Robert Z. Lawrence

Senior Fellow
Professor of International Trade and Investment, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Robert Z. Lawrence is the Albert L. Williams Professor of International Trade and Investment at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C. and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He served as a Member of President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisors from March 1999 to January 2001.

Yassar is a former Partner at Bain & Company (head of Public Sector practice) and prior to that Partner at PwC and led the Middle East Strategy Group, Global Education Group, and established the ME Public Sector Institute. Before PwC, Yasar served as the founding Executive Dean of the Dubai School of Government and as a Research Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He also served as the Strategy Director at The Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in Dubai from 2001 to 2005.

Prior to that, Yasar worked in the UK as a Research Fellow in Cranfield School of Management and Bradford School of Management. Yasar published extensively in various academic and professional journals, and his insights have been quoted in global and regional media.

Current titles include:

  • Senior Fellow, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, USA
  • Professor Of Practice, Hult International Business School, USA
  • Chairman, Open Data Institute, Dubai
  • Advisor, Bakery Venture Capital (The Abraaj Group)
  • Co-Chair, Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government, World Economic Forum
  • Visiting Fellow, Cranfield School of Management, UK
  • Senior Advisor, Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Innovations in Government, UAE
  • Senior Advisor, Harvard International Negotiations Program, Harvard University, USA
  • Fellow, Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (previously Dubai School of Government), UAE