Business & Government Professional Interest Council
A Student-run Organization at Harvard Kennedy School
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Mission: The Business & Government Professional Interest Council serves as the forum for HKS students and fellows interested in the thought-leadership, partnerships, careers and innovations at the intersection of business and government.
B&G PIC Leadership for 2022-23
Michael Bediako Co-chair
Michael Bediako, a Ghanaian serial Impact Entrepreneur and former Public Servant, is currently an advisor to the Ghanaian Youth and Sports Minister on creating an enabling environment for youth empowerment and entrepreneurship. He’s played a vital role in the economy of Ghana as he held the position of Special Assistant and Technical Advisor to the Ghanaian Finance Minister for five years. As an impact entrepreneur, he has pioneered and co-founded four organisations; the Akuapem Education Trust, a private academic endowment fund to educate promising youth; Shoe Fabriek, a footwear manufacturer; and Akro-Farms, a fully automated poultry farm and Okoman Radio, a community radio station.
He obtained a Master of Science in Finance at the University of Amsterdam and a Master of Laws at the University of Maastricht. Michael is a sleepless new father, an avid golfer and an impressive hiker, having climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
Jason Munyan Co-chair
Jason Munyan is a Mid-Career MPA candidate. He has experience working in and with businesses, governments, and civil society and international organizations. In various roles at the United Nations over the past 12 years, he has worked on investment promotion and investment and entrepreneurship policies and science, technology, and innovation.
Marc Alain Boucicault, Director of Communications
Marc Alain Boucicault is a Haitian tech ecosystem builder and founder of Banj, Haiti's largest coworking space and tech startup accelerator partner of Google, Stellar and Meta, connecting various communities to promote innovation in Haiti and the Caribbean. With over 15 years of experience with grassroots organisations focused on youth empowerment, he is passionate about leveraging the power of technology and communication to reshape socioeconomic dynamics. He is currently a Mason fellow in the MC/MPA program at HKS. Before Harvard, he worked for eight years in international development in Washington, DC and Port-au-Prince at the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. He then became a social entrepreneur supporting changemakers globally. Marc serves on the French-Haitian Chamber of Commerce board and the Haitian Education and Leadership Program. He is a Fulbright scholar, a One Young World Ambassador and a Podcast host with an M.A. in Financial Economic Policy from American University and a B.A in Applied Quantitative Economics from CTPEA.
Kavitha Menon, Sector Co-chair Impact Investing
Kavitha Menon is currently pursuing the MC-MPA program at Harvard Kennedy School as a Mason Fellow and John F. Kennedy Fellow. Kavitha was the Head of the Global Equity Research Team at Foord Asset Management in Singapore, where she headed the ESG integration process. She has over 12 years of equity investment management experience based in Singapore and India. Kavitha is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and has a Master in Business Administration (Finance) from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (India) and a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics & Communication) from Anna University (India). Having analysed investments with a risk-return framework all these years, Kavitha is keen to delve into 'impact' to marry investor returns with social and environmental good and drive that change as an investor.
Michael Rain, Sector Co-chair Impact Investing
Michael Rain is an MC/MPA candidate at HKS. He is the founder of ENODI, a media and research company focused on people with immigrant backgrounds. Previously, he was a Knight Fellow at Stanford University, a Tech Policy Fellow at The Aspen Institute, and twice selected for the TED Residency. He earned a B.A. in International Relations from Columbia University.
Matthew Frisch, Sector Co-chair Impact Investing
Matthew Frisch is an MC/MPA student from Toronto, Canada, serving as Impact Investing Co-Chair. Matthew's professional experience spans the finance, international development, and pharmaceutical sectors. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and is a Young Presidents' Organisation (YPO) member.
Ariel Kuo, Sector Co-chair Innovation, Technology, and Government
Ariel is a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young's government consulting practice with more than ten years of diverse consulting experience, most recently leading large-scale transformation programs for government clients leveraging data, technology, and digital innovation to help make government work better for all. Ariel is currently pursuing her MC/MPA at Harvard Kennedy School.
Anand Trivedi, Sector Co-chair Innovation, Technology, and Government
Anand is an entrepreneur-turned-policymaker focusing on technology for the public good and digital development. Previously, he led government-wide digital transformation for improved evidence-based policymaking at the Indian government, built an award-winning social enterprise for enhanced digital public services' access, and ran a development consulting firm. His special interests include public interest technology, especially A.I. & Web3, for impact and open digital ecosystems. At the B&G PIC, Anand aims to foster closer business-government partnerships for mainstreaming emerging technologies for digital development.
Chiedza Juru, Sector Co-chair Public Private Partnership
Chiedza Juru is an education and youth development specialist. She is the Chief Operating Officer- Programs at Higherlife Foundation, a non-profit organisation focusing on Education programs in Africa. The Zimbabwe Minister of Youth appointed her as Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Youth Council Board (ZYC), a government parastatal whose mandate is to advise the government on the needs of youth. She is a Chartered Accountant, currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration program at Harvard Kennedy School. She serves as Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Development Policies for the Harvard Africa Policy Journal and Sector Co-Chair for the Business and Government PIC Public Private Partnerships.
Aissatou Seck, Sector Co-chair Public Private Partnership
Aïssatou Seck is a lawyer and development finance professional. She started her career in the leveraged acquisition and structured finance in international law firms in Paris before transitioning to the development sector at the International Telecommunication Union, the United Nations' specialised agency for information and communication technologies in Geneva. She currently serves as a senior counsel for the World Bank in Washington, DC and Abidjan. She is active in several initiatives designed to foster economic and legal empowerment, particularly for women, through pro bono advisory services, reproductive rights advocacy, training and mentoring such as the Women's Investment Club, the Association des Juristes Sénégalaises and the Women in International Affairs Network. At the Kennedy School, she is interested in exploring innovative ways public policies can support the private sector. She is an Obama Foundation 2022 Leader for Africa and was recognised as a "Woman to watch" by the Institute of African Women in Law. She is a qualified attorney with the Paris Bar, holds an MBA from ESSEC Business School and a Master's in International Business Law from Paris Dauphine University
Akshay Mathur, Sector Co-chair of Trade and Investment
Akshay was the Director of the Observer Research Foundation Mumbai, where he also led the Geoeconomics Studies Programme globally. Before ORF, Akshay was the CEO and Director of Research at Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, Mumbai. He is currently also the Senior Fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI),based in Canada.
Jordi Calvet Bademunt, Sector Co-chair Trade and Investment
Jordi Calvet Bademunt (MC/MPA) is a mid-career MPA candidate. At HKS, Jordi is exploring the approaches being taken or considered worldwide to regulate the digital field.
Before coming to HKS, Jordi was a policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. He organised antitrust conferences and led projects to increase economic competition in several countries. Before that, Jordi was an associate in leading law firms in Brussels, London, and Madrid, focusing on antitrust issues. He holds a master of laws from the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium) and a bachelor of business administration and law from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain).
Ridhi Aggarwal, Liaison
Ridhi Aggarwal is a first-year student of Masters in Public Administration in International Development at HKS. As a liaison to the B&G PIC team, Ridhi works on forming synergies across different schools at Harvard, alumni networks, and professional interest groups.
Harry Wang, Liaison
Zixin (Harry) Wang (MPAID 24) is the liaison for B&G PIC. Harry was at the U.N. Resident Coordinator's Office in China, where he facilitated U.N.'s negotiation with the Chinese Government. Before the UN, Harry was a fellow at the Schwarzman Scholars Program in China, where he researched the role of e-commerce in poverty alleviation.