Jane Nelson

Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative,
Harvard Kennedy School

Jane Nelson is director of the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. She was a director and senior advisor at the International Business Leaders Forum from 1993 to 2009, and has been a senior associate with the Institute for Sustainability Leadership at Cambridge University, and an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative. In 2001, she worked with the United Nations Global Compact in the office of the UN Secretary-General preparing a report for the General Assembly on cooperation between the UN and the private sector. Prior to 1993, Nelson worked for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in Africa, for FUNDES in Latin America and as a vice president at Citibank working for the bank’s Financial Institutions Group in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Nelson has co-authored five books and over 80 publications on corporate responsibility and the role of the private sector in development, and five of the World Economic Forum’s Global Corporate Citizenship reports. Nelson serves on the Boards of Directors of Newmont, the Abraaj Group, FSG, Chevron’s Niger Delta Partnership Initiative, the ImagineNations Group and the International Council of Toy Industries CARE foundation. She serves on advisory councils for the IFC, Abbott, ExxonMobil, GE, APCO Worldwide, the Center for Global Development, the Initiative for Global Development and The Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center.

A graduate of the University of Natal in South Africa and Oxford University, she is a former Rhodes Scholar and recipient of the Keystone Center’s 2005 Leadership in Education Award.