Digital Guest Book

The Official Harvard University Guest Book -- Digital Edition

  • Nabil Fahmy, Kim Wyman guest book entries
  • Jens Weidmann guest book entry
  • Ayad Allawi, James Mattis guest book entries
  • Justice Mumbi Ngugi guest book entry
  • Jacinda Ardern, Anatoly Antonov guest book entries
  • Catherine Ashton, Queen Rania guest book entries
  • Robert Walker, Craig Iver Forman guest book entries
  • Jennifer Preston digital guest book entry
  • Nestor Forster, Domingos Vital guest book entries
  • Yousef Al Otaiba guest book entry
  • Sebastio Salgado, Doug McMillon guest book entries

Order of Entries

October 1, 2020          Nabil Fahmy, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Egypt
October 6, 2020          Kim Wyman, Secretary of State, State of Washington, USA
October 19, 2020       Jens Weidmann, President, Deutsche Bundesbank, Germany
October 29, 2020       Ayad Allawi, Former Prime Minister, Iraq
November 17, 2020   General James Mattis, Former US Secretary of Defense and retired General, US Marines 
December 1, 2020     Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister, New Zealand
January 12, 2021       Anatoly Antonov, Ambassador to the United States, Russian Federation
January 15, 2021       Baroness Catherine Ashton, Former European Union High Representative
March 8, 2021           Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan
Spring 2021               Robert Walker, Professor of Sociology, Beijing Normal University (Visiting Fellow at HKS Shorenstein Center)
Spring 2021              Craig Iver Forman, Co-Founder and Partner, NextNewsVentures (Visiting Fellow at HKS Shorenstein Center)
Spring 2021               Jennifer Preston, Former Vice President for Journalism at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (Visiting Fellow at                                           HKS Shorenstein Center)
March 29, 2021         Nestor Forster Jr., Ambassador to the United States, Brazil
April 12, 2021            Domingos Fezas Vital, Ambassador to the United States, Portugal
April 13, 2021            Marco Buti, Chief of Staff for the European Commissioner for the Economy
April 16, 2021            Yousef Al Otaiba, Ambassador to the United States, United Arab Emirates
May 27, 2021             Sebastião Salgado, Photographer, Brazil
May 27, 2021            Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart, USA

 

 

Special thanks to our colleague William Cannon of Harvard's Public Affairs and Communications (HPAC), for his assistance in developing this digital guest book!

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October 1, 2020

Harvard’s ability to attract wide international intellectual depth and insight was self evident , only missing element was being in Cambridge. 

--Nabil Fahmy, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Egypt

October 6, 2020

2020 has presented its fair share of challenges and has been a year of firsts for many of us. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, election officials across the country have been working hard to ensure the pandemic doesn't stand in the way of democracy. Make sure your voice is heard by making a voting plan and voting this fall!

--Kim Wyman, Washington Secretary of State

October 19, 2020

I really enjoyed having the opportunity to deliver my address at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, take part in the extraordinarily stimulating debate with the students, and exchange views and opinions with Beatrice Weder di Mauro and Benjamin Friedman.
I would like to thank Hans-Helmut Kotz for his kind invitation. It has been a great honour for me to participate for the second time in a Harvard event, and I am very much looking forward to my next visit to Cambridge. Hopefully, it will soon be safe to meet in person again.
This pandemic is first and foremost a global health crisis. But it has also robbed many of their livelihoods. As I said in my address, soaring youth unemployment and the disruptions to education have inflicted particular harm on young people around the world.
The recovery from the social and economic damage caused by the pandemic comes on top of the various challenges that we have already been facing. Policymakers across the world need input from Harvard academics and students now more than ever!

--Jens Weidmann, President, Deutsche Bundesbank

October 29, 2020

It was a pleasure to engage with great intellects who added depth to the dialogue and covered strategic issues pertinent to international security. I am confident that this distinguished community with such insight will help shape future policy and decision-making for the better. 

-- Ayad Allawi, Former Prime Minister, Iraq

November 17, 2020

My respect and appreciation to the faculty, students and supporters of this fine school. Education is the foundation for our democratic experiment in government that we call America.

