Chris Stone is an independent advisor on justice reform worldwide, organisational strategy, and innovation in the social sector. He has served as president of the Open Society Foundations (2012-2017), Guggenheim Professor of the Practice of Criminal Justice at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (2005-2012), faculty director of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University (2007-2012), and director of the Vera Institute of Justice (1994-2004). He has advised civil society organisations and justice reform efforts in the United States, Great Britain, South Africa, and China, as well as assisting in the development of the International Criminal Court. At the Kennedy School, he led the Program in Criminal Justice, chairing multi-year Executive Sessions on Policing and Public Safety, Judicial Leadership, and Human Rights.
Chris is a graduate of Harvard College, Cambridge University (M.Phil. Criminology), and the Yale Law School. In 2005, Chris received an honorary OBE for his contributions to criminal justice reform in the United Kingdom.