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Alumni Day and Reunion 2018

 

SIPA’s annual Alumni Day and Class Reunion Dinner took place on Saturday, April 14 bringing more than 300 alumni from around the world for a day of speakers, panel discussions and networking.

This year’s panel discussions focused on timely issues about which SIPA alumni and faculty have deep and current knowledge including the global economy, news and media, national security, sustainable cities, cyber risk to financial stability, and innovation and social enterprise for sustainable development.

A luncheon with keynote speaker University Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz anchored the day’s activities which ended with a cocktail reception for Alumni Day and Class Reunion participants followed by the Class Reunion Dinner celebrating class years ending in ‘3 and ‘8.

Thank you to all of our alumni who made it a truly memorable reunion weekend. Please enjoy the picture gallery and video highlighting the day’s events and please stay connected to SIPA!

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AGENDA

 

Event Schedule

 

Faculty House

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Celebrating 30 Years of the EPD Workshop
Breakfast and discussion for EPD alumni hosted by Jenny McGill MIA ’00, EPD Workshop Director and Interim EPD Director For information and registration visit https://events.columbia.edu/go/celebratingEPDworkshop (Note: there is a separate registration for this session.)

11:30 a.m.

Registration (Faculty House)

12:00 p.m.

Lunch with Keynote Speaker: Joseph E. Stiglitz, University Professor (Faculty House)

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Panel Sessions (International Affairs Building)

National Security Policy (Room 1501)
Moderated by Richard Betts, Leo A. Shifrin Professor of War and Peace Studies and Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies, SIPA

Fake News: Policy Challenges and Solutions (Room 1512)
Moderated by Anya Schiffrin, Lecturer and Director, Technology, Media, and Communications specialization, SIPA

Cyber Risk to Financial Stability (Room 413)
Moderated by Jason Healey, Senior Research Scholar and Adjunct Professor, SIPA

 

Coffee Break (15th Floor Lobby, IAB)

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Panel Sessions (International Affairs Building)

What’s Up with the Global Economy in 2018? (Room 1501)
Moderated by Peter Marber MIA ’87, Program Director, Global Economy concentration, Center for Global Affairs, New York University and Senior Lecturer, Carey Business School, The Johns Hopkins University

Innovation and Social Enterprise for Sustainable Development (Room 1512)
Moderated by Glenn Denning, Professor of Professional Practice and Director, Master of Public Administration in Development Practice

Sustainable Cities and Urban Climate Resilience (Room 413)
Moderated by Steven Cohen, Executive Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute; Professor in the Practice of International Affairs and Director of the MPA Program in Environmental Science and Policy, SIPA

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Cocktail Reception (Faculty House)

6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Class Reunion Dinner (Faculty House)

ATTENDEES

 

