Gowher Rizvi, Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, is director of the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Before joining the institute, he was the Ford Foundation’s Representative for South Asia, having previously served as the Foundation’s Deputy Director for Governance and Civil Society in the New York office. Earlier he was the Director of Contemporary Affairs at the Asia Society in New York. Prior to moving to the United States he was a Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, and a professor of Politics at the University of Oxford; Director of Queen Elizabeth; the Beit Lecturer for Commonwealth Studies; and Senior Lecturer at the University of Warwick. The founder and editor of Contemporary South Asia, an academic and policy studies journal, Rizvi is the author or editor of several books including South Asia in a Changing International Order; Bangladesh: The Struggle for Democracy; Linlithgow and India 1936-43; South Asian Insecurity and the Great Powers (coauthor with Barry Buzan); Perspectives on Imperialism and Decolonization (coeditor with Robert Holland); Indo-British Relations in Retrospect (coeditor with Anthony Copley); and Beyond Boundaries (coauthor with Paul Evans and Navneeta Chaddha Behera). He was also a Rhodes Scholar at Trinity College, Oxford, where he received his DPhil.

Click here to read Prof. Rizvi’s piece "Government Innovation that Makes a Difference". 

Click here to read Prof. Rizvi’s C.V.

Click here to see Prof. Rizvi’s Bellagio Introduction.

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