43 REPRESENTATIVES FROM 21 COUNTRIES AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY' s EXECUTIVE TRAINING PILOT PROGRAM
The pilot open executive training program Strategic Management for Leaders of Non-Governmental Organizations by Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government was successfully completed in Athens at Athens Information Technology (AIT) premises in Peania from March 26-29, 2008 with the participation of 43 representatives from non-governmental organizations from 21 countries.
AIT is an internationally-renowned education and research center in the fields of information technology and telecommunications, which was founded in 2002 and is supported since its establishment by INTRALOT Group.
Strategic Management for Leaders of Non-Governmental Organizations was based on an interactive methodology originally developed by Harvard University. The program’s faculty presented real case-studies and called on participants to find alternative proposals, draw strategies and propose solutions to real problems.
Participants included high-ranking members of NGOs and other institutions from Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Bosnia, Albania, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Turkey, Kenya, Iran, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, among other countries, who represented a wide range of activities in the areas of education, environment, urban growth, natural disasters, rights of women, minors, and persons with special needs.
Christine Letts, Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education at Harvard Kennedy School, stated: “We chose Athens to conduct the first open executive training program for two basic reasons: first, for its strategic place that facilitates the interested attendees from all the over the world, and second, due to the good collaboration that we have over the years with Athens Information Technology, through the Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe at the Kennedy School of Government. Our wish is to organize this program in Athens annually in order to attract the interest of new organizations from more countries.”
For the past five years, Athens Information Technology (AIT) and Harvard Kennedy School of Government have organized annual seminars on negotiation and strategic management, at AIT’s premises in Peania. During these programs, companies’ high-level executives, government officials and representatives of non-governmental organizations from the Balkans, the southeastern Europe and the Middle East have participated.
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About Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (KSG)
THE JOHN F. KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT serves the public interest by preparing leaders for service to society through scholarship and collaboration that contributes to the solution of public problems. Executive Education programs at the Kennedy School bring together today’s government, corporate and non profit leaders from around the globe to develop the skills they need to create public value in solving society’s most pressing problems.
About Athens Information Technology (AIT)
Founded in 2002 by INTRACOM Group, AIT is a non-profit centre of excellence in research and post-graduate studies. AIT is the largest private investment in Greece in the research and education. AIT has exclusive pan-european cooperation with the American Carnegie Mellon University and also collaborates with Harvard University and Kokkalis Foundation for executive training programs. Until today, AIT has offered more than 250 scholarships in students from 21 countries.