L. Rafael Reif is the president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). As MIT’s seventeenth president, since 2012, he has fostered the growth of MIT’s nonprofit online platform edX and helped MIT pioneer the role that online learning and credentials play in shaping the future of higher education. He also created the MIT Innovation Initiative; established the Environmental Solutions Initiative, the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab, and the Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab; issued the MIT Plan for Action on Climate Change; and launched the Engine, a “tough tech” accelerator. Additionally, he is focused on the Kendall Square Initiative, a redevelopment plan powered by MIT; the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab; the MIT Quest for Intelligence; and the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, the most significant reshaping of the institute since the 1950s. Reif has been a member of MIT’s electrical engineering faculty since 1980. He holds a BS from the University of Carabobo and a MS and a PhD from Stanford University.
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FeaturedAhead of the annual IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings, please join IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva for a discussion of the economic outlook in the post-pandemic world and the actions needed to drive the recovery. Please note that the meeting will begin with a prerecorded address by the IMF Managing Director, followed by live conversation. The C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics brings the world's foremost economic policymakers and scholars to address members on current topics in international economics and U.S. monetary policy. This meeting series is presented by the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies.
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