Research/Areas of Interest: Internet and related technologies and their effects on community development, institutions and governments.


  • BA, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States
  • MA, Tufts University, Medford, United States
  • MALD, Tufts University, Medford, United States
  • PhD, Tufts University, Medford, United States


Christopher (Rusty) Tunnard, Professor of Practice of International Business, is the former Hitachi Fellow for Technology and International Affairs at Fletcher and a Senior Fellow in the Center for Emerging Markets. He is also an independent management consultant and a Visiting Professor at HHL-the Leipzig Graduate School of Management. He has spent more than thirty years in international business and management consulting, and he is a recognized expert on innovation and technology-led change in the international communications, travel, and financial service industries. He has successfully led board-level strategy assignments for some of the world's most respected companies and for many government ministries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the United States. Professor Tunnard's dissertation focused on the use of technology in the formation of resistance networks in Serbia in the 1990s. As part of his doctoral research on communications technology and new media, he joined the growing group of practitioners that studies all kinds of networks and their impact on public and private organizations. Currently, he is examining the roles that social networks and social media can play in building up institutions and civil society in countries where they have been used effectively in bringing down long-time democratic dictatorships. Tunnard holds MA, MALD, and PhD degrees from The Fletcher School, and he received his A.B. from Harvard.
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