BOG 2018: Harvard Prof. Kremer Awarded Mints Prize

Annual honor recognizes outstanding global policy scholars
02 August 2018

Photo, from left: Prof. Itai Sened, Head of BMI, Dr. Boris Mints, TAU President Joseph Klafter and Prof. Michael Kremer. Credit: Yael Zur


The 2018 Boris Mints Institute Prize for Research of Strategic Policy Solutions to Global Challenges was awarded to Prof. Michael Kremer of Harvard University, a world renowned scholar of global poverty, inequality and public health. The prize ceremony was held in the presence of Dr. Boris Mints, founder of the Boris Mints Institute (BMI). Prof. Kremer’s work has led to the development of practical solutions for improving the world’s poorest people.


Speaking at the award ceremony, TAU President Joseph Klafter said, “Awarding the prize to Prof. Kramer underscores the Boris Mints Institute’s mission of confronting issues of inequality and poverty on a global scale. Within two years the Institute has become a research, teaching and policy superpower,” said Prof. Klafter. “It is interdisciplinary and international – we’ve held symposia in Finland, Malta, Georgia, Armenia and in Tel Aviv and student teams have engaged in important fieldwork in India and Africa.”


Turning to Dr. Mints, who is a TAU Global Campaign Cabinet Member, Prof. Klafter said, “This is an example of when a donor came to us with a vision – to change the world. And he is dedicating not only financial resources, but also his time, his team, and his extensive network of contacts to make sure that we can back this vision with facts on the ground.”


TAU students gave presentations on the new BMI-TATA Collaboration to bring Israeli agricultural expertise to smallholders in India.


In a separate event, the Mints Institute held a symposium, on “BMI as a Global Player: Cooperation with International Partners.”

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