The Making of
a Politician

8th October 2020

‘The Making of a Politician’ was designed to encourage careers in public service, emphasizing its value to impact public policy and social norms. It tackled the most important variable for individual success in the public sphere, whether it takes the form of running for office or organizing in one’s own community – communication and connecting with one’s audience. Most people fear the forms of communication through which politicians and public officials connect with audiences – speeches, interviews, and debates. This webinar was intended to erase that fear and help develop proven communication skills with an aim to excel in today’s challenging communication settings.

The Masterclass was attended by:

  • Individuals intending on running for political office
  • Aspirants of careers in the Indian Administrative Services
  • Activists seeking to engage with local communities in pursuit of social causes
  • Individuals seeking careers as campaign managers or political strategists
  • Others who wanted to improve their communication skills

Prof. Steve Jarding
Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
Steve Jarding is an American and international educator, lecturer, writer, and political consultant who taught at Harvard’s Kennedy School of government from 2004 – 2019. While there, he was voted “Teacher of the Year” by students in 2016. In addition, his teaching was recognized as “Exemplary” by Kennedy School alumni, and his course on Campaign Management was twice nominated for the “Most Influential Course” Award. His research focuses on political campaign management and messaging and on a new paradigm of political communication that he developed at Harvard and with thousands of trainees around the world. Over a 40-year career, he has lectured, trained, or consulted in over 40 countries in Asia, Africa, South America, and Europe and he has been recognized as one of the most successful political campaign managers and consultants in America compiling an impressive list of winning US Senate and gubernatorial races.

Moderated by Prateek Kanwal
Prateek Kanwal, Co-founder of Kautilya School of Public Policy, did his Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) from the Harvard Kennedy School. He was awarded the prestigious World Bank scholarship for his work in the areas of education reform and social innovation. He is currently the Head of Strategic Partnerships at Educate Girls, a non-profit organization with operations in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh & Rajasthan. He is also the Founder of Citizens for Public Leadership (