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Monday, December 24, 2012

Mexican Ex-President Felipe Calderon goes to Harvard Kennedy School

Felipe Calderon, the [past] president of Mexico and a Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) alumnus, has been named the Inaugural Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at the Kennedy School, it was announced [November 28] by HKS Dean David T. Ellwood. He will begin the Fellowship in January 2013. 

Calderon completed a six-year term as Mexican president, serving as the nation's second democratically elected president since the end of the Institutional Revolutionary Party's 70-year hold on power. He is credited with having boosted the nation's economic development as a pro-business, pro-free market leader and having made significant reforms to the country's environmental, immigration and health care policies. During his presidency, Mexico hosted the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP-16) global climate change talks in December 2010, and the G-20 meetings in July 2012, for which Calderon served as Chair. 

"President Calderon is a vivid example of a dynamic and committed public servant, who took on major challenges in Mexico," said Ellwood. "He brings with him experience and knowledge that will inform and inspire Kennedy School students and faculty, and I am thrilled he will be returning to Harvard Kennedy School." 

As Angelopoulos Fellow, Calderon will become an active participant in the academic and intellectual life of the school, meeting with students, collaborating with scholars and researchers, lecturing, writing and working with the HKS Case Program to develop Case studies around the many policy challenges he encountered while serving as president. During his stay, Calderon will be affiliated with the school's Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. 

"I am excited about the chance to return to Harvard Kennedy School...," said Calderon. "This Fellowship will be a tremendous opportunity for me to reflect upon my six years in office, to connect with scholars and students at Harvard, and to begin work on the important papers that will document the many challenges that we faced, and the policy positions that we developed during my administration." 

The 
Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders program provides opportunities for high-profile leaders who are transitioning out of public office or other leadership positions to spend time in residence at Harvard for teaching, learning and research. Peter Zimmerman, Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Program Development, serves as faculty chair of the program, which is based at the School's Center for Public Leadership. The program was established with support from Gianna Angelopoulos, Olympic organizer, Ambassador of the Greek State, lawyer and former Member of Parliament. The program was announced by Ambassador Angelopoulos, with Dean Ellwood and President Bill Clinton, as her CGI Commitment to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in 2011. Angelopoulos is an active Member of the Clinton Global Initiative and serves as Vice-Chairman of the HKS Dean's Council. 

"I am thrilled that President Calderon will return to Harvard to serve as the inaugural Angelopoulos Fellow," said Angelopoulos. "The upcoming year will provide him a unique opportunity to engage with scholars, students and faculty on issues of importance to him, Mexico, and all developing countries." 

Calderon's Fellowship will continue through December 2013. 

Harvard Kennedy School maintains an abiding commitment to advancing the public interest by training skilled, exceptional leaders and solving public problems through world-class scholarship and active engagement with practitioners and decision makers. The school offers the depth, reflection, insight, and excellence of ideas and teaching that can shape future leaders, affect public policies, and make an impact on people and their daily lives.

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Press release, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

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