05 Oct 2020

HBS on 24 Hours of Harvard


Wednesday, October 7

21:30 - 22:30

HBS Middle East and North Africa Research Center

"Being HBS-Affiliated during the Pandemic: stories from students and alumni”

Alpana Thapar (HBS MBA 2012), Associate Director, Middle East and North Africa Research Center (MENA) will moderate a panel discussing the effects of the pandemic on the lives of four MBA students and alumni.


- Yazeed Al Rashed (MBA 2020), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- Joseph Chalfoun (MBA 2021) - Lebanon
- Rana Ipeker (MBA 2022) - Turkey
- Adam Omar (MBA 2022) – Egypt

Hosted by the HBS Middle East and North Africa Research Center, established in Istanbul in 2013, with offices in Dubai and Tel Aviv.

Thursday, October 8

01:00 - 02:00

HBS India Research Center, HSPH India Research Center, Harvard Business Publishing & The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute

"Daastan - é - South Asia (Narratives from South Asia)"

Dastaan é South Asia (Narratives from South Asia) showcases the range of work Harvard has been able to do, with great partners, in South Asia. Our 24hH contribution focuses the spotlight on efforts to drive public health communication & policy translation, influence management practice and capability building in education and shares our research on how leaders in South Asia are making a difference in the places where they live and work by adopting smart business models, leveraging technology and using business as a force for good.

Using the visual story telling medium Dastaan é South Asia strings together stories from front line workers, leaders in business, academia, government, our alumni, donors and other stakeholders bringing to life the diversity, development challenges and cultural context of the region.


- Vish Viswanath, Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, India Research Center - Mumbai, India
- Anjali Raina, Harvard Business School, India Research Center - Mumbai, India
- Vivek Chachra, Harvard Business Publishing – Gurugram, India
- Sanjay Kumar, The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, New Delhi, India

Co-sponsored by the Harvard Business School India Research Center, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health India Center, Harvard Business Publishing, and the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute.

02:00 - 03:00

HBS Africa Research Center

"ARC Introduction and Webinar on COVID-19: Reflections, Challenges, and Next Steps"

Join the HBS Africa Research Center located in Johannesburg, South Africa, for an introduction to the ARC and a webinar on COVID-19: Reflections, Challenges and Next Steps—HBS Faculty share leadership insights relevant to Africa.

Hosted by Harvard Business School Africa Research Center based in Johannesburg, established in 2017.

03:00 - 04:00

HBS Middle East and North Africa Research Center

"Conversation on managing during the pandemic"

Prof. Victoria Ivashina of the Finance Unit at HBS will discuss with Hisham El-Khazindar (HBS MBA 2003), Managing Director of Qalaa Holding in Egypt, how he managed his business during the pandemic and the future outlook in the region. Qalaa Holding is a leading African investment company in energy and infrastructure. El-Khazindar will provide a great overview on Egypt’s response to the pandemic as well as the company’s expectations for the post-Covid recovery. The discussion will include important lessons learned and what to expect going forward.


- Hisham El-Khazindar (MBA 2003), Qalaa Holding, Managing Director.
- Victoria Ivashina, Lovett, Learned Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School.

Hosted by Harvard Business School Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Office located in Istanbul, established 2013.

04:00 - 05:00

HBS Europe Research Center

"60 minutes: Sneak Peak into Recent Research Trends & Other Activities"

Join the Harvard Business School Europe Research Center (ERC) for a glimpse into the HBS world across the pond. We will start with a short video introduction of our Center, team and missions. A selection of faculty members will deliver video testimonials about their work with the ERC and will highlight the international dimension of their cases and research work. We will then interview a doctoral graduate who has worked at the ERC for parts of her HBS doctoral studies to conduct field research in our region. Two staff members will finally explain how the ERC also supports students and alumni here in Europe.

Presented by Vincent Dessain, ERC Executive Director. With the kind participation of:

  • HBS/HKS Professor Herman ‘Dutch’ Leonard: “Leading through Crisis - The 2015 Paris Terrorist Attacks and 2019 Notre-Dame Fire”
  • HBS Prof. Raffaella Sadun: “Restarting the Economy and Changing Safety Practices in the COVID-19 Era”
  • HBS Prof. Jill J. Avery: “Global Brand Management: What Customers Need to Hear from You During the COVID Crisis”
  • HBS Professors. Cynthia A. Montgomery & Juan Alcacer: “The Compelling Story of IKEA: Sustainable and Affordable Furniture for the Masses”
  • HBS Doctoral Graduate Nishani Bourmault: “Field Research at the ERC on the Topic of Job Reconversion/Reskilling in the Era of Automation”
  • Jan Pianca (ERC Associate Director, Educational Programs) interviewed by Phillip Andrews (Director, Corporate Relations, Career and Professional Development, HBS): “ERC Support of Students & Alumni (MBA, Executive Education, and Doctoral) in Career Coaching and Orientation”

The HBS Europe Research Center is located in Paris, established 2003.

05:30 - 06:00

HBS Japan Research Center

"Introduction of Japan through a Very Popular Course at HBS"

The Harvard Business School Japan Research Center will take you to a virtual Japan tour which Harvard Business School MBA students experience in their Japan Immersive Field Course, one of the most popular 2nd-year courses. The course includes cultural experiences, project works and a trip to Tohoku which was devasted by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the tsunami in March 2011.


- Nobuo Sato, Executive Director of HBS Japan Research Center;
- Hirotaka Takeuchi, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School.

Hosted by the Harvard Business School Japan Research Center based in Tokyo, established 2002.

06:00 - 07:00

HBS Latin America Research Center

"HBS LARC: 20 Years Exploring a Vibrant Region"

A one-hour segment showing our work at the Harvard Business School Latin America Research Center, from representing the university and the business school in the region, to contributing to the research work and the development of case materials across our region.

Presenters include:

- Fernanda Miguel, Executive Director, LARC (Buenos Aires, Argentina);
- Patricia Thomé, Regional Program Manager, LARC (São Paulo, Brazil);
- Mariana Cal, Assistant Director, Research, LARC (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Hosted by Harvard Business School Latin America Research Center, based in Buenos Aires (est. 2000) with offices in São Paulo and Mexico City.

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