Thoko Moyo Named Associate Dean for Communications and Public Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School

Contact: Doug Gavel
Phone: (617) 495-1115
Date: May 19, 2017

CAMBRIDGE MA – Thoko Moyo has been named Associate Dean for Communications and Public Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), it was announced today by HKS Dean Douglas Elmendorf. She will begin her full-time duties on July 5.

Moyo comes to the Kennedy School with a track record of 15 years of leadership in relevant roles in both the non-profit and private sectors. She joins HKS from the Ford Foundation in New York, where she was responsible for driving a comprehensive communications strategy to support the Foundation’s powerful vision and set of ambitions to lower inequality across the world. Prior to that position, Moyo spent 11 years at the World Bank Group in Washington DC leading communications and advocacy for the Group’s efforts to create more, better, and sustainable jobs in developing countries. She also worked at BP (PLC) where she rose to Head of Communications for Africa based in Cape Town. 

“I am thrilled that Thoko has agreed to join us,” said Elmendorf. “Under previous Associate Dean Melodie Jackson, the Kennedy School’s communications team made great strides in conveying to the world the terrific work that goes on here. With Thoko’s deep experience and broad vision, we will build on the work of Melodie and the team to move the School’s communications – and thus our impact – up to the next level.”

A trained journalist, Moyo worked for the BBC in London for several years covering global current affairs and politics. She was a producer and presenter of flagship programs such as The World Today, News Hour, and Focus on Africa. While at the BBC, she interviewed a number of world leaders, including then-UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. She also wrote for publications such as the Paris-based The Africa Report and the UK newsletter Africa Confidential.

“This is an exciting time to join the Kennedy School, a school whose mission resonates deeply with me,” said Moyo. “I am a global citizen and have witnessed in my own life the important role that enlightened public leaders play in finding solutions to the most challenging social problems. I am energized about the tremendous opportunity ahead to help amplify the importance of the exciting research and ideas coming out of the school, and their impact on public policy.”

Moyo holds a BSc in Biological Sciences (hons) degree from the University of Zimbabwe. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the UK-based charity The International HIV/ AIDS Alliance.


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