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The Class Act initiative on a leadership program in honor of Benazir Bhutto has some news:


ClassACT co-sponsors major assembly with Weatherhead Center for International Affairs:Leading in the Muslim World: What would Benazir Do Today?

Dear Classmates:

Join us for the panels and gatherings we’re putting on, with the help of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard: in our effort to craft the Benazir Bhutto Leadership Program, we aim to learn about barriers to effective leadership in the Muslim world and seek potential solutions to them.

Monday morning December 5, we will host a panel convened by Prof. Jacqueline Bhabha, who holds teaching positions at the Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Law School and is Director of Research at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights—she really is a rock star, also founded a program at Harvard for Scholars At Risk.

Our panelists are

Leila Fadel, international correspondent for NPR and Edward R Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations;

Peter Galbraith ‘73, former US Ambassador to Croatia;


Farzana Yaqoob, Minister for Social Welfare and Women ’s Development for the State of Azad Jammu and Kashmir in Pakistan

Leila reported from Libya, Tunisia, Egypt and Syria during the Arab Spring, Peter has served as a diplomat in East Timor, northern Iraq and Afghanistan as well as Croatia; Farzana, an Eisenhower Fellow, has improved access to educational, healthcare and legal resources for women in a self-governing area of Pakistan, on the militarized border with India. We will also be sharing insights of 2 Bhutto Program Associates, scholars from HKS and the Law School. Together our morning participants will have a lot to teach us.

We will gather at 9 for coffee at the Belfer Case Study Room, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St. before the morning panel begins at 9:30, tackling on a broad scale issues such as the lack of full participation by women and poor governance in the Muslim world, and the influences of religious conflict, nationalism, and corruption on efforts to create successful modern societies.

At 1 pm we start the first of 2 afternoon panels presenting our takeaway from the morning to panelists who represent our class, to see how we can best work with tomorrow’s leaders.

Moderated by Kennedy School professor Holly Weeks ‘73, 3 current scholars of the Kennedy School and Law School will be joined by

Kimball Chen ’73, CEO of Energy Transportation Group;

Eisenhower Fellowship President George de Lama,

Leigh Hafrey ’73, Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management;

Bahman Mossavar-Rahmani ‘73, President, Chief Investment Officer, UAS Asset Management;

Therese Steiner ’73, Leadership Development consultant, and

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend ’73, former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland,

to look closely at how members of our cohort can work to mentor Kennedy School and other Harvard scholars who are Fellows and Associates of the Bhutto Leadership Program. We also want to think hard about ways to promote public education of issues in the Muslim world, particularly in light of the current US political climate. The entire Board of ClassACT will be there and would really like to see you.


LEST YOU THINK this is all seriousness and no relief, all members of the class are invited to dinner at Peter Galbraith’s house, 30 Francis Avenue in Cambridge, on Monday evening at 6 pm to enjoy each other’s company and muse further on ways to work together to leave our world better than we found it.

Spouses/partners/friends welcome— Please come!