Zurich Funds Distinguished Visitors

The Zurich Financial Services Distinguished Visitors program allows the Bren School to host international leaders in environmental policy, law, business, and science to enrich and expand the intellectual life of the Bren School community and share insight on issues critical to climate change. Activities of the visitors, who are in residence for periods ranging from one week to one quarter, include teaching short courses, offering public lectures, conducting seminars, and leading colloquia and symposia planned around their research, professional endeavors, or areas of expertise.


Distinguished Visitor for Winter Quarter 2019

Stephen Ansolabehere, Frank G. Thompson Professor of Government, Harvard University
Stephen Ansolabehere was in residence at the Bren School January 3-20, 2019. His public colloquium took place Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 11:00 in Bren Hall 1414.

Stephen Ansolabehere is the Frank G. Thompson Professor of Government at Harvard University. He is an expert on US elections, voting behavior, and public opinion. He has researched public attitudes concerning energy and the environment with MIT Energy Studies since 2002, and contributed to the MIT Nuclear Study and the MIT Coal Study. He has published four books and academic research in a wide range of fields, including political science, economics, law, environment, and statistics. He is the Principal Investigator of the Cooperative Congressional Election Study, and a member of the Election Night Decision Desk at CBS News. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. In 2007, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Distinguished Visitor for Spring Quarter 2019

Mark Radka, Chief, Energy and Climate Branch, Economy Division, UN Environment
Mark Radka will be in residence at the Bren School April 8-12, 2019. His public colloquium will take place Monday, April 8 at 11:00 in Bren Hall 1414.

Mark Radka heads UN Environment’s Energy and Climate Branch, where he manages the organization’s efforts to link the global energy and environment agendas. UN Environment’s focus is on helping countries reduce emission of greenhouse gases through broad cooperative efforts and supporting engagement by the financial industry in the sustainable energy sector. Mark has a special interest in the technology needs of developing countries and was a coordinating lead author of the IPCC’s Special Report on Methodological and Technological Issues in Technology Transfer. Before joining UN Environment he worked on domestic and international environmental programs with the US Environmental Protection Agency and the World Bank, and was a US Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand.
Mark received a Master of Public Policy degree in Environmental Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, an MS degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and an SB in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



Past Zurich Distinguished Visitors
Jacqueline McGlade, April 2018; see the video
Dan Dudek, February 2018
; see the video
Gavin Schmidt, January 2018
; see the video
Dale Jamieson, May 2017; see the video
Jonathan Foley, February 2017; see the video
Lord John Krebs, January 2017; see the video
Lord John Krebs, January 2016; see the video
Steve Polasky, May 2015
; see the video
Charles Godfray, April 2015; see the video
Tim Flannery, May 2014; see the video
Tom Swetnam, March 2014; see the video
Don Wuebbles, May 2013
; see the video
Margaret Davidson, April 2013; see the video
Andy Revkin, May 2012; see the video
Edward S. Rubin, February 2012; see the video
Dennis Ojima, October 2011; see the video
Denny Ellerman, March 2011;see the video
Virgilio Viana, October 2010; see the video
Mike Toman, April 2010; see the video
Matt Kahn, January 2010; see the video
Lynn Scarlett, October 2009; see the video
Richard Duke, April 2009; see the video
Thomas Lyon, February 2009; see the video
Stephen Schneider, October 2008; see the video