FALL 2016

We are currently planning events for the fall semester. Once they are finalized, event announcements will be posted here.



The Earthquake in Nepal: Reflections on Relief & Recovery One Year Later
DATE: Monday, April 25, 2016, 1:15pm to 2:30pm
LOCATION: Ash Center Lobby, Suite 200 North, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA

On April 25, 2015, the Gorkha Earthquake struck Nepal, causing extensive damage and taking the lives of thousands. In this panel discussion, speakers - including graduate students from both Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Graduate School of Design – will draw on their fieldwork and ongoing research to discuss how relief and recovery have progressed in the year since the disaster occurred.


  • Erica Kelly, MPP16, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Yoko Okura, MPP17, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Oscar Natividad, MDes16, Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • Ashley Thompson, MDes17, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Closing remarks by Mohan Das Manandhar, Chairperson of Nepal Energy Foundation

Moderated by Arnold M. Howitt, Faculty Co-Director of the Program on Crisis Leadership and Executive Director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School

Accelerating Disaster Recovery
DATE: January 22, 2016

In this day-long conference at Harvard University's Loeb House, organized by the Program on Crisis Leadership and the Belfer Center's Broadmoor Project, political leaders, senior public officials, and leading scholars of disaster recovery discussed the complex challenges underlying recovery efforts and explored ways to more effectively rebound from future disasters. For more on this event, click here.



Alex Altshuler Leads PCL Seminar

Alex Altshuler, PCL post-doctoral Fulbright Fellow 2014-16, leads a seminar with HKS students, fellows, and faculty.