Cathryn Clüver
Executive Director, Future of Diplomacy Project/India & South Asia Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Cathryn Clüver
Cathryn Clüver is the founding Executive Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project, which examines the challenges to negotiation and statecraft in the 21st century. She is also the Executive Director of the India and South Asia Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Prior to creating the Future of Diplomacy Project with Faculty Director, R. Nicholas Burns, she served on the management team of the European Policy Centre in Brussels, where she was the Deputy Editor of its public policy journal, Challenge Europe and the think tank’s Communications Director. In 2005 she joined Roland Berger Strategy Consultants as Senior Journalist and consultant. There, she worked on public policy issues (demographic change, urban competitiveness, green energy) and advised both the consultancy’s Chinese and French offices on branding and communication strategies. In 2009 she served in the second Bloomberg mayoral administration, where she implemented an online program for New York City's 1.8 million limited-English-proficiency migrants to access essential public services. In addition, she looks back on a ten-year career in international journalism and communications, during which she covered global affairs, most notably EU politics and business and the aftermath of September 11th, working as a producer and writer for CNN-International based in Atlanta and London.

Her upcoming book, entitled "MetroDiplomacy," examines the changing role of the globe's urban centers as they tackle transnational challenges. Her past research work and writing has focused on comparative immigration systems and border control in the European Union and the US.  In her current role, she examines negotiation practice and the impact of technology and communication on diplomatic actors and advises the German Federal Foreign Ministry on institutional reform questions. She is a frequent commentator on transatlantic relations in US and German publications, including for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, ABC radio and on German television and radio, and writes regularly for Atlantic Monthly's Quartz.

Cathryn holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the Harvard Kennedy School and a graduate of the London School of Economics, where she received a Masters Degree in European Studies. She received her undergraduate degree in International Relations and French Civilization from Brown University. Cathryn is an elected member of the HKS Alumni Board of Directors and serves on the Advisory Council of Georgetown University's BMW Center for German and European Studies.