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Dean's Council

Harvard Kennedy School's Dean's Council comprises leaders from various sectors who believe in improving public policy and public leadership around the globe. Members provide financial support and practical advice that allow the School to advance positive change at the local, state, national, and international levels, all to help people be safer, freer, and more prosperous.

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“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


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.

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Ewa Abraham

Palm Beach, FL

Abraham is an educationalist, philanthropist, and charity organizer who has worked with the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she established the Ewa Abraham Fellowship after participating in Harvard Project Zero, a program designed to enhance learning in the arts and other areas. From 2010 to 2013, she was a member of the MIT OpenCourseWare External Advisory Board. More recently, Abraham has played a supporting role in Generation Global, an initiative of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. Since attending the signing of the historic Oslo Accord at the White House in 1993, she has been an active participant in the work of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace. She is also helping to develop the mission of the New Synagogue of Palm Beach. She has been married for 23 years to Dan Abraham, founder of SlimFast, and they have two teenage children

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S.D. Abraham

Palm Beach, FL

Abraham is an entrepreneur in the pharmaceutical and diet food businesses. Shortly after returning from a tour in Europe as a member of U.S. Army in 1947, he purchased Thompson Medical Company, which had annual sales of $5,000. It is now a privately held company distributing a variety of products. His interest in the weight loss industry led him to develop the now-independent SlimFast Foods. Abraham is dedicated to many causes, including improving health care and nutrition, encouraging Middle East peace, and broadening educational opportunities. His gift to the Mayo Clinic created the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center; he also endowed the S. Daniel Abraham Chair in Middle East Policy Studies at Princeton University and a chair in nutritional medicine at Harvard University Medical School. Additionally, he has funded the Dan Abraham School for Business Administration and Economics at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program at Yeshiva University, and the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women. Abraham and his wife Ewa reside in Palm Beach with their two children. He also has four grown daughters, 27 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He holds honorary doctorates from Ben-Gurion University, Bar-Ilan University, and Yeshiva University.

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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 effective therapies 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, the Women's Foundation of Boston Board, and the Massachusetts General Hospital President’s Council. She is co-president of the Harvard Club of the Philippines and serves on the Visiting Committees for the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard’s International and Area Studies. She holds a degree from Columbia Law School and is co-chair of the HKS Fund Executive Council.

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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. 

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Laurence D. Belfer AB 1988

Co-chair, Dean's Council
CEO, Belfer Management
New York, NY

Belfer is chief executive officer of Belfer Management LLC in New York City, a family investment firm that emphasizes the energy, real estate, financial services, and certain consumer-facing industries. He serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Castleton Commodities International, LLC. Previously, Belfer served as vice chair, president, and chief operating officer of Belco Oil and Gas Corp. (NYSE) and co-founder of Harvest Capital LP. At Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer co-chairs the Dean’s Council, serves on the Executive Board, and is a member of the International Council of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. In addition, Belfer serves as chair of the Board of the 92nd Street Y, where he founded the Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact (BCISI). He is also on the Board of #GivingTuesday, the global giving movement created at BCISI. He 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 (YPO Big Apple Gold) and is a Henry Crown Fellow at The Aspen Institute. He is a 1988 graduate with honors from Harvard University who earned his juris doctor degree from Columbia Law School in 1992. He and his wife, Carolyn, their two sons, and daughter live in New York City.

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Ceci Chan

Managing Director, Dasym New Media
New York, NY

Chan has 35 years of experience in business development and making direct investments. She invests in content creation, content distribution, educational and cultural enterprises, and blockchain and crypto currency. She is partner and managing director, Greater China, at Dasym, a researchdriven investment company with a strong focus on telecoms, media, and technology (TMT). Dasym’s leadership has invested over €30 billion in the TMT space. Chan leads the creation of a documentary film based on Peter Frankopan’s international bestseller and she is a founder of StoryFile, a company that uses AI-driven applications to create interactive video storytelling and presentations to enable global audiences to communicate without the limitations of time and space. She also spearheads the growth of Credence, a firm focused on investing in blockchain and crypto currency investments. Since 1985, Chan has supported educational programs to reduce racism, hatred, and violence. She was on the Capital Campaign Committee for the Boston Latin School, she is a member of Facing History and Ourselves’ Leadership Council, and she serves on the USC Shoah Foundation’s Executive Committee. With the Shoah Foundation, Chan executive produced “The Girl and the Picture” and “Liberation Heroes,” documentary films that tell the stories of a Nanjing Massacre survivor and young U.S. soldiers who liberated Holocaust concentration camps. She supports various Harvard initiatives, including the Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, which aims to reduce hateful web behavior, combat disinformation, and strengthen the democratic process.

