Upcoming Sessions

Session Title
Leaders in Development: Managing Change in a Dynamic World

Session Dates:
Application Deadline
Faculty Chair

Program Director: Amber Thacher
Program fee:
Program Fee
Session Description

Applications may be submitted after the deadline and will be considered if space remains. Please contact the program director for additional information. 

Program Fee:
The program fee
includes tuition, housing, curricular materials and most meals.
Executive Certificate: This program is part of the Public Leadership and Economic Development Executive Certificate series.

Times of great change demand inspired and enlightened leadership. This is particularly true in developing and newly industrialized countries where leaders face an increasingly complex tapestry of economic, political and social challenges.

Leaders in Development is Harvard Kennedy School’s preeminent executive program for senior leadership serving in developing, newly industrialized and transitional countries who are squarely at the center of today’s complex issues. This intensive two-week program will strengthen your leadership capabilities and equip you with the skills and frameworks you need to advance policy, implement institutional reform and manage the challenges of globalization.

Skills You Need to Succeed

You'll return to your country with enhanced understanding of the tasks of leadership in promoting reform, greater knowledge of changes taking place internationally. You'll also take away a renewed commitment to working with others to develop their societies.

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    Learn more about the program experience from alumni who have recently attended Leaders in Development.

    Leaders in Development will enable you to:

    • Sharpen problem-solving, analytic and strategic action skills to aid in planning, introducing and sustaining major policy and institutional reform.
    • Consider new ways to strengthen representative politics and market economies as well as manage the challenges of globalization.
    • Share experiences with counterparts from other countries in a collective search for effective responses to change.