Civil Society

Ben Collins
MPP 2012 | Research and Policy Campaigner| Rainforest Action Network| San Francisco, CA
Ben is a research and policy campaigner with the Rainforest Action Network's energy and finance campaign. Previously, Ben was an analyst in the socially responsible investment research industry at KLD Research & Analytics and EIRIS USA. At KLD and EIRIS, he researched the social and environmental performance of companies in the industrial and natural resources sectors. He has also worked with FINCA International's microcredit lending operations in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and with Human Rights Watch on business and human rights issues involving the oil and gas industry. He holds an undergraduate degree in Social Studies from Harvard College and a Master in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Lien De Brouckere
Research Fellow 2012-2013 | Director, Natural Resources and Human Rights | Global Rights| Washington, DC
While a Research Fellow with CRI, Lien led applied research to support the development of a global forum dedicated to advancing company-community dialogue facilitation. She has a particular interest in alternative dispute resolution and issues related to business and human rights. Lien previously practiced law for more than three years at White & Case, splitting that time between advising on international commercial and investment arbitration in New York, and next advising on competition law in Hamburg and Brussels. She maintained an active pro bono practice throughout, working mainly on issues in women's rights. She has also interned with the international justice program at Human Rights Watch and worked in education with the YMCA in The Gambia. Lien is a graduate of McGill University's Faculty of Law and Columbia University.

Anne Habiby
Senior Fellow 2006-2011 | Co-Founder and Co-CEO| AllWorld Network| Boston, MA
Anne is co-founder of AllWorld Network, which works to build the world’s largest entrepreneurship and information network to advance economies. AllWorld Network is developing the Arabia 500, Africa 500, Asia 500, Latin America 500 and Eurasia 500. These are rankings of the fastest growing up and coming private companies – the companies creating the next economy of jobs and innovation. Anne is also one of the founders of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a non-profit launched in 1995 by Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter to expand the job and business base of distressed urban areas. From 1996 to mid 2005, Anne led the organization as its Co-Executive Director, and collaborating closely with Michael Porter, pioneered strategies to advance the economic potential of inner cities. While a visiting scholar at the Illinois Institute of Technology, she developed an MBA course entitled “Strategic Competitiveness in the Next Economy.” An advisor to a number of government and corporate leaders, Anne is regularly quoted by the media. Anne has published numerous articles, including two Harvard Business School cases co-authored with Professor Michael Porter. Her most recent article, “The High-Intensity Entrepreneur,” appeared in the September 2010 issue of the Harvard Business Review. Prior to her work at ICIC, Anne was an investment banker in the Public Finance Department of Morgan Stanley & Co. specializing in finance for hospitals and universities. She holds degrees in economics from Barnard College of Columbia University, and the University of Cambridge.

Lance Pierce
MC-MPA 2005| Executive Director| Ceres| Boston, MA
Lance is Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Ceres, overseeing programs, operations and strategic planning. He previously served with the Union of Concerned Scientists as Director of the Climate & Energy Program, UCS’s largest program, and Harvard Business School where he was Project Director in the launch of the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative. Lance has worked in the private, public, and non-profit sectors with much of his professional background focusing on sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (CSR). In CSR, he has worked with AFP, the world's third largest news agency, the World Bank, and served as Director, Corporate Issues Management for Fortune 20 food and consumer goods holding company, Altria Group. As a corporate consultant prior, he worked with some of the world's leading companies in investment banking, real estate, media and U.S. government agencies. Lance began his career in sustainable development, having been principal of a consultancy working with United Nations agencies and leading international development NGOs, and serving in the Peace Corps. He currently sits on the board of The Nyanya Project, an organization supporting African grandmothers caring for their AIDS-orphaned grandchildren. His credits include co-authorship of Harvard Business School cases with leading HBS faculty on corporate sustainability and leadership transition, producing documentaries for public television, and he has been quoted in The New York Times, Reuters, International Herald Tribuneand other major media outlets. He holds an MA in Anthropology from New York University and an MPA from the Kennedy School.

Steve Rochlin
MPP 1994|Senior Fellow| Business Civic Leadership Center| Washington, DC
Prior to his fellowship with the Business Civic Leadership Center, Steve served as Head of Global Advisory Services & Member of the Board of Directors of AccountAbility North America from 2006-2013. Steve spent the previous 11 years as Director of Research and Development for The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College, where he helped create the Global Leadership Network—a landmark partnership among The Center at Boston College, AccountAbility, IBM and 9 other leading global companies. This initiative defined performance excellence in corporate responsibility and built a companion strategic planning and assessment tools. Steve has been co-principal investigator of several research initiatives supported by prominent Foundations such as Ford, Rockefeller Brothers, and The Hitachi Foundation. Steve frequently delivers keynote speeches on topics related to the role of business in society for events around the world. He has consulted to many of the world’s leading brands to help them achieve world class global corporate responsibility performance, measurement, and strategy. Prior to his role at The Center, Steve worked extensively in the areas of technology-based economic development for both the National Academy of Sciences and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He has also served as Associate for an economics and management consulting firm. Steve obtained his MPP from the Kennedy School and his B.A. from Brown University.

Shruti Sehra
MPA 2006|Partner| New Profit| Boston, MA
As a Partner at New Profit, Shruti leads critical elements of portfolio management, as well as efforts to measure, evaluate, and report aggregate and organization-specific performance. In addition to her internal management responsibilities, Shruti serves as a portfolio manager for Stand for Children and BUILD, supporting their efforts to create and execute against aggressive plans to increase their impact. Shruti joined New Profit in 2006 after finishing a joint MBA/MPA at Harvard. Prior to graduate school, she managed a campaign for State Assembly in California while starting up a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping critically ill workers. Before that, she spent seven years working in the private sector, initially as an engineer at Honeywell, an aerospace engine manufacturer, and later in a series of quality management positions at Howmet Castings, an aerospace casting manufacturer, and Jabil Circuit, an electronics manufacturing services company. Shruti holds an SB in Chemistry from MIT, an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School.