Jane Nelson

Director, Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, Harvard University
Jane Nelson is a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government and Director of the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

She serves as a Director at the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) and is a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution. During 2001 she worked in the office of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan preparing a report for the United Nations General Assembly on cooperation between the UN and the private sector, which supported the first UN resolution on such cooperation. Prior to joining the IBLF, Jane was a Vice President at Citibank and responsible for marketing for the bank's Worldwide Securities Services business and Financial Institutions Group in Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East.

She has worked for the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Africa preparing a report for the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, and for FUNDES (Fundación para desarrollo sostenible) in Latin America undertaking research on small enterprise development. Jane has authored four books and over 50 fifty reports, papers, book chapters, and articles on public-private partnerships and the changing role of business in society, especially in emerging markets, and co-authored four of the World Economic Forum's Global Corporate Citizenship reports.

She serves on the advisory councils or boards of the World Environment Center, the ImagineNations Group, the Initiative for Global Development, the International Council of Toy Industries CARE process, the 21st Century Trust, the U.K. Environment Foundation, Instituto Ethos in Brazil, the International Council of Mining and Metals Resource Endowment Initiative, and on the faculty for Cambridge University's Business and Poverty leadership program.

She has a B.Sc. Agricultural Economics from the University of Natal, South Africa, and an M.A. Politics, Philosophy and Economics, from Oxford University, and has been a Rhodes Scholar, a Rotary International student, a fellow of the 21st Century Trust, an Aspen Institute scholar, and recipient of the Keystone Center's 2005 Leadership in Education Award.

Focus: Agriculture, Business, Development, Environment, Ethics, Finance, Governance, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States, Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Oceania


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Last Updated: Oct 23, 2009

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