About the Program

In partnership with The Institute of Diplomatic Studies, the Picker Center for Executive Education designed a 1-year module of executive courses as a structured program which consisted of four quarters. The module provided the participants an opportunity to examine key challenges in policy formulation and implementation, against a broad international perspective, and to generate practical insights and strategies for enhancing their respective roles in public governance.


First Quarter              1/30 - 4/13

Foreign Policies of the UN Security Council P-5 Countries– Professor Stuart Gottlieb

Collective Security and the Role of the Security Council – Professor Elisabeth Lindenmayer

Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and the Role of the UN– Professor Zachery Metz

Communications Skills – Professor Joann Baney

Second Quarter          5/7 - 7/20

Sanctions and the Security Council- Professor Loraine Rickard Martin

Globalization and its Implications- Professor Arvid Lukauskas

Leadership, Team-building and Personnel Management Skills- Professor William Eimicke

UN Peacekeeping- Professor Elisabeth Lindenmayer

Third Quarter

Attend Sessions at UN General Assembly in New York City (Institute supervised) - Professor Al Dehayel

Site Visits to Public, Private and NGO “Organizations of Management Excellence,”  organized and supervised by Picker Center- Professor William Eimicke

Fourth Quarter          10/1- 12/14

International Crisis Management and the Role of the UN- Professor Richard Greenwald

The United Nations and Current Issues in International Economics, Finance and Human Development- Professor Francisco Rivera-Batiz

Current Issues in International Politics- Professor Arvid Lukauskas

Managing the Media and Public Relations- Professor Kristian Denny Todd


William Eimicke- Executive Director of Saudi Arabia Executive Program

William Eimicke is the founding director of the Picker Center for Executive Education of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. The Picker Center runs the School's Executive MPA program, university partnerships, and non degree professional training programs. Eimicke teaches courses in public management, applied policy analysis, and management innovation. He also teaches at Peking University, the National University of Singapore and the Universidad Externado de Colombia.

Through the Picker Center, Eimicke has helped create and directed a number of major executive training programs including the Hong Kong Civil Service Leadership Program, the Guangdong Province Executive Management Program, the Northern Ireland Community Builders Program, and the 92nd Street Y International Fellows Program. He has also developed a variety of leadership, management, and case study based executive programs for CCTV, the FAA, EPA, UJA, UNDP, and the Algeria-ENA civil service training initiative. He has served as a management consultant to numerous government and private organizations, including the city of Indianapolis, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the San Francisco Giants and the New York Racing Association.

Eimicke served as the Deputy Fire Commissioner for Strategic Planning and Policy from 2007 through the spring of 2010. He led numerous innovations to reduce response time to fires, establish a computerized risk-based inspection program, and provide advanced management training for senior Fire and EMS officers (FOMI). The FDNY Officers Management Institute (FOMI) was designated as a Top 50 Innovations in American Government for 2008 and 2009 by the Kennedy School of Government.

Eimicke previously served as housing "czar" of New York State for Governor Mario Cuomo, managing the state's six housing management, finance, and regulatory agencies. He also provided housing policy and management consulting services to Vice President Al Gore's National Performance Review.

As New York Governor Cuomo's deputy secretary for policy and programs, he represented the governor on all matters concerning housing, community and economic development and sports. He played a central role in the passage of several landmark programs including the first homeless housing program, the Housing New York program, the construction of several stadia, the construction of a convention center, and the first thoroughbred racing simulcast statute. Eimicke previously served as director of fiscal studies for the New York State Senate, assistant budget director of the City of New York, and deputy commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Eimicke also served on the transition teams for NYS Attorney General-elect Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor-elect Giuliani, and as an advisor to former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith.

In 2008, he was named to the Irish Voice newspaper's inaugural Irish Education 100, a listing of leading figures in education across North America.

Eimicke holds an MPA and PhD from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He previously taught at Syracuse University, Indiana University, Russell Sage College, the State University of New York at Albany, and Baruch College of the City University of New York.

Arvid Lukauskas- Co-director of Curriculum

Arvid Lukauskas teaches and conducts research on international and comparative political economy, with a focus on the political economy of finance and trade policy.

Through the Picker Center for Executive Education, Lukauskas has helped develop or direct major executive training programs in Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, Georgia, Hong Kong, Mexico, Singapore, and Thailand, and for the United Nations Development Programme.

