Seth Kaplan

Seth Kaplan

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Lecturer, African Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Seth D. Kaplan is a Professorial Lecturer in the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, Senior Adviser for the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT), and consultant to organizations working on governance, state building, and poverty reduction. Kaplan is the author of two books: Fixing Fragile States: A New Paradigm for Development and Betrayed: Promoting Inclusive Development in Fragile States, which examines how to promote inclusive development and poverty reduction in fragile states. He runs the website

A Wharton MBA and Palmer scholar, Kaplan has worked for several large multinationals, including Procter & Gamble, Compaq Computers and Komatsu. During seven years in Shanghai, he founded four companies. He lived in Asia for 11 years and speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Israel Asia Center in Jerusalem.

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