Iris Bohnet is the Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government and the co-director of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School. She is a behavioral economist, combining insights from economics and psychology to improve decision-making in organizations and society, often with a gender or cross-cultural perspective. Her most recent research examines behavioral design to de-bias how we live, learn and work. She is the author of the award-winning book What Works: Gender Equality by Design, (an example of a book talk can be viewed HERE) and advises governments and companies on the topic around the world. Professor Bohnet served as academic dean of Harvard Kennedy School from 2011-2014 and 2018-2021. She is also the faculty co-chair of the executive program “Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century” for the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. She serves on the boards, advisory boards or as a patron of Credit Suisse Group, Applied, Edge, We Shape Tech, Women in Banking and Finance, and the UK Government’s Equalities Office. She was appointed to the Gender Equality Advisory Council of the G7 in 2021. She was named one of the Most Influential People in Gender Policy by apolitical in 2018 and 2019, a Leading Thinker of Victoria, Australia, 2016-2019, and has received an honorary degree from the University of Lucerne, Switzerland, in 2016. She is married and the mother of two children.
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Outside Professional Activities For Iris Bohnet
2019 Speaking Engagements:
- Brigham & Women’s Hospital, January 2019
- Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, NYC, January 2019
- VicHealth, Australia, February 2019
- Harvard Club of Victoria, Australia, February 2019
- Women in Economics, Australia, February 2019
- NY Federal Reserve Bank, NYC, February 2019
- Women in Banking and Finance, London, April 2019
- SALT Conference, Las Vegas, May 2019
- Third Rock Ventures, Massachusetts, September 2019
- Advance, Switzerland, October 2019
- European Central Bank, Germany, October 2019
- Ford Foundation, NYC, October 2019
- German American Conference, Massachusetts, November 2019
- Financial Times Women at the Top Summit, NYC, November 2019
- Credit Suisse (financial services firm), member of the board of directors, Zurich
- EDGE (consulting firm), member of the academic advisory board, Geneva
- BeApplied (tech start-up), member of the board, London
- MBA for Women Foundation (charitable foundation), member of the board, Zurich
- The Behavioural Insights Team (policy organization), member of the advisory board, London
- WeShapeTech (women in tech network), member of the advisory board, Zurich
- The Global Institute for Women’s Leadership (academic institution), member of the advisory board, London
- VicHealth (Australia government agency), Australia
- UK Government Equalities Office (UK government agency) , United Kingdom
- genEquality (tech start-up), United States