• GEM 2017

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

    April 18-19, 2017


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


The theme for GEM16 was learning—how individuals and societies learn and the vast socio-economic implications of this process. For two days, speakers and attendees engaged in a lively discussion that combined both means (machine learning, big data analysis, migration policy, and structural transformation) and purpose (inclusive, stable, and expansive growth). Read more | Download Program


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.