LIST OF ATTENDEES

Updated as of April 24, 2018

Jose Luis Acero MPA-DP '13

Leila Afas MIA '03

Idalia Amaya MIA/MSW ‘09

Virgilio Andrade Martinez MPA '98

John Arbo MIA '98

Cesar Arias MPA '08

Maria del Mar Arranz Martin MPA-EPM '13

Nataliya Averyanova EMPA '03

Fritz Bachmair MIA '13

Tara Badri MIA '13

Abhinav Bahl MIA '08

Alveena Bakhshi EMPA '03

Asta Bareisaite MIA '13

Wais Baryalai MIA '08

Jesse Baver MIA '13

Gina Behnfeldt MPA '93

Wanda Bell MPA '08

Ana Berenguer MPA '13

Lauren Bergner MIA '98

Sarit Birzon MIA '08

Ken Blacklow MPA '93

Marcel Bock MIA '17

Martin Boer MIA '03

Kate Bogart MIA '13

Ted Bongiovanni EMPA '03

Matty Botwin MIA '98

Mario Bours Laborin MPA '13

Alessandra Bravi MIA '08

Provash Budden MIA '98

Leonardo Bullaro MPA '08

Patricia Caraballo MPA '08

Juan Carlos Cardenas Valero MPA-EPM '13

Clara Cardinal MPA '98

Luiza Carter MIA '08

Chris Caruso MPA '98

Laura Caruso MPA '98

Maria Paula Carvajal MPA '10

Reyhaneh Fathieh MIA '13

Rachael Feigenbaum MIA '98

Celina Feldstein MIA '98

Andrew Finver MIA '98

Thomas Flohr IF '78

Juan Flores MPA/MBA '98

Alex Foard MPA '13

Irene Fong MIA '08

Giovanna Franky MPA '98

Scarlett Freeman MIA '08

Tekau Frere MIA '08

Stephen Fromhart MIA '98

Shannon Gaffney MIA '08

Colleen Galbraith MIA '08

Susan Gitelson MIA '66

Anna Gollub MIA '14

Saul Gomez MPA '08

Ian Gordon MIA '08

Hans Greimel MIA '98

Xin Guo MPA '16

Erica Hagen MIA '08

Michael Hillmeyer MIA/MBA '97

Manchuang Ho MIA '03

Leif Holmberg MIA '08

Anne Nai-tien Huang MPA-ESP '13

Kirsten Imohiosen EMPA '03

Georgette James MIA '03

Bexi Jimenez MPA-EPM '13

Aly Jiwani MIA '13

David Johnson MIA '76

Rebecca Joyner MPA '98

Karl Kahandaliyanage MIA '98

Vikram Kapur MIA '93

Kai Kaufmann MIA '98

Joshua Keller MIA '13

Trevor Kenmure MIA '08

Daria Kirilenko MIA '13

Crissa Klein MIA '98

Amalia Kontesi MPA '13

Erin Kotheimer MIA '98

Michael Kovrig MIA '03

Agnieszka Kowalska MIA '98

Alejandra Kubitschek Bujones MPA '13

Alexander LaBua MIA '13

Martin Landi MIA '98

Frazer Lanier MIA '12

Daniel Lasaga MIA '13

Michelle Lau-Burke MIA '08

Kimberley Lays McGill MIA '98

Funmilayo Lediju MPA '13

Michael Castlen MPA '93

Jorge Cervantes MPA '08

Judy Chan MIA '13

Michael Chang MIA '08

Sarah Cheek Grainger MPA '08

Jialu Chen EMPA '15

Sandra Choi MIA '14

F Bruce Cohen MPA '91

Pat Contreras MPA '08

Tyshammie Cooper -Delisle EMPA '03

Jennifer Cordero MIA '98

Anisa Kamadoli Costa MIA '98

Len Costa MIA '98

Mariana Costa Checa MPA-DP '13

John Craig MPA '98

Dustin Craven MIA '93

Ana Maria Currea MPA '08

Stela Dallari EMPA '03

Hector de la Cruz MPA '98

Ivania de la Cruz Orozco MPA '08

Cathy de la Torre MPA '13

Beth deBeer MPA '13

Catherine Delain MIA '08

Edward Delia MIA '87

Benjamin Delisle EMPA '03

Galina Duckworth MIA '03

Tonina Dumic MPA-ESP '08

Sandy Eapen MIA/MBA '08

Nana Effah MIA '13

Paula Elerick Feinberg MPA '93

Chinonso Emehelu MIA '08

Veenita Kaushik Emehelu MIA '08

Teal Emery MIA '13

Habib Enayetullah MPA '91

Aaron Ernst MIA '08

Guillermo Escobar MPA '98

Lena Eskeland MIA '98

Terry Lee MIA '13

Michael Lerner MIA/JD '00

Adrienne Lever MIA '14

Marina Leytes MIA '13

Jacqueline Lilinshtein MIA '13

Sven Lindholm MIA '98

Christine Loomis IF '75

Christian Loubeau MIA '13

Kaitlin Love MPA '13

Rezvan Ma'ani MIA '13

David MacDonald MPA '13

Keenan Mahoney MIA '13

