Harvard ‘Evaluating’ Relationship with Jamil Mahuad, Former Ecuadorian President
Mahuad, an instructor in Harvard Kennedy Schoolâ€™s Executive Education program, landed on Interpol's 'wanted' list this week.
Harvard University is reevaluating its relationship with former Ecuadorian President Jamil Mahuad after Interpol, the worldâ€™s largest policing agency, added him to the organizationâ€™s â€śwantedâ€ť list this week.
Mahuad, who is wanted by authorities in his home country of Ecuador for allegedly misappropriating fundsÂ during his time in office in the late 1990s, has instructedÂ several of Harvard Kennedy Schoolâ€™s Executive Education programs. He most recently appeared at the university earlier this month, according to school officials. â€śWe are currently evaluating our options in regards to his role in future programs,â€ť said Doug Gavel, a Harvard Kennedy School spokesperson.
GavelÂ said Mahuad is not a full-time lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School, and has only served in a program in which professionals come to the schoolâ€™s campus for short term, non-credit courses andÂ share their expertise. According to the Kennedy Schoolâ€™s website, there are more than 30 programs offeredâ€”most lasting 10 days or lessâ€”that address â€ścritical subjects from crisis leadership and decision making to economic development and national security” within that specific curriculum.
GavelÂ clarified that Mahuad, who stands accused ofÂ being partly responsible for the financial crisis in Ecuador in 1999, as well asÂ the collapse of several large banking institutions,Â was a Fellow at the Institute of Politics in the fall of 2000, but has never held a faculty appointment at the Kennedy School. During his fellowship,Â Mahuad ledÂ an IOP study group titled “Conflict, Crisis, and Leadership in Latin America,” according to aÂ Crimson report from that year.
Mahuad, who graduated from the Kennedy School with a Master in Public Administration in 1989, is wanted by Ecuadorian judicial authorities for persecution on charges of peculatingâ€” orÂ embezzlingâ€”public funds, and using them for private use, according to the post on Interpolâ€™s website.
Ecuador’sÂ Interior Minister Jose SerranoÂ said in a tweetÂ on Tuesday that Interpol issued the “red notice” about the international warrant for Mahuad’s apprehension after authorities conducted “painstaking work,” compiling information that led to this action. A red alert is the highest notification on Interpol’s website.
According to the Ecuador Times,Â Mahuad has been living in the United States since 2000. Authorities have called for the former political leader’s extradition, and said if Mahuad surrenders, or is apprehended by law enforcement officials, he will be tried in court and could face up to 12 years behind bars.
Not only has Mahuad been criticized for his political leadership, but the former Harvard fellow has also been chastised in online forums for his teaching style. “As [an] international student, I thought at the beginning he was a great economist, but I investigated about how he led…Ecuador to the bankrupt [sic] and chaos,” one alleged student wrote on RateMyProfessor. “Maybe he should take advices or an internship from the current Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa.”
Another called him a “bad professor,” and said they were “disappointed” when they learnedÂ he was “wanted by Ecuadorian justice officials” for alleged corruption.
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