Dean's Council

Through its teaching, research, and engagement with policymakers, Harvard Kennedy School helps improve public policy and public leadership—across this country and around the world—so that people can have safer, freer, and more prosperous lives. The efforts of the Harvard Kennedy School Dean’s Council, a group of global leaders who provide financial support and practical advice, are crucial in advancing the Kennedy School’s mission.

For additional information on the Dean’s Council or to arrange a membership payment, please contact Emily Quinlan by email or at 617-496-8417.

“Members of the Dean’s Council provide crucial unrestricted funding and valuable advice that make it possible for the Kennedy School to launch new initiatives, respond to emerging issues, and provide financial aid to students who otherwise would not be able to attend the School. The generosity of these friends makes the Kennedy School a more powerful force for good in the world, and we are tremendously grateful for their support.”

— Douglas W. Elmendorf, Dean and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy


Laurence D. Belfer AB 1988

Vice Chair

Karen A. Frank MBA 1997

Chair Emeritus

Peter L. Malkin AB 1955, JD 1958

The Leadership Circle

Members of the Dean's Council Leadership Circle provide enhanced financial support to Harvard Kennedy School, giving the School more flexibility to respond to emerging challenges and opportunities.

Geraldine Acuña-Sunshine AB 1992, MPP 1996
President, Sunshine Care Foundation for Neurological Care and Research
Boston, MA

Acuña-Sunshine is president of the Sunshine Care Foundation for Neurological Care and Research, an international nonprofit focused on funding brain research and finding cures for rare neurodegenerative diseases. For more than 13 years, she served as senior counsel in derivatives and alternative investments at Bracebridge Capital in Boston. Before Bracebridge, she was a corporate attorney in private equity investments. She sits on several boards, including the Harvard University Board of Overseers, the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston Board of Directors, and the Massachusetts General Hospital President’s Council. She is currently co-chair of the Executive Council of the HKS Fund.

Andrew T. Balls MPA 1998
Chief Investment Officer for Global Fixed Income, PIMCO Europe Ltd

Balls is PIMCO’s chief investment officer for global fixed income. Based in London, he manages global portfolios, oversees the firm’s global investment teams, and is a member of the Investment Committee. Before joining PIMCO in 2006, he was an economics correspondent and columnist for The Financial Times. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Oxford and a master’s degree from Harvard Kennedy School, and was a lecturer in economics at Keble College, Oxford. He is a director of Room to Read, a nonprofit that promotes literacy and gender equality in education in low-income countries. 

Laurence D. Belfer AB 1988
CEO, Belfer Management
New York, NY

Belfer is chief executive officer of Belfer Management LLC, an investment firm in New York City. He also serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Castleton Commodities International. Previously, Belfer served as vice chairman, president, and chief operating officer of Belco Oil and Gas Corp. and co-founder of Harvest Capital LP. In the not-for-profit sector, Belfer serves as chair of the 92nd Street Y, where he founded and chairs the Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact, the creator of initiatives such as the global movement of Giving Tuesday. At Harvard Kennedy School, he chairs the Dean’s Council, serves on the Dean’s Executive Board, and is a member of the International Council of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing, is a member of the Asia Society Policy Institute’s Council, and is a member of the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committees of HELP USA and UJA Federation of New York, where he chaired the Terrorism Response Fund and the Jewish Leadership Forum. Belfer is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and is a Henry Crown Fellow at The Aspen Institute. He earned his JD from Columbia Law School.

Cecilia Chan
Managing Director, Dasym New Media
New York, NY

Chan has 33 years of experience in business development and direct investments. She began her investment work in 1985 and completed her first $100 million investment at age 23. Since 1993, she has developed and funded private equity investments in the United States, Europe, and China. Among her strategic investments was a public-private technology-commercialization business model used to develop a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on new oral drugs to treat infectious diseases. Chan currently invests in educational and cultural enterprises. She is committed to supporting transformative education and sustainable positive changes. She served on the Capital Campaign Committee for the Boston Latin School, she is a member of the Leadership Council at Facing History and Ourselves, and is on the board of the University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation. Chan founded the Siezen Foundation, which spearheaded the Nanjing Project, an effort to share the stories of Nanjing Massacre survivors. Chan and the USC Shoah Foundation work to reduce racism, hatred, and violence, and have created films to combat anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination.

