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About 2,000 students have graduated from the Mason Program since the program’s inception in 1957. These alumni are innovators and leaders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors worldwide.
Mason Program alumni have returned to their countries to become cabinet ministers, NGO directors, editors, central bank governors, chief executives, and highly competitive, senior-level government officials. Others have been elected mayor, governor or member of parliament. Still others have joined international organizations and regional development banks. Several Mason Program alumni have become heads of state of their countries, including: Jose Maria Figueres (Costa Rica, Class of 1991), Jamil Mahuad (Ecuador, Class of 1989), Eduardo Rodríguez Veltzé (Bolivia, Class of 1998), Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (Liberia, Class of 1971), Felipe Calderón (Mexico, Class of 2000), Juan Manuel Santos (President of Columbia), Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj (President of Mongolia, Class of 2002), Lee Sieng Loong (Prime Minister of Singapore, Class of 1980), Sir Donald Tsang (Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Class of 1982).
The camaraderie that the Mason Fellows develop and enjoy during their time at Harvard Kennedy School continues long after Cambridge—as do their connections to the school.
Ramaswami "Balu" Balasubramaniam MC/MPA Mason Fellow 2010 founded the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement to provide compassionate medical care to people in need, particularly in rural parts of India.