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Fernande Raine named Carr Center executive director

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The Kennedy School of Government’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy has announced the appointment of Fernande Raine as its new executive director.

“Fernande is a true international citizen who brings an impressive knowledge of the nonprofit sector, a strong commitment to human rights, and a powerful entrepreneurial spirit to the center,” noted Carr Center Director Michael Ignatieff. “We look forward to the exciting new directions and accomplishments of the center under her leadership in the years to come.”

Raine comes to the center from Ashoka, a nonprofit organization where she successfully launched a social entrepreneurship program in Western Europe and worked closely with a wide array of civil society organizations. Prior to her work with Ashoka, Raine’s experience as a management consultant included strategic planning projects for foreign policy institutions.

She was educated in the United States, Germany, and Russia, and holds a Ph.D. in history from Yale University. In her role as executive director, Raine will oversee the day-to-day activities of the center at this important period in its growth, while also managing strategic planning, directing the Human Rights Policy Fellows Program, and fundraising around the Carr Center’s following research program areas: The Use of Force and Human Rights, National and International Responses to Genocide and Mass, Atrocity, Intervention and Human Rights, NGO Accountability and Effectiveness.

“Fernande’s enthusiasm for the center and its mission is inspiring. The vast talent and experience she brings to the Carr Center team will have an enormous positive impact,” noted outgoing Executive Director Michelle Greene.

Ignatieff added, “Michelle Greene was a treasure and we will miss her, but I am delighted to have found someone of Fernande’s enormous abilities to carry out the tradition of exceptional leadership here at the Carr Center.”

Fernande Raine can be contacted at the Carr Center at, or (617) 384-7356.