Edward D. Dong MC/MPA 2015 
Founding Chair, U.S.-China Committee, International Leadership Foundation 
Los Angeles, CA

Dong is a business executive, investor, philanthropist, and activist for global democracy and human rights. Before earning his MC/MPA at the age of 53, he served as group vice president, China general manager, and founder of China operations for NDC Infrared Engineering. During his tenure at NDC, Dong grew the China team into an established market leader as his team weathered the evolution of NDC from a family-owned company to a public, multinational company. He serves as the founding chair of ILF US-China Committee, National Advisory Board for the Los Angeles Chapter of the International Leadership Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes leadership development in the Asian Pacific American community. Dong received his BS in metallurgical engineering from China Yanshan University and his MBA from SUNY Buffalo School of Management, the first MBA program in China, where he serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council. He also serves in the Leadership Council of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights.

Karen A. Frank MBA 1997
CEO, Private Bank & Overseas Services, Barclays plc

Frank joined Barclays in 2012 as a managing director, where she was co-head of the Financial Sponsors Group from 2012 to 2016. In 2016, she was appointed as CEO of Barclays Private Bank & Overseas Services, a new business entity created from component businesses and activities related to wealth management and offshore Services operating globally across multiple geographies (excluding the United States) and client types. She is also a member of the Barclays Consumer Banking & Payments Executive Committee, and head of Africa, responsible for Barclays’ strategy across the continent. Frank started her career in private equity in 1992, working in Goldman Sachs’ Principal Investment Area in New York and London. She continued working in private equity with AEA Investors and Compass Partners International. In 2005, she joined Goldman Sachs’ Investment Bank, where she built the firm’s middle-market financial sponsors business. Frank graduated from Georgetown University summa cum laude with a degree in Economics, and she earned her MBA from Harvard Business School with honors in 1997. Frank has three sons and lives in London with her husband. She enjoys martial arts, poker, and the arts.

Ramin A. Isayev MC/MPA 2001 
General Director, SOCAR-AQS

Isayev is general director at SOCAR AQS. He has more than 20 years of experience in the international oil industry for companies such as BP, Statoil, SOCAR, and KCA DEUTAG. He also has lectured at various universities in Azerbaijan and has published articles and books on economy, oil, and gas. The founder of two nonprofits, the NATO Information Center in Baku and the U.S.-Educated Alumni Association of Azerbaijan, Isayev received a degree in physics from Baku State University, a PhD in economics from Oil and Industry University in Azerbaijan, and an MBA from MIT.

Peter L. Malkin AB 1955, JD 1958
Chairman Emeritus, Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.
Chairman, Malkin Holdings LLC
New York, NY

Malkin is chairman emeritus of Empire State Realty Trust, a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and chairman of Malkin Holdings. He has had interests in more than 100 property investments throughout the United States and is a leader of investment entities that own and operate approximately 11,400,000 square feet of office, showroom, and retail space; a broad range of industrial properties; and 2,700 apartment units. Malkin is the founding chairman of the Grand Central Partnership and of the 34th Street Partnership and a founder and director of the Garment Center Business Improvement District, all in Manhattan. These nonprofit organizations have led the renascence of New York City. He is also co-chair of the Lincoln Center Emeritus Council. Malkin received his BA summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Harvard College in 1955 and his law degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1958. Malkin is a member of the Executive Committee of the Committee on University Resources, founder and chair emeritus of Harvard Kennedy School’s Dean’s Council, was a member of the Kennedy and Law School Visiting Committees, and a member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard. He is a supporter of the Medical School, the T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Art Museums, the Library, and other areas of the University. At Harvard Kennedy School, he has underwritten the Peter and Isabel Malkin Penthouse and established the Malkin Professorship of Public Policy. In 2011, he was the recipient of the Harvard Medal in honor of his exemplary service to the University. 

