I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.”
– Chinese Proverb


The Robert & MeiLi Hefner Foundation has partnered with Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Public Policy, Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and The Webb Schools, over the years to establish and promote their common interests of leadership in public policy and creative thinking.

Harvard, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is the hub of Harvard Kennedy School’s research, teaching, and training in international security and diplomacy, environmental and resource issues, and science and technology policy. The Center has a dual mission: to provide leadership in advancing policy-relevant knowledge about the most important challenges of international security and other critical issues where science, technology, environmental policy, and international affairs intersect; and to prepare future generations of leaders for these arenas. Through publications and policy discussions, workshops, seminars, and conferences, the Center promotes innovative solutions to significant national and international challenges. Visit and read more at www.belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu.

Harvard, Kennedy School of Government

The Kennedy School of Government is committed to both thought and action. Its renowned faculty and pioneering research centers deliver bold new ideas. Its students are prepared and trained to lead, no matter whether in the private, public or non-profit sector. For the past several decades the Harvard Kennedy School has strived to place itself at the vanguard of studying public policy and preparing its practitioners. Today the Kennedy School has evolved into one of the world’s most eminent social science research institutions – housing 15 research centers and institutes and more than thirty executive education and degree programs – with worldwide reach and influence. Visit and read more at www.hks.harvard.edu.

The Webb Schools

The Webb Schools, located in Claremont, California strives to develop leaders from its students, men and women of character who demonstrate through their actions virtues of enduring worth. The Webb education inspires and nurtures high school boys and girls to become men and women who think creatively and boldly, act with honor and distinction, lead with the courage to do what is right and serve with a generous spirit. The entire school community is dedicated to preparing our students to be leaders in both their public and private lives. Students on campus come from 16 states and 18 countries to comprise of the school’s 400 students enrolled on one campus. Visit and read more about The Webb Schools at www.webb.org.