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Edward D. Dong MC/MPA 2015

Founding Chair, U.S.-China Committee, International Leadership Foundation 
Los Angeles, CA

Dong is a business executive and advocate for 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 and LA Chapter Advisory Board, 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, and received the 2017 UB Distinguished Alumni Award, especially for his contribution and courage as a student leader during the 1989 Beijing Tiananmen Square Student Democracy Movement.

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Karen A. Frank MBA 1997

Co-chair, Dean's Council
Global Head of Equity Division, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (as of October 2020)

Frank joined the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) in October 2020 as senior managing director, head of equities division, where she oversees a global team managing $50 billion CAD of net assets, with investments in more than 60 private companies around the world. She moved to OTPP from Barclays, where she most recently was CEO of Barclays Private Bank, managing wealth assets of £100bn for private and institutional clients globally. She was previously head of Barclays European Financial Sponsors business. While at Barclays, Frank was a member of the Barclays Executive Committee and Consumer & Payments Committee, and also served as head of Africa, responsible for Barclays’ strategy across the continent. Frank has more than 25 years of private equity and financial services experience. She started her career at Goldman Sachs Principal Investments in New York and London, then worked at AEA Investors and Compass Partners International. She graduated from Georgetown University summa cum laude with a degree in economics and earned her MBA from Harvard Business School with honors. Frank has three sons and lives in London. She serves as a trustee of the British Heart Foundation and enjoys martial arts, poker, and the arts.

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Fred Hu PhD 1993

Founder and Chairman, Primavera Capital Group
Hong Kong, SAR

Hu is the founder and chairman of Primavera Capital Group, a private investment firm focused on innovative industries. As an economist, Hu is interested in entrepreneurship, technological innovation, and international development. Hu served as the co-director of the National Center for Economic Research and a professor at Tsinghua University; he is currently an adjunct professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Peking University. He served at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, and has advised the Chinese government on financial market reforms and economic policies. Hu also served on the Hong Kong SAR government’s Strategic Development Committee and the Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission. Hu is the non-executive chairman of Yum China Holdings Inc. and is a director of several corporate boards including Ant Group, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, ICBC, and UBS Group AG. Hu is the co-chair of the Nature Conservancy’s Asia Pacific Council, a trustee of the China Medical Board, a member of the Council of Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory Board, a member of Harvard University’s Global Advisory Council, and a member of the Advisory Committees of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School and the Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business at Columbia University. Previously, Hu was chairman of Greater China and a partner at Goldman Sachs, where he was instrumental in building the firm’s franchise in the Asia Pacific region. Hu holds a master’s in engineering science from Tsinghua University and a master’s and PhD in economics from Harvard University.

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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.

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Pierre Keller

Former Managing Partner, Banque Lombard Odier & SA

Keller started his banking career with the Swiss Bank Corporation in New York, then spent time in the Swiss Diplomatic Service, where he was assigned to the Swiss Observer’s Office to the United Nations, the Federal Political Department in Berne, and the Swiss delegation to EFTA in Geneva. He joined Lombard, Odier & Cie in 1961, and has been the partner responsible for institutional clients since 1970, and senior partner from 1990 to 1994. He retired from Lombard, Odier & Cie in 1995. He was also a member of the International Committee of the Red Cross and served as its vice president. Until the end of 2017, he was chairman of the board of trustees of “Europaeum,” an association of leading European Universities initiated by Oxford University. Keller studied law at the University of Geneva and international relations at Yale University, where he obtained the degrees of master’s of arts and doctor of philosophy.

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Andrónico Luksic

Chairman, Luksic Group
Santiago, CHILE

Luksic is chairman of the Board of Directors of the Luksic Group’s holding company Quiñenco S.A., a leading Chilean business conglomerate. He is the vice chairman of the Board of Directors of Banco de Chile and president of Compañía Cervecerías Unidas S.A. He is also vice president of Compañía Sudamericana de Vapores S.A. (CSAV) and a member of the Boards of Directors of Antofagasta Minerals plc, Nexans, and Invexans. Luksic founded and is president of three nonprofit organizations in Chile: Fundación Educacional Oportunidad, Fundación Amparo y Justicia, and Fundación Impulso Inicial. He is a board member of the Chile Pacific Foundation. Luksic is also a member of the International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai, the International Advisory Board of Barrick Gold, the International Advisory Council of the Brookings Institution, the Chairman’s International Advisory Council at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, and a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Panama Canal Authority. He is a founding member of the Harvard Global Advisory Council and the Columbia University World Projects Advisory Council, as well as the International Advisory Boards of the Fudan University School of Management and the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. He is a trustee emeritus at Babson College and a member of the Americas Executive Board at MIT Sloan School of Management, the Advisory Board of the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, and the Latin America Advisory Board of Harvard Business School. In addition to these endeavors, Luksic is an accomplished mountaineer who summited Mount Everest in 2004. In 2005, he completed his quest for the “Seven Summits of the World” by climbing to the summit of the highest peak on each of the seven continents. Luksic was educated in Santiago at the Grange School before attending the Dublin Preparatory School and Babson College.