Scott D. Malkin AB 1980, MBA 1983, JD 1984
Chairman, Value Retail PLC & SD Malkin Properties

Malkin is the founder and chairman of Value Retail, the co-founder and chairman of Value Retail China, and the founder and chairman of SD Malkin Properties. These companies focus primarily on the development of fashion-led, open-air retail projects and on four-star, boutique hotels. Value Retail’s 11 venues, known as The Bicester Village Shopping Collection, comprise the most productive retail portfolio in the world in terms of sales per square foot. Malkin serves on various Harvard committees and on nonprofit boards including those of the New York Public Library, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Lincoln Center, and Partners In Health. 

Sean C. Rush MC/MPA 2007
President Emeritus, JA Worldwide 
Weston, MA

Rush is the former president and CEO of JA Worldwide, the largest NGO dedicated to addressing fundamental social and economic challenges of young people. He stepped down in July 2015. JA Worldwide reaches millions of students in approximately 125 countries on six continents each year, providing them with financial literacy, entrepreneurship education, and employability skills. Before joining JA Worldwide, Rush was general manager of IBM’s Global Education Industry until 2006, when he retired after 12 years with the company to pursue a degree at the Kennedy School.  Before joining IBM in 1994, he had a 14-year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a consultant, partner, and chair of the firm’s education and nonprofit practice. In addition to an MPA from the Kennedy School, Rush holds an AB and MBA from Boston College and an MS from Boston University.  

Mohammad Safadi
Chairman, Safadi Group Holdings

Safadi is a businessman and philanthropist who was born in Tripoli, Lebanon, on March 28, 1944. He began his career in the private sector. Currently, he is chairman of the board of Safadi Group Holding SAL, which focuses on investments in real estate, property development, and business aviation. Safadi served as an elected member of the Parliament of Lebanon from 2000 to 2018. Between 2005 and 2008, he served as minister of public works and transport. From 2007 to 2008, he served as acting minister of water and energy, and from 2008 to 2011, he served as minister of economy and trade. He also served as minister of finance from 2011 to 2014. Today, as president of Safadi Foundation Lebanon, he supports the development of Lebanese civil society and the reform of state institutions. He is a member of many commissions, committees, and boards in Lebanon. Safadi holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the American University of Beirut. He was awarded the Order of the Knight from the French government, the Cross of the Order of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Order of Civil Merit from the Kingdom of Spain.

Gabriel B. Sunshine AB 1991
Partner, Bracebridge Capital 
Boston, MA

Sunshine is a co-founder of Bracebridge Capital, a global hedge fund specializing in fixed income. He has served as a trader and as a portfolio manager of interest rates and of structured credit at Bracebridge, and currently co-manages the firm.

Erica L. Wax MPP 1997
Governor, Ark Elvin Academy

Wax is a governor of Ark Elvin Academy in London and member of the Advisory Board of the Sutton Trust and Room to Read. Previously, she worked in banking for Merrill Lynch in New York and London and as an international trade consultant in Washington, DC. She has served as a political consultant on local, state, and national campaigns in the United States, and was also the co-founder of a nonprofit in New York City called Girls Career Workshop that works to expose at-risk high school girls to a broad range of careers. Wax holds a BA in politics from the University of California.  

Members of the Dean's Council

Mohammed B. Alardhi HKSEE 1992, MC/MPA 2004
Investcorp House

Fahd A. Al-Rasheed
Managing Director and CEO, The Economic City
King Abdullah Economic City, SAUDI ARABIA

Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki
Athens, GREECE

Abayomi Awobokun
Chief Executive Officer, Enyo Retail and Supply Ltd

Ed Bachrach MC/MPA 2007
Chicago, IL

Issa Baluch
Chairman, First Hectares Capital LTD & AKILI
Hendersonville, NC

Thomas C. Barry MBA 1969
President and CEO, Zephyr Management
New York, NY

Harvey Beker
Co-chief Executive Officer
Co-chairman of Millburn Ridgefield Corporation
New York, NY, and Boston, MA

Lisa M. Bellucci MC/MPA 1997
U.S. Government Relations, Pfizer Inc.
New York, NY

Steven J. Berger AB 1979, MBA 1983
Vice Chair and CFO, Weld North LLC
New York, NY

