Challenges of Innovation in the Fight Against Organized Crime


Friday, September 19, 2014, 12:00pm to 1:30pm


124 Mount Auburn Street, Ash Center Foyer, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Hand with wordsHerman Bolhaar, Chief Prosecutor of the Netherlands

Light lunch will be served

About the Seminar
Chief Prosecutor of the Netherlands Herman Bolhaar will be speaking at the Ash Center’s first Innovation Round Table of the year. He will talk about his unorthodox approach to fighting human trafficking and other forms of organized crime. Using technology, media and administrative tactics, unconscious facilitators of crime, like hotel chains, internet providers, and chambers of commerce are targeted. Increasingly, Dutch prosecutors find that their time and resources are better spent on sabotaging these ’enablers’ than on prosecuting perpetrators alone. But in the absence of hard evidence and clear performance indicators, it is hard to secure continued political and public support for his cutting edge innovations in law enforcement. HKS Lecturer Jorrit de Jong will moderate a conversation with Mr. Bolhaar, HKS Faculty, Innovations Program staff, and students based on the attached discussion case: “Wanted: Partners!” This event is the first in a series of Innovation Round Tables sponsored by the Ash Center. Please read the discussion case in advance.

About the Speakers
Herman Bolhaar is the current chairman of the Netherlands Council of Prosecutors, the top of the Public Prosecutor’s Office. He is also the chief prosecutor of the city of Amsterdam and holds the title of attorney general. He is one of five members of the Council of Prosecutors-General, which sets national policy and priorities for criminal investigations and prosecutions. Bolhaar is responsible for oversight of Trafficking in Persons (TIP) prosecution policy.

Jorrit de Jong is a lecturer in public policy and management at Harvard Kennedy School and academic director for the Innovations in Government Program. His teaching and research focuses on the challenges of making the public sector more responsive and more resilient through innovation. A specialist in experiential learning, Jorrit has taught strategic management and public problem solving in degree and executive education programs at HKS and around the world.

Mark Moore is the faculty chair of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. He was the founding chairman of the HKS Committee on Executive Programs, and served in that role for over a decade. From 1979-2004, he was the Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice Policy and Management and faculty chairman of the Program Criminal Justice Policy and Management at HKS.

Christine Cole is the executive director of the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (PCJ) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). She has worked in the safety and justice sector in policing, institutional and community-based corrections, victim advocacy, and community organizing, as well as having worked as part of a prosecution team.

Julie Wilson is the Harry Kahn senior lecturer in social policy. She is the faculty co-chair of two Harvard Kennedy School executive programs: Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations (joint with Harvard Business School) and Using Evidence to Improve Program Effectiveness. Her teaching and research focuses on poverty policy, family policy, and child welfare and juvenile justice issues.

Linda Kaboolian has worked on behalf of vulnerable populations since 1976 when she helped establish the first shelter for victimized women and children in Washtenaw County, Michigan. She facilitated a dialogue between immigration activists and the U.S. military about their joint interests in preventing trafficking. More recently, she led a dialogue in the Boston area about the roles and responsibilities of small business owners and customers in noting and reporting suspected trafficking.

Malcolm Sparrow is faculty chair of the HKS executive program “Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies.” He served 10 years with the British Police Service, rising to the rank of detective chief inspector. He has conducted internal affairs investigations, commanded a tactical firearms unit, and has extensive experience with criminal investigation.