Heine Appointed Interim Director of the Pardee Center

Jorge Heine, Research Professor at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, has been named Interim Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future – an affiliate center of the Pardee School of Global Studies – effective January 1, 2023. 

Heine succeeds Adil Najam, Dean Emeritus and Professor of International Relations and Earth and Environment at the Pardee School, who has overseen the Pardee School since 2019. Najam previously served as the Center’s Director from 2007 to 2011.

“The Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future has been around for almost a quarter of a century, and it planted the seeds for what is now the Pardee School of Global Studies,” Heine noted. “The Center embodies the passion of that visionary philanthropist that was Fred Pardee for understanding the future and what lies ahead for humanity. I have always been a future-oriented person, and being appointed director of the Center, even if only on an interim basis, is a great privilege. At a time when the world is in turmoil, it is especially important to ask the big questions that need to be asked as to which way we are going, and that is what I plan to do.”

Ambassador Jorge Heine is a lawyer, IR scholar, and diplomat with a special interest in the international politics of the Global South. He has served as ambassador of Chile to China (2014-2017), to India (2003-2007), and to South Africa (1994-1999), and as a Cabinet Minister in the Chilean Government. He is currently a non-resident Wilson Center Global Fellow at The Wilson Center in Washington D.C., a non-resident Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for China and Globalization (CCG) in Beijing,  and an Honorary Visiting Professor of International Relations at the University of Sichuan in Chengdu. He has been a consultant to the United Nations, the Ford Foundation, the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Trinidad & Tobago Ministry of External Affairs, Oxford Analytica, and Frost & Sullivan. Learn more about Ambassador Heine on his Pardee School faculty profile

In making this announcement, Pardee School Dean Scott Taylor said, “I am eager to work with Ambassador Heine in his new leadership capacity at the Pardee Center. He brings a truly global perspective to the Center as well as invaluable experience as a diplomat and statesman. These qualities and more make Ambassador Heine an ideal candidate to lead the Pardee Center’s programming, scholarship, outreach, and education as it continues to improve public decision-making and policy and to train future generations of interdisciplinary scholars.”

Learn more about the Pardee Center and its offering on the Center’s website.