A core requirement for the Master of International Affairs (MIA) and Master of Public Administration (MPA), the workshops give students an opportunity to put learning into practice. Serving as a culminating educational experience for the Master of International Affairs and Master of Public Administration degree programs, students in all of the concentrations, except for the Economic and Political Development (EPD) concentration, complete a Capstone workshop in their final semester. Students are organized into small consulting teams and assigned a substantive, policy-oriented project with an external client. SIPA Capstone workshops are available to MIA/MPA students primarily during the spring semester of their final year. A small number of workshops are offered in the fall semester for students who are graduating at the end of the fall term.

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Client Project Title Faculty Advisor

Association of Oil Pipelines (AOPL) and American Petroleum Institute (API)

International Finance Corporation Performance Standards and United States Laws and Regulations: Benchmarking and Gap Analysis


Mahima Achuthan

Barclays Public Finance Department

Creating “smart” Affordable Housing- Developing a Criteria for Development that Enables Place-based Economic Development  

Edward Poteat  

United States Central Intelligence Agency

Generational Identities of Youth in Key Countries

Anya Schiffrin

Spring 2018 Capstone Workshops


Project Title

Faculty Advisor

Alto Data Analytics

Mapping the Conversation: From Big Data to the Real Voices of Trump Supporters and Opposers

Efrat Nechushtai

Aspen Institute, Financial Security Program

Building Momentum for a Comprehensive U.S. Financial Inclusion Strategy

Michelle Greene

Barclays Energy Research Unit

Addressing the Water Challenge: International Water Project Opportunities and Issues

Natasha Udensiva

Barclays Public Finance Group

Municipal Impact Bonds

George Morriss

Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Can the New Administration Boost the Shale Oil and Gas Boom?

Jeanne Fox

BCG Platinion

Incorporating Political Uncertainty into a Probabilistic Risk Management Toolkit

Clifford Young

China Merchants Bank

Developing a Business Strategy for the US Market

Fernando Sotelino

Eurasia Group

How Governments Strategically Harness Technology in the 21st Century

Markus Jaeger

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Resolving Nonperforming Loans in Central Asia and Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED)

Sara Calvo

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Bank of Japan: Japan Yield Curve Control Regime

Richard Clarida


Assessing Social Media-Driven Influence Operations in Latin America

Neal Pollard

GE Energy

Utility-Scale Storage & Renewables 

AJ Goulding

Gerstein Fisher

SRI Strategies- Are There Tradeoffs when Adding Impact Investing to a Quantitative Active Global Equity Portfolio?

Melanie Petsch

Government of Estonia

Estonia, The Skype Nation- How a Small Nation Can be a Global Leader and Punch Above its Weight

Jenik Radon

Government of Peru

Equitable Distribution of Resources and Avoidance of Social Conflict in the Mining Sector

Jenik Radon

IBM GBS: Watson AI Center of Competence

Best Practices and Policies for an ever more AI Dependent World

Adam Quinton

IFC/ILO Better Work Jordan

The Impact of Better Work Jordan’s Collaborative Efforts with Local Stakeholders

Betsy Apple

Institute for International Finance

Counting on the Cloud: Implications of Third-Party Vendor Risk on Financial Stability in the Cyber Age

Katheryn E. Rosen

Inter-American Development Bank

E-Commerce Last Mile Logistics

Tim Meyer and  Ulrike Zeilberger

Labex ReFi- French Laboratory of Excellence on Financial Regulation

Financial Regulatory Structure: A Methodical Inquiry into the European Union

Sharyn O'Halloran

Los Angeles Mayor's Office Innovation Team

Leveraging City Resources to Provide Supportive Services for the Unsheltered Homeless in Los Angeles

Seth Pinsky

Mercy Corps

Youth Concepts of Social Cohesion in the Middle East

Sarah Deardorff Miller

Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), Chief of Staff for the President Commissioner

Clean Energy Certificate Secondary Markets

AJ Goulding

Moody's Investors Service

How do Changing Demographics in Latin America Impact the Creditworthiness of these Countries?