Elena Makovskaia MPA '08

Yasmin Mazhari MIA '98

Kevin McCaffrey MIA '09

John McDonald MIA '93

Tyrik McKeiver MIA '13

Molly Mcmahon MPA '08

Dylan Meagher MIA '13

Kanan Mehra MIA '13

Daniel Mikhailov MPA '13

Francisco Miranda Hamburger MPA '08

Kathy Mone MPA '81

Meredith Moore MPA '98

Rebecca Morris (Kuhar) MPA '98

Molly Matthews Multedo MIA '92

Maureen Murphy MIA/MBA '99

Matthew Murray MIA '88

Vina Nadjibulla MIA '03

Sethu Nair MIA '08

Katie Napolitano MIA '08

Caroline Narich MIA '13

Benjamin Newman MIA '13

Katrina Ngo MIA '08

Laura Nishikawa MIA '08

Sylvester Nnadi EMPA '03

Eri Noguchi MPA '93

Lorelei O’Hagan MIA '08

Carolina Ocampo-Maya MPA-DP '13

Carolina Olego Wright MIA '08

Avo Ora MIA '98

Jorge Andres Ordonez Malagon MPA '13

Angela Ortiz MIA '08

Evelina Pagkalou MPA '13

Chantal Pasquarello MIA '08

April Patterson MPA-ESP '03

Eduardo Peris-Deprez MIA '08

Eliza Prendzova MIA '99

James Profestas EMPA '14

Shakil Quazi MPA '93

Zaki Raheem MIA '08

Frank Ramirez MPA '08

Timothy Ramsey MIA '93

Shravya Reddy MIA '08

Stina Reksten MIA '08

Samantha Remeika MPA '08

Juan Robayo MPA '98

Katherine Rockwell MPA-DP '13

Patricia Rodriguez Markevitch MIA '98

Rafael Rodriguez-Leal T MPA '09

Celine Ruben-Salama MPA-ESP '08

Paloma Ruiz MPA-DP '13

Fernando Sanchez MIA '90

Adrienne Sanders Kaye MIA '98

Peter Sang MPA-EPM '10

Supriya Saxena MIA '09

Shelly Sayagh MIA '08

Adam Scher MPA '13

Joshua Schiller MIA '98

David Searby MIA '88

Francesco Sensidoni MPA '08

Anita Sharma MIA '98

Brigid Sheehan EMPA '03

Jnanesh Shivaprakash MPA '13

Tokumbo Shobowale MIA '99

Jennifer Singer MPA '13

David Snow MIA '98

Julia Snyder - McGinnis MIA '98

Juan Somavia MIA '98

Selma Stern MPA '13

Bettina Strickler MIA '13

Peter Svarre MIA '98

Rajitha Swaminathan MIA '13

Kimberly Sykes MPA '08

Kathleen Szleper MPA-ESP '08

Jose Tengco MPA '98

Jennifer Thomson MIA '97

Patrick Tiefenbacher MIA '98

Maro Titus MPA '93

Anastasia Trifonoff MPA-EPM '13

Oliver Tsai EMPA '13

Carlyle Upson MIA '98

Alejandro Valencia MPA '98

Patrick Vatel MPA '98

Akshay Verma MPA '13

Steve Vigil MIA '08

Benjamin Villanti MPA '08

Maria-Leslie Villegas MPA-EPM '98

Alexandre P Vinel MIA '13

Elena Vitale MIA '98

Maike von Heymann MIA '08

Roy Walker MIA '93

William Wechsler MPA '93

Wei Wei MPA '13

Chad Weigand MIA '08

Christina Wiederer MPA '13

Tracy Wilson MIA '86

Merle Wise MPA '88

Stephanie Wolk Lawrence MPA '93

Irene Wong MPA '93

Sivan Ya'ari MIA '08

Amorette Yang MPA '08

Ruoyun Yang MPA '13

Frederica Yawson MIA '13

Esma Ozge Yildiz MPA '08

Nicolas Zaharya MPA-DP '13

Rachel Zenner Kane MPA '98

Annie Zhou MPA '13

Dominik Zotti MIA '08

Pierre-Jacques Zum Buttel MIA '13


 

SPEAKERS

 

ALUMNI DAY SPEAKERS

Last Update: Monday, March 26

Richard Betts
Leo A. Shifrin Professor of War and Peace Studies, Director of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, and Director of the International Security Policy concentration, SIPA

Martin Boer MIA ’03
Director of Regulatory Affairs, Institute of International Finance

Martin Boer is the Director of Regulatory Affairs at the Institute of International Finance (IIF) where he advocates and contributes to the IIF work on regulatory consistency, impact assessment, prudential capital and liquidity standards, insurance regulation and the growing area of non-bank/non-insurance regulatory issues.

