M-RCBG Senior Fellows

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Current Senior Fellows: 2019-2020

Ignazio Angeloni | Camilla Cavendish | George ChouliarakisJeffrey Fuhrer | Megan Greene | Thomas J. Healey | Jo JohnsonSteve Johnson Jean-Pierre Landau Timothy G. Massad |Ioana Petrescu | Yair Pines | Christof Rühl Alexandra SchweitzerMerav Shaviv | Paul SheardMyriam Assa Sidibe | Wake Smith  

Ignazio Angeloni headshotIgnazio Angeloni was born in Milano and graduated from Bocconi University with a thesis in monetary economics supervised by Mario Monti. In 1985 he earned a PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania with a thesis in monetary economics and econometrics supervised by Albert K. Ando. In the 1980s and 1990s he held several positions in the Banca d’Italia’s Research Department. In 1995 he was appointed Director of the Monetary and Financial Sector. In 1998 he joined the European Central Bank (ECB) as Deputy Director General of Research. In that position he launched and led several research initiatives, including the Eurosystem Monetary Transmission Network and the Eurosystem Inflation Persistence Network. In 2005 he joined Italy’s Ministry of Economy and Finance as Director for International Financial Affairs. In that role he also acted as G20 Finance Deputy; Deputy Governor for Italy in the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Asian Development Bank and the African Development Bank; Chairman of the Board of SACE (Italy’s export-credit insurance agency); member of the Board of the European Investment Bank and of MTS SpA (screen-based government bond market); member of the Working Party 3 of OECD; member of the Bellagio group. In 2008 he re-joined the ECB as Advisor to the Executive Board, then Director General for Macro-Prudential Policy and Financial Stability. In this position he coordinated the ECB preparation for the banking union and the single supervisory mechanism. In March 2014 he was appointed member of the ECB Supervisory Board with a 5-year mandate. A former Fellow of Bruegel, Ignazio held teaching positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Bocconi and LUISS (Rome). He published books and articles in top US and European academic refereed journals. In April 2019 he was appointed Senior Fellow of SAFE (Sustainable Architecture for Finance in Europe) at Goethe University in Frankfurt for the 2019-20 academic year. Ignazio is married to Ester Faia and they have four children: Ferdinando, Vittoria, Sebastiano and Giorgia. As a senior fellow, his research will be on Credit Policies for the Heartlands. His faculty sponsor is Jeffrey Frankel, James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth, Harvard Kennedy School. Email: iangeloni@hks.harvard.edu

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Camilla 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*


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 

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

steve.johnson,v.2.jpg Steve Johnson has been a technologist, entrepreneur, private investor, and philanthropist for thirty years, professionally specializing in building innovative technologies into successful enterprises, with a personal and philanthropic focus on education, climate change awareness, the arts, and gay rights equality.  Steve was born and raised in Los Angeles, earning a Bachelor of Arts in economics from University of Southern California in 1980 and an MPP from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School in 1985.  He left the Ph.D. program at Harvard in 1990 to start a technology company based upon his invention of a digital means of transmitting sound and images over telephone lines (now known as ‘streaming media’), which was integrated into America Online in 1993 and enabled the first availability of images, sound and video in an online service, a precursor to the Web which arrived in 1995.  He has been a technology investor and entrepreneur (and avid marathoner and mountaineer) in the Boston area since 1999, founding companies in ad technology, Web personalization, and medical IT.  From 2013-17, Steve served as chairman of the board of trustees of Harvard’s American Repertory Theater, a theater committed to broadening the impact of theater on community, ideas, and understanding.  Since 2005, Steve has spearheaded efforts in New South Wales, Australia to honor and seek justice for hundreds of victims of gay hate crimes that ravaged the Australian gay community in the 1980s and 1990s, and took the lives of dozens of men, including Steve’s younger brother, Scott, in Sydney in 1988.  This effort helped presage a national plebiscite for gay marriage legalization, which was finally passed in December 2017.  Long committed to education and the arts, the Johnson family helped found the first (and still only) non-denominational independent high school in Orange County, California, Sage Hill High School, which opened in 2000 in Newport Beach, CA.  As a Senior Fellow, his research is entitled The “Artificial Intelligence” Myth – The Intelligence is Human; It Must be Regulated Now.  His faculty sponsor is HKS Professor Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Senior Lecturer in International Security.    Email: steve_johnson@hks.harvard.edu

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Jean-Pierre Landau is an Associate Professor of Economics at SciencesPo - Paris and a former senior official at the French Treasury and Central Bank. He has served as Deputy Governor of the Banque de France, Executive Director for France at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank (Washington, DC), and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (London). He was also Undersecretary at the Minister of Finance in Paris. In his different capacities, he was a member of the Board of the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) in Basel, a G7 and G20 Deputy, and a member of the Financial Stability Board (FSB)  and its Steering Committee.  He was Visiting Professor at John Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, and Lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School (Princeton University). He co-authored "The Euro and the Battle of Ideas" with Markus Brunnermeier and Harold James, published at Princeton University Press in 2016. His main fields of interest include money and international economics, areas where he has direct and extensive experience. As a Senior Fellow, he will be conducting research on "The future of money in a digital world". His faculty sponsor is Jeffrey Frankel, James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth at Harvard University's Kennedy School. Email: jean-pierre_landau@hks.harvard.edu

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Timothy Massad is currently a Senior Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law School.  