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Peter L. Malkin AB 1955, JD 1958

Chair Emeritus, Dean's Council
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.

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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, and are partners in a new development at Belmont Park racecourse (near JFK) that will include a sports arena as well as retail and a hotel. Value Retail’s eleven 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.

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Paul J. Much MC/MPA 2009

Chicago, IL

Much is a midwestern native who enjoyed a 36-year career in corporate finance and investment banking, retiring from Houlihan Lokey where he served as a senior managing director and board member. Following his retirement from the corporate world, Much returned to school, earning an MC/MPA from Harvard Kennedy School and a master’s in international human rights law from Northwestern University. At HKS, he was a Lucius N. Littauer Fellow, which required academic excellence and which recognized leadership and service.

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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.  

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Vincent J. Ryan

Chairman, Schooner Capital
Boston, MA

Ryan is chairman of Schooner Capital, LLC, a venture capital firm founded in 1971. Ryan founded and built several companies in the last 40 years in the information management, communications, and alternative energy industries, including Iron Mountain, which he built into a global provider of information management services. He served as director until 2014. Ryan is president of the Schooner Foundation, which supports domestic and international organizations in the fields of human rights, social justice, global health equity, education, and conservation. Ryan has served on a number of philanthropic boards. He is a member of the advisory board of the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard Kennedy School, and the Dean’s Council. In addition, he serves on the boards of Issue One and the Brigham & Women’s President’s Advisory Council. He is trustee emeritus at the Marine Biological Lab and at the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum. Ryan has previously served on the boards of the Furniture Society, the Landmine Survivor Network, and Physicians for Human Rights. He is a graduate of Boston University.

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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.

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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.

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Erica L. Wax MPP 1997

Co-founder, Impact 100 London

Wax launched Impact 100 London, a collective philanthropy focused on women and girls in London, in February 2020. Wax is also 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.

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George H. White AB 1977, JD 1981

Of Counsel, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
New York, NY

White is Of Counsel at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, having retired from the partnership at the end of 2017 after 36 years at the firm. During his career, he advised a wide variety of corporate clients, financial institutions, and government entities on mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings, corporate governance issues, internal investigations, project financings, and regulatory matters. He spent 22 years in the firm’s London office, working on professional matters in 28 different countries around the globe. He also managed the firm’s Frankfurt office for five years and was based in New York, Paris, and Los Angeles at various times. He currently serves on the boards of the American Foundation for the Courtauld Institute of Art and Maryland Lyric Opera.

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Patricia (Patti) E. White MPP/JD 1980

Alexandria, VA

White has served on multiple nonprofit boards in the education and cultural sectors, including the English National Opera (ENO), National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), Vanderbilt University, and American Friends of the National Portrait Gallery, London. She is a former chair of American Friends of ENO and UK Friends of NMWA, former president of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association, and current chair of the American Friends of Winchester College. She brings a wealth of experience in strategic planning, fundraising, volunteering, and advocacy to these boards and other community organizations.

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Michael Zaoui MBA 1983

Founding Partner, Zaoui & Co. Ltd

Zaoui is founding partner of Zaoui & Co., which advises major corporations on mergers and acquisitions in Europe. Before setting up his own firm in London, he had a distinguished career at Morgan Stanley, where he last served as vice chairman of the Institutional Securities Group and chairman of the European Mergers and Acquisitions Group. While at Morgan Stanley, Zaoui led some of the firm’s major transactions. His banking career began with Banque Rothschild in Paris. He received an undergraduate degree from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, a master in law from Université de Paris, a predoctorate in law from Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He also completed a postgraduate research program at the London School of Economics. He serves on several corporate boards in Europe. He was until recently a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School and is a current member of the International Council of Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. With a broad interest in the arts, Zaoui is a governor of the Southbank Centre, which includes the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and the Hayward Gallery. He lives in London with his wife Anna; their two children live in the United States.

Members of the Dean's Council

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

Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki
Athens, GREECE

Abayomi Awobokun
Chief Executive Officer, Enyo Retail and Supply Ltd

Issa Baluch
Advisory Board Member, Calestous Juma Legacy Foundation; Strategic Advisor, DP World

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

Harvey Beker
Chairman, Millburn Ridgefield Corporation
New York, NY, and Boston, MA

Lisa M. Bellucci MC/MPA 1997
Global Corporate Affairs Lead, 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

Hermann Friedrich Bruhn
Owner and CEO, Hermann Friedrich Bruhn Group
Hamburg, GERMANY

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

Joseph F. Campbell Jr. MPP 1978
New York, NY

Richard E. Cavanagh MBA 1970
Senior Advisor, Fremont Group
Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School
Cambridge, MA

