The Frontiers of Innovation conference was held at the Harvard Kennedy School, March 31–April 2, 2008, and hosted participants from more than 50 countries. The conference highlighted how governments can be more effective at solving problems and improving the lives of their citizens through innovation.

In the wake of national and international disasters like the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the 2004 Tsunami, emergency management strategies that minimize loss of life and restore service delivery quickly are at a premium. Governments must have flexible policies in place to meet the particular human, social, and financial challenges of unexpected and catastrophic events. The participants in this panel analyzed their emergency management experiences to develop procedures for creating disaster policy and for collaborating with citizens once a disaster has occurred.

  • Professor Arnold M. Howitt, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Mr. Mihir Bhatt, Honorary Director of All India Disaster Mitigation Institute, India
  • Mr. James Schwartz, Fire Chief of Arlington, Virginia, USA
  • Professor Lan Xue, Executive Associate Dean of School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China