Program Initiatives

Global Education Initiative

International Economic Alliance - World Economic Alliance


The IEA-WEA Global Education Initiative aids governments, educational institutions around the world, and IEA Country Members to access and partner with the premier universities in the United States.

Our mission is to help government and educational institutions collaborate with the most appropriate US institutions to build customized programs of higher education and job training.

Countries need to the meet the challenge of building a workforce of competitive, well trained and well educated graduates who have the skills that are appropriate for both local employers and the dynamic global marketplace. Working with governments and educational institutions, we help clients to identify the right institutional partners in the US, and to design and deliver relevant world-class higher education and job training programs. We work with the leading online and traditional universities in the US as well as community colleges, which have industry-specific job training expertise.  

Recent developments in online education technology by MIT, Harvard and other US institutions have revolutionized the possibilities for disseminating knowledge from elite universities to the global population. In addition, these technologies allow countries around the world to design and offer online courses from their own universities to reach more of their citizens.  The democratization of knowledge is unprecedented in history and a presents a great opportunity to foster social and economic progress around the world . The countries and institutions that ride this wave of change and use it to develop the capabilities of their people will advance most rapidly and dynamically. The IEA Global Education Initiative aims to works with clients and Country Members to help them craft a strategy, engage the best US partners, and leverage the capabilities of their own educational institutions to deliver a premier quality education for  students, workers and adult learners.


IEA Global Education Consultants:

Stephen Kennedy Smith - Harvard College , Columbia Law School JD , Harvard School of Education MA

Mark Fuller - Harvard Business School

Stephen E. Smith, Jr.

Stephen Smith is the son of Stephen Smith and Jean Kennedy Smith. Stephen’s father worked on the White House staff of President Kennedy, and managed the political campaigns and business affairs of the Kennedy family. Jean Kennedy Smith is the sister of President Kennedy and served as US ambassador to Ireland under President Clinton.

Stephen Smith received his BA from Harvard University, his J.D. from Columbia University, and his MA Ed from Harvard University School of Education.  He served as deputy campaign manager for Senator Edward Kennedy during his Presidential and Senatorial campaigns. Mr. Smith also served on the staff of the Senate Judiciary and Foreign Relations Committees.  After leaving the Senate, Mr. Smith taught in the program on negotiation at Harvard University Law School.  During that time, he also served as a consultant at Conflict Management Group a nonprofit associated with Harvard Law School. He worked with clients including the Organization of African Unity, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the parties in the Irish Peace process. Mr. Smith is a three-time recipient of the Danforth award for excellence in teaching at Harvard University and is also the winner of the Lyndehurst Foundation prize for social and artistic achievement.  

For the past twenty years Mr. Smith has been involved with the Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, the Kennedy family investment office, and continues to serve on the Kennedy family financial board. He has delivered keynote presentations at the annual conferences of the Family Firm Institute and the Family Office Exchange – the two major family business organizations. He has also served on the board of the John F Kennedy Library, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, Citizens Energy, Congress on New Urbanism, Northeastern University School of Public Policy, and INCAE Business School.

Mr. Smith is a partner in a number of medical and green technology business including KSS Realty Partners, Valcent Vertical Farms, and Em-link, which develops, designs and manages innovative sustainable technology.

Mark B. Fuller

Mark Fuller is the former Strategic Advisor to Monitor Group and Executive Director of Monitor Horizons, the company’s research and development unit.  Mark previously served as Founding Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Monitor from 1983 to 2011.  During his tenure, Monitor, a global consulting and principal investing firm, grew to employ more than 1,500 staff in twenty-seven offices located in eighteen countries.  At Monitor, Mark played an active role in overall corporate strategy, content and product development, and human resource and leadership management.  He participated in more than twenty organizations and pioneered in the firm’s entry into Asia, Africa, and the Middle East as well as its National Economic Development and non-profit practices, including the Monitor Institute.

Mark formerly served as an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, where he taught courses in strategy formulation, implementation, and industry and competitive analysis.  While a professor, Mark was Co-Director of Harvard’s Project on the Auto Industry and the American Economy, and also served on the staff of Harvard’s Project on Negotiation. 

In the United States, Mark serves on the boards of Teach for All, Rosc Global (Chair), and Somerset Global.  His is a member of Harvard University’s Major Gifts Steering Committee, the Board of Overseers Committee on University Resources, and the Advisory Board of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.  He is a Founder of the University’s South Asia Center.  Mark also serves as a Director of the Massachusetts Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) and Forum for Cities in Transition.   Formerly, Mark served as Chairman of New Profit, one of the world’s leading social venture funds and a founding director of the Center for Effective Philanthropy as well as a member of the Governor’s Council on Economic Growth and Technology in Massachusetts.

Internationally, Mark is a Member of the Board of Directors of VBHC (Value Budget Housing Corporation) in Bangalore, India; the International Board of SKOLKOVO (the new Moscow Business School), and the National Competitiveness Council of Saudi Arabia.

Mark has authored or co-authored more than 100 books, articles, and teaching cases, including Competition in Global Industries (1986), Business as War (2000), and Japan’s Business Renaissance (2005).  His speech on Prosperity, Competitiveness and Moral Purpose recently appeared in the Chinese Edition of the Harvard Business Review (December 2007).  He has served as a guest lecturer at a number of universities, including Harvard, Yale, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern, West Point (USMA), the Naval War College, Stanford, Tsinghua, Beida, the London Business School and UK’s College of Defense Studies.  He has participated in hundreds of executive education programs, including programs at General Electric, IBM, Accenture, and Proctor & Gamble. 

Mark graduated from Harvard College where he received a BA degree in history with High Honors and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  He later received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a JD from Harvard Law School, both with Honors.