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We expect the leaders we support to return to their home countries (or work in support of change from outside the country, if return is not an option) and apply what they have learned to introduce positive change. The program encourages the ongoing exchange of ideas among these leaders and classmates to further refine and advance each leader’s ability to catalyze reforms. BBLP Fellows and Associates benefit from the culture of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (HKS), the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCIF), Harvard University, and the United States, and from the connections they make with other like-minded leaders from all over the world. In the initial years of the Program there is particular emphasis on attracting women to the Fellowships. Nonetheless, all aspects of the BBLP will be designed for women and men, who have demonstrated leadership potential, and who are open-minded, passionate, brave, and bold— to arm them with an education, a network, and a broad array of tools to address the needs of successful modern societies.

The goals of the program are: 

  • To engage and support effective, creative individuals from predominantly Muslim countries  in the geographic space from Lebanon to Bangladesh who are committed to principle-based positive change.
  • To assist leaders from all sectors of these societies in acquiring  tools they can use to succeed in working with their countrymen and women to effect change.
  • To improve the American public’s cross-cultural understanding of leadership challenges within these countries.
  • To engage HR’73 classmates and others in addressing critical leadership issues

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