Harvard Business School announces Spring 2021 cohort of executive fellows

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Harvard Business School (HBS) has announced the spring cohort of Executive Fellows for the 2020-21 academic year. The Executive Fellows Program leverages the expertise of outstanding practitioners, including alumni, each of whom partners with an HBS faculty member to bring their experience in business into the MBA program and the School.

The fellows contribute to the School by working with faculty and MBA students on curricular and co-curricular activities, including co-teaching course sessions in the elective curriculum, offering career counseling and development coaching, co-leading Short Intensive Programs, and delivering workshop sessions. They also collaborate with faculty on work in HBS Online and Executive Education as well as case development and other research projects. Fellow appointments range from a few months to one year and may be extended.

“Our inaugural cohort of Executive Fellows provided tremendous insights to our students and shared learnings gained through years of extensive business practice,” said Len Schlesinger, chair of the Executive Fellows Program. “This cohort is equally as impressive and committed to contributing to the HBS community, and the School’s mission of educating leaders who make a difference in the world.”

The Spring 2021 cohort of Executive Fellows includes:

Rob Biederman (M.B.A. ’14)

Biederman is the co-founder, chairman and former co-CEO of Catalant Technologies. He is an Executive Fellow in the Entrepreneurial Management unit, co-teaching with Jeffrey Rayport the Scaling Technology Ventures course on funding and accelerating the growth of disruptive internet companies.

Gerald Chertavian (M.B.A. ’92)

Chertavian is dedicated to closing the opportunity divide that exists in our nation. As an Executive Fellow with the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative, he is working with a number of students and faculty members on various projects.

Álvaro Rodríguez Arregui (M.B.A. ’95)

Arregui is the co-founder and managing partner of IGNIA. As an Executive Fellow, he is also working with SEI as a panelist this spring in sessions on Financial Inclusion and Systems Change.

Daniel Kahn and Leo Tsao

Kahn is the chief of the Department of Justice (DOJ), criminal division, fraud section.

Tsao is the principal deputy chief of the money laundering and asset recovery section of the criminal division at the Department of Justice.

As Executive Fellows, they are working with Eugene Soltes on the MBA Program Elective Curriculum course, Managing Risk and Uncertainty.

Vladimir Jacimovic (M.B.A. ’92)

Jacimovic, a seasoned investor with over 25 years of venture, private equity, and public investing and operating experience, and is the founder of Continuum Capital Partners. As an Executive Fellow, he is working with Karim Lakhani on issues of AI-first businesses. He will also engage with students and other HBS faculty members on various projects related to digital transformation.

Rana el Kaliouby

El Kaliouby’s life work is about humanizing technology before it dehumanizes us. As an Executive Fellow, she is also working with Lakhani on various projects related to AI and analytics. She will engage with both M.B.A. and doctoral students.