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Howard W. Buffett

  • Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs

Howard Warren Buffett is a professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He teaches courses on public management innovation, impact investing, and philanthropy, and he serves on the Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing, which advises the university’s $10 billion endowment on social and environmental investment policies.

Buffett’s award-winning research, Social Value Investing: A Management Framework for Effective Partnerships, introduces Impact Rate of Return—an innovative methodology to measure and analyze social and environmental impact. Previously, he was executive director of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, which strengthens food security for vulnerable populations throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Prior to that, Buffett oversaw economic development and stabilization programs in Afghanistan and Iraq for the U.S. Department of Defense.

For his work in Afghanistan, he received the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award. He was also a policy advisor for the White House Domestic Policy Council, and a member of the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform policy working group for the 2008-09 Presidential Transition Team.

Buffett holds a BS from Northwestern University, an MPA from Columbia University, and executive education certificates from Harvard Business School. He advises or is on the boards of Case New Holland Industrial (NYSE:CNHI), Toyota Motor North America (NYSE:TM), Inari AgricultureREEF Technology, and S2G Ventures. He also chairs the Advisory Council for Harvard’s International Negotiation Program.

Buffett was Lifestyles Magazine‘s first Under 30 cover story in 49 years.

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