The Hitachi Center for Technology and International Affairs

Speaker Series

The HCTIA sponsors speakers throughout the year who represent the cutting edge in research, policymaking and on-the-ground initiatives that are at the crossroads of technology and international affairs.

2015 - 2016 | 2014 - 2015 | 2013 - 2014  |  2012 - 2013  |  2011 - 2012  |  2010 - 2011  |  2009 - 2010  |  2008-2009


  • Carlos Lopez-Moctezuma, Director of Digital Financial Services at BBVA

Topic: Digital Financial Services

Date: November 5, 2015


  • Matthew Homer and Christine Martin, Digital Financial Services Team at USAID

Topic: USAID's Approach to Digital Finance and Financial Inclusion (Flyer)

Date: October 27, 2015


  • Irene Wu, Senior Analyst at the US FCC

Topic: Forging Trust Communities: How Technology Changes Politics (Flyer)

Date: October 12, 2015



  • Joi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab

Topic: How the Internet Has Changed the World: Civic Engagement, Innovation, Learning and Technology Today (and How We Got Here)

Date: January 30, 2015


  • Emily Parker, Journalist

Topic: Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices from the Internet Underground

Date: November 4, 2014



  • Shane Greenstein, Kellogg Chair of Information Technology and Professor in the Management and Strategy Department at the Kellogg School of Management

Topic: Innovation From The Edges (Flyer)

Date: Mar 5, 2014


Moderated by Bhaskar Chakravorti

Topic: The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Business and Our Lives

Date: Feb 26, 2014


  • Chris Doten, Senior Program Manager for NDI's Information and Communication Technology Programs

Topic: Making Mugabe Play Whackamole - Civil Society, Technology and the Story of a Fraudulent Election

Date: Mar 5, 2014


  • Eva Orner, Director

Topic: Film Screening of "The Network"

Date: Oct 16, 2013


  • Ignacio Mas, Senior Fellow at the Fletcher School's Center for Emerging Market Enterprises at Tufts University, Senior Research Fellow at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, Associate with Bankable Frontier Associates

Topic: Everyday Mobile Money - What's Stopping It?

Date: October 30, 2013



  • Dalia Ziada, Executive Director, Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies (Cairo, Egypt)

Topic: The Impact of Technology on Women’s Rights in the Arab World

Date: Oct 4, 2012


  • Magda Ismail, Senior Knowledge Management Officer, International Finance Corporation

Topic: An Informal Discussion on Communication and Information Technology and Development

Date: October 17, 2012


  • Marian Porges, Senior Director of News Standards and Practices at NBC News

Topic: Election Aftermath: Why Should I Believe What I See on the News?

Date: November 9, 2012


  • Rubayat Khan, Co-Founder and Director of mPower, CEO at DevIntel

Topic: Tech-savvy Social Enterprises: A Paradigm Shift in Development

Date: November 28, 2012


  • Steve Maing, Director, and Crocker Snow, Director of the Edward R. Murrow Center of Public Diplomacy at The Fletcher School

Topic: Viewing of "High Tech, Low Life"

Date: February 26, 2013


  • Rebecca MacKinnon, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation

Topic: Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom

Date: March 6, 2013


  • Patrick Meier, Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi

Topic: Do ‘Liberation Technologies’ Change the Balance of Power Between Repressive Regimes and Civil Society?

Date: Oct 4, 2011


  • Inspire the Next: Research Colloquium

Topic: Discussion of current Hitachi Research Institute projects and Fletcher student and faculty funded projects by HCTIA

Rachel Fredman: The Dictator’s Dilemma and the Politics of Telecommunications in Cuba: A Case Study
Prashanth Parameswaran: Beyond Damnation: Nam Theun 2 and the Future of Hydropower in the Mekong
Jim Platte: National Decision Making and the Nuclear Fuel Cycle in Japan: An Analysis of Influences
Elizabeth Yepsen: The Geography of Fiber Optics Infrastructure and GDP Growth: A Cross-Country Analysis

Date: Oct 19, 2011


  • Japan Round Table 2011

Topic: The Great East Japan Earthquake: Innovating for the Future

For details on the conference presentations and discussions, please see the conference summary

Date: Nov 18, 2011



  • David Porteous, Director, Bankable Frontier Associates LLC

Topic: Mobile Financial Services in Africa: On to the Third Generation

Date: Sep 22, 2010


  • Inspire the Next: Research Colloquium

Topic: Discussion of current Hitachi Research Institute projects and Fletcher student and faculty funded projects by HCTIA

Date: Oct 6, 2010


  • Alec Ross, Special Advisor for Innovation in the Office of Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton

Topic: 21st Century Statecraft

Date: Nov 2, 2010


  • Nicco Mele, Founder and Director, EchoDitto

Topic: Democracy and Foreign Policy in the Digital Age

Date: Mar 29, 2011


  • Mikel Maron and Erica Hagen, Frontline SMS

Topic: Community Information and Empowerment: Map Kibera and Grand Truth Initiative

Date: Apr 12, 2011


  • Drew Bennett, Smart Grid Industry Analyst, U.S. Dept of Commerce, International Trade Administration

Topic: Building the Clean Energy Super Highway: The Development of the Global Smart Grid and the Next Innovation Infrastructure

Date: Apr 25, 2011



  • Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School and Co-director of Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Topic: A Mutual Aid Treaty for the Internet

Date: Mar 10, 2010


  • Japanese Business and Technology Roundtable

Topic: Japanese Corporations and Bottom-of-the-Pyramid Business

Date: April 2, 2010




  • Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the MIT Media Lab and chairman of One Laptop per Child

Topic: Advancing the Power of Innovation

Date: Oct 23, 2008


  • Prof. Partha Ghosh, Visiting Professor of Strategic Management at the Fletcher School

Topic: Strategic Approaches to Innovation