Harvard Kennedy School


Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education: World-Class Public Policy Education

For over 75 years, the Harvard Kennedy School has educated and empowered individuals committed to helping people, communities, and nations solve the world’s most pressing public problems. Through its Executive Education programs, the school offers the most comprehensive curriculum in public leadership available anywhere in the world.

Addressing critical subjects from crisis leadership and decision-making to economic development and national security, over 30 Executive Education programs are offered annually for public, private, and nonprofit sector executives looking to expand their skills in a highly-collaborative, academically-rigorous environment, leveraging the Harvard-pioneered case study methodology.

“While our focus is on public sector leaders, many topics are also of interest to business leaders, due to the interplay between policy and business,” explained Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education, Debra Iles. “In fact, many of our participants are senior level managers and about half of them are from countries other than the US. This diversity of perspectives and opportunity to collaborate and build professional networks is a powerful part of participants’ experiences here.”

The school has participants coming from well over 100 countries and has seen an increase in participants from Brazil, growing from 20 senior officials across 12 programs in 2013, to 38 individuals attending close to 20 different programs in 2014.

“The participation from Brazil has spanned the array of courses we offer which tells us that many of our courses are relevant to the Brazilian public sector audience,” added Executive Director, Strategic Market and Program Development, Amy Capman. “We’ve also had successful visits and productive conversations in Brasília, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro, with many public organizations in support of the work that we do here.”

Other new programs include Cybersecurity: The Intersection of Policy and Technology, which examines the challenges cyberspace is presenting to the security of critical infrastructure around the world and the importance of formulating strategies to address them. The school is has a longstanding and successful Women and Power course which offers an interactive experience designed to help women advance to top positions of influence.

Whether in the private, public, or nonprofit sector, Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education participants are prepared by Harvard’s world-class faculty to lead. Recognizing that effective leadership requires a continuous commitment to building new skills, networking, and keeping pace with innovative ideas and cutting-edge research, the Executive Education programs provide the best in transformative policy education.


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