Mr. Lincoln C. Chen

Director of the Global Equity Initiative at Harvard University - JFK School of Government

Lincoln C. Chen is Director of the Global Equity Initiative at the Harvard University JFK School of Government.

For the past five years 1996-2001, he served as Executive Vice President for Strategy of the Rockefeller Foundation. During the decade of 1997-1996, Dr. Chen was Taro Takemi Professor of International Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and Director of the University-wide Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. From 1981-1987, Dr. Chen was the Representative of the Ford Foundation in India, and in 1973-1980, he worked for the Ford Foundation both on its staff and seconded as Scientific Director of the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research in Bangladesh.

Dr. Chen has a BA from Princeton University, MD from Harvard Medical School, and MPH from Johns Hopkins. He was trained in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Chen has published extensively on world social development, especially in health, population, and food and nutrition. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In 2001, Dr. Chen was elected Chair of the Board of Directors of CARE, America's largest non-governmental organization working overseas and also appointed a Commissioner of the independent global Commission on Human Security. He has advised several foundations, the World Bank, and UN agencies. He serves as a Board member of the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP) and has been an advisor to the annual Human Development Report of the UNDP. Dr. Chen is also an advisory committee member of the Synergos Institute and the Center of Economic and Social Rights in New York City, and the Center for Sciences and the Environment in Washington, DC. He has appeared on McNeil-Lehrer PBS News Hour, ABC’s Nightline, and other news and media outlets.