Prior to joining the IIF, he served as the Secretary General of the European Financial Services Round Table, a Brussels-based industry organization comprising the CEO’s and Chairmen of Europe’s 22 leading banks and insurance companies. He also served in various positions at ING Group, as the Global Head of Public Relations in Amsterdam and as Senior Manager of Public and Government Affairs in Brussel. He has also worked as a consultant for UNDP in Namibia and as a journalist at the Financial Times and Bloomberg News.

Boer holds a BA in philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in international political economy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Mehemed Bougsea MPA-DP '18
Co-Founder at Think.iT

Mehemed Bougsea is the Co-Founder and Strategy Lead of Think.iT, a mission-driven company that trains and connects young tech talents from North Africa with top engineering jobs globally. He specializes on the socio-economic development of youth in regions with elevated unemployment rates across North and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Prior to SIPA, Bougsea was a strategy consultant to GIZ on the organizational development of university-based entrepreneurial initiatives in collaboration with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Tunisian Ministry for Higher Education.

During his time at SIPA, Bougsea served as the Country Coordinator of Kiron Open Higher Education in Istanbul, aiming to provide refugees with access to universities through open online courses from MIT, Harvard and Columbia University.

Bougsea is a fellow of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia University’s Business School and is a graduate from the MPA in Development Practice program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He also holds a BSc in international business from Cologne University in Germany.

Andrea Bubula
Lecturer, School of International and Public Affairs

Victor Cha CC '83, MIA ’88, CERT '93, PhD '94
D.S. Song-KF Professor of Government, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University and Senior Adviser and Korea Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Victor Cha is a Senior Adviser and inaugural holder of the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and holds the D.S. Song-KF Professorship in Government and International Affairs at Georgetown University. He is also a Senior Adviser to Teneo Intelligence and works as an independent consultant helping clients in sectors ranging from business and finance to entertainment.

Previously, Cha served as Director for Asian Affairs at the White House on the National Security Council (NSC) where he was responsible primarily for Japan, the Korean peninsula, Australia/New Zealand and Pacific Island nation affairs. He received two Outstanding Service Commendations during his tenure at the NSC. He has also served as Deputy Head of Delegation for the United States at the Six Party Talks in Beijing.

Cha is the author of five books, including the award-winning Alignment Despite Antagonism: The United States-Korea-Japan Security Triangle (Stanford University Press, 1999) (winner of the 2000 Ohira Book Prize), and The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future (Harper Collins Ecco, 2012) which was selected by Foreign Affairs as a “Best Book on the Asia-Pacific for 2012.” His newest book is Powerplay: Origins of the American Alliance Systems in Asia (Princeton University Press, 2016). He is also co-authoring a new book, Korea After Unification: Planning for the Inevitable to be published by Columbia University Press. Cha has written numerous articles on international relations and East Asia in journals including Foreign Affairs, International Security, Political Science Quarterly, Survival, International Studies Quarterly, International Journal of the History of Sport, and Asian Survey.

A dedicated teacher and academician, Cha is a former John M. Olin National Security Fellow at Harvard University, two-time Fulbright Scholar, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Scholar at Columbia University, and Hoover National Fellow, CISAC Fellow, and William J. Perry Fellow at Stanford University. He is also a Fellow in Human Freedom (non-resident) at the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas, Texas. Cha is the recipient of Georgetown University’s Dean’s Teaching Award (2010) and the Distinguished Research Award (2011). He founded Georgetown’s Master’s degree in Asian Studies and brought a US Department of Education Title VI grant in East Asia to the University for the first time in Georgetown’s history. He has served on every major committee assignment at the University, including the University’s Rank and Tenure Committee as a presidential appointment.

Cha serves on nine editorial boards of academic journals and is co-editor of the Contemporary Asia Book Series at Columbia University Press. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Fulbright Association. In addition, he has been the principal investigator on nineteen major research grant projects ranging from $40,000 and $1.6 million from private foundations and the US government.

Cha has testified before Congress numerous times on Asian security issues. In 2018, he joined NBC and MSNBC as a News Contributor. Prior to joining NBC, he had been a guest analyst for various media including CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNBC, BBC, National Public Radio, among others. His op-eds have appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Foreign Policy, Japan Times, and Financial Times.

Cha received an AB in economics (1979), a Master’s in International Affairs (1988), and his PhD in political science (1994) from Columbia University, as well as an MA Honours in philosophy, politics, and economics from Oxford University (Hertford College). 

