated and led broad structural reforms in the labor market, including a new regulation to bring the unemployed back into the workforce (similar to the “Wisconsin Work” program) and a new regulation for reducing the scale of employment of foreign workers in Israel. Merav holds a BA in Economic and Statistics from the Hebrew University and MBA in Business Administration from Bar-Ilan University. As a Senior Fellow her research will focus on the accessibility of Israeli Arabs to Higher Education system, a holistic program which she formulated and which has thus far been a great success, and which will hopefully have a profound positive success on Israeli society at large. Her faculty sponsors are Tarek Masoud, Professor of Public Policy and Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations at Harvard Kennedy School, and Richard Light, Professor of Teaching and Learning at Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Email: mshaviv@hks.harvard.edu


Wake Smith wearing a glen plaid jacket and blue t-shirt in front of shelves of booksWake Smith is a Lecturer in Yale College, where he teaches an undergraduate survey course on geoengineering.  As a Senior Fellow at the M-RCBG, he conducts research on the practical aspects of solar geoengineering deployment, including aerosol lofting tactics, financing requirements, and organizational structure.  He finished his business career as a Senior Industry Partner at New State Capital Partners, a New York based middle market private equity firm.  He previously led the buyout of Pemco World Air Services, a global leader in aircraft modifications, where he served as both President and Chairman.  Former positions included Chief Operating Officer of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, and President of the training division of Boeing.  He started his aviation career as a bankruptcy consultant, advising on the restructurings of Pan Am, TWA, Continental, Eastern Airlines, and America West among others.  He holds a BA in History from Yale and an MBA from Harvard.  His faculty sponsor is Joseph Aldy, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Email: ​wakesmith@hks.harvard.edu ​*


Philippe Tordoir headshot in front of whimsical paintingPhilippe Tordoir is a senior executive with general, finance, and business development managerial experience, in international settings, both at headquarters and operational levels, in the energy sector. He is currently Head of Acquisitions, Investments and Financial Advisory in charge of North America, Brazil, the Middle East, Africa and the regulated natural gas business in France for ENGIE. ENGIE is a French-based global energy leader, 170 000 employees, focusing on accelerating the zero-carbon transition by providing turnkey low carbon, energy-efficient solutions and services to global companies and local authorities. During his 15-year experience with ENGIE, he held several senior positions, including CEO of hydro power plants in Bolivia, CFO of a major electric utility in Peru, Board member of ENGIE companies in Chile and as a Director of Business Development Oversight, overseeing global investments of the Group. Before joining ENGIE, he served in several positions at ABB, a global technology supplier for utilities, industry, transportation and infrastructure. He graduated with a degree in electrical-mechanical engineering and a Master of Engineering in Electric Power Systems from Université de Liège in Belgium, a Master of Science in Thermal Power from Cranfield University in the UK, and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US. As an M-RCBG Senior Fellow, his research will focus on a framework for utilities and government to think about the role of natural gas in the electricity / heat generation mix for the medium and long term. His faculty sponsor is William Hogan, Raymond Plank Research Professor of Global Energy Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.   Email: philippe_tordoir@hks.harvard.edu


*Disclosures:

  • Megan Greene's previous employer had paid membership dues on her behalf when she previously served as as a member of M-RCBG's Advisory Council. 
  • Wake Smith had made/pledged a contribution to a project in another unit of Harvard.  That contribution was de minimus relative to that project’s budget.  And while that project has granted a small fraction of its resources to Kennedy School research, it has not funded work at M-RCBG.