Iris Bohnet Photo
Academic Dean
Director, Women and Public Policy Program
Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government

For more information, please visit Professor Iris Bohnet's personal webpage or curriculum vitae.

Iris Bohnet, the Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government, is the Academic Dean of 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 is the co-director of the Women and Public Policy Programand the faculty 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 or advisory boards of Credit Suisse Group, Applied, Edge, genEquality, We Shape Tech, and the UK Government’s Equalities Office as well as numerous academic journals. She was named one of the Most Influential People in Gender Policy by apolitical in 2018, 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

2018 Speaking Engagements:

  • Business & Professional Women, Luzern, January 2018
  • Credit Suisse, Zurich, January 2018
  • Global Talent Summit, Zurich, January 2018
  • World Economic Forum, Davos, January 2018
  • Mercer, Davos, January 2018
  • Thursday Morning Talks, Cambridge, February 2018
  • Deloitte, New York, May 2018
  • Fish & Richardson, Boston, May 2018
  • Citi, New York, June 2018
  • Bridgewater, Westport, June 2018
  • Chefsache, Berlin, June 2018
  • Loomis, Sayles & Company, Boston, June 2018
  • CHRO, Boston, June 2018
  • GE, New York, August 2018
  • The New Rules Summit, New York, September 2018
  • BAD Conference, Toronto, September 2018
  • Blackrock, New York, October 2018
  • Credit Suisse Women’s Financial Summit, New York, October 2018
  • INSEAD, Singapore, October 2018
  • NABE Conference, San Francisco, October 2018
  • University of Zurich, Zurich, December 2018
  • Credit Suisse Women’s Leadership Round Table, Zurich, December 2018
  • Council on Foreign Relations, New York, December 2018


  • 2018 World Economic Forum Meetings

Board Member:

  • 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


  • VicHealth (Australia government agency), Leading Thinker, Victoria
  • UK Government Equalities Office (UK government agency), Advisor, United Kingdom
  • genEquality (tech start-up), Advisor


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