• GEM 2016

    Bringing leaders in development, government and business to Harvard to examine key themes that will shape policy and research.

    April 13-14, 2016


The Global Empowerment Meeting (GEM) is the Center for International Development's (CID) premier invitation-only event featuring innovative research and initiatives in global development. GEM brings together 100 of the top business leaders, policymakers, and academics to engage around the challenges to securing inclusive and sustainable growth and the innovative ideas needed to solve them. Read more


We will seek answers to questions such as: How can a country leverage the inflow and outflow migration of people for its prosperity? How can we use data science to improve decision making and policy design? What has triggered city-led economic growth and which findings can be replicated in small and medium cities? Read more | Download Program


Confirmed speakers include Donald Kaberuka, former President of the African Development Bank; Piero Ghezzi, Minister of Production of Peru; Luis Cespedes, Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism of Chile; Sergio Fajardo, former Governor of Antioquia; Alex 'Sandy; Pentland, MIT professor; and Harvard professors Edward Glaeser, Dani Rodrik, and Sendhil Mullainathan. Read more

The Center for International Development would like to acknowledge that GEM16 is made possible in collaboration with The MasterCard Foundation.