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.
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The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Lunch with Under- Secretary-General Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) - United Nations Joint Mission, in the Belfer Center Library (L369).
Sigrid Kaag of the Netherlands is the Special Coordinator for the OPCW-UN Joint Mission to eliminate the chemical weapons program in Syria. She currently holds the rank of Under-Secretary-General.
Ms. Kaag brings a wealth of experience in international organizations and the diplomatic service, combined with country experience, notably in the Middle East, to her current position. Prior, Ms. Kaag was Assistant Secretary-General of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). She was Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Amman, Jordan (2007-2010), and earlier served as Chief of Staff to the Executive Director and Deputy Director of Programs in New York. Prior to becoming a Senior Adviser in the Office of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Sudan, Ms Kaag served for four years as the Chief of Donor Relations with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Senior Program Manager with the External Relations Office of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
Ms. Kaag also served in her country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Deputy Head of Sector in the United Nations Political Affairs Department at The Hague. Early in her career, she worked for Shell International Petroleum Company in London.
Ms. Kaag holds a Masters in Philosophy in International Relations from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. She received a second Masters degree in Politics and Economics of the Middle East from University of Exeter where she also recently received an honorary doctorate degree. Besides Dutch, she is fluent in English, French and German, and proficient in Arabic.
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