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Spring fellows are welcomed at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center

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A former bureau chief for BusinessWeek Magazine and a Chinese scholar researching intellectual property rights are among the fellows and visiting scholars at the Kennedy School of Government’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government (M-RCBG) this spring.

“The engagement of business in the creation of public value is ever more critical at home and abroad. Getting it right involves combining innovative thinking and creative practices by academics and practitioners from all corners of the world,” said John G. Ruggie, director of M-RCBG. “The center takes great pride in being a leading global venue of research and dialogue at the intersection of business and government. We warmly welcome our visitors and look forward to their interaction with faculty, continuing fellows, researchers, students, and others.”

Visiting scholars and fellows programs are designed to reach outside the center to better understand how business and government engage in the creation of public value.

Incoming senior fellows:

Susan Anderson is the general counsel in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. She will be exploring the medical malpractice insurance rating system and looking at shifting risk as a way to increase patient safety. Anderson will be a joint fellow with the Weiner Center, consulting with both Dutch Leonard and Malcolm Sparrow, professors of public management at the Kennedy School of Government (KSG).

William Symonds is the former Boston bureau chief of BusinessWeek Magazine. He will be working on a book that focuses on the role of business in improving K-12 education in America. He is funded by the Sandler Fellowship in Education. He will be consulting with Richard Light, the Walter H. Gale Professor of Education.

Holly Wise is president of Wise Solutions, a consultancy in international development and corporate social responsibility. An adjunct professor at Georgetown School of Foreign Service, Wise will be looking at the business-government partnership represented by the United States Agency for International Development’s Global Development Alliance, as well as corporate investment programs to support small and medium enterprises in host countries. She will be working with the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative.

The fellows will join returning resident senior fellows Jerry Grossman, Thomas J. Healey, Jun Kurihara, Alan Leifer, Jane Nelson, Alan Trager, and Leigh Williams, and nonresident senior fellows Giancarlo Bruno, Mark Fagan, John Foote, David Grayson, Michael L. Michael, Mark Kramer, James Rosenfield, and Simon Zadek.

Incoming Asia Program Fellows:

Chia-Dan Han, an associate at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, will examine current intellectual property (IP) rights theories and analyze existing issues and case studies in Taiwan and mainland China to further explore options of intellectual property protection in the digital Chinese-speaking world.

He joins returning Asia program fellows Seigo Kakehi, Taoxiong Liu, Xianming Liu, Zongchao Peng, Masaomi Tanaka, Megumu Tsuda, Lei Wang, Wen-Ching Yang, Keyan Xu, and Lijuan Zhang.

For more information about fellows and visiting programs, visit the M-RCBG Web site at