In 2003, investor and academic researcher Jean-Jacques Degroof spent a year at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as a Center for Business and Government Fellow. The fellowship allowed Jean-Jacques Degroof to expand and publish parts of his PhD thesis, while the exposure to Boston’s lively local entrepreneurial community marked the beginning of a lifelong interest in regional economic development through entrepreneurship..
The Center for Business and Government was created in 1982 to advance research and policy analysis on the intersections between governments and businesses. The center drew on Harvard’s excellent faculty and extensive connections in the public and private sectors, forging new, permanent linkages and facilitating cooperative problem solving. Current and former faculty members include labor economist John Dunlop, regulatory policy expert Cary Coglianese, and Goldman Sachs Senior Director Thomas Healey.
In 2005, the center changed its name to the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government in recognition of a generous endowment.