Steven Cohen
Executive Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute; Professor in the Practice of International Affairs and Director of the MPA Program in Environmental Science and Policy, SIPA

Alexander Cooley
Claire Tow Professor of Political Science, Barnard College and Director, Columbia University’s Harriman Institute

Mariana Costa Checa MPA-DP ’13
Co-Founder and CEO, Laboratoria

Mariana Costa Checa is Co-Founder and CEO of Laboratoria, a social enterprise giving young Latin American women from low-income backgrounds a career in tech. She has received multiple recognitions for her work as a social entrepreneur, including being named one of BBC’s most influential women in 2016 and sharing a panel with President Obama and Mark Zuckerberg at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

Prior to co-founding Laboratoria, she worked on social development projects for TechnoServe and at the Organization of American States throughout Latin America.

Costa Checa holds a BSc in international relations from the London School of Economics and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Glenn Denning
Professor of Professional Practice and Director, Master of Public Administration in Development Practice, SIPA

Ibrahim Gassambe MIA ’11
Senior Associate, Policy & Market Analysis, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Ibrahim Gassambe is Senior Associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he focuses on global markets and policy analysis. In his current role, he advises senior policymakers within the Federal Reserve System and others in the official sector on financial conditions, monetary policy transmission and financial stability concerns. Gassambe’s area of expertise includes global macro and cross asset research, as well as a focus on hedge funds, private equity and investment strategies’ impacts on the global economy and financial markets.

Before joining the NY Fed, Gassambe was a global macro strategist at Roubini Global Economics. He led the firm’s global equities and credit strategy research, providing fundamental and quantitative advice to institutional investors across 20+ markets. He has also previously worked for a New York-based asset manager as a bottom-up equity research analyst covering gold miners, oil and oil services companies. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and investments from Baruch College and a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a CFA charterholder. 

Jason Healey
Senior Research Scholar and Adjunct Professor, SIPA

Constance Hunter MIA ’94
Chief Economist, KPMG

Constance Hunter is an economic thought leader, specializing in identifying linkages between developed and emerging markets and paradigm shifts brought about by disruptive technologies and mega trends.  She serves as Chief Economist for KPMG LLP, where she works alongside the leadership team driving two main areas of focus: forecasting, planning and strategy and relationship development and branding.

Hunter has extensive experience analyzing how economic developments and inflection points affect asset prices and businesses and is a frequent guest and co-host on all major financial media channels, including CNBC, Bloomberg, and Fox Business. She is also widely quoted in print media. Hunter graduated with a BA in economics and sociology from New York University and with a Master of International Affairs degree with a concentration on international economics from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She also holds the Certified Business Economist designation from the National Association for Business Economics. 

Deborah Lee James MIA ‘81
Senior Adviser (Non-resident), International Security Program, Center for Strategic & International Studies; 23rd Secretary of the Air Force (2013-2017)

Deborah Lee James is a non-resident Senior Advisor for the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and previously served as the 23rd Secretary of the United States Air Force (2013-2017) where she was responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force including the organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of its nearly 660,000 military and civilian personnel, as well as overseeing the Air Force’s annual budget of nearly $140 billion.

James has 30 years of senior homeland and national security experience in the federal government and the private sector. Prior to the Air Force, she served as President of Science Applications International Corporation’s Technical and Engineering Sector. For nearly a decade, she held a variety of positions with SAIC to include Senior Vice President and Director of Homeland Security. She also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Business Executives for National Security from 2000 to 2001, and Vice President of International Operations and Marketing at United Technologies from 1998 to 2000.

During the Clinton Administration, from 1993 to 1998, James served in the Pentagon as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, advising the Secretary of Defense on all matters pertaining to the National Guard and Reserve personnel worldwide. Prior to that, she served as an Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs and as a professional staff member on the House Armed Services Committee.

James has served on a number of nonprofit boards, including at the Atlantic Council, United Service Organizations (USO), and PenFed Foundation, where she chaired the Advisory Board. She holds a BA degree in comparative arts studies from Duke University, an MS degree in international affairs from Columbia University, and honorary doctorates from the Citadel and the College of Charleston. 