Ann Chao MPP 1992
New York, NY

Adrian C. Cheng AB 2002
Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, New World Development Company Limited
Hong Kong SAR

Anne Chiou MPP 2005
Head of Programs, Business and Policy, Asia Society Hong Kong Center

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

Diego Córdoba Mallarino
President, Teka Capital

Howard E. Cox Jr. MBA 1969
Greylock Partners
Boston, MA

Robert L. Culver MPA 1978
Milton, MA

Bharat Desai
Former Chairman and Co-founder, Syntel, Inc.
Miami, FL

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
Chairman of the Board, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Europe
Boston, MA

Claire L. Fitzalan Howard
Non-executive Director, Schroders Plc and Caledonia Invesments Plc
Trustee, Mallinckrodt Foundation and Schroder Foundation

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

Margaret "Meg" Gifford MPA 1986
New York, NY

Daniel K. Goldberg LLM 2001
Partner, Farallon Capital Management
São Paulo, BRAZIL

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
President, Fundación Libertad y Desarrollo
Guatemala City, GUATEMALA

Fernando Gutierrez-Eddy MC/MPA 2009
Chief, Resource Mobilization and Partner Relations, UN Women
New York, NY

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

Nicolaus 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

Carlos Jereissati
President/CEO, Iguatemi Empresa de Shopping Centers
Sao Paulo, BRAZIL

Tasso Jereissati
Senator, Federal Senate of Brazil
Fortaleza, BRAZIL

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

Kay Kapoor
CEO, Arya Technologies
Washington, DC

Kola Karim
Group Managing Director/CEO, Shoreline Energy International
Lagos, NIGER

Latifa Kosta

George Kounelakis
ENA Investment Capital

Nicholas Kukrika MPP 2007
Partner, Generation Investment Management LLP

Shan Li
CEO, Silkroad Finance Corporation

Yanchun (Lily) Li
Chairperson, Harvard Wealth Strategy and Management LLC
Co-founder, UBI Blockchain Internet
Beijing, CHINA

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

Eugenio Madero
CEO, Rassini
Mexico City, MEXICO

Mohamed L. Mansour
Chairman, Mansour Group

Bashar Masri
Chairman, Massar International

Rod Miller MPP 1990
Partner, Millbank
New York, NY

Eric M. Mindich AB 1988
Former CEO, Eton Park Capital Management
New York, NY

Anthony P. Morris
Principal, Morris Company
Boston, MA

Roberto H. Murray Jr. MBA 1974
Chairman of the Shareholders' Council, AGRISAL
Chairman of the Family Foundation, Fundación Rafael Meza Ayau
Member of the Leadership Group, Interamerican Dialogue
San Salvador, EL SALVADOR

Christian Long Oberbeck
CEO and Co-founder, Saratoga Partners
New York, NY

Hilda M. Ochoa-Brillembourg MC/MPA 1972, HKSEE 2002
Chairman Emeritus, Strategic Investment Partners Inc.
Arlington, VA

Michael Olshan
Founder and Managing Partner, O-Corp Investments
New York, NY

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.

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
San Francisco, CA

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

Emil Tedeschi
CEO, Atlantic Grupa

Lynn Thoman MBA 1979
Professor, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
Founder, 3 Takeaways on Apple Podcasts
New York, NY

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

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

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

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

Benefits and Responsibilities of Membership

Benefits and responsibilities for members of the Leadership Circle of the Dean’s Council include:

  • Make an annual contribution of $50,000 to the HKS Fund.
  • 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 Harvard Kennedy School's 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 spring meeting of the Council (typically in London).

Benefits and responsibilities for all members of the Dean's Council include:

  • Make an annual contribution of $25,000 to the HKS Fund.
  • Membership listing in the directory of Harvard Kennedy School's Dean’s Council in print and on the School’s website.
  • Listing in Harvard Kennedy School's Annual Report of Giving & Alumni Engagement.
  • Invitations to two annual meetings of the Council, typically held in Cambridge and London.
  • 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 shared 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 all members of the Dean's Council:

  • Commit to a three-year term (subject to renewal).
  • Make an annual contribution of $25,000 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.
  • Serve as an ambassador for Harvard Kennedy School by working to raise the visibility of the School’s achievements, people, and mission.
  • Engage more closely with Harvard Kennedy School. Opportunities include:
    • Host a networking event to recruit new members during each three-year term.
    • Encourage your employer to post job opportunities in the HKS job bank used by graduating students and alumni.
    • Host an event for Dean’s Council members, students, or alumni.
    • Sponsor a current student for a summer internship.
    • Invite a student to shadow you at your job during winter break.
    • Serve as a Policy Analysis Exercise client for second-year MPP students.
    • Other opportunities to engage based on interest and alignment with the School’s mission.