--James Mattis, General, US Marines & 26th Secretary of Defense

November 19, 2020

I am honoured to have been invited to contribute to the ongoing discussion on the enforcement of the right to health. It is an appropriate time to reflect on this right, when the Covid 19 pandemic and the devastation that it has wreaked globally has underscored the centrality of the right to health as a critical factor in the enjoyment of all other rights. 
I am particularly honoured that the invitation has been extended by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics, which I believe is home to pre-eminent thought leaders on the protection and enforcement of fundamental rights. I am proud to be associated with you and wish you the best in all you do. 

--Justice Mumbi Ngugi, Supreme Court of Kenya

December 1, 2020

Thank you for the honour and privilege of the Gleitsman International Activist Award. I hope to join you in person one day soon! Kia kaha.

-- Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister, New Zealand

January 12, 2021

I would like to thank Harvard University for the opportunity to share my ideas on the future of arms control with the colleagues from the Arms Control Negotiation Academy. It has been an honor to voice (albeit virtually) the Russian perspective on this pillar of the global strategic stability and I believe that only through such an open and frank exchange of views we can bridge differences and restore much-needed mutual trust for the good of Russian and US peoples as well as the entire international community.

-- Anatoly Antonov, Ambassador of Russia to the United States

January 15, 2021

A joy to meet people working to further their careers, and our best hope for diplomacy and negotiation in the future. In the end it is by finding solutions to problems that we fulfill our highest potential. 

-- Baroness Catherine Ashton, Former European Union High Representative

March 8, 2021

It is always a pleasure to join the Harvard community for engaging conversations on the world’s most pressing challenges. In our every meeting, I am always struck by the curiosity, drive, and global consciousness of the student body, which is no doubt a reflection of the wisdom and nurturing of its faculty.

--Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan

Spring 2021

The welcome as a Shorenstein Fellow has been as warm as a summer's day and I look forward to the season when I shall be able to return to Harvard in person. 

-- Robert Walker, Professor of Sociology, Beijing Normal University

Spring 2021

Grateful to be able to provide some thinking as a Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center fellow to efforts to develop policy and solutions to the crisis in news and information, especially local news so important to our civic lives and health.

--Craig Iver Forman, Co-Founder and Partner, NextNewsVentures

Spring 2021

I am delighted to join the Harvard community this spring semester to discuss and learn how we might strengthen our democracy and battle the spread of mis/disinformation with journalism that informs communities and holds the powerful to account. I am so grateful to the faculty, staff and students for their commitment to a future informed by facts, not propaganda and wild conspiracy theories. And for getting the job done during a global pandemic. 

--Jennifer Preston, Former Vice President for Journalism at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

March 29, 2021

I was pleased to engage in an open dialogue with Harvard faculty members, alumni and invited guests on the Brazil-U.S. agenda. As a professional diplomat and government official, I firmly believe that a fact-based discussion about policy is the best way to advance a mutually beneficial agenda that serves the interests of our societies.

--Nestor Forster Jr., Ambassador of Brazil to the United States

April 12, 2021

It was a great pleasure and a privilege to be a part of such a lively discussion on the meaning of a Global Europe and the importance of close transatlantic relations within that context.

--Domingos Fezas Vital, Ambassador of Portugal to the United States

April 13, 20201

Notwithstanding the restrictions, it’s always extremely instructive to engage with the Harvard community. In fact, it’s even more important now that we need our individual and collective imagination to cross “red lines” in responding to the pandemic and build-back-better.

--Marco Buti, Chief of Staff for the Commissioner for the Economy, European Commission

April 16, 2021

It was an honor to have the opportunity to speak with the Harvard community about the Abraham Accords. Thank you to Bonnie Glick and everyone at the Institute of Politics for inviting me.  
I found the discussion enlightening, and I was especially impressed with the insightful questions asked by many of the students. As the title of the panel discussion noted, the recent normalization agreements between the UAE and Israel do represent a pathway for a more peaceful and prosperous future. 
The UAE is proud to have a longstanding partnership with Harvard, including research and education initiatives that are strengthening ties between the UAE and US. It is always a pleasure to engage with the Harvard community, and I look forward to the next time we can meet in person.

--Yousef Al Otaiba, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States

May 27, 2021

I consider it a great privilege to be welcomed into the Harvard community as an honorary Doctor of Arts, a distinction I would like to share with the Indigenous peoples of Brazil’s Amazon region, who have inspired my most recent work as a photographer.

--Sebastião Salgado, Photographer, Brazil

May 27, 2021

It was honor to participate in Class Day and celebrate with the class of 2021! Congratulations to you all! The world looks forward to seeing the good work you will do. 

--Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart, USA