Carlos Rufín, PhD

Professor of Strategy and International Business, Affiliated Professor of Public Service, Chair of Public Service and Healthcare Administration, Director, Master of Public Administration and Master of Healthcare Administration Program

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Carlos Rufín is Professor of International Business at Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School. His research examines infrastructure networks and markets, Public-Private Partnerships, regulatory affairs, renewable energy, access to basic services, and sustainable urbanization. He has also worked on these topics as a consultant to the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the United States Agency for International Development, among many clients. In addition to full-time teaching at Suffolk University and previously at Babson College, he is a Senior Associate at the Institute for Internatigonal Urban Development, has been a visiting scholar at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro and at Harbin Engineering University in Harbin, China, and has taught at ESAN Business School in Lima, Peru, Instituto de Empresa Business School in Madrid, and the Harvard Kennedy School. He is the author of two books and numerous articles in major international journals, and has been a guest speaker at many events and universities in different parts of the world. Dr. Rufín has a PhD in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, as well as an M.A. degree in Economics from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Princeton University.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Fulbright Commission, U.S. Department of State, Teaching and Research Award, Kyrgyzstan, 2020-2021 (postponed to 2021-2022 due to COVID-19 pandemic)
  • 2012 Saywer Business School Dean’s Teaching Award, Suffolk University

Professional Activities

  • Organizing Committee Member, 5th International Symposium on Cross Sector Social Interactions, York University, Toronto, May 2016
  • Co-organizer, 4th International Symposium on Cross Sector Social Interactions, Suffolk University, Boston, May 2014
  • Co-organizer, Professional Development Workshop, Academy of Management Conference, International Management Division, Chicago, August 2009: “Myth or reality? Understanding the impact of BOP initiatives on poverty,” August 2009
  • Co-organizer, Research Workshop on Utilities at the Base of the Pyramid, University of San Diego, San Diego, California, May 2008
  • Editorial review board member, Journal of International Business Policy, 2017-present
  • Editorial review board member, Journal of International Business Studies, 2005-2017
  • Editorial review board member, Espaço Energia, 2009-present


Recent Intellectual Contributions

Refereed articles

Casarejos, F., Rufín, C., and Engel, I. Regenerative Democracy for Envisioning and Fostering Flourishing Societies. Sustainability 13 (2021): 5808-5029.

Rufín, C., de Miranda, M., and Moskowicz, M. International experiences of criminal violence and delivery of urban basic services: the case of electricity. Environment and Urbanization 32(2) (2020): 599-614.

Rufín, C and Manzetti, L. Institutions and Policy Choices: The New Left in Brazil. Iberoamericana – Nordic Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 48(1) (2019): 40–52.

Fabricio Casarejos, Claudio R. Bastos, Carlos Rufín, and Mauricio N. Frota. Rethinking packaging production and consumption vis-à-vis circular economy: a case study of compostable cassava starch-based material. Journal of Cleaner Production, 201 (2018): 1019-1028.

Ans Kolk, Miguel Rivera-Santos, and Carlos Rufín. Multinationals, international business, and poverty: A cross-disciplinary research overview and conceptual framework. Journal of International Business Policy 1 (1-2) (2018): 92-115.

Soumodip Sarkar, Carlos Rufín, and Jonathan Haughton. Inequality and Entrepreneurial Thresholds. Journal of Business Venturing 33(3) (2018): 278-295.

Miguel Rivera-Santos, Carlos Rufín, and Ulrich Wassmer. Alliances Between Firms and Nonprofits: A Multiple and Behavioral Agency Approach. Journal of Management Studies 54(6) (2017): 854-875.

Fabio S. El Hage and Carlos Rufín. Context analysis for a new regulatory model for electric utilities in Brazil. Energy Policy, 97 (2016): 145-154.


Carlos Rufín. Criando negócios na base da pirâmide. (São Paulo: Empreende / Fazendo Acontecer, 2017).

Other articles and publications

Alexander Nuer, Miguel Rivera-Santos, Carlos Rufín, and Gert Van Dijk. Leaving a Social Venture: Social Entrepreneurial Exit among the Maasai in Northern Tanzania. Africa Journal of Management 2(3) (2016): 281-299.

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Courses Taught

MBA 710: Understanding World Class Clusters
MBA 740: Doing Business in Brazil, Travel Course
MBA 741: Virtual Travel Course (Experiential Intensive)
SIB 101: Globalization

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Degrees/Professional Certifications

  • PhD, Harvard University
  • MA, Columbia University
  • BA, Princeton University
  • General Course Diploma, London School of Economics and Political Science, England