Scott M. Black MBA 1971
President and Founder, Delphi Management
Boston, MA

Mary M. Boies
Counsel, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
Armonk, NY

Octavio Camarena-Villaseñor MPP 1994
Co-founder and CEO, Másnegocio
Mexico City, MEXICO

Joseph F. Campbell Jr. MPP 1978
Retired, Aerospace Analytics, LLC
New York, NY

Richard E. Cavanagh MBA 1970
Senior Advisor, The Fremont Group
Cambridge, MA

Ann Chao MPP 1992
New York, NY

Adrian C. Cheng AB 2002
Executive Vice Chairman, New World Development Company Limited

Anne Chiou MPP 2005
Senior Advisor, Global Financial Institutions for Starling Trust Sciences

Jamie A. Cooper MPA 1994
Chair and President, Big Win Philanthropy

Howard E. Cox Jr. MBA 1969
Director, Brown Advisory Incorporated
Boston, MA

Robert L. Culver MPA 1978
Milton, MA

Bharat Desai
Chairman, Syntel, Inc.
Miami, FL

Teresa H. Doggett MPA 1983
President and CEO, Searchlight Investments
Austin, TX

Ellen K. Dyvik AB 1987, MPA 1990
Founder & CEO, EN Capital Advisory Limited

Ernesto F. Fernández-Holmann MPA 1966, PhD 1968
Chair, Ayucus
Miami, FL

Anne Finucane
Vice Chairman, Bank of America
Boston, MA

Claire L. Fitzalan Howard
Trustee, Mallinckrodt Foundation and Schroder Foundation

Ana Paula Gerard Rivero MC/MPA 1995
Mexico City, MEXICO, and London, UNITED KINGDOM

Reinhard Gorenflos MPA 1989
Founder and CEO TuaRes Foundation

Charles H. Grice MPP 1985
Managing Director, CRI Compliance, Cornerstone Research
New York, NY

Dionisio Gutiérrez Mayorga
President, Fundación Libertad y Desarrollo
Santa Catarina Pinula, GUATEMALA

John R. Hargrove MC/MPA 2012
Hargrove Law Group
Boca Raton, FL

Nicolaus P. Henke MPA 1990
Senior Partner, McKinsey & Co.

Kenneth A. Hersh
President and CEO, George W. Bush Presidential Center
Dallas, TX

Frank F. Islam
Chairman and CEO, FI Investment Group
Potomac, MD

Malik Ahmad Jalal MPA/ID 2011
Founder and CEO, Cordoba Ventures

Tasso Jereissati
Senator, Federal Senate of Brazil

Maha J. Kaddoura MC/MPA 2000
President, Kaddoura Charitable Foundation

Kay Kapoor
President, AT&T Federal
Washington, DC

John F. Keane Sr. AB 1953, MBA 1954
Boston and Cohasset, MA

Latifa Kosta

George Kounelakis
ENA Investment Capital

Edward M. Lamont Jr. AB 1976
Founder and Chair, Campus Televideo
Greenwich, CT

Yanchun “Lily” Li
Marketing Director, COO, and Co-founder, American Oriental Bioengineering
Beijing, CHINA

Brandt C. Louie
CEO and Chair, H. Y. Louie Company
Burnaby, BC, CANADA

Andrónico Luksic
Vice President, Banco de Chile
Santiago, CHILE

Eugenio Madero
CEO, Rassini
Mexico City, MEXICO

Mohamed L. Mansour
Chairman, Mansour Group

Bashar Masri
Chairman, Massar International

Lorenzo Mendoza HKSEE 2010
CEO, Empresas Polar

James B. Metzger
New York, NY

Eric M. Mindich AB 1988
Former CEO, Eton Park Capital Management
Boston, MA

Anthony P. Morris
Founder, Morris Company
Boston, MA

Paul J. Much MC/MPA 2009
Chicago, IL

Roberto H. Murray, Jr. MBA 1974
Chairman of the Shareholders' Council, AGRISAL
San Salvador, EL SALVADOR

Christian Long Oberbeck
Managing Director, Saratoga Partners
New York, NY

Hilda M. Ochoa-Brillembourg MC/MPA 1972, HKSEE 2002
President and CEO, Strategic Investment Partners Inc.
Arlington, VA

Marvin E. Odum
Houston, TX

Nelson Ortiz MC/MPA 1983
President, CONAPRI

Minnie R. Osmeña MC/MPA, HKSEE
President, Minnie Osmeña Foundation
New York, NY

Jerome L. Rappaport AB 1947, LLB 1949, MPA 1963
Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation
Boston, MA

Jang-Han Rhee
Chairman, Chong Kun Dang Pharmaceutical Corp.

