Former United Nations (UN) Chief of Staff Susana Malcorra will guide students through a series of reflections on leadership. Drawing primarily on UN principals and culture as case studies in leadership, Ms. Malcorra will also incorporate lessons from her experience in the public and private sectors in Argentina. All Harvard students are welcome to apply for this workshop. Dinner will be served. Please note that this event is co-sponsored by the Center for Public Leadership.


Susana Malcorra was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of the Argentina Republic until July 2017. After stepping down, she became Minister Advisor to the President until December 2017, presiding over the Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference held in Buenos Aires.

She has 25 years’ professional experience in the private sector in IBM and Telecom Argentina where she became CEO. 

Ms. Malcorra left Telecom in 2002 after deciding to seek opportunities in the field on non-profit organizations. She joined the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in 2004. 

In May 2008, United Nations Secretary-General appointed her Under-Secretary General of the recently created Department of Field Support, where she was charge with providing logistics, communications, personnel and financial support services to the UN Peacekeeping Operations all over the world.

In April 2012, Ms. Malcorra became Chief of Staff to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Thus, in addition to her long career in business, she has invaluable experience in the diplomatic field including a range of activities from handling complex negotiations in conflict situations to the approval by the General Assembly of strategic, financial and budgetary matters.

Among other salient tasks Ms. Malcorra coordinated the Missions to eliminate the Syrian Chemical Weapons and to respond to the Ebola Emergency in West Africa.

She is a frequent speaker, has written her first book (Passion for the Bottom Line) and has multiple affiliations with organizations dedicated to her areas of interest, ranging from sustainable development, to democracy and international trade. Women´s leadership and empowerment are at the center of her work.