Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Clinton Global Initiative CEO to Speak April 27

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Robert S. Harrison ’81, chief executive officer of the Clinton Global Initiative, will deliver a Dean’s Lecture on Monday, April 27, 2009, titled “Redefining the Model for Addressing the Great Global Challenges.” The lecture begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge and is free and open to the Yale University community. A reception will follow in the Alumni Reading Room. The lecture is being co-sponsored by Yale Law School’s Law and Health Initiative.

Until his retirement in 2003 to pursue public service activities, Harrison spent 22 years on Wall Street as an investment banker and attorney. He served as partner and managing director in Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division and global co-head of its Communications, Media and Entertainment Group. Prior to that, he practiced corporate law at Davis, Polk and Wardwell, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and securities law.

After leaving Goldman Sachs, Bob served on the Finance Committees of the presidential campaigns of General Wesley Clark and Senator John Kerry. In 2005, he led a task force of the William J. Clinton Foundation investigating the feasibility of addressing the issues of access to clean water and sanitation in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa as part of the Foundation’s work in global healthcare in the developing world. He later served as executive director of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a partnership between the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association, focused on the epidemic of childhood obesity.

In addition to his work for the Clinton Foundation, Harrison is chairman of the board of the Henry Street Settlement, a 116-year-old social service agency addressing the effects of urban poverty in New York City. He holds a B.A. in government from Cornell University, an M.A. in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.