Weiss Asset Management Foundation Hires Harlan Downs-Tepper as Program Director

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Weiss Asset Management Foundation (“WAM Foundation”) today announced that Harlan Downs-Tepper has joined as Program Director. The Program Director role signifies a key step in accelerating the WAM Foundation’s contribution to alleviating human suffering across the globe.

Harlan joins the WAM Foundation after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Harvard and completing his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University. Prior to joining the WAM Foundation, Mr. Downs-Tepper advised foundations on the social impact of their donations, and he has authored several articles on global health and development. In his new role, he will work closely with the Board of Directors and the Allocation Committee – which is headed by Michael Kremer, the 2019 Nobel Prize laureate – to identify grant recipients and partners who can meaningfully contribute to the Foundation’s core mission.

About Weiss Asset Management Foundation

The Weiss Asset Management Foundation operates as the charitable arm of Weiss Asset Management (“WAM”). Its mission – achieved through funding and grants to organizations across the world – is to alleviate suffering. The WAM Foundation has made substantial grants to fund groundbreaking research on expanding access to vaccines in rural communities in Africa. In response to the COVID crisis, it provided oxygen concentrators to rural communities in India, and made up for a funding shortfall for an NGO that was an effective provider of primary health care in rural Nepal. WAM recently made a substantial financial commitment to the Foundation as part of its goal to increase the Foundation’s impact. For more information about the Weiss Asset Management Foundation, visit https://www.weissasset.com/philanthropy/.


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