Associate Fellow, US and the Americas Programme
Christopher Smart
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Christopher is a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, and spent six years in the Obama administration as a senior policymaker for international economic affairs.

As special assistant to the president at the National Economic Council and the National Security Council, he was principal advisor on trade, investment and a wide range of global economic issues.

From 2009-13, he was deputy assistant secretary of treasury, where he led the response to the European financial crisis and designed US engagement on financial policy across Europe, Russia and Central Asia.

Before entering government, Christopher was director of international investments and managed emerging markets funds at Pioneer Investments in Boston. 

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, he worked in Moscow, advising Russian government agencies on economic policy and financial market reform.

Christopher has a BA in History from Yale University and a PhD in International Relations from Columbia University.


  • Global economics and investment
  • International finance and banking
  • Transatlantic and Pacific trade
  • Russia and European Union
  • US politics


2016 -

Senior Fellow, Center for Business and Government & Resident Fellow, Institute of Politics, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University


Special Assistant to the President; Senior Director for International Economics, Trade & Investment, Executive Office of the President, The White House


Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe & Eurasia, US Department of Treasury, Washington, DC

1995-2009Director of International Investments, Boston and Moscow, Pioneer Investments
1992PhD International Relations, Columbia University
1982BA History, Yale University