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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 01:34 PM

Wealthy Greek Diplomat Underwrites Mexican Ex-President Calderon At Harvard

2/05/2013 @ 12:43PM |38 views
Wealthy Greek Diplomat Underwrites Mexican Ex-President Calderon At Harvard

No, it’s not Carlos Slim, Ricardo Salinas Pliego, Emilio Azcarraga Jean or any other Mexican billionaire underwriting Mexico’s former President Felipe Calderón’s controversial one-year fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School, but rather wealthy Greek diplomat Gianna Angelopoulos, who in 2012 created the Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellowship program, “to retain and re-train leaders who have distinguished themselves in service to the public and are now transitioning to another career.”

After a tumultuous six-year term that ended in December 2012, Calderón and his family moved to Cambridge last month to start his tenure as a lecturer and researcher at the top-ranked Ivy League school. How much Angelopoulos is investing in Calderón’s fellowship is anyone’s guess. “Financial figures on the Fellowship have not been released,” said Doug Gavel, Associate director of Media Relations at the Kennedy School.

Angelopoulos is an Olympic Organizer, Ambassador of the Greek State, lawyer and former Member of Parliament. In 1990, she married Theodore Angelopoulos, a Greek shipping and steel magnate, and resigned her seat in the Parliament to become involved in her husband’s international shipping business. Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, as she is also known, is a convening sponsor of the Clinton Global Initiative and Vice-Chairman of the Dean’s Council for Harvard’s Kennedy School.

In a statement announcing the fellowship, a few days before he left office, the Kennedy School credited Calderón, “with having boosted the nation’s economic development as a pro‑business, pro‑free market leader and having made significant reforms to the country’s environmental, immigration and health care policies.” The drug war that took place under his watch, the more than 60,000 people who lost their lives and the 25,000 that went missing were not mentioned.


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