Global Leaders, CEOs and Global Celebrities Gather at Harvard University for the HPAIR Summit


– Ministers from Asia, Europe and the United States, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, philanthropic executives and decorated celebrities spoke at the annual HPAIR conference – held virtually – discussing progress at- beyond technological boundaries, addressing social issues, improving global governance, and fostering philanthropy.

– Called “The Davos of Harvard” by Business Insider, the HPAIR conference is organized by 75 Harvard students with the aim of democratizing information by connecting today’s leaders with the future leaders of tomorrow. The event hosted over 9,000 delegates from around the world and is chaired by Co-Chairs Zeel Patel and Eric Lin.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., September 28, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Harvard College Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR), a Harvard University-based organization that runs the largest student-run conference in the United States and Asia, concluded its flagship HPAIR 2021 conference on 20 Auguste – 23rd, 2021 – with the largest gathering in its 30-year history. The theme of the summit was Reinvent with Resilience, where participants shared visions on improving the state of the world after COVID-19 by engaging in disruptive innovation in social, political, academic and business dimensions.

Speakers and organizations gathered at the HPAIR 2021 conference.

Government ministers, Fortune 500 CEOs and celebrities decorated below gathered at Harvard University.

Keynote speakers for the event included:

  • Bob sternfels, CEO of McKinsey & Company

  • Manny Maceda, CEO of Bain & Company

  • Rich Lesser, CEO of Boston Consulting Group

  • Marc Suzman, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia

  • Ambassador Katherine tai, Trade Representative of the United States, Member of the United States under the administration of President Biden

  • Adam D’Angelo, CEO and co-founder of Quora, former CTO of Facebook

  • HE Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister of Finance of Indonesia, former Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of the World Bank

  • HE Minister Nadiem Makarim, Minister of Education and Culture for Indonesia, former co-founder of GoJek

  • NR Narayana murthy, founder and former CEO of Infosys, member of the board of directors of the United Nations Foundation, the Ford Foundation and former co-chair of the World Economic Forum

  • Andreas Weigend, former chief scientist, adviser to German Chancellor Angela Merkel

  • Ajay Piramal, Chairman of the Piramal Group

  • Muhammad Yunus, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom

  • Aparna Bawa, COO of Zoom

  • Justin kan, co-founder of Twitch, partner at Y Combinator

  • Anne Chow, CEO of AT&T (Company)

  • Yuriko Koike, governor of Tokyo, former Minister of Defense of Japan

  • Lord Ed Vaizey, Member of the House of Lords for the United Kingdom

  • Professor Pierre Singer, renowned ethical philosopher at Princeton University, founder of The Life You Can Save

  • Jessica meir, NASA astronaut

  • Steve aoki, Renowned American DJ and record producer

  • Ho Kwon Ping, President and founder of Banyan Tree Hotels

  • Sheila patel, CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management

  • Véronique Chou, Founder and CEO of Everybody & Everyone

  • Idris jala, former CEO of Malaysia Airlines

“Our main goal has always been to bring together people who are pioneers in their respective fields – those directly pushing the frontier of progress through this dimension of society – to engage them in Socratic dialogue with each other on issues of global importance, and then to capture these generated ideas and share them around the world, ”said note Zeel Patel, co-president of HPAIR. “It creates an information transfer mesocosm that only happens when two leaders interact, like Foundation CEO Bill & Melinda Gates and Wikipedia co-founder.”

Lesly Goh, former Technical Director of the World Bank Group and member of the HPAIR Advisory Board, congratulated the global team on their achievements: “It was a real pleasure to support Zeel, Eric and their team of 75 people. Harvard students as they orchestrated their conference Dubai, Boston, and Taipei desks. While the virtual format posed enormous challenges, it also provided incredible opportunities to maximize the impact of HPAIR and accelerate our mission of democratizing information for our delegates, by connecting young future leaders with leaders of the world. whole world.

Potential delegates can find more information about the organization and apply for future conferences at:

HPAIR Co-Chairs and Harvard University Juniors Eric Lin (left) and Zeel Patel (right) moderated the summit from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  Credits: Raymond Huang Photography Studio.

HPAIR Co-Chairs and Harvard University Juniors Eric Lin (left) and Zeel Patel (right) moderated the summit from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Credits: Raymond Huang Photography Studio.

About the Harvard College Project for Asian and International Relations

The Harvard College Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) is a non-profit organization established 30 years ago to create an exchange forum for young professionals and current world leaders to discuss and learn more on technological, political and economic issues facing the world. The mission is to connect the best leaders of today with the future leaders of tomorrow in a dynamic forum of engagement. The organization is headed by Mr. Zeel Patel and M. Eric Lin, undergraduates at Harvard University that serve as HPAIR Minister of Magic and Head of Hogwarts, respectively.

Since 1991, HPAIR has organized 50 conferences in 19 different host countries, touching the lives of more than 40,000 students and young professionals. HPAIR hosts two student-led conferences per year – one in that of Harvard campus, and one in the Asia Pacific region in August. A significant portion of the proceeds goes to charities around the world that work to improve access to education.

Potential host cities in Asia must go through an intensive six-month bidding process to secure the rights to host Asia’s flagship conference. The Asia Conference of August 2021 took place virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the theme Reinvent with resilience.

M / s. Divya amirtharaj (Americas)
Director of Public Communication
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+1 (857) 997-2778

Harvard College Project Office for Asian and International Relations
59 Shepard Street, Harvard University


The Harvard College Project for Asians & International Relations Logo.  (PRNewsfoto / Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR))

The Harvard College Project logo for Asian and international relations. (PRNewsfoto / Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR))



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