Advanced Leadership Initiative appoints managing director

Lisa Dreier

Photo courtesy of Lisa Dreier

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Lisa Dreier will become the next managing director of the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI). ALI is a third stage in higher education designed to harness the skills and vision of senior leaders to benefit society. Dreier will officially assume her duties in November in advance of the start of the 2020 ALI Fellowship Program in January.

Dreier joins ALI after serving as a senior program fellow for the Corporate Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and as a visiting scholar for the Center for Food Security and Environment at Stanford University.

From 2005-18, Dreier was the head of food security and agriculture initiatives and a member of the executive committee for the World Economic Forum. In these roles, Dreier designed action-oriented learning sessions to help senior leaders in business, government, academia, civil society, and international organizations launch social impact initiatives around the world.

“We are fortunate to welcome Lisa to the ALI team at the start of our second decade,” said Meredith Rosenthal, faculty chair of ALI and C. Boyden Gray Professor of Health Economics and Policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “Her extensive experience working across sectors to address global challenges will be invaluable to our fellows and alumni as they navigate their own social impact pathways.”

“Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative provides a unique opportunity for senior leaders to strengthen their impact on a wide array of societal challenges,” said Dreier. “I am delighted and honored to join ALI to support this mission, working closely with ALI faculty, fellows, and team members, as well as collaborators across the University and the world.”

As a senior program fellow with HKS’ Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Dreier researched leadership strategies for global impact, co-authoring a report on “Systems Leadership for Sustainable Development: Strategies for Achieving Systemic Change” released in September 2019.