Mission: To establish a network of meaningful Harvard relationships that advance global development
Vision: Global development leaders that connect communities, cross boundaries, and creatively problem-solve together
Goals: Foster interdisciplinary engagement, networks, leadership, and collaboration
Harvard has 330,000 alumni, 200 regional clubs in 70 countries, and 50 shared interest groups. Despite its global presence, Harvard has limited opportunities for alumni involved in international professions, working in emerging markets and developing countries. Alumni desire to tap into the Harvard network to connect and collaborate within and across schools, graduation years, disciplines, and professional fields.
HAGD aims to be the collaborative network for Harvard alumni who work actively within the context of emerging markets and developing countries. HAGD connects alumni and members of the broader Harvard community who see opportunities for partnerships in an interconnected, dynamic world.
HAGD’s vision is to connect Harvard alumni across schools, disciplines, and professions to share expertise, research, and ideas that encourage global engagement and cross-sector partnerships. This shared interest group aims to strengthen relationships among alumni and members of the greater Harvard community to overcome geographical, disciplinary, and professional barriers, as well as to join together in tackling complex global development problems.
HAGD provides diverse opportunities including: 1) networking through active dialogue, 2) career development for new, mid-career, and transitioning professionals, 3) education through sharing trends and research amongst practitioners, and 4) partnerships via cross-sector collaborations.
HAGD is an umbrella organization for all Harvard alumni actively involved with emerging markets and developing countries, across sectors and professions, including but not limited to the following areas:
• Business: social responsibility, economics, finance, impact investing, private investing, technology
• Development: communication technology, microfinance, social enterprise, sustainability
• Affairs: environment, governance, human rights, law, public policy, international relations, security
• Sectors: agriculture, education, energy, health, nutrition, water, sanitation