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Weekend Celebration

Our 70th Anniversary Celebration, March 30– April 2, 2017, includes a weekend of exciting activities, including a welcome reception at Low Library on Friday, a day-long conference and networking lunch on Saturday and the Global Leadership Awards Gala, honoring Zbigniew Brzezinski and the Lemann Foundation of Brazil, at Saint John The Divine on Saturday evening.

The SIPA Forum AM Keynote Panel, "Addressing Global Challenges in the 21st Century," will be moderated by Dean Merit E. Janow and will include Antony Blinken, former Deputy Secretary of State and former National Security Advisor in the Obama Administration; Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog and Professor of Political Economy at SIPA; Mari Pangestu, former Minister of Trade and former Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Republic of Indonesia; and Ambassador Zhang Qiyue, Consul General, People's Republic of China.

The “SIPA Connections" lunch will be an opportunity for alumni to network with fellow alumni, or meet current SIPA students.


Contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.  For the Full Weekend package, $300 is tax deductible for alumni and guest tickets; and $50 is tax deductible for recent alumni tickets. For the Welcome Reception and SIPA Forum, $1 is tax deductible.

Full refunds will be provided until March 24, 2017. Cancellation requests received after March 24, 2017, are non-refundable.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

20th Annual David N. Dinkins Leadership & Public Policy Forum

(Miller Theater)

David Dinkins is honored to announce that U.S. Representative John Lewis will be the keynote speaker for the 20th Annual Forum. Representative Lewis has had a distinguished career, from his early days as a voting rights leader, heading the 250K volunteer federal agency ACTION under President Carter and serving for the past 30 years as a U.S. Representative of Georgia’s Fifth District. 

For more information, visit The Dinkins Forum website:

Friday, March 31, 2017

9:30 AM - 6:30 PM

PEPM 25th Anniversary [PEPM Graduates Only]

(IAB 15th Floor)

PEPM Graduates will start SIPA's Alumni Weekend with a day celebrating PEPM's 25th Anniversary on Friday, March 31st at the Kellogg Center on the 15th Floor of the IAB.

The PEPM anniversary ticket is $50.00 for alumni which includes breakfast, lunch, and the reception. This fee is totally separate from the 70th Anniversary Celebration Registration and Fees. For more information and to register, click here.

Any Questions? Please contact Christine Francis,

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Opening Reception

(Low Library)

Help us kick-off our 70th Anniversary Celebration weekend in style. Join fellow classmates and friends for an Opening Reception in Low Library Rotunda.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

SIPA Forum

Organized by the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University, this global policy forum brings together a remarkable group of world-renowned experts, academics, and global policy-makers to discuss some of the most pressing challenges that we face today: a global economic slowdown, national security threats, climate change, refugee crisis, economic development and poverty alleviation, and social and economic transformation.

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Registration and Breakfast
(Low Library)

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Welcome by Dean Merit E. Janow  
(Low Library)

9:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Keynote Panel - Addressing Global Challenges in the 21st Century

(Low Library)


Merit Janow
Dean, School of International and Public Affairs and Professor of Professional Practice, International Economic Law and International Affairs


Antony Blinken
former Deputy Secretary of State and former Deputy National Security Advisor, Obama Administration

Arvind Panagariya
Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog and Jagdish N. Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy, Columbia University

Mari Pangestu
former Minister of Trade, former Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Republic of Indonesia 

Ambassador Zhang Qiyue
Consul General, People’s Republic of China


12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

“SIPA Connections” Lunch

(International Affairs Building)

Meet current SIPA students and learn about their projects and initiatives focused on cyber issues, gender policy, migration, sustainability and policy issues that impact communities of color. Pick up a boxed lunch on the 4th floor of IAB to attend one of the five student/alumni presentations in 4th floor classrooms. Alumni planning to network with fellow alumni can head up to the 6th or 15th floor of IAB for lunch.

Plan ahead for lunch options. Click here to see all "SIPA Connections" lunch details.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

International Fellows Luncheon: The Next Generation of Foreign Policy

Graduates of the International Fellows Program are invited to attend a special “SIPA Connections” lunch with fellow IFP graduates, featuring guest speaker Dr. David Ottaway IF ’63, MA ’68, PhD ’72.  Dr. Ottaway’s distinguished journalism career included 35 years with the Washington Post as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, Africa and Southern Europe.  His is currently a Wilson Center Fellow for their Middle East Program and his forthcoming book is on the Arab revolution.  Dr. Ottaway is a member of the SIPA Advisory Board.