His publications include:

  • The Political Economy of the East Asian Crisis and its Aftermath, edited with F. Rivera-Batiz (Edward Elgar 2001)
  • Regulating Finance: The Political Economy of Spanish Financial Policy from Franco to Democracy (University of Michigan 1997)
  • "The Political Economy of Financial Restriction: The Case of Spain," in Comparative Politics
  • "Managing Mobile Capital," in Review of International Political Economy
  • "Explaining Styles of Financial Market Opening in Chile, Mexico, South Korea, and Turkey," with S. Minushkin in International Studies Quarterly
  • "Financial Restriction and the Developmental State in East Asia," in Comparative Political Studies, and “The Non-Linear Process of Institutional Change: The Bank of Japan Reform and its Aftermath” with Yumiko Shimabukuro  in Japanese Journal of Political Science.

Lukauskas holds a BA from University of Wisconsin, Madison, an MPA from University of Oklahoma, and a PhD from University of Pennsylvania.

Richard Greenwald- Adjunct Professor

Richard Greenwald is an expert in the field of workforce development and prisoner reentry.  He has extensive experience in the start-up and leadership of nonprofit social services organizations.  He has spent over twenty years addressing the complex economic development and human services issues facing unemployed people in the United States including ex-offenders, welfare recipients, at-risk youth among others.  As faculty in the School of International and Public Affairs Executive Masters Program at Columbia University Mr. Greenwald has used his practitioner and teaching experiences to inform his work abroad providing executive education services to public managers from a variety of countries.

Mr. Greenwald recently served as vice president for program effectiveness at Public/Private Ventures (P/PV), a Philadelphia-based firm that conducts research aimed at improving the effectiveness of social programs.  Prior to joining P/PV, Mr. Greenwald worked with the Manhattan Institute on an array of projects related to the planning and implementation of prisoner reentry programming, including work in the City of Newark and the State of New Jersey.  His work in New Jersey led to the publication of a comprehensive plan to reduce recidivism in the state.  He also worked as an independent consultant, providing guidance to both the City of Philadelphia and the State of Wisconsin on transitional jobs strategies, as well as working closely with a mentoring program for adjudicated youth in Memphis.

In the late 1990s, he became the first president and chief executive officer of the Philadelphia-based Transitional Work Corporation (TWC).  Under his leadership, TWC grew four-fold, employed more than 15,000 welfare recipients, and participated in a rigorous U.S. Department of Health and Human Services evaluation.  Mr. Greenwald also served as vice present at America Works a New York City-based private company that places welfare recipients in jobs.  He has worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  And, he spent two years on Capitol Hill working for Senator Albert Gore, Jr.

He is currently an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute and an adjunct professor of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.  He serves as the chairman emeritus of the National Transitional Jobs Network Steering Committee; is a member of the board of directors of Workforce, Inc., in Indianapolis; and is deeply involved in various civic organizations in Philadelphia.

Mr. Greenwald holds a B.A. from Connecticut College and an M.A. in public policy and administration from Columbia University.  He grew up in Memphis and has lived in Washington, DC and New York City and now resides in Philadelphia.

Elisabeth Lindenmayer- Adjunct Professor

Elisabeth Lindenmayer directs the United Nations Studies Program at SIPA, teaches courses on the UN Security Council and peacekeeping/peacebuilding in Africa. She also serves as a senior advisor to SIPA's Center for International Conflict Resolution.

Lindenmayer is a member of the Advisory Panel of the Security Council Report. She also serves as a board member of the Kofi Annan Foundation and on the advisory board of the NGO STOP (Stop Trafficking of People).

Lindenmayer joined the United Nations Secretariat in 1977, and in 1992 moved to the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations before its expansion into numerous volatile areas. She was on the scene at conflicts in Somalia and Rwanda.

In 1997, Lindenmayer was selected to serve as executive assistant to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. There, she became one of Annan's closest advisors and led the many teams which accompanied him on political missions around the world. In 2004, Lindenmayer was promoted to assistant secretary-general and named Deputy Chef de Cabinet, which placed her at the center of preparations for the 2005 summit on UN reform.

Upon leaving the United Nations, Lindenmayer was awarded the Legion d'Honneur by French President Jacques Chirac. In 2007, the American Red Cross recognized her work in humanitarian affairs.

