John Haigh Named Faculty Co-Director of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government

Contact: Doug Gavel
Phone: (617) 495-1115
Date: April 18, 2011

John A. HaighMPP 1982, the Executive Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, has been named faculty co-director of the Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government(M-RCBG). M-RCBG is the school’s hub for academic scholarship, research and teaching focused on critical policy issues that engage both the public and private sectors.

In his new role as co-director, Haigh will help steer M-RCBG’s strategic focus and academic objectives at a time when the center’s work is becoming increasingly more important and relevant to public policy. He will also retain his current responsibilities over school operations and his faculty position as adjunct lecture in public policy.

“John Haigh brings both an exceptional academic background and practical real-world knowledge to his new position at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center,” said Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Dean David T. Ellwood. “It is this unique combination of skills that will help drive the center to even greater things as it moves forward.”

Haigh will work closely withLawrence H. Summers, the Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University and M-RCBG faculty director.

“I am excited about this new challenge at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center,” said Haigh. “There are myriad ways in which the research and ideas generated here can and do have an impact on lawmakers and business leaders in Washington, New York and beyond. The intersection between business and government is changing and roles are being redefined, and we at M-RCBG have an obligation to ensure that the public interest is central to any and all policy outcomes.”

Haigh held a variety of strategic and leadership positions in the private sector before joining Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) in 2005. He served as President of AT&T’s International Ventures and later as Senior Vice President for Emerging Initiatives at AT&T Wireless. Previous to his tenure at AT&T, Haigh served as partner and consultant with Mercer Management Consulting for 13 years, focusing on strategic and operational issues in multiple industries – telecommunications, transportation, energy and the environment.

He holds a BA from Grinnell College, where he was the President’s Medalist and Phi Beta Kappa, and a Master in Public Policy (MPP) from the Kennedy School. Haigh grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, where he excelled in both academics and sports. He was an All-City and All-State basketball and baseball player at Lincoln High School, where he graduated in 1972.


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