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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.

  • The Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs, Wellesley College
  • Harvard Business School Young Presidents’ Organization Executive Education Program
  • The Foreign Policy Discussion Group
  • Chatham House – The Royal Institute for International Affairs
  • Morning Prayers, Harvard University
  • Partnership for a Secure America
  • Harvard German Conference: 50 Years of Munich Security
  • National Association of Insurance Commissioners
  • Dr. Edward W. Minnock Center for International Engagement, Bridgewater State University
  • “Meet the Scholars” Graduate Common Program, Harvard University
  • Tufts EPIIC Symposium: The Future of the Middle East and North Africa, Fletcher School
  • Harvard University’s European Conference
  • Leiden University – Campus The Hague
  • Panetta Institute for Public Policy
  • 2014 Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference
  • U.S. Dairy Export Council
  • Harvard Business School Leading a Global Business Executive Education Program
  • Boston College Carroll School of Management
  • American Council on Germany/Atlantik Brueke Conference: “Restoring Trust: the Future of the Transatlantic Relationship”
  • Atlantic Council Conference: “Toward a Europe Whole and Free”
  • The Field Club of Greenwich
  • Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program (Executive Education)
  • Nuclear Energy Institute
  • Diodati Club
  • Institutional Investor
  • Chatham House – The Royal Institute for International Affairs
  • Freedom and Solidarity Forum, Seventieth Anniversary of D-Day, Normandy, France
  • Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation
  • Center for a New American Security Annual Conference
  • Council on Foreign Relations Annual Meeting
  • American Comenius Course
  • World Affairs Council of Maine
  • Metals Service Center Institute
  • Congressman Joe Kennedy
  • Aspen Institute – Aspen Ideas Festival


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