Lindenmayer was born in Gaoua, Burkina Faso (previously Upper Volta), and grew up in France, England, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia (then French Indochina), Cote d'Ivoire, and Senegal. She holds degrees from the Sorbonne University, University of Geneva and New York University.

Stuart Gottlieb- Adjunct Professor

Stuart Gottlieb is an adjunct professor of International and Public Affairs at SIPA, where he teaches courses on American foreign policy and counterterrorism. In addition, he is director of policy studies at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University.

Prior to joining SIPA in 2003, Gottlieb worked for five years in the United States Senate, first as senior foreign policy advisor to Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, and subsequently as policy advisor and chief speechwriter for Senator Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut. He has also worked on several political campaigns, including New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani's reelection campaign in 1997 and Vice President Al Gore's presidential campaign in 2000.

Gottlieb continues to consult with political and business leaders, and regularly publishes op-eds and other policy-related articles. He recently published a book entitled Debating Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Conflicting Perspectives on Causes, Contexts, and Responses (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2010).

Gottlieb holds a BA in political science and journalism from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and two M.A. degrees and a Ph.D. in international relations from Columbia University.

Zachary Metz- Adjunct Professor

Zachary Metz is a partner and the Director of Peace Building practice at Consensus, a consulting firm specializing in negotiation, conflict resolution and peace building. The firm works with private and public sector clients, NGOs, international organizations and governments.

He has worked in the field of conflict resolution and peace building for fifteen years.  His areas of expertise include training and large-group facilitation, conflict assessment, conflict-sensitive development, restorative justice and program design and evaluation.

Prior to joining Consensus, Metz was the Director of Education & Training for Columbia University’s Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR).  At CICR, he was responsible for envisioning, designing, and implementing the education elements of CICR’s international and domestic programs.  He served as the senior trainer and facilitator for CICR’s interventions in Iraq, Lebanon, East Timor, Burma, Northern Ireland and elsewhere. 

Metz has provided expertise to the United Nations Development Programme, UN Department of Economic & Social Affairs, International Organization for Migration, Search for Common Ground, and a wide range of international political and civil society organizations.

Metz began his career with a focus in domestic conflict resolution, working as a mediator, trainer, and program director with the Northwest Institute for Restorative Justice and the Dispute Resolution Center. He mediated hundreds of disputes in the private sector, in communities and within families, and directed mediation programs for inmates inside a maximum security prison and juvenile detention facility.

He teaches the graduate course Applied International Peace Building at SIPA. He has also taught at Universidad Externado De Colombia, Sabanci University, the United States Military Academy at West Point and Lebanese American University.

He completed his undergraduate degree in political science at Earlham College.  He received a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University.  He earned an MA in Sociology from the New School for Social Research, where he is currently completing his PhD studies with a focus on intractable identity-based conflicts.

Joann Baney- Adjunct Professor

Joann Baney teaches in the Executive MPA program at SIPA, and has taught in the Executive MBA program at the Columbia Business School and in the speech department at Columbia University.

Baney is faculty director of the FDNY Officers Management Institute, is on the faculty of the NYPD's Police Management Institute, and teaches in a variety of other programs through Columbia's Social Enterprise program at Columbia Business School Executive Education. She also serves as an adjunct professor of management communications at Dartmouth's Tuck School and at NYU's Stern School.

Baney is the co-founder and vice-president of the Professional Development Company, Inc., a communications consulting firm in New York City. She coaches senior executives and presents customized communication training programs to corporations, small businesses, and not-for-profit organizations. Some of her clients include: Del Monte Foods, Trinity Church Wall Street, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Cornell Medical Center, Federal Aviation Administration, LendLease Americas, the Robin Hood Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and UPC Wind Management.

Baney served as associate director of the Professional Development Center at Columbia Business School from 1990 to 1997. In that role, she oversaw the management communications program for MBA students, supervising a staff of 16 instructors that taught presentation skills, writing, interviewing, team and interpersonal skills to over 500 students annually. Before working at Columbia, Baney was director of communications for a management consulting consortium, managing all marketing and public relations activities. In addition to consulting and teaching, Baney has performed as a singer and actress in numerous off-Broadway productions.

Baney holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. She recently published Guide to Interpersonal Communication through Prentice Hall.