Timothy J Goodspeed

Morgan Stanley Global Financial Crimes Unit

Detecting Financial Crimes: Evaluating the Efficacy of Automated Transaction Monitoring

Annemarie McAvoy

New America, Cybersecurity Initiative

NATO and the Role of Cyber Capabilities for Strategic Stability and Deterrence

Adam Segal

New York City Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI)

Structural Violence in New York City: A Provisional Report

Eva Weissman

New York City Department of Design and Construction

Assessing the Economic Impact of Public Capital Projects on Surrounding Neighborhood

Damian Busch

New York City Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development

Developing the Pipeline for Good-paying Jobs of the “New Economy”

Kevin Kelly

New York City Office of the Special Prosecutor for Narcotics and the Bronx District Attorney’s Office

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic—A Needs Assessment of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Systems of Care in the Bronx

Diahann Billings and  

Silvia Martins

New York Immigration Coalition

Is New York State Really a Sanctuary for All?  Understanding the Implications for Undocumented Communities

Stacey Cumberbatch

New York Life Investment Management

Narrating the Credit Cycle

Christopher Rapcewicz

OutRight Action International

Leave No Student Behind: Creating Safe Schools and Adolescent Support for LGBTIQ Students

Bela August Walker


Identifying and Responding to Russian (Mis)- Information

Jeffrey Mankoff

Regional Council of the Island of Réunion

From Sugar Cane to Digital Services: ICT Challenges for Réunion Island

Christine Capilouto

ReNew Power

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Best Practices Benchmarking Analysis

Holly Hammonds

Smallholder Farmers Alliance

Scaling a Successful Social Enterprise Model in Haiti

Robert W. Johnson

TechPar Group

Applications for the Emerging Blockchain Ecosystem

Bruce Taragin

The Clinton Foundation

Assessing Place-Based Economic Development Interventions

Madhuri Kommareddi

Thomson Reuters

US - The New Oil Exporter: Analyzing the Dynamics and Impact of Growing US Crude Exports

Russell Dyk

United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

Uganda Clean Cooking Energy Enterprise Inventory

Philip LaRocco  and

Ellen Morris

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Impact Investing: The Supply Side Story

Hans Boehmer

United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office (UNPBSO)

Using Big Data to Prevent Conflict  

Kirsti Samuels

United Nations Women-SAP

Using Twitter Data Combined with Traditional Survey Data to Measure Societal Dynamics Related to Violence Against Women (VAW) in Brazil

David Dabscheck

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Can Debt Investment Funds Help Finance International Development Priorities?

Hans Boehmer

United States Chief of Staff of the Army, Army Future Studies Group (AFSG)

Urban Futures, Technology and Military Operations: Managing Disaster, Terror, and Tanks in 2020-2040

Dan Madden

United States Cyber Command

Cyber Analogies in Comparative Perspective

Gregory Rattray

United States Department of Defense, Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response (CFE DMHA)

Supporting ASEAN Disaster Management and Emergency Response to Enable Effective Regional Disaster Management via Information Management Platforms

Karen L. Levin

United States Department of State

Exploring Mediation in Venezuela – Assessing Options for Advancing a Political Solution  

Pei J. Tsai

United States Department of State- Global Engagement Center

Social Media and Violent Extremism: Strategies and Methods to Identify, Monitor, and Influence Extremist Behavior Online

Robert L. McKenzie

United States Mission to the United Nations (USUN)

Innovation and Technology in UN Peace Operations

John Paul Farmer


MPA Development Practice Capstone Workshops


Engage Globally / Monteverde Conservation League

Financing Community Managed Forest Conservation: The Case of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest

Ralph Schmidt

Free the Slaves

Evaluating Free the Slaves’ Advocacy Work

Mohammad Nurul Alam

International Organization for Migration Migrants in Countries of Crisis: Evaluation of the Impacts of IOM’s MICIC work on Policy and Operations Kevin Hong 

Peru’s Ministry of Education (MINEDU)

Offline Internet Resources for Rural Schools in Peru

Anne Nelson

Practical Education Network (PEN)

From Workshops to Social Change: Building a Hands-On Science Culture among Ghanaian STEM Teachers

Suzanne Hollmann