Cambridge, MA – Former Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter will join the Harvard Kennedy School as the Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. As Secretary of Defense, Carter, a physicist, became known for pushing the Pentagon to “think outside its five-sided box” in order to transform the way the military fought adversaries and strengthened alliances, managed its budget and talent, developed its technology, and more. He will now lead the Belfer Center’s programs and will focus his scholarship on the role of innovation and technology in addressing challenges at home and around the world.
Jacqueline Cramer is Professor of Sustainable Innovation at Utrecht University, a Strategic Advisor at the Utrecht Sustainability Institute, and a Member of the Amsterdam Economic Board with a focus on circular economy implementation. Dr. Cramer is also the Director of the consultancy firm ‘Sustainable Entrepreneurship: Strategy and Innovation Consulting’. Previously, Dr. Cramer was Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment for the Labour Party from February 2007 – February 2010. Besides being university professor since 1990 her background is primarily related to industry and business - working as a consultant for many years with more than 150 companies on the implementation of sustainable entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility.
She was, and still is, a member of various international and national advisory boards of government, industry and non-profit organizations. For instance she was a Crown Member of the Dutch Social-Economic Council, a Member of the Advisory Board of the World Wide Fund for Nature (Netherlands), and a member of the non-executive board of Shell Netherlands, ASN Bank and Finance for Development Bank. She is presently among others Chairman of the Plastic Soup Foundation and the ESCo (Energy Service Companies) Netherlands network.