Our alumni do development differently.

Around the world, Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) graduates are in pivotal roles, leading development.

Inside governments and traditional development organizations, and outside the box in startups and social enterprises, MPA/IDs are changing the way development is done.

Our graduates hold influential policy and management positions in a wide range of international organizations, national governments, central and regional banks, nonprofit and research organizations, and private sector companies. 

Where do MPA/ID graduates work?

The majority of MPA/ID alumni work in public service, broadly defined. The national governments of their home countries (15%) and the World Bank (9%) are the two biggest employers. About forty percent of our alumni work in the private sector, in consulting, finance, technology, and other private firms. A growing number of our graduates go on to start their own social enterprises.

MPA/ID graduates, classes of 2001-2017
Public Service 60%
International Organizations 20%
Public Sector (Governments) 17%
Nonprofits 14%
Educational Institutions 6%
Social Enterprises/Start Ups 3%
Private Sector 40%
Consulting 14%
Financial 12%
Other  14%
Total 100%

 Biggest employers of MPA/ID alumni

  • Governments of home countries
  • World Bank
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • United Nations System
  • Center for International Development (CID), Harvard University
  • IDinsight
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Innovations for Poverty Action / Jameel Poverty Action Lab
  • McKinsey and Company
  • Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
  • Dalberg Advisors
  • JP Morgan Chase

    MPA/ID alumni include:

    MPA/ID graduate Mutsa ChirongaMutsa Chironga MPA/ID 2005, principal in McKinsey’s Africa Financial Services Practice in Johannesburg, helps leading African banks grow across the continent, strengthen their performance, and serve businesses and communities.


    MPA/ID graduate Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly MPA/ID 2008, public representative, Parliament of the Republic of Ireland, works for job creation, economic justice, and political reform. 


    MPA/ID graduate Yue Man LeeYue Man Lee MPA/ID 2008, senior country economist for the World Bank in Nigeria, provides assistance to federal and state governments to strengthen economic management and deepen fiscal reforms for growth and poverty reduction.

    neil buddy shah.jpgNeil Buddy Shah MD, MPA/ID 2011 founded IDinsight with several of his HKS classmates, and now serves as CEO. IDinsight helps leaders in developing countries use evidence to improve their social impact.

    In this video Buddy discusses the impact the MPA/ID Program had on him and IDinsight.

    Praava Health
    Alumni Spotlight

    "I am the Founder & CEO of Praava Health, which is building a network of family health centers in Bangladesh where patients come first. We are creating a better patient experience enabled by technology." - Sylvana Sinha MPA/ID, JD Columbia 2004 (USA)

    Sylvana Sinha MPA/ID & JD Columbia (2004)
    Alumni Spotlight

    "During my first month at Harvard, I attended a presentation where I heard Wendy Kopp speak about Teach For America and its 'theory of change.' I immediately contacted other friends from Chile interested in improving education, and together we discussed our vision for starting a similar program in Chile." - Tomás Recart MPA/ID 2008 (Chile) 

    Tomás Recart MPA/ID 2008 (Chile)
    Aerial view of African continent
    Alumni Spotlight

    “I’m passionate about sustainable economic development, and I think that can be achieved through both the private and public sectors,” says Kyarisiima. “Enabling African businesses to access global markets and think strategically is where I want to play a role.” - Sheila Kyarisiima MPA/ID, MBA 2017 (Uganda)

    Sheila Kyarisiima MPA/ID/MBA 2017
    View of Venezuela hilltops
    Alumni Spotlight

    "We are in the middle of the struggle of our lives, fighting for democracy and freedom in the streets. Hoping that the future will offer us the opportunity to pave the road to a more inclusive, sustainable, and democratic development process. In some sense, for me, being here right now is the realization of all the principles we were taught and all the dreams we dreamt while in the MPA/ID Program." - Omar Zambrano MPA/ID 2005 (Venezuela)

    Omar Zambrano MPA/ID 2005 (Venezuela)
    Heat Maps of Predicting Conflict
    Alumni Spotlight

    "Using machine learning for predictive analytics in peacekeeping has the potential to help peacekeeping forces more quickly and effectively make predictions about conflict, and thus deploy resources more rapidly to save lives." Christy Lazicky MPA/ID 2017 (USA)

    Christy Lazicky, MPA/ID 2017 Best SYPA Award Winner

    Learn how our Office of Career Advancement can be a partner to you while you are an MPA/ID student and, later, as an HKS graduate like Amandla Ooko-Ombaka MPA/ID, MBA 2016, to support you along your unique career journey.