Harvard Welcomes 2016 Advanced Leadership Fellows for a Year of Learning and a Lifetime of Impact

48 prestigious leaders from across sectors and around the world begin their studies at Harvard to address pressing problems and improve societal outcomes in the next stage of their careers

Feb 10, 2016, 14:29 ET from Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) at Harvard University has announced the selection of 48 Advanced Leadership (AL) Fellows. Tapping the deep experience and commitment of a socially conscious generation of highly accomplished leaders, ALI provides them with the tools and perspectives to address complex challenges that require multifaceted, cross-sector solutions,   Fellows arrive on campus with a diversity of backgrounds and a shared interest in giving back. While at Harvard, they learn how to apply their talents to new societal challenges.

The 2016 cohort, which began its studies on Jan. 25 with the start of classes at Harvard, is the largest of the eight cohorts of Fellows since 2009. The number of nominees submitted to this groundbreaking program also rose sharply.  Fellows participate in an Advanced Leadership core course; attend intensive "deep dives" focusing on social issues, including health, environment, and education; engage in field experiences in the U.S. or abroad; and present their plans to lead social change at a capstone event.

"At ALI, leaders find a new mission. AL Fellows call on their knowledge from highly successful careers while exploring new challenges, learning from world-class faculty and peers and advancing their plans to drive positive impact," said Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Chair and Director of the Advanced Leadership Initiative. Kanter, the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor at Harvard Business School, added, "Real progress on the most challenging problems requires advanced leadership. Advanced leaders distinguish themselves by their ability to work and thrive in complex systems, where authority is scattered, goals and measures of success are nebulous, and obstacles to change abound."

By the end of 2016, nearly 250 Advanced Leadership Fellows will have completed a year of learning with faculty members from across Harvard University. The conclusion of the AL Fellowship year, however, marks just the first step in a longer journey to give back. Fellows remain part of a unique community of leaders long after their year of intense learning in Cambridge and Boston comes to a close.

Meet the 2016 Advanced Leadership Fellows
The 48 AL Fellows in the 2016 cohort have backgrounds in law, medicine, technology, finance, manufacturing, government, military, social enterprise, and several other sectors. Their global experience is reflected in the fact that sixteen Fellows come from abroad, and many more have had extensive professional experiences overseas. To read more about the 2016 AL Fellows, please visit: http://advancedleadership.harvard.edu/fellows

The 2016 Advanced Leadership Fellows (with former titles): 


Larry Albin
Deloitte Consulting


M. Carl Johnson, III
Executive Vice President,
Chief Growth Officer and
Senior Advisor,
J.M. Smucker

Laura Murphy
Laura Murphy
& Associates, LLC


Amy S. Anthony
President, CEO,
Preservation of Affordable


Suneel Kamlani
Co-CEO, Markets,
Royal Bank of Scotland
Chief Operating Officer,
UBS Investment Bank

Robert J. Palay
Chairman, CEO,
Cellular Dynamics


Ricardo Alberto

Lintel Corporation

Larry Kantor
Managing Director,
Head of Research,
Barclays Capital

Bernadette B. Paolo
President, CEO,
The Africa Society of the
National Summit on Africa

Arthur Black
Managing Partner,
BBR Partners

Kenneth Kaufman
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

Brett A. Perlman 
Vector Advisors

Lisa Braden-Harder
Founder, CEO,


Vikram Kaushik
Managing Director, CEO,
Tata Sky Ltd.


Luciana Phebo, M.D.
Chief Field Office
Coordinator, National
Chief, Urban Platform,
UNICEF, Brazil

Melanie Calzetti-Spahr
Managing Director,


Philip I. Kent
Chairman, CEO,
Turner Broadcasting

Ishan Raina
Founder, CEO,
Out of Home Media


Richard B. Carey
Managing Director,
Credit Suisse


Edna Kissmann
Kissmann Langford

Erlan Sagadiev
Deputy Minister of
Investment & Development,
Republic of Kazakhstan

Patricia Hennessy

Senior Vice President,
Global Concessions and
New Business Development,

Mark Kroese
President, COO,
Jadora International


David Sargent
Co-Founder, CEO,
Growth Capital Partners


Laura Dambier
Senior Vice President,
Lincoln Financial Group


Jonathan Lampe
Senior Partner,
Goodmans LLP

Patrick Seaver
Partner, Latham & Watkins


Udayan Dasgupta
Senior Vice President,
Whole Time Director,
L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering

Gong Li
Senior Managing Director,
Accenture, Greater China

Jagdishwar Prasad Sinha
Senior Vice President,
Schaeffler Technologies AG


John Kenneth Felter
Ropes & Gray


Xiaotao (Alex) Li
Tonghuashun Fund Sales

Tirunelveli Ratnagiri
'TR' Sivaramakrishnan
Independent Director,
Palred Technologies LTD

Hasan Ghias
Chief Commercial Officer,
Binzagr Company (Unilever)

Charles MacCormack 
President, CEO,
Save The Children

Honey Jacobs Skinner
Sidley Austin LLP.

Carol Corning Hallquist
Hallmark Corporate


Mark P. Mantovani
Chaiman, President, CEO,


Jeffrey W. Talley
Lieutenant General,
Chief of Army Reserve and
Commanding General,
United States Army
Reserve Command

W. Gordon Hamlin, Jr.
Powell Goldstein


Mehraj Mattoo
Global Head,
Alternative Investments,
Commerzbank AG

Cristina Vanmarcke de Pieretti
Cisneros Corporation


Gloria Hernandez-

Centro Medico Excel

Aviad Meitar
Bottling Company LTD.

Lynne Wines
President, CEO,
First Southern Bank and
Union Bank of Florida

Fernando Fontes Iunes
Managing Director,
Banco Itaú BBA

Mary Minow
Presidential Appointee,
National Museum and
Library Services Board

David G. Yates
North America Regional
Business Head,
Nestlè Healthcare
Nutrition, Inc.


Nominate Today for 2017 AL Fellows Cohort
The search for the 2017 Advanced Leadership Fellows at Harvard University is underway. We look forward to connecting with people interested in learning more about the Advanced Leadership program and fellowship year. For more information, please visit:

About The Advanced Leadership Initiative
The Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) was founded as a new stage of higher education uniquely designed to enhance and leverage the skills of highly accomplished, experienced leaders by tackling some of the world's most complex problems. Launched in 2008 at Harvard, ALI rigorously prepares Advanced Leadership Fellows by giving access across Harvard's extensive educational and intellectual resources. For more information please visit www.advancedleadership.harvard.edu.

Contact: Michael Perry
Communications Manager
Advanced Leadership Initiative | Harvard University

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