Hosts

Helen Boaden
Director, BBC Radio and Joan Shorenstein Fellow, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

Helen Boaden is the Director of BBC Radio. She spent many years as a journalist in radio and television before moving into senior editorial and executive positions. She was controller of Radio 4 (2000-2004) before becoming Director of BBC News (2004-2013), and Director of BBC Radio (2013-2017). At BBC News, she was in charge of 8,000 journalists at home and abroad, and led the creation of the BBC’s multimedia newsroom. She was on the BBC’s Executive Board for the past five years and was responsible for “myBBC,” a digital project that delivered personalized BBC content to audiences. While at the Shorenstein Center, Boaden will look at the political and strategic pressures faced by public service broadcasters.
 

Carranza headshotAndrea Carranza
Acting Executive Director, Center for International Development at Harvard University

Prior to CID, Andrea was an Advisor to Grameen Research and Director with Cambridge Energy Research Associates (IHS CERA), a global energy research firm. She launched several new businesses for IHS CERA, including the firm’s Global Power Forum, a membership serving C-level executives from electric utilities, in- dependent power producers and host government ministries. Andrea had a lead development role in the launch of CERA’s Asia Pacific energy practice and global financial services practice. Andrea co-founded Boston Cares. Andrea has a MA in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University and a BA from James Madison University.
 

Elmendorf headshotDouglas Elmendorf
Dean, Harvard Kennedy School

Douglas W. Elmendorf is Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he also serves as the Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy.

Doug Elmendorf served as the director of the Congressional Budget Office from January 2009 through March 2015. Prior to joining CBO, he was at Brookings, where he was a senior fellow, the Edward M. Bernstein Scholar, and the director of The Hamilton Project. He was previously an assistant professor at Harvard University, a principal analyst at CBO, a senior economist at the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers, a deputy assistant secretary for economic policy at the Treasury Department, and an assistant director of the Division of Research and Statistics at the Federal Reserve Board. In those positions, he worked on budget policy, health care issues, the macroeconomic effects of fiscal policy, Social Security, income security programs, financial markets, macroeconomic analysis and forecasting, and other topics.

Doug Elmendorf earned his Ph.D. and A.M. in economics from Harvard University, where he was a National Science Foundation graduate fellow, and his A.B. summa cum laude from Princeton University.

Ricardo Hausmann
Director, Center for International Development at Harvard University; Professor of the Practice of Economic Development, Harvard Kennedy School

Ricardo Hausmann is Director of the Center for International Development and Professor of the Practice of Economic Development at Harvard University.

Previously, he served as the first Chief Economist of the Inter-American Development Bank (1994-2000), where he created the Research Department. He has served as Minister of Planning of Venezuela (1992-1993) and as a member of the Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela. He also served as Chair of the IMF-World Bank Development Committee.

He was Professor of Economics at the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administracion (IESA) (1985-1991) in Caracas, where he founded the Center for Public Policy. His research interests include issues of growth, macroeconomic stability, international finance, and the social dimensions of development. He holds a PhD in economics from Cornell University.