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Benazir Bhutto Leadership Program

“Leadership is a commitment to an idea, to a dream, and to a vision of what can be.”   Benazir Bhutto, HR’73

Consistent with our mission to support positive change, ClassACT has developed the Benazir Bhutto Leadership Program (BBLP) in honor of our classmate, the first female Prime Minister of Pakistan. The fellowships support scholars enrolled in the Edward S. Mason Program (MC/MPA) of the Kennedy School of Government. For more information on the Mason Program, visit the MC/MPA Edward S. Mason Program webpage

Using fellowships, relationship-building, and public education as our tools, the BBLP advances peace and human rights consistent with the principles--democracy, equality for women, reconciliation of religious and cultural differences, and education without gender or religious bias. While at Harvard-Radcliffe and later at Oxford, Benazir Bhutto came to value these principles as governing concepts essential to successful modern societies. We are working to accomplish our goals through identifying, educating, connecting and supporting promising leaders from predominantly Muslim countries who share these values. Since women are under-represented in public service and politics in this arc of Muslim majority countries, enhancing their lives, while improving their influence on public policy will be critical to our success.

Advisory Board

 Sanam Bhutto
 Kimball Chen
 Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
 Al Franken
 Peter Galbraith
 Kathleen Kennedy-Townsend


 Roohi Abdullah (2018-19)
 Natasha Jehangir Khan (2018-19)
 Nadia Rehman (2019-20)

Steering Committee

John Adams
 Ann Bailen Fisher
 Robert Bowie
 Rick Brotman
 Kimball Chen
 Marion Dry*
 Hamilton Fish
 Peter Galbraith
 Sallie Gouverneur*
 Leigh Hafrey*
 Terry Hunt

 Andrea Kirsh
 Barbara Brosius Lindsay

Stan Mark

 Bahman Mossavar-Rahmani*
 Carl Muller*
 George Putnam*
 Jonathan Sprague*
 Therese Steiner*
Holly Weeks

*ClassACT Board

Click here for Classmate and journalist Dick Friedman's write-up on our April 12th Weatherhead Assembly

What's Wrong with Democracy?

Excerpts from the 2016 BBLP Assembly

ClassACT HR ‘73

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