fbpx Beyond HKS | Harvard Kennedy School

Our alumni do development differently.

Around the world, Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) graduates are in pivotal roles, leading development.

Inside governments and traditional development organizations, and outside the box in startups and social enterprises, MPA/IDs are changing the way development is done.

Our graduates hold influential policy and management positions in a wide range of international organizations, national governments, central and regional banks, nonprofit and research organizations, and private sector companies. 

Where do MPA/ID graduates work?

The majority of MPA/ID alumni work in public service, broadly defined. The national governments of their home countries (13%) and the World Bank Group (10%) are the two biggest employers. About forty percent of our alumni work in the private sector, in consulting, finance, technology, and other private firms. A growing number of our graduates go on to start their own social enterprises.

MPA/ID graduates, classes of 2001-2022

Public Service 55%
International Organizations 19%
Public Sector (Governments) 15%
Non-profits 13%
Educational Institutions 6%
Social Enterprises 2%
Private Sector 45%
Consulting 14%
Private/Financial 13%
Other Private 18%
Total 100%

 Biggest employers of MPA/ID alumni

  • Governments of home countries
  • World Bank
  • McKinsey and Company
  • Inter-American Development Bank 
  • United Nations System
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • Center for International Development (CID), Harvard University
  • Boston Consulting Group 
  • Innovations for Poverty Action / Jameel Poverty Action Lab
  • Asian Development Bank 
  • IDinsight
  • Delivery Associates 
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Dalberg Advisors
  • Google
  • JP Morgan Chase

MPA/ID alumni include:

Dalia Al KadiDalia Al Kadi, MPA/ID 2011, is a Senior Economist in the Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment Global Practice at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the World Bank, Dalia worked as a Project Manager at the Abu Dhabi General Secretariat of the Executive Council.

Lucas Pablo BertinattoLucas Pablo Bertinatto, MPA/ID 2020, is the Head of the International Outlook and Forecast Group at the Central Bank of Chile in Santiago, Chile. His SYPA, co-written with classmate Josep Casas, was titled "Informality in Argentina: What not to do and where to start."

Habtamu FujeHabtamu Fuje, MPA/ID 2010, is an Economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Regional Studies Division for Africa, and has previously served as an Economist at the World Bank. In both institutions, he has contributed to better development outcomes by conducting policy oriented research and actively engaging in policy dialogue (see the IMF Blog).

Abdulhamid HaidarAbdulhamid Haidar, MPA/ID 2021, is the founder of Darsel, a non-profit aimed at bridging the digital divide. In Haidar's words, "The [MPA/ID] curriculum, faculty, and incredible student community all played an integral role in Darsel’s development and its positive impact on education in developing countries." 

John Juhyun JeongJohn Juhyun Jeong, MPA/ID-MBA 2015, is a Senior Investment Specialist in the Private Sector Operations Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila where his work focuses on investing in food and agribusiness companies in developing countries in Asia. Previously, he worked with McKinsey in New York and Seoul, and with the UN World Food Programme in Cambodia. 

Katherine KohKatherine Koh, MPA/ID-MBA 2008, is the Principal Investment Officer and Global Climate Lead for Infrastructure at the International Finance Corporation (IFC).  In Putting Climate at the Heart of IFC Infrastructure Business, she describes “the transition to a low-carbon and resilient global economy — and the need for climate-smart infrastructure solutions — (as) among the most urgent and important issues of our time.”

Johannes LohmannJohannes Lohmann, MPA/ID 2017, is an Executive Director at Pollination.  Johannes advises a range of public and private sector clients on their transition to net zero, and on decarbonization and nature positive strategies. Previously, Johannes worked as Head of Work and Financial Behaviour at the Behavioural Insights Team, advising public and private sector partners on topics such as green jobs and sustainable pensions.

Kate SturlaKate Sturla, MPA/ID 2015, is a Director in Analytics with the Global Innovation Fund in London. Previously, she worked for six years with IDinsight in India leading evaluations of social programs education, health and agriculture. 

He Charlie Tan He “Charlie” Tian, MPA/ID 2015, is a Senior Professional/Project Team Leader at New Development Bank in the Project Sector Department. He joined the New Development Bank a few weeks after its establishment in 2015. Over the past seven years, he has worked on projects in renewable energy, green transportation and social infrastructure, totaling $5 billion of the Bank's investments.

Learn how our Office of Career Advancement can be a partner to you while you are an MPA/ID student and, later, as an HKS graduate like Amandla Ooko-Ombaka MPA/ID, MBA 2016, to support you along your unique career journey.