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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 Leadership and Public Policy concentrations. This program can also be used as a third program for any concentration in the Executive Certificate series.


Emerging technologies like generative artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous systems, digital currencies, synthetic biology, and space exploration are rapidly reshaping our world. They present both unprecedented opportunities and profound challenges. To effectively lead in this ever-evolving landscape, policymakers, technologists, and global leaders in the public and private sectors must gain a deep understanding of the risks and opportunities associated with these technologies.

Leadership in Emerging Technology: Security, Strategy & Risk is a groundbreaking Executive Education program designed to equip leaders with the technical, strategic, and policy foundations necessary to navigate these critical emerging technologies. Led by Eric Rosenbach, former Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense and the visionary behind the Pentagon's Defense Innovation Unit, this program meticulously examines a wide range of emerging technologies along with associated risks and opportunities. 


Leadership in Emerging Technology begins by delving into the pivotal role of AI, particularly generative AI, in driving advancements in the fields of biotechnology, space exploration, autonomous systems, and cryptocurrency. In this context, you will critically analyze the geopolitical, security, legal, and corporate risks associated with related technologies while also identifying opportunities for your organization or work. In parallel, you will gain skills in strategy development and execution and learn how to foster innovation in large, complex organizations and environments.

In addition to Professor Rosenbach's extensive experience at the Pentagon and his leadership at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, this program features world-renowned Harvard faculty and expert practitioners. The dynamic and highly interactive sessions include lectures, case studies, guided discussions, and individual and peer-to-peer learning.

Learning Objectives

In Leadership in Emerging Technology, you will:

  • Deepen your understanding of critical emerging technologies, including:
    • Generative AI and its applications to various fields
      • Autonomous systems
      • Digital currencies
      • Synthetic biology
      • Space exploration and commercialization
  • Evaluate operational, geopolitical, and legal risks associated with emerging technologies.
  • Identify opportunities and gaps in policy and national and international security with respect to emerging technologies.
  • Learn how to foster innovation within large, complex organizations amid rapid external technological changes.
  • Develop frameworks and strategies for managing risks and opportunities within your organization or workplace.
  • Acquire critical skills in strategy execution, particularly in the context of the public sector amidst emerging technologies.

Application Information

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

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Eric Rosenbach discusses the Harvard Kennedy School executive program Leadership in Emerging Technology: Security, Strategy & Risk.

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Eric Rosenbach

Senior Lecturer in Public Policy


“Amidst seismic shifts in technology, global leaders today face a triple imperative: understand the technology, mitigate risks, and create opportunity. Leadership in Emerging Technology was created to help foster innovation and craft responsive policies.”

Eric Rosenbach, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Faculty Chair, Leadership in Emerging Technology
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