Presentation of the Second Annual Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program to Tunisian First-Generation College Students


Saturday, April 28, 2018, 3:00pm to 6:00pm


Tunisia Office Center for Middle Eastern Studies Harvard Université Immeuble Slim, Rue de l’Euro, Les jardins du Lac II, Tunis

Crossroads-Tunis Presentation


Students and Counselors are cordially invited to a presentation about the Second Annual Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program. The information session will be given through conference-call from Cambridge, Massachusetts by:

Meena Hewett

Executive Director

Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute,

Harvard University


Lauren Montague

Executive Director

Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Harvard University

Topics to be covered include the presentation of the program, eligibility, preparation and sponsorship. Ms. Meena Hewett will present the application and admission process and will speak about last year’s program structure. A question and answer period is scheduled after the presentation.

Following the conference-call, students who intend to apply to the program can address their questions to the instructors physically present at the session with them. Instructors can provide advice and guidance about their applications and pitches.  Students are strongly encouraged to have their application material drafted to be able to reach for effective help.

Please note that this information session is intended for first-generation college students and counselors who work with them.




Second Annual Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program – Applications open


Harvard professors will welcome 70 first-generation college students from Africa, the Middle East and South Asia to the Second Annual Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program in Dubai, a unique, fully-funded career development opportunity for accomplished, ambitious young people who have already had to overcome significant barriers to higher education.

During the pilot program in 2017, 50 students engaged with each other and faculty through the renowned Harvard Business School case-study method of teaching and learning, exposing them to real, contemporary business scenarios. Executives from leading private and publicly-owned multinational companies visited the classroom to interact with students and offer their invaluable wisdom and experience.

The successful cohort of 2017 included a young woman from a city in Pakistan with the country’s lowest female literacy rate. An Indian student had worked as a garbage collector to pay his school fees. The 2018 program will see a larger, even more diverse group of students exposed to a greater variety of disciplines within Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics (STEAM), business and leadership.

Harvard faculty leading the program include Tarun Khanna, SAI Director and Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School; and Karim R. Lakhani, Charles E. Wilson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, co-director of the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard, and the faculty co-founder of the HBS Digital Initiative.

The program will cover the costs of international travel, board, lodging and class materials, for students who are the first in their families to attend college andmay also be facing challenging financial and social circumstances that discourage them from applying to postgraduate schools.

Crossroads is organized in partnership with the Harvard Business School Club of the Gulf Cooperation Council, with the support of DIFC, Air Arabia, the Dubai Future Accelerator and Expo 2020.

For more information, please contact or visit The Crossroads website.

See also: 2017-18