MPA/ID candidate Lucila Arboleya

Life After HKS

MPA/ID Training

By creating the MPA/ID Program, Harvard Kennedy School has established a new career path towards leadership positions in international development. Other programs emphasize either high-level technical training (as in master's and PhD programs in economics), or professional training (as in master's programs in international affairs or public administration). The MPA/ID combines the two approaches. It positions its graduates toward all-around excellence in a field that requires skills of both types.

Since its inception in 1999, the visibility of the MPA/ID Program has grown rapidly. It enjoys a reputation for outstanding faculty; a challenging, integrated curriculum; bright and committed students; exciting internships; and successful alumni.

MPA/ID Careers

The majority of our graduates are engaged in public service in governments, international organizations, or non-profit organizations; other alumni are employed in the private sector in areas such as consulting or finance. A growing number of graduates launch their own social enterprises. A few graduates enroll in doctoral programs.

Public Service 60%
International Organization 21%
Public Sector 17%
Non-profits 11%
Educational Institutions 7%
Social Enterprises 4%
Private Sector 40%
Other Private and Law 15%
Consulting 13%
Private/Financial 11%
Media 1%
The largest employers of MPA/ID graduates are:  
Governments of their home countries 15%
The World Bank 10%
McKinsey & Co. 4%
Social enterprises (such as InstiglioShokay) 4%
UN agencies (UNICEF, UNDP, etc.) 2%
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) 2%
International Monetary Fund (IMF) 1.5%
Harvard University 1.5%
International Finance Corporation (IFC) 1%
Gates Foundation 1%
IDinsight 1%
IPA & J-PAL 1%












Click the following links to learn more about the careers of a few of our alumni:

Lucero Burga - Peru

Young Professional
The World Bank
Washington, DC 
MPA/ID 2013 MORE...

Anne Healy - USA

Head, Development Innovation Ventures 
Washington DC
MPA/ID 2012 MORE...


Rubayat Khan - Bangladesh

Co-founder, Chief of Research & Innovation
mPower Social Enterprises Ltd.
CEO of mDoc
Dhaka, Bangladesh
MPA/ID 2012 MORE...

Preya Sharma - United Kingdom

Economist, Strategy, Policy and Review
International Monetary Fund (IMF)         
Washington, DC
MPA/ID 2009 MORE...


Tawiah Agyarko-Kwarteng - Ghana

Cocoa Sustainability Manager, West Africa
Hershey Company
Accra, Ghana
MPA/ID 2004 MORE...

Francisco Delgado - Costa Rica

Social Policy Consultant
Ministry of Human Development and Social Inclusion
San Jose, Costa Rica
MPA/ID 2015 MORE...


Nina Stochniol - Poland

Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister
Palestinian National Authority
MPA/ID 2008 MORE...


Manuel Costescu - Romania

Executive Director
J.P. Morgan Chase
London, UK
MPA/ID 2005 MORE...

Diane Mak - United Kingdom

Social Finance Limited
London, United Kingdom
MPA/ID 2009 MORE...

Matt Sousa - USA

Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché
United States Army, U.S. Embassy
Luanda, Angola 
MPA/ID 2011 MORE...

Hamouda Chekir - Tunisia

Director, Government Advisory Group
Lazard Frères
Paris, France
MPA/ID 2013 MORE...


Alumni Spotlight

Yemi Babington-Ashaye

Yemi Babington-Ashaye, MPA/ID 2005, is one of "Five Prominent Nigerians Making Us Proud."

An ally of Nigeria's former minister of finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Babington-Ashaye is the head of Global Shapers Community and director at the World Economic Forum. More...

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