People

Iris Bohnet

Iris Bohnet

Roy E. Larsen Professor of Public Policy
Director, Women and Public Policy Program
Co-Chair, Behavioral Insights Group

A behavioral economist combining insights from economics and psychology, her research focuses on questions of trust and decision-making, often with a gender or cross-cultural perspective. Her most recent research examines “gender equality nudges,” interventions that decrease the gender gaps in organizations, politics and society.... Read more about Iris Bohnet

79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-495-5605
Hannah Riley Bowles

Hannah Riley Bowles

Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
Research Director, Women and Public Policy Program
Chair, Management, Leadership, and Decision Sciences Area

Hannah Riley Bowles is a Senior Lecturer and chair of the Management, Leadership, and Decision Sciences Area. She is a leading expert on how gender influences pay negotiations and more broadly on negotiation as a micro-mechanism of inequality.

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Mailbox 124
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-496-4717
Victoria A. Budson

Victoria A. Budson

Executive Director

Victoria A. Budson is a founder and the Executive Director of the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. WAPPP is the preeminent institution for advancing interdisciplinary research on approaches to closing gender gaps, educating students and leaders on gender policy, and implementing policy changes at local, state, and national levels. WAPPP created and hosts one of the field’s most significant research seminars to foster faculty dialogue, promote the exchange of innovative ideas, and disseminate findings.

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Tania Del Rio

Tania Del Rio

MPP 2016

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mexico

Tania Del Rio is working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, conducting research on the problem of under-representation of women in the higher ranks of the Foreign Service. She is using Human Resource data to make comparative analyses of the entry, promotion, and exit patterns of men and women in the Foreign Service. In addition, Tania is conducting a series of interviews to gather information about gender differentiation in the work experience of Mexican diplomats. Through this research, the Ministry is looking to pinpoint the causes of under-representation of women in decision-making posts and implement policies that address the problem.

Ellen Abbott

MPA 2011, Cultural Bridge Fellow
Anza, Tanzania

Ellen worked as a summer associate with an organization called Anza (previously called SolarCycle) in Tanzania.  Anza engineered a product that...

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Rana Abdelhamid

Rana Abdelhamid

UN Women, Jordan

Working with UN Women in Jordan to better understand and address the needs of Syrian female refugees in the Za’atari camp, Rana developed advocacy tools on issues of women’s economic empowerment, leadership, and access to resources.... Read more about Rana Abdelhamid

Emeka Agudile

Emeka Agudile

PhD, Maternal and Child Health, HSPH, 2018

Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA)
Boston, MA

Emeka is working with Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) in Boston, Massachusetts on a domestic violence project. Collaborating with MOVA and other stakeholders, he is examining the current status of domestic violence and emergency assistance shelter beds in the state of Massachusetts, the state systems engaged in housing/shelter services for victims, the matrix of referral networks, and triage system among state agencies. Consequently, he is developing policy recommendations for regulatory and operational changes to streamline the activities of all agencies involved in the provision of domestic violence shelters. This includes creating a database of all the available shelter options for domestic violence victims, recommending innovative housing options for victims, and developing an efficient referral/triage system for referring and assessing victims specialized needs and risk factors. Through this research the state government is looking to provide a FRESH START to victims of domestic violence since it has been shown that domestic violence shelters are very critical in helping survivors permanently escape violence and increase their economic stability. Also, given the fact that domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness among women, the lessons learned from the research will be invaluable in improving Governor Baker’s reforms aimed at reducing family homelessness in general in Massachusetts.

Afreen Akhter

MPP 2011, Cultural Bridge Fellow
Shuhada Organization, Afghanistan

Afreen Akhter worked with Shuhada Organization in Afghanistan.  Shuhada is an Afghan NGO, run by Afghan women, which utilizes a cross-sectoral approach...

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Raafi Alidina

Raafi Alidina

Frost Included, UK

Raafi worked at Frost Included where he designed and implemented behavioural insights interventions to improve gender, racial, and LGBT equality in organizations. He worked under a former Women and Public Policy Program Fellow Stephen Frost to both implement Frost Included's diversity and inclusion programs and improve their strategy using cutting edge behavioural insights research.... Read more about Raafi Alidina

Jorge Andrés Tapia

Jorge Andrés Tapia

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), France

At the OECD, Jorge conducted research on policies to increase the representation of women in corporate decision-making bodies. The goals were to better understand the dynamics that have led to the current low availability of senior level corporate positions for women and identify policies that have been successful on increasing their opportunities.... Read more about Jorge Andrés Tapia