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Bridging Domains

Karen and Sanjeev (MBA 1986) Mehra

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Karen and Sanjeev (MBA 1986) Mehra

Karen and Sanjeev Mehra (MBA 1986) perceive both great opportunities and serious challenges at the nexus of business, science, and engineering. Their endowment of the Mehra Family HBS/SEAS Collaboration Fund was inspired by their interest in fostering partnerships between HBS and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)—including the nascent MS/MBA joint degree program—at a time, notes Sanjeev, “when leaders who have expertise across these domains are sorely needed.”

From his perspective as the recently retired vice chairman of global private equity investing at Goldman Sachs, Sanjeev observes, “Every business in the world is interacting with science and engineering today. There’s a tremendous need for managers to become more conversant in how science and technology can positively and negatively affect their companies, and for scientists and engineers to better understand how businesses can enhance the impact of their ideas.”

Karen, Sanjeev’s classmate at Harvard College, majored in government as an undergraduate and holds a master’s degree in cultural anthropology from Columbia University. She hopes increased knowledge sharing across Harvard will spark multidisciplinary consideration of societal issues brought on by the rapid development and commercialization of technology and science. “I believe Harvard is well placed to help lead a national discussion on the philosophical and ethical issues that so frequently arise in growth markets,” she says.

The Mehras view their 30th Reunion gift as a way to give back to an institution that has played an important role in their lives. Both received financial aid as undergraduates and have enjoyed lifelong connections with HBS and College classmates. In addition, two of their four sons have attended Harvard College.

But beyond personal gratitude, Sanjeev explains that because “the world is increasingly divided, the need for the kind of objective, fact-based research and analysis that Harvard does best is greater today than ever before. We want to support that.”

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Class of MBA 1986, Section D

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