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Iris Bohnet

Renowned Behavioral Expert and Gender Equality Designer

Iris Bohnet is a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the director of the Women and Public Policy Program, co-chair of the Behavioral Insights Group, and the faculty chair of the executive program “Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century” for the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders at Harvard Kennedy School. Her best selling book What Works: Gender Equality by Design provides decision-makers with scientific insights on how to redesign organizations, school and society. It became the 2016 Financial Times Best Business Book of the Year and 800-CEO Business Book of the Year. 

Professor Bohnet serves on the boards, advisory boards or as a patron of Credit Suisse Group, Applied, Edge, genEquality, TaketheLeadWomen, We Shape Tech, Women in Banking and Finance, and the UK Government’s Equalities Office as well as numerous academic journals.

She was named one of the Most Influential People in Gender Policy by apolitical in 2018, a Leading Thinker of Victoria, Australia, 2016-2019, and has received an honorary degree from the University of Lucerne, Switzerland, in 2016.

Professor Bohnet is an expert in organizational design, decision-making, negotiation and gender in public policy and leadership in degree and executive programs, and has been engaged in the teaching, training and consulting of private and public sector leaders in the United States, Australia, Europe, India and the Middle East. Some of the larger consulting, research or speaking clients include the UK and US governments, BlackRock, Deutsche Bank, Citi, Deloitte, EY, Fidelity, GE, Google, the IMF, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, the OECD, Salesforce, Sanofi, Schroders, UNESCO, UNICEF, UN Women, Unilever, and the World Bank.

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