Welcoming Reception for Dean Doug Elmendorf

and Professor Karen Dynan of Harvard Kennedy School

– Panel: Public Challenges in the Post-Covid World



Doug Elmendorf (Dean of Harvard Kennedy School) and Karen Dynan (Harvard Kennedy School), welcomed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Yoshimasa Hayashi, President, HKS Club of Japan


Monday, July 31, 2023 | Panel 7:00-8:00 PM Reception 8:00-9:00 PM (JST)


Please join us for an insightful discussion with Professor Doug Elmendorf, Dean of Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), and Professor Karen Dynan of HKS, followed by a welcome reception.


This event is organized by Harvard Kennedy School Club of Japan (HKSCJ).


1. Overview

Panel discussion “Public Challenges in the Post-Covid World” / Welcome reception


Welcoming Dean Elmendorf and Professor Dynan from Harvard Kennedy School, this panel will address multiple and complex challenges we face in the post-covid world, with leading figures in economic policy, diplomacy and education, moderated by a global leading public health professional.

WhenMonday, July 31, 2023 Panel Discussion 7:00-8:00 PM, Reception 8:00-9:00 PM

(Doors open at 6:30 PM)

WhereIwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, the International House of Japan, Inc.

5-11-16 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 106-0032



2.  Speakers

  • Introduction by Naoko Sugita, Social Event Unit, HKSCJMPA2002, Advisor to the Director, Earth Observation Research Center, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
  • Speakers:

Doug Elmendorf, Dean of Faculty, HKS, Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy

Karen Dynan, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy, HKS

Yoshimasa Hayashi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, President of HKSCJMPA1994

Akiko Imai, Professor and head of Global Business Faculty, Showa Women’s University,MC/MPA2005

Moderator: Shinjiro Murata, General Director, Medecins Sans Frontieres JapanMC/MPA2020

Doug Elmendorf has been dean and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School since 2016. He had been a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution after serving as the director of the Congressional Budget Office from January 2009 through March 2015. He had previously been a senior fellow at Brookings, assistant director of the Division of Research and Statistics at the Federal Reserve Board, deputy assistant secretary for economic policy at the Treasury Department, senior economist at the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers, and an assistant professor at Harvard University. In those policy roles, Doug worked on budget policy, health care issues, the macroeconomic effects of fiscal policy, Social Security, income security programs, financial markets, macroeconomic analysis and forecasting, and a range of other topics. He earned his PhD and AM in economics from Harvard University and his AB summa cum laude from Princeton University.


Karen Dynan is a Professor of the Practice in the Harvard University Department of Economics and at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is also a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the chair of the American Economic Association Committee on Economic Statistics. She previously served as Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy and Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of the Treasury from 2014 to 2017. From 2009 to 2013, Dynan was vice president and co-director of the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution. Before that, she was on the staff of the Federal Reserve Board, leading work in macroeconomic forecasting, household finances, and the Fed’s response to the financial crisis. Dynan has also served as a senior economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers (2003-2004) and as a visiting assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University (1998). Her current research focuses on macroeconomic policy, consumer behavior, and household finances. Dynan received her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and her A.B. from Brown University.


The program will be conducted in English (no translation available).

The views expressed by the panelists do not reflect the positions of entities/organizations.

The panel is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the panelist(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.


3. Fees and Registration

Early bird fee: 9,000 yen (available until July 7)

Regular fee: 10,000 yen (from July 8 to July 27)

Food and drinks are included.


Registration: Please register and pay in advance online via the website below.



Please make payment using the following link.



For enquiries, please contact: secretariat@hks-j.org