John G. Ruggie, Faculty Chair

John G. Ruggie is the Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, Affiliated Professor in International Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, and Faculty Chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative. He also served as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Business and Human Rights. Trained as a political scientist, Ruggie has made significant intellectual contributions to the study of international relations, focusing on the impact of globalization on global rule making. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, he has received the International Studies Association’s “Distinguished Scholar” award, the American Political Science Association’s Hubert Humphrey award for “outstanding public service by a political scientist,” and a Guggenheim Fellowship. A recent survey published in Foreign Policy magazine identified him as one of the 25 most influential international relations scholars in the United States and Canada. Apart from his academic pursuits, Ruggie has long been involved in practical policy work, initially as a consultant to various agencies of the United Nations and the United States government. From 1997-2001 he was United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning – a post created specifically for him by then Secretary-General Kofi Annan. His responsibilities included establishing and overseeing the UN Global Compact, now the world’s largest corporate citizenship initiative; proposing and gaining General Assembly approval for the Millennium Development Goals; advising Annan on relations with Washington; and broadly contributing to the effort at institutional renewal for which Annan and the United Nations as a whole were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. Ruggie was UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights since 2005. His mandate was to propose measures that will strengthen the human rights performance of the business sector around the world. In 2008 the UN Human Rights Council was unanimous in welcoming a policy framework he proposed for that purpose and extending the mandate for a further three years, asking him to build on and promote the framework so as to provide concrete guidance for states, businesses, and other social actors. For this achievement, Ethical Corporation magazine, published in the UK, named Ruggie among its top 10 “Ethical Leaders” for 2008. The "Protect, Respect, and Remedy" framework that resulted from Ruggie's mandate was endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council on June 16, 2011.



Jane Nelson, Director

Jane Nelson is Director of the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a senior associate of the Programme for Sustainability Leadership at Cambridge University. She was a Director at the International Business Leaders Forum from 1993 to 2009. In 2001, she worked with the United Nations Global Compact in the office of the UN Secretary-General preparing a report for the General Assembly on cooperation between the UN and the private sector. Prior to 1993, Nelson worked for the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Africa, for FUNDES in Latin America, and as a Vice President at Citibank working for the bank’s Financial Institutions Group in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. She has co-authored five books and over 70 publications on the role of business in society and five of the World Economic Forum's Global Corporate Citizenship reports. Nelson serves on the boards of Newmont Mining Corporation, FSG, the World Environment Center, the ImagineNations Group, and the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative, and on advisory committees for the Clinton Global Initiative, the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center, the Initiative for Global Development, and on advisory councils for the Initiative for Global Development, Clinton Global Initiative, Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center, ExxonMobil, GE, Abbott and the Abraaj Group. She earned a BSc. degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Natal in South Africa and an MA from Oxford University, and is a former Rhodes Scholar and recipient of the Keystone Center's 2005 Leadership in Education Award.



Marli Porth, Program Director

Marli Porth is Program Director of the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, where she directs engagement and activities for students; maintains internal and external communications; conducts research, contributes writing, and edits reports, particularly for the Business and International Development work stream; and handles all administrative aspects of the program. Prior to her role at CSRI, Marli served as Administrative Director in the office of HKS Dean David T. Ellwood, focusing on special projects and student engagement. Before coming to the Kennedy School in 2009, Marli was the Deputy to the Chief Operating Officer at the Peabody Essex Museum, where she managed special projects and oversaw cross-departmental initiatives. She has also worked in management consulting in the public service practice of BearingPoint LLC, in technology research and consulting at Forrester Research, and for several Members of Congress. Marli has a BA from Emory University and an MPP from Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy.


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