Doctoral Student

Daniel Albert Brown

Dan is a doctoral student in the Management unit at Harvard Business School where he studies social enterprise and performance measurement in the social sector.  His main research interests include effectiveness of social sector organizations, impact investing, social entrepreneurship, and performance measurement and reporting in the social sector, and stakeholder theory.

Dan is a certified public accountant and has worked in the accounting industry in both commercial and standard-setting capacities.  In 2010 he worked with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) on the organization's first suggested guidelines for voluntary reporting of service efforts and accomplishments information, in addition to an international review of performance measurement standards and guidelines for the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB).  He also remains actively involved in a variety of nonprofit organizations in a variety of capacities, including as a board member, Finance Director, and experienced instructor at the annual Babson Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy in Ghana and Rwanda.

  1. Hunger Reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Political and Economic Analysis of Ghana

    In this thesis, several quantitative and qualitative factors relating to hunger are analyzed to identify which of these factors are likely to have contributed most to hunger reduction in Ghana, measured in terms of average supply of calories per day, per capita. Through the following research methodologies, specifically a most similar systems design comparing Ghana and Zambia, quantitative modelling using times series analysis, single variable and multivariable regression, analysis of the Ghana School Feeding Programme, and first-hand observations and interviews throughout the Southern region of Ghana, results indicated that the following variables were most closely correlated with the dependent variable, the average supply of calories per day, per capita: (1) food output indices, (2) the proportion of paved roads as a percentage of the total road network, and (3) the occurrence of droughts.