HCA Program for Non-Profit Leaders 2021

Digital Leadership for the Non-Profit Sector:

Becoming more digital and agile

presented by

Harvard Business School  faculty member

Professor Karim Lakhani


Dates for 2023 to be confirmed


  APPLICATION FORM                                           TERMS & CONDITIONS


Across every industry, digital technologies are redefining the way consumers engage and companies compete. This challenging digital business strategy program will provide a comprehensive framework for mastering digital strategy and organizational transformation.

The new ubiquity of digital technology and internet connectivity is driving both new and old players across all industries to invest in new capabilities, define new business models and compete in new ways. From software to automobiles, from healthcare to financial services, models for value creation and value capture are evolving rapidly. Participants will be guided through an examination of how digital innovation is transforming the business landscape and disrupting business models.  The journey will examine success and failure for incumbent businesses in formulating and executing new strategies.  Participants will analyse the strategies of industry giants like Google to Nokia to General Electric and then dive deep into insurgents like Aspiring Minds and BandPage who are bringing new capabilities in the market.  



Very high quality program. Delivered by expert speaker. Great active participation by group, very dynamic and engaging.” 

- Kelsey Jamieson, Associate Director, Kids Plus Foundation
“Professor was fantastic – his energy, enthusiasm and expertise was exceptional. The content was interesting, relevant and he made the learning journey engaging. I have learnt valuable tools and frameworks that will have practical use in my organisation.”
- Shelby Crookes, COO, Perth USAsia Centre
“Thank you – information, engaging and thought provoking” 
- Ronni Kahn, CEO OzHarvest
“Thank you for hosting an exceptional course. I have learned so much and have been so inspired through this experience. You have reignited in me the sense that I might just have the capability to be a top leader.”
-  Marnie Bricknell, Community Relationships & Communications Manager, Ronald McDonald House Charities



Karim R. Lakhani

Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration

Karim R. Lakhani is the Charles E. Wilson Professor of Business Administration and the Dorothy and Michael Hintze Fellow at the Harvard Business School.  He is the founder and co-director of the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard, the principal investigator of the NASA Tournament Laboratory at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and the faculty co-founder of the Harvard Business School Digital Initiative. He specializes in technology management and innovation. His research examines crowd-based innovation models and the digital transformation of companies and industries. Lakhani is known for his pioneering scholarship on how communities and contests can be designed and managed to achieve innovative outcomes. He has partnered with NASA, Topcoder, and the Harvard Medical School to conduct field experiments on the design of crowd innovation programs. His research on digital transformation has shown the importance of data and analytics as drivers of business and operating model transformation and source of competitive advantage. He serves on the Board of Directors of Mozilla Corporation and Local Motors.

Karim's research has been published in Harvard Business Review, Innovations, Journal of Organization Design, Management Science, Nature Biotechnology, Organization Science, RAND Journal of Economics, Research Policy and MIT Sloan Management Review.  He is the co-editor of two books from MIT Press on distributed innovation models including Revolutionizing Innovation: Users, Communities and Open Innovation (2016) and Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software (2005). His research has been featured in BusinessWeek, The Boston Globe, The Economist, Fast Company, Inc., The New York Times, The New York Academy of Sciences Magazine, Science, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Wired.

Karim has taught extensively in Harvard Business School’s MBA, executive and doctoral programs.  He co-developed a new course on Digital Innovation and Transformation for the elective MBA curriculum and co-chairs the executive program on Competing with Big Data and Business Analytics. He is the co-chair of the Harvard Business Analytics Program, an online executive program training the next generation of data-savvy leaders.

Karim was awarded his Ph.D. in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds an SM degree in Technology and Policy from MIT, and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Management from McMaster University in Canada. He was a recipient of the Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship and a doctoral fellowship from Canada's Social Science and Humanities Research Council. Prior to coming to HBS he served as a Lecturer in the Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship group at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.  Karim has also worked in sales, marketing and new product development roles at GE Healthcare and was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group.  


Our fully residential program includes:

  • An engaging, informative program featuring case study discussions and lectures

  • Networking opportunities with fellow attendees, all non-profit leaders

  • All meals prepared by on-site chef

  • Two nights’ accommodation & use of leisure facilities

  • Complimentary on-site parking and transfers to/from Melbourne Airport

  • Plus, to simulate the same learning environment as the Harvard Business School, we will also be building a customised, tiered "U" shaped lecture theatre in the main conference room

Fee $2250 + GST per person
Deposit  $550 is payable at the time of registration


Our program for leaders is aimed at CEOs and senior leaders of charitable not-for-profit organisations or social enterprises. The organisations they lead must, in the opinion of Harvard Club of Australia, generally fit one or more of the following criteria:

  1. They offer a charitable, community-public benefit or poverty relief purpose, as indicated by whether the NFP has Australian Tax Office TCC and/or DGR status, or “registered charity” status.

  2. They are a social enterprise or business (organisations using a business model to provide a social benefit) and which may not have TCC/DGR.

  3. They are an organisation with a community or public benefit purpose (generally evidenced by a “formal” governance structure, voluntary participation by members and independence from government).


To follow.

* Subject to change.


Program Managers: Anita Pike & Ben Attfield

Program Director: Melinda Muth  on 02 8916 6384 or email 

Request a brochure now!

For more information on our program for non-profit leaders, please email and a program supervisor will call you back.