Tom Rousakis AB 1993, MPP 1997
Senior Managing Director, Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors, LLC
New York, NY

Vincent J. Ryan
Chairman, Schooner Capital
Boston, MA

Carlos Salinas de Gortari MPA 1973, AM 1976, PhD 1978
Mexico City, MEXICO, and London, UNITED KINGDOM

Elliot J. Schrage AB 1981, JD 1986, MPP 1986
VP, Facebook
Menlo Park, CA

Jane E. Silfen MBA 2013, MPP 2013
Portfolio Manager, Mayfair Management Company
New York, NY

Carl-Henric Svanberg
Chairman, European Roundtable of Industrialists and AB Volvo

Anthony Tamer MBA 1986
Founder and Co-CEO, HIG Capital
Miami, FL

Emil Tedeschi
CEO, Atlantic Grupa

Lynn Thoman MBA 1979
Co-chair, Leon Lowenstein Foundation, Inc.
New York, NY

Joseph B. Tompkins Jr. JD 1974, MPP 1975
Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Washington, DC

Jesús Viejo Gonzalez MPP 1998
Chairman, Trefilia Capital Investments
Monterrey, MEXICO

Enzo Viscusi
Group Senior Vice President, ENI
New York, NY

Brooke N. Wade
President, Wade Capital Corporation
Vancouver, BC, CANADA

Malcolm H. Wiener AB 1957, JD 1963
Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation
Greenwich, CT

Michael A. Zaoui MBA 1983
Founding Partner, Zaoui & Co. Ltd

Dorothy S. Zinberg PhD 1966
Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Cambridge, MA

Benefits of Membership

Benefits for members of the Leadership Circle of the Dean’s Council (with an annual contribution of $50,000 to the HKS Fund) include:

  • All the benefits of membership on the Dean’s Council plus additional opportunities, including but not limited to:
  • Enhanced listing with a short biography and photo in the Directory of the Dean’s Council in print and on the School’s website.
  • Invitation to participate in a Leadership Circle roundtable discussion hosted by the dean and chair of the Dean’s Council before the fall meeting in Cambridge.
  • Invitation to an exclusive Leadership Circle event in conjunction with the winter meeting of the Council (typically in London).

Benefits for all members of the Dean’s Council (with an annual contribution of $25,000 to the HKS Fund) include:

  • Membership listing in the Directory of the Dean’s Council in print and on the School’s website.
  • Listing in the Annual Report of Giving & Alumni Engagement.
  • Invitations to two annual meetings of the Council, typically held in Cambridge and London.
  • Invitations to regional events.
  • Regular communications from the dean of Harvard Kennedy School, including news and requests for feedback on how the School is training public leaders to address current challenges.
  • Invitations to participate in the Wiener Conference Call series, which offers the opportunity to ask questions of expert faculty on a range of timely issues.
  • Priority access to Harvard Kennedy School events, including gatherings at the School’s John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum.
Responsibilities of Membership
  • Commit to a three-year term (subject to renewal).
  • Make an annual contribution of $25,000 or $50,000, depending on membership level, to the HKS Fund, which provides crucial, unrestricted support for Harvard Kennedy School’s highest priorities.
  • Consider an additional leadership gift once per each three-year term to support a specific Harvard Kennedy School project or initiative.
  • Host an event to network and recruit new members during each three-year term.
  • Serve as ambassadors for Harvard Kennedy School by working to raise the visibility of the School’s achievements, people, and mission.
  • Create synergies between your philanthropic connections and Harvard Kennedy School.