Dr. Maliheh Paryavi is a Harvard-trained behavioral economist, leadership advisor, and international consultant who has been working in the fields of economic development, women's empowerment, decision-making, and leadership for over a decade.
She has years of experience working and consulting for the World Bank and International Finance Corporation, analyzing complex human and organizational behaviors and dynamics, training and building capacity of leaders and teams in diverse cultural settings, and teaching and advising current and future leaders across Harvard and MIT. She holds a PhD in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University with expertise in behavioral and experimental economics and political economy of gender and development. She specializes in human and organizational behavior and gender differences in decision-making and leadership. She also holds a Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) from Harvard Kennedy School and undergraduate degrees in economics and finance from University of Maryland, College Park. In addition, she has served as a fellow for the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Editor in Chief of the Women's Policy Journal of Harvard.
Dr. Paryavi believes that advancing and elevating women in leadership is essential to achieving sustainable political, economic, and social development. As a result, she is passionate about supporting women leaders through her leadership advisory practice. As an immigrant, who grew up in the U.S., started college at the age of 14 and was consulting for the Chief Economist's Office at the World Bank by the time she was 18, Dr. Paryavi has been breaking norms and barriers her entire life. She recognizes that women leaders and norm-breakers face a different set of internal as well as external challenges than everyone else. She is determined to support, empower, and inspire these women so they can go on breaking ground, making lasting positive impacts, and shining their light brighter than ever.
In addition to elevating women in leadership, Dr. Paryavi is passionate about inspiring personal growth and empowerment, and designing a world that enables human development, equity, and well-being for all. She explores these topics in her podcast, which features inspiring guests, leaders, and change-makers.
Paryavi, M., Bohnet, I., & van Geen, A. (2019). Descriptive Norms and Gender Diversity: Reactance from Men. Journal of Behavioral Public Administration, 2(1).
I. Bohnet, Herrmann, B., Paryavi, M., Tran, A., & Zeckhauser, R. (2017). Improving Outcomes in the Trust Game: The Games People Choose in Oman, the United States, and Vietnam. In: Van Lange, A.M., Bettina Rockenbach and Toshio Yamagishi. Trust in Social Dilemmas. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Paryavi, M. (2016). Essays on Gender and Decision Making in Political Economy. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.