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Future of Diplomacy Project Names Fisher Family Fellows

Spring 2012

Leaders in government, diplomacy, and the non-profit world have been selected by the Belfer Center’s Future of Diplomacy Project for the prestigious 2012 Fisher Family Fellowships. The new Fisher Fellows are former Foreign Secretary of India Shyam Saran, former High Representative for the Common and Security Policy and former Secretary General of NATO Javier Solana, and Special Olympics President and CEO Timothy P. Shriver.

All three fellows will deliver public addresses and work closely with Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) students during their time in Cambridge this winter and spring.

“We are pleased and honored that Javier Solana, Shyam Saran and Tim Shriver have agreed to be Fisher Fellows for the Future of Diplomacy Project,” said Nicholas Burns, professor of the practice of diplomacy and international politics and faculty director of the Future of Diplomacy Project, noting the outstanding value of their wisdom and experience for students.

Shyam Saran, who was in residence at the Kennedy School in mid-February, is a career diplomat who has served in significant positions in the Indian government for over three decades. He is the current chairman of the Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries (RIS) think tank and senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. Saran last served as special envoy of the prime minister of India specializing in nuclear issues, and he also was the Indian envoy on climate change. Prior to this appointment, he was the foreign secretary for the government of India.

Javier Solana, president of ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics (Barcelona-Madrid), will be at HKS in April. Previously, Solana served as the European Union’s high representative for the common foreign and security policy and secretary general of the Council of the European Union. Before serving the Council, Solana was secretary general of NATO where he negotiated the NATO-Russia Founding Act and presided over the establishment of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council. He is also a distinguished senior fellow in foreign policy at Brookings Institution, and chairman of the Aspen Institute España.

Timothy P. Shriver will be in residence at the Kennedy School in April. A civic leader, social entrepreneur, and the chairman and CEO of the Special Olympics, Shriver has helped transform Special Olympics into a global movement that advocates for acceptance, inclusion, and respect for more than 3.7 million individuals with intellectual disabilities in over 170 countries. Under his leadership, Special Olympics has come to encompass a variety of programs aimed at supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families, including a global athlete leadership network, cross-cultural research, and education and family support.

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