Dan Murphy headshotNovember 1, 2021

The Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government (M-RCBG) at Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Murphy as M-RCBG’s new Executive Director.

Dan joins the Center from Harvard’s Fairbank Center and China Fund where he has served as Executive Director since 2017 and worked to enhance the study of China at Harvard and Harvard’s engagement with Greater China.

We are excited that Dan will be joining M-RCBG at a time when there are so many critical issues at nexus of business and government. Dan’s experience at the Harvard’s Fairbank Center and China Fund will be invaluable in his role at M-RCBG – he knows our systems and Harvard – and his background and knowledge of China and Asia will help our future efforts regarding the changing global economy and China’s role. His experience will be invaluable in helping to bring our Center’s work to the forefront of debate and discussions.

Before coming to Harvard Dan served as the inaugural program director for Yale Center Beijing. From 2008-2014 Dan was at the National Committee on U.S. – China Relations. At the National Committee, he grew the Public Intellectuals Program, which connects America’s next generation of leading China scholars with policymakers and the media. He also led delegations of senior American Congressional staff on study visits to China, directed a range of other programming, and led successful grant initiatives that were funded by the State Department and private foundations.

Dan pursued graduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies, where he studied politics. He also holds an M.A. in Chinese Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a B.A. in English and Chinese Language and Literature from Connecticut College. In 2001, Dan was a Thomas J. Watson Fellow. He speaks fluent Mandarin.