Jane Nelson is Director of the Corporate Responsibility Initiative at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
She was a director and senior advisor at the International Business Leaders Forum from 1993 to 2012, and has been a senior associate with the Institute for Sustainability Leadership at Cambridge University. She was a track leader on developing human capital and an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2009-2010, and in 2001 she worked with the United Nations Global Compact in the office of the UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, preparing a report for the General Assembly on cooperation between the UN and the private sector. Prior to 1993, Nelson worked with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in Africa and FUNDES in Latin America, and as a Vice President at Citibank working for the bank’s Financial Institutions Group in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Nelson serves on the Boards of Directors of Newmont, the Abraaj Group, FSG, and Chevron's Niger Delta Partnership Initiative. She has previously served on the Boards of the World Environment Center, the UK Environment Foundation, SITA (now part of the Suez Environment Group), the International Council of Toy Industries CARE Foundation (focused on improving labor standards in global supply chains), and AIESEC (one of the world’s largest youth-led networks focused on leadership development and cultural exchange). She serves on advisory councils for Abbott, Bank of America, ExxonMobil, GE, Merck Vaccines, the International Finance Corporation, the Center for Global Development, and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. She has co-authored five books and over 80 publications on corporate responsibility, sustainability and the role of the private sector in development, and five of the World Economic Forum's Global Corporate Citizenship reports. In 2015, together with her co-author Professor David Grayson, she was awarded the Academy of Management’s “Best Book Award” in the Social Issues in Management Division for their book Corporate Responsibility Coalitions: The Past Present and Future of Alliances for Sustainable Capitalism.