2019 HAA International Clubs, Contacts & SIGs Leaders Meeting

Cambridge, United States – February 6 to 8, 2019
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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

* The Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs Shared Interest Group (SIG) is hosting a reception for HAA International Club & SIG Leaders at 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM at The Democracy Center,

45 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

6:30 PM

Informal Regional Dinners

Separate from HAA-sponsored activities, Club leaders and their travel companion can attend a specific regional dinner at your leisure. Please bring cash to facilitate payment.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

8:00 AM to 8:50 AM – Opening remarks will start at 8:15 AM

at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138 – Gund Hall, Stubbins Room

Welcome Remarks by Margaret Wang AB ’09, President, Harvard Alumni Association 2018-2019

HAA Remarks by Philip W. Lovejoy, Executive Director of the Harvard Alumni Association

University Update by Mark Elliott, Harvard University Vice Provost of International Affairs, and the Marl Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138 – Gund Hall, Stubbins Room
Harvard Admissions Officers Panel Session and Interactive Q&A

Harvard Business School: Kate Bennett, Director of Outreach, MBA Admissions
Harvard College: Kanoe Williams, Senior Admissions Officer

Harvard Divinity School: Angela Counts, Director of Admission 

Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences: Sheila Thomas, Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Diversity

Harvard Graduate School of Design: John J. Aslanian, Director of Recruitment, Student Affairs, and Career Development

Harvard Graduate School of Education: Ernald Furxhi, Associate Director of Admissions

Harvard Kennedy School of Government: Matt Clemons, Director of Admissions

Harvard Law School: Alex Feinson, Assistant Director (JD) and Catherine Peshkin, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid (Graduate Program)

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Kerri Noonan, Associate Director of Admissions

10:45 AM to 11:45 AM
at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138 – Gund Hall, Stubbins Room
HAA Club and SIG Leaders and Alumni Contacts  Ideas Exchange

Join one of the following groups for an interactive session (first RSVP, first serve assignment):

  • Session 1 – Moderated by Lisa Hennessy MBA ’97: What processes/strategies have been effective in cultivating a leadership pipeline?
  • Session 2 – Moderated by Kathleen Danoher MBA ’98, ExEd ’03: What are the important factors to consider to ensure a transparent and inclusive election process?
  • Session 3 – Moderated by Ahmed el-Gaili AB ’98, JD ’03: What are examples of successfully implemented community-impact projects and how they can be replicated by others?
  • Session 4 – Moderated by Karsten Zimmerman MPA ’90: How best to leverage the experience and expertise of HAA Club and SIG Directors?
  • Session 5 – Moderated by Andre Du Sault MPA ’00: What are the pros and cons of charging membership fees? Are there other membership fee structures that could be considered (including no fees)?

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
at various locations:               

  • Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS), South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
  • Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS), Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

IMPORTANT – Before going to your session, please stop by CGIS, South Concourse to select your bagged lunch.

Harvard International ‘Brown-Bag’ Lunch by Geographic Region

  • Room K450 at CGIS, Knafel
    Africa:                                                        Harvard Center for African Studies – Li-Ming Tseng
  • Room S250 at CGIS, South
    Asia-Pacific:                                           Harvard Asia Center – Liz Liao
                                                                           Harvard China Fund – Daniel Murphy
                                                                           Harvard Committee on Australian Studies - David Haig
                                                                           Harvard Fairbank Center - Daniel Murphy
                                                                           Harvard Korea Institute - Susan Laurence
                                                                           Harvard Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies - Gavin Whitelaw
                                                                           Harvard Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute – Meena Hewett
                                                                           Harvard Weatherhead Center US-Japan Program - Shinju Fujihira
  • Room K401 at CGIS, Knafel
    Canada:                                                     Harvard Weatherhead Center, Canada Program - Helen Clayton
  • Room S030 at CGIS, South
    Europe:                                                     Harvard Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies -  Donna Griesenbeck
                                                                           Harvard Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies - Vassilis Coutifaris
                                                                           Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute - Tymish Holowinsky
                                                                           Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard - César Álvarez
                                                                           Villa I Tatti Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies – Graziella Macchetta
  • Room S216 at CGIS, South
    Latin America & Caribbean:        Harvard David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies – Andrew Elrick
                                                                           Harvard Business School, Latin America Research Center – Fernanda Miguel
  • Room S450 at CGIS, South
    Middle East:                                           Harvard Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program - Harry Bastermajian
                                                                           Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies - Lauren Montague
                                                                           Emirates Leadership Initiative at the HKS – Amani El Sehrawey
                                                                           Middle East Initiative at the HKS Belfer Center – Hilary Rantisi

2:00 PM until Dinner at the Charles Hotel
Alumni Leadership Conference (ALC)

In addition to attending alumni-led panels, you will hear from distinguished faculty members during the Alumni Leadership Conference.  Details will be provided separately from the Harvard Alumni Association.

Friday, February 8, 2019

8:00 AM until Reception at 7:00 PM

Alumni Leadership Conference (ALC) & HAA Board of Directors Business Meeting

at Charles Hotel and HAA Offices, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, 6th Floor

7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Traditional Latin American HAA Leaders Social Dinner with HAA International Leaders

at the Harvard Club of Boston, 374 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

*Open to all  club, contact, & SIG leaders who are travelling to Cambridge from abroad.

Separate from HAA-sponsored activities, you and your travel companion can join other international HAA volunteer officers for a social dinner. IMPORTANT - Space is limited and registration is required. The registration fee of US$60 per person paid by Wednesday, January 18, 2019.

To register for the HAA International Meeting, please click here. For more information on the HAA Alumni Leadership Conference, please click hereFor questions regarding the program, please contact clubs@harvard.edu.

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