Sanderijn Cels, PhD

Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Dr. Sanderijn Cels is a practice-oriented academic whose research and teaching focus on strategic leadership, stakeholder communication, and social innovation. She teaches in executive education programs at Harvard Kennedy School and at Georgetown University, as well as her course at the Harvard Extension and Harvard Summer Schools. She specializes in discussion-based and participant-centered learning, and teaches case-writing and case-teaching workshops for academics. Cels is currently finishing a book about how government leaders deal with the strategic challenges of addressing historic wrongs through public apologies. She is first author of Agents of Change: Strategies and Tactics for Social Innovation (Brookings Institution Press/Ash Center 2012). She has published over 100 articles, more than 30 teaching cases and seven books. Her scholarly work has appeared in Leadership Quarterly and Political Psychology. Originally from the Netherlands, Cels has a master's degree in history (with honors) from Leiden University (Netherlands), and a PhD in social sciences from Loughborough University (UK).


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