Mr. Massad served as Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 2014-2017.  Under his leadership, the agency implemented the Dodd Frank reforms of the over-the-counter swaps market and harmonized many aspects of cross-border regulation, including reaching a landmark agreement with the European Union on clearinghouse oversight.  The agency also declared virtual currencies to be commodities, introduced reforms to address automated trading and strengthened cybersecurity protections.

Previously, Mr. Massad served as the Assistant Secretary for Financial Stability of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In that capacity, he oversaw the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), the principal U.S. governmental response to the 2008 financial crisis.   During his tenure, Treasury recovered more on all the crisis investments than was disbursed.  Mr. Massad was with the Treasury from 2009 to 2014 and also served as a counselor to the Treasury Secretary.  

Prior to his government service, Mr. Massad was a partner in the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP.  His practice included corporate finance, derivatives and advising boards of directors.  He managed the firm’s Hong Kong office from 1999 to 2002 and represented governments and corporations on transactions throughout Asia.   Mr. Massad  helped draft the original ISDA standard agreements for swaps. 

Mr. Massad has a B.A. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.  

Mr. Massad’s recent writings include the following: 

It’s Time to Strengthen the Regulation of Crypto-assets, published by The Brookings Institute, March 2019, available at https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Economis-Studies-Timothy-Massad-Cryptocurrency-Paper.pdf

“Is Facebook Libra A Betrayal of Satoshi Nakamoto’s Vision?”, Fortune, July 15, 2019, available at https://fortune.com/2019/07/15/facebook-libra-coin-cryptocurrency-hearing/

His faculty sponsor is Professor Jason Furman, Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy at Harvard Kennedy School . Email: timothy_massad@hks.harvard.edu

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

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

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

paul.sheard.jpgPaul Sheard is a veteran central bank watcher and markets economist, who has written and spoken widely on QE and unconventional monetary policies. He most recently was Vice Chairman of S&P Global, after serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Economist and earlier Executive Managing Director and Chief Economist of Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. Previously, he held chief economist positions at Nomura Securities and at Lehman Brothers and was Head of Japan Equity Investments at Baring Asset Management. Earlier, Sheard was Lecturer in Economics at the Australian National University (ANU) and Osaka Gas International Cooperation Associate Professor of Economics at Osaka University, and was Visiting Scholar and Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at Stanford University and Foreign Visiting Scholar at the Bank of Japan. Sheard is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the New Economic Agenda and was a member of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on the International Monetary System (2010-2012). He served on committees of the Japanese Government’s Economic Deliberation Council, as an appointee of Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto (1997-98) and as an appointee of Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi (1998-1999), and was a member of the oversight board of the Japanese Government’s Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (2001-2006).  From 2003 to 2010, he was a non-executive director of ORIX Corporation. In 2006, Sheard was recognized by Advance as one of a 100 Leading Global Australians. Sheard is on the board of the Foreign Policy Association and is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Economic Club of New York. He speaks regularly at conferences around the world, and his views on the global economy and policy issues are frequently cited in the international press. Author or editor of four books and numerous academic articles, Sheard’s 1997 book in Japanese, Mein Banku Shihon Shugi no Kiki: Biggu Ban de Kawaru Nihongata Keiei (The Crisis of Main Bank Capitalism: How Japanese-style Management Will Change with “Big Bang”), won the Suntory-Gakugei Prize in the Economics–Politics Division. Sheard received a BA (Hons) from Monash University and a Master of Economics and PhD in Japanese Economy from the ANU. While a Senior Fellow, he will work on a project called, “Rethinking and Retooling the Macroeconomic Policy Framework.” His faculty sponsor is Jason Furman, Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy.  Email: paul_sheard@hks.harvard.edu 

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Dr. Myriam Assa Sidibe: Myriam is one of the world’s leading experts on brands that drive health outcomes through mass behavioural change. From within Unilever, she has created a movement to change the handwashing behaviours of one billion people, the single biggest hygiene behavior change programme in the world, and conceived and established the multiple award-winning UN-recognized Global Handwashing Day–now celebrated in over 100 countries. Myriam’s approach to pushing boundaries and challenging the status quo has been pivotal to leading a paradigm shift in the way public private partnerships for health/well-being are managed and funded, leading her to be recognized as one of the top 10 Intrapreneurs in the world. Her foresight in establishing Lifebuoy’s social mission has been replicated across Unilever as an example of a best practice for brands looking to positively impact the world whilst driving market share. Over the past 20 years, she has worked in over 20 countries in Asia and Africa for both the public sector and private spheres, arguing for a more transparent relationship between the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. She has advocated for businesses to gain growth and profits from engagement in social and health issues in order to build more sustainable, effective interventions, and is a regular commentator in the media on this subject. Myriam regularly presents her work on WaSH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) and Nutrition at key public health events (Scaling Up Nutrition global network, Women Global Health Leaders). She is equally recognized in the creative world (speaker at Health Lions in Cannes) and is a TED speaker on The Simple Power of Handwashing. Myriam is a trustee of WaterAid, the world’s largest civil society organization on Water and Sanitation and a commissioner for the Lancet on the future of health in Africa. Myriam is from Mali and holds a doctorate in Public Health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Masters in Water and Waste Engineering from Loughborough University, UK. She was trained as an Agricultural and Environmental Engineer at McGill University, Canada. Her research is on how brands that have public health ambitions can be better supported in order to enhance their impact in the world. Her faculty sponsor is Leemore Dafny, the Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Email: myriam_sidibe@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 ​*


  • 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.