«Working with companies and governments across the globe, my research and practice show what more can be done to advance gender equity at work—often at shockingly low cost and surprisingly high speed. To equalize the playing field and benefit from 100% of the talent pool, we need to redesign how we recruit, hire, promote, pay, organize work, and behave in our workplaces.»

Iris Bohnet

Member of the Board of Trustees

Iris Bohnet is the Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government and co-director of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School. She is a behavioral economist, combining insights from economics and psychology to improve decision-making in organizations and society, often with a gender or cross-cultural perspective. Her most recent research examines behavioral design as a means to de-bias how we live, learn, and work.

She is the author of the award-winning book What Works: Gender Equality by Design. She advises governments and companies on the topic around the world and was appointed to the Gender Equality Advisory Council of the G7 in 2021 and named one of the Most Influential Academics in Government and one of the Most Influential People in Gender Policy by Apolitical.

Professor Bohnet served as academic dean of Harvard Kennedy School for six years and as faculty chair of the executive program “Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century” for the WEF’s Young Global Leaders for more than ten years. She sits on a number of boards and advisory boards and is the recipient of several awards and honorary doctorate degrees. She received her PhD in economics from the University of Zurich.