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IINE Honors Dr. Srikant M. Datar with the Prestigious Golden Door Award

  November 1, 2022

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BOSTON –November 1, 2022 – The International Institute of New England (IINE) announces Dr. Srikant M. Datar, dean of the Harvard Business School, as the recipient of the 41st Golden Door Award. 

 The Golden Door Award Gala, which will be held on Monday, May 15, 2023, at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, is IINE’s signature annual event honoring a leader born outside the United States who has made outstanding contributions to American society.   

“We thank Dr. Datar for accepting the 41st Golden Door Award and for the extraordinary contributions he has made to business and business education,” said Jeff Thielman, president and CEO of the International Institute of New England. “The Golden Door Award celebrates the influential impact immigrants and refugees have on American society and its advancement. Dr. Datar exemplifies this drive and endurance.”   

A native of India, Dr. Datar has served as the 11th dean of Harvard Business School (HBS) since January 2021. Joining the HBS faculty in 1996, Dr. Datar taught MBA and executive education courses and has held multiple leadership roles, including Senior Associate Dean for University Affairs. He is the co-author of leading cost accounting textbooks, has published research on topics ranging from data science to management, and brings a broad international perspective to his work. Before joining HBS, Dr. Datar held appointments at Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University.  

A graduate with distinction from the University of Bombay, Dr. Datar received gold medals upon graduation from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India. A Chartered Accountant, he holds two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in business from Stanford University. 

Stéphane Bancel, CEO of Moderna and the 2022 Golden Door Award honoree, will chair this year’s host committee. “Srikant is an outstanding choice,” said Bancel, a former student of Dr. Datar. “He is a great teacher, an innovative thinker, and someone we all admire. He’s lived the immigrant story and is a role model for others. I am particularly inspired by the ways that he has sought to expand the reach and impact of Harvard Business School, including a recent decision to provide full-tuition MBA scholarships to the 10% of students with the greatest need.  He also has supported efforts to engage and educate entrepreneurs in mid-and low-income countries. Under his leadership, I believe the impact that Harvard Business School might have in the world is profound.” 

In receiving the Golden Door Award, Dr. Datar joins a distinguished list of past Golden Door recipients, including 2022 honoree Stéphane Bancel himself, Dr. Reshma Kewalramani, Dr. Noubar Afeyan, Dr. Rafael Reif, Dr. Joseph Aoun, Justice Margaret Marshall, Yo-Yo Ma, An Wang, Stephen Mugar, I.M. Pei and more. 

Click here to learn more about IINE’s Golden Door Award. To purchase tickets or sponsor a table, please visit this page. All questions can be directed to Kelly Loftus Fleming, Director of Annual Giving and Engagement, at kfleming@iine.org. 

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NEW ENGLAND 

The mission of the International Institute of New England is to create opportunities for refugees and immigrants to succeed through resettlement, education, career advancement, and pathways to citizenship. Each year, IINE serves over 4,000 refugees and immigrants across our three sites in Boston and Lowell, Massachusetts, and Manchester, New Hampshire 

 

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