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Trustee Bio

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Debora L. Spar, PhD

Debora Spar is the Jaime and Josefina Chua Tiampo Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and senior associate dean for business and global society. Her current research focuses on issues of gender and technology and the interplay between technological change and broader social structures. Prior to joining Harvard Business School, Debora served as the president of Barnard College, where she led initiatives to highlight women’s leadership and advancement, including the creation of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies and the development of Barnard’s Global Symposium series. Before joining Barnard, Debora spent 17 years on the HBS faculty as the Spangler Family Professor as well as the senior associate dean for faculty research and development. She is a prolific writer and has published numerous books and journal articles on her research. Debora earned her PhD in Government from Harvard University and her BS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.