Organizers 2014

Conference Chairs

Conference Vice-Presidents

Special Advisor

  • Renee Haferkamp Advisor European Commission, Senior Visiting Scholar, Harvard University


Edoardo Campanella (HKS 2014, Italy)

Edoardo is a Fulbright Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he will complete his MPA in spring 2014, while working as teaching fellow in globalization-related courses. Before coming to Harvard, he gained experience as economist at the World Trade Organization, World Economic Forum and the Italian Senate. His expertise lies in the field of international trade, public finance and youth marginalization. He is an occasional contributor to Project Syndicate and Voxeu.orgon European political and economic issues.


Amelie de Montchalin (HKS 2014, France)

Amélie studied Business and Economics at HEC and Dauphine University, as well as History at Sorbonne University. Before coming to Harvard, she worked several years as an economist at Exane BNP Paribas focusing intensively on public finances, the Eurozone crisis and economic public policies. She also interned at the European Commission at the time of the Lisbon Treaty signature, and at the French Ministry for Higher Education.


Martin Vaivods (HBS 2014, Latvia)

Martin has a degree in Politics from the University of Cambridge. He has worked at Hermes Growth Partners in Miami, a global growth equity fund focused on telecoms and technology investments. Prior to attending Harvard, Martin was a member of the EMEA Telecoms and Technology M&A team at Lazard Frères in Paris.


Gatien Bon (HKS 2014, France)

Gatien Bon is an MPP2014 candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School after an engineering degree in France and a masters in Economics and Public policy at Polytechnique and Sciences Po. He was CEO of Youth Diplomacy from 2011 to 2012 and worked for the iFRAP Foundation. Former junior consultant for Deloitte on Public Policy issues and regularly contributes to the youth online magazine MindThis. Former member of his university’s debating team, he got the chance to work for the French Minister of Higher Education.


Alessa Popovic (Fletcher 2014, Germany)

Alessa is a graduate student at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, with particular interest in the interdependencies of international political affairs and the business sector. Prior to coming to Fletcher, she worked as a consultant with Ernst & Young, Germany, where she focused on compliance, internal controls and risk management. She holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim, Germany, and spent part of her studies at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea.


Andreas Schaab (AB 2015, Germany)

Andreas is studying economics and history at Harvard College. He worked with the IMF on European fiscal consolidation as a Projects Assistant, and pursued research on fiscal and monetary policy at the German Central Bank. Andreas is Co-Captain of the Harvard Fed Challenge Team and Vice President of the Harvard College European Society.


Renée Haferkamp

Renée Haferkamp is a graduate from Brussels and Geneva University (Philosophie et Lettres). She is a former director general of the European Commission, and has participated in all the important milestones of the EU, from the period of Paul-Henri Spaak and Jean Monnet to Jacques Delors and Jose-Manuel Barroso. As an advisor to the European Commisison, she is organizing panel discussions with professors and students on the developments of the European Union at Harvard, NYU, BU and Tufts. Several important figures have been among the speakers, including Bill Clinton, Valery Giscard d’Estaing, Jose-Manuel Barroso, Pascal Lamy, Mario Monti, Javier Solana, Jean-Claude Trichet, Catherine Ashton, Herman Van Rompuy, Pierre Vimont, Olli Rehn and many European Commissioners and members of the European Parliament.



Luka Oreskovic

Luka is an associate (fellows and visiting scholars) at Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science. He worked as an associate in the office of the President of Croatia and a political economy analyst with IHS Corporation. He writes on European economic and political affairs for the Financial Times, the Economist, Huffington Post and is a correspondent with the Moscow Times and European Energy Review. He co-authored a case-study on SOE reform with the Lithuanian Economy Minister and a book on research methodology to be published by Springer Verlag. Luka is a history and government concentrator from Harvard College.




Grégoire Jayot (HKS 2015, France)


Gregoire is an MPA 2015 candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He previously graduated in business and management from ESCP Europe after studying in France, the UK and Germany.
Prior to Harvard, Gregoire have worked for investment funds in NYC and Paris, consultancies in London and Switzerland, and has been based three years at the Casablanca office of McKinsey&Company. From there, he worked extensively on public policy and eco-development related questions for African public entities.




Maxime Cancre (HBS 2015, France)


Maxime Cancre is an MBA 2015 candidate at Harvard Business School, having previously earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to Harvard, Maxime worked in the London office of TA Associates, the global growth private equity firm, and in the New York office of Barclays Capital, focusing on the consumer, retail and leisure sectors.





David Franck (HBS 2015, France)


David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics in Paris and an MS in transportation economics from Northwestern University. Prior to Harvard, David worked as a consultant at Parsons Brinckerhoff (a global infrastructure consulting firm) in their Washington, DC and Chicago offices in infrastructure project development, finance, and investment. He has a keen interest in public-private partnerships and is passionate about sustainable urban planning and the linkage between transportation and economic development.




Darius Imregun (HBS 2015, United Kingdom)

Darius Imregun is a 1st-year MBA student at Harvard Business School. Prior to HBS, Darius worked at McKinsey & Company in their New York office. He has served a variety of US and international clients, focusing primarily on the pharmaceutical and medical product industries. He holds a B.A. in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, and an M.A. in Physics, from Harvard University. He grew up in London, UK and Paris, France.

Elif Arslan (HBS 2015, Turkey)

Elif is an MBA 2015 candidate at the Harvard Business School. She graduated from Bilkent University, Turkey with a degree in Economics in 2010. Prior to HBS, Elif worked as a consultant for The Boston Consulting Group, based in their Istanbul office. Her work focused mainly on strategies for Consumer Goods and Financial Services companies, in Turkey and Europe.

Shirley Sun (GSAS, United States)

Shirley studied English and Comparative Literature at Harvard University. In her research she is interested in how exile and migration reshape people’s understanding of their nationalities. Currently she manages research programs in the Asia division of international affairs at Harvard University, at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.

David Blázquez (Fletcher School 2015, Spain)

David is a second-year student at The Fletcher School of International Law and diplomacy, concentrating in International Organizations, Public International Law, and Security Studies. He holds an MA/M.Phil. in Political Science from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Prior to Fletcher, David was a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Government at Harvard University (2011- 2012). He is Contributing Editor for the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs and member of the Graduate Council of Professional Students at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies
at Harvard University. David has worked for Aspen Institute Spain and as an advisor for Security Council issues at the Spanish Mission to the UN.

Asan Kurmanguzhin (Harvard Business School 2015)

Asan has a Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics. Prior to attending MBA at Harvard, Asan has worked in the Moscow office of McKinsey and Company before joining one of the largest online retail companies in Russia,, as the head of delivery. While at HBS, Asan followed his passion and secured an internship in the leading French football club, Paris Saint-Germain F.C. and considers the career in sports management.