Hauser Leaders Program

The Hauser Leaders Program is the only program of its kind at Harvard Kennedy School, hosting high-profile leaders and practitioners from across public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Hauser Leaders spend the bulk of their time at CPL advising students and engaging with faculty. By providing the community with direct access to experts with broad experiences and deep knowledge sets, the Hauser Leaders Program contributes in vital ways to the academic life of Harvard. In the 2018-2019 academic year, Hauser Leaders reached community members from 10 Harvard schools via public events, skill-building and leadership development seminars, and advising sessions. Hauser Leaders have also influenced Harvard curriculum by speaking in the classroom, engaging in case development, and sharing expertise with lead faculty.

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Fall 2019 Hauser Leaders TBA

Fall 2019 Hauser Leaders will be announced in September 2019.

Nadja West

Nicholas Kristof headshotNicholas Kristof
Hauser Visiting Leader

Op-ed Columnist, The New York Times; Pulitzer Prize winner

Scheduled visit: Monday, April 8, 2019 to Tuesday, April 9 2019

Nicholas D. Kristof, a columnist for The Times since 2001, is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who writes op-ed columns that appear twice a week. Mr. Kristof grew up on a sheep and cherry farm near Yamhill, Oregon. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and then studied law at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship.

After joining The New York Times in 1984, initially covering economics, he served as a Times correspondent in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo. He later was Associate Managing Editor of The Times, responsible for Sunday editions. In 1990 Mr. Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, then also a Times journalist, won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement. Mr. Kristof won a second Pulitzer in 2006, for commentary for what the judges called “his graphic, deeply reported columns that, at personal risk, focused attention on genocide in Darfur and that gave voice to the voiceless in other parts of the world.”

In his column, Mr. Kristof was an early opponent of the Iraq war. He among the first to warn that we were losing ground to the Taliban in southern Afghanistan and raise doubts about WMD in Iraq.

Mr. Kristof and Ms. WuDunn are authors of China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power, and Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia. Together they wrote Half the Sky: From Oppression to Opportunity for Women Worldwide, which was the inspiration of The Half the Sky Movement that seeks to ignite the change needed to put an end to the oppression of women and girls worldwide. Most recently, Kristof and WuDunn authored A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity that also inspired a PBS-documentary, which both provide a unique and essential narrative about making a difference in the world — and a roadmap to becoming a conscientious global citizen.

Former Hauser Leaders

Former Hauser Leaders

Larry Bacow (2014-2018) || President, Harvard UniversityPresident, Tufts University (2001-2011)

Geoffrey Canada (Fall 2017) || President, Harlem Children’s Zone
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Carol Caruso (2017-2018) || CEO and Co-Founder, Bloom Impact; Innovator-in-Residence, Social Innovation + Change Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

Alice Chen (2017-2019) || Executive Director, Doctors for America (2011-2017)

Nicholas Ehrmann (2017-2018) || President and Founder, Blue Engine; Visiting Innovator, Social Innovation + Change Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

Claude Grunitzky (2017-2018) || 
Entrepreneur, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, TRUE Africa; Visiting Innovator, Social Innovation + Change Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

Donald Kaberuka (2015-2016) || President, African Development Bank (2005-2015)

Nicholas Kristof (2017-2019) || Op-ed Columnist, The New York Times; Pulitzer Prize winner

John Kroger (2018-2019) || President, Reed College (2012-2018)

The Hon. Mitchell Landrieu (Spring 2018) || 61st Mayor, New Orleans, Louisiana (2010-2018)

Linda Mason (2014-2017) || Chair, Mercy Corps; Founder, Bright Horizons

Karen Gordon Mills (Fall 2018) || 23rd Administrator, United States Small Business Administration (2009-2013)

Vivek Murthy (2017-2019) || 
19th United States Surgeon General (2014-2017)

Henry Timms (2018-2019) || President and CEO, Lincoln Center

Sheryl WuDunn (2017-2019) || Co-founder, FullSky Partners; Pulitzer Prize Winner