Douglas W. Elmendorf, the Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, was among the guests at a dinner hosted by Mohammed Alshaya, the executive chairman of retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co., this week.
Prof. Elmendorf is a leading economist and former Harvard faculty member, and was previously the director of the US Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Mr. Alshaya serves on the Leadership Council at Harvard Kennedy School, and the dinner was part of Prof. Elmendorf's visit to the region to strengthen relations with local businesses and institutions.
The dinner was also attended by US Ambassador to Kuwait, Lawrence Silverman; Turkish Ambassador to Kuwait, Murat Tamer; and Dr. Hussein Al-Ansari, the President of Kuwait University.
Attending a dinner in honour of Douglas W. Elmendorf, the Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, this week were (from left): Ayman Alshaya, CEO of Alshaya Enterprises; Hilary Rantisi, Director of the Middle East Initiative (MEI) at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government's (HKS) Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Dr. Hussein Al-Ansari, the President of Kuwait University; Prof. Elmendorf; Mohammed Alshaya, Executive Chairman of M.H. Alshaya Co.; Lawrence Silverman, the US Ambassador to Kuwait; Tarek Sultan, CEO & Vice Chairman of Agility; Murat Tamer, the Turkish Ambassador to Kuwait; Guido de Wilde, SVP & Regional Director, Middle East at Marriott International; Cathy Coyle, Director of Major Gifts, Harvard Kennedy School; and Fahed Abushaar, Area Director & General Manager, Sheraton Kuwait.