This lunch is complimentary and open only to IFP graduates who register for one other weekend event.   For additional questions, please contact Susan Storms, Director of Alumni Affairs,

Panel Discussions: Session One
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Panel One - Global Energy and Climate Landscape

(Faculty House)


David Sandalow,
Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, SIPA, Columbia University


Scott Barrett
Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Debbie Dooley
President, Green Tea Coalition, & Founder, Conservatives for Energy Freedom

Sumant Sinha MIA '92
Founder and Chairman, ReNew Power Ventures

Laurence Tubiana
CEO, European Climate Foundation and Professor, Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po

Panel Two - Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Economic Development


Eric Verhoogen, Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs and Economics and Vice Dean, SIPA, Columbia University


Laura Alfaro
Warren Alpert Professor of Business Administration, Harvard University

Kaushik Basu
Professor of Economics and the C. Marks Professor of International Studies, Cornell University, and Former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, The World Bank

Rachel Glennerster
Executive Director, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Christopher Woodruff
Professor of Development Economics, Oxford University

Panel Three - National Security and Foreign Policy: Priorities for the New Administration


Richard Betts
Leo A. Shifrin Professor of War and Peace Studies and Professor of International and Public Affairs; Director, Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, SIPA, Columbia University


Thomas Christensen
William P. Boswell Professor of World Politics of Peace and War; Co-Director, China and the World Program, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affair, Princeton University

Jean-Marie Guéhenno
President and CEO, International Crisis Group

Colin Kahl
Former National Security Adviser to Vice President Joseph Biden

Elissa Slotkin MIA '03
Former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Coffee Break

Panel Discussions: Session Two
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM


Panel One - Foundations—Catalysts for Social and Economic Transformation

(Faculty House)


Joan Spero MIA '68, Phd '73
Senior Research Scholar, SIPA, Columbia University


Anisa Kamadoli Costa MIA ’98,
Chairman and President, Tiffany & Co. Foundation, Chief Sustainability Officer, Tiffany & Co.

Brandee McHale
President, Citi Foundation and Director Corporate Citizenship

Denis Mizne
CEO, Lemann Foundation

Ruben Vardanyan
Impact Investor and Social Entrepreneur

Panel Two - Global Economic Outlook: Growth or Stagnation?


Jan Svejnar,
James T. Shotwell Professor of Global Political Economy and Director of the Center on Global Economic Governance, SIPA, Columbia University


Arminio Fraga
Former President, Central Bank of Brazil

Takatoshi Ito
Professor of International and Public Affairs, SIPA, Columbia University

Joseph Stiglitz
University Professor, Columbia University and 2001 Nobel Prize Laureate in Economic Sciences

Shang-Jin Wei
N.T. Wang Professor of Chinese Business and Economy and Professor of Finance and Economics, SIPA and Columbia Business School, Columbia University 

Panel Three - Migration and Refugee Crisis: Building a Better Future

(Faculty House)


Michael Doyle,
University Professor; Director, Columbia Global Policy Initiative, Columbia University


David Donoghue
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations

Per Heggenes
CEO, IKEA Foundation

William Lacy Swing
Director-General, International Organization for Migration

Session Three


6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Global Leadership Awards Gala

(St. John the Divine)

The Global Leadership Awards Gala, in Celebration of SIPA’s 70th Anniversary, honors individuals and organizations that, through their work in public policy and administration, have made innovative or otherwise extraordinary contributions to the global public good. This year, the awards will emphasize SIPA’s history and future as we continue to educate Columbians who will create and implement public policy for the betterment of the global community.


Zbigniew Brzezinski
Former National Security Adviser (1977-1981), The Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at SIPA, Columbia University (1960-1989)

Fundação Lemann


Merit E. Janow
Dean, School of International and Public Affairs

Cocktail Attire

Proceeds raised from this event will be allocated directly to student fellowships and help educate future generations of policy workers in various fields.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tour of the 2017 Whitney Biennial

(Whitney Museum of American Art)

The Whitney Museum of American Art’s Biennial is an exhibition that takes place every two years and aims to highlight the work of lesser known contemporary artists of our time. The museum recently announced the 63 artists who will be featu#bca27c in this year’s Whitney Biennial, and the list includes eleven Columbia University alumni and faculty. Six graduate and two undergraduate alumni, and three faculty members from the School of the Arts Visual Arts department are among the group of artists whose work will be shown. The graduate alumni are: Dana Schutz '02SOA, Noah Fischer '04SOA, Tommy Hartung '06SOA, Kerstin Brätsch '07SOA, Debo Eilers '07SOA, Samara Golden '09SOA, and undergraduate alumni, Ajay Kurian '06CC and Imani Jacqueline Brown ‘10CC; as well as a current member of the adjunct faculty and alumna, Leigh Ledare '08SOA; and Professors Aliza Nisenbaum and Jon Kessler.

This will be the first Whitney Biennial held in the new location. The new Whitney, located between the High Line and the Hudson River in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, was designed by Renzo Piano, the architect at the helm of Columbia’s Manhattanville campus set to open its first buildings this spring.

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Walking Tour of Historic Harlem, led by Big Onion Walking Tours


Emphasizing the Harlem Renaissance, this tour looks at the history, architecture & people of this remarkable neighborhood. Stops include the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Striver’s Row, the Apollo Theater, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Hotel Theresa, and sites associated with W.E.B. DuBois, Madame C.J. Walker, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Carl van Vechten, and many others.

For more information, contact Susan Storms,
Director of Alumni Affairs,



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