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Outside Professional Activities For Nicholas Burns
In addition to the courses I teach, my work at the Kennedy School is focused on two major programs. I founded the Future of Diplomacy Project in 2010 to focus our students, fellows and faculty on the importance of diplomacy in the 21st century global environment. I also serve as Faculty Chair of the Middle East Initiative and am proud of our efforts to expand scholarships for students, executive education and faculty research on that vital region.
I am active outside of the Kennedy School. I serve on the board of Entegris, Inc. based in Massachusetts. In addition, I am a consultant to Goldman Sachs, serve as a Senior Counselor at the Cohen Group and as Director of the Aspen Strategy Group.
I also sit on the boards of several non-profit organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations, Special Olympics, the Atlantic Council and others listed on my Harvard biography.
The following is a list of speeches I have given during the past year. I received a speaking fee for some of these, expenses only or no payments for others.