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    Program Fee: The program fee includes tuition, housing, curricular materials and most meals.
    Executive Certificate: This program is a core program in the Public Policy concentration. This program can also be used as a third program for any concentration in the Executive Certificate series.
    Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): This program aligns with one or more Executive Core Qualifications.

Program Overview

An executive program created jointly by Harvard’s Kennedy School and the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) is expanding into nearly every sector of society—from healthcare and finance to transportation and government services. Yet, most decision makers do not fully understand how these technologies work, nor fully grasp their unintended consequences. Public trust in AI and ML requires that leaders understand and address questions around fairness, privacy, and bias.

The Leading in Artificial Intelligence: Exploring Technology and Policy executive program lies at the critical intersection of policy and technology and provides the tools and resources to better navigate this uncharted territory. Innovative yet practical, this program will strengthen your capacity to lead in AI, including how to mitigate risk without inhibiting innovation.


This pioneering program will enhance your knowledge of what AI is and isn’t, help you determine appropriate technologies for your organization, and sharpen your critical thinking around issues such as privacy, security, and fairness.


Through an interactive curriculum, you will:

  • Learn to distinguish between AI and ML and understand their applications and use
  • Explore ways to bridge the gap between the technology and policy sectors and forge meaningful collaborations
  • Examine AI and ML governance frameworks with a focus on what is working and what is not
  • Gain valuable new insights into how AI can be used for public good

Application Information

Immerse yourself with a cohort of fellow emerging leaders on Harvard’s historic campus. View the draft program schedule from a previous session. Note that module titles, speakers, and sequence may change.


“AI is bigger than the Industrial Revolution. Understanding the technologies involved and their implications is a learning opportunity informed professionals and policy leaders cannot afford to miss.”

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Faculty Chair Jim Waldo discusses the Leading in Artificial Intelligence: Exploring Technology and Policy program.

Faculty & Research

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James Waldo

Professor of the Practice of Public Policy, HKS; Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, SEAS

Chris Bavitz

Chris Bavitz

WilmerHale Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School (HLS) and Managing Director of HLS’s Cyberlaw Clinic

Joe Blitzstein

Joe Blitzstein

Professor of the Practice in Statistics and Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies at Harvard University

Finale Doshi-Velez

Finale Doshi-Velez

Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

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Sharad Goel

Professor of Public Policy

Edlyn Levine

Edlyn Levine

Senior Physicist at the MITRE Corporation and Research Associate in the Department of Physics at Harvard University

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Mathias Risse

Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights, Global Affairs and Philosophy

"One of a leader’s main responsibilities is to distinguish between what can and cannot be done, understand what technology can do, and how to use it appropriately to move your business or agency forward. This program will help you do that."

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