Peter Jenkins MIA '12, GSAP ‘12
Program Manager, 100 Resilient Cities (Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation)

Peter Jenkins is an interdisciplinary urban policy professional with extensive experience in energy, transportation, and sustainability. He is a program manager of City and Practice Management at 100 Resilient Cities, a project sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation to help global cities build resiliency to modern physical, social and economic challenges.

Prior to 100 Resilient Cities, Jenkins managed the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey’s Enterprise Risk Management program. Previously, Jenkins served as a Port Authority Leadership Fellow, completing assignments on post-Sandy recovery and resilience, corporate relocation to the World Trade Center, and asset management at Newark Liberty International Airport, as part of the two-year rotational leadership development program. Earlier in his career, he worked with the non-profit Alliance to Save Energy, where he developed and managed energy efficiency education programs in partnership with Investor-Owned Utilities, K-12 school districts, and universities throughout California.

Jenkins holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in politics and environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as a Master of International Affairs and Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University.

Kate Johnson MPA ’12
Chief, Green Building and Climate Branch, Washington, DC Dept. of Energy and Environment

Kate Johnson is Chief of the Green Building and Climate Branch in the Urban Sustainability Administration at the District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment, where she is responsible for policies and programs related to green building, climate change, and resilience. She is the lead for developing and implementing Climate Ready DC, the District’s award-winning plan to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Prior to joining the DOEE, Johnson worked for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy providing technical assistance and policy support for local energy efficiency programs. She received a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Peter Marber PhD MIA ’87
Program Director, Global Economy concentration, Center for Global Affairs, New York University and Senior Lecturer, Carey Business School, The Johns Hopkins University

Peter Marber  is a professional money manager, teacher, and writer focused on globalization and financial markets, and has been a pioneering figure in global finance since the late 1980s. He currently directs the Global Economy program at the Center for Global Affairs at New York University and is a Senior Lecturer at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

Marber has professionally invested in the emerging markets for many of the world’s largest corporations and financial groups since 1987. He previously served as head of Emerging Market Investments for Loomis, Sayles & Co., and Chief Business Strategist and head of global emerging markets debt at HSBC Global Asset Management. Prior to that, he was founding partner, senior portfolio manager and chief strategist for The Atlantic Funds. He began his career as a trader at UBS and was also president of the emerging market subsidiaries of Wasserstein Perella & Company.

In addition to having published six books, Marber has taught graduate courses since 1994 and has been on the faculty of Columbia University, Harvard University, and Johns Hopkins. He has also authored numerous columns and is widely quoted in the media including CNN, CNBC, the Financial Times, Reuters, Bloomberg, and the Wall Street Journal. Marber serves on SIPA’s advisory board and serves or has served on boards for institutions including the Emerging Markets Trade Association, New America Foundation, and the World Policy Institute. He earned his bachelor’s degree from John Hopkins University, master’s from Columbia, and doctorate from University of Cambridge.

Luke McNamara MPA ’14
Principal Analyst, FireEye, Inc.

Luke McNamara is a Principal Analyst at FireEye iSIGHT Intelligence, where he focuses on strategic and emerging cyber threats. Previously, he served as a consultant with iSIGHT Partners, before its acquisition by FireEye, where he supported the establishment of the first cyber threat intelligence team at one of the largest banks in Australia. He has also served several years as a Cyber Espionage Analyst at iSIGHT Partners, tracking nation state threat activity targeting organizations in the public and private sectors.

Before working in the cybersecurity industry, McNamara spent several years supporting the defense sector as a contributor to multiple counterinsurgency programs. He holds a BA from Patrick Henry College and is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Patricia Mosser
Senior Research Scholar and Adjunct Professor, SIPA

Matthew H. Murray IF '85, MIA '88, LAW '88
Chair, Independent Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Committee of Afghanistan

Matthew H. Murray is the Chair of the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee of Afghanistan, an agency created to monitor and evaluate the anti-corruption efforts of the Afghan government and report on a regular basis to the President and Parliament of Afghanistan, as well as to the international community. In January 2017, Murray completed his second assignment for the Obama Administration, in which he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at the Department of Commerce and Senior Advisor on Governance and the Rule of Law at the Agency for International Development.

Throughout his career, Murray has worked at the intersection of US foreign policy, international law, commerce, and political economy. In a 1979 national competition Murray was selected to be the Research Assistant to Dr. Leslie Gelb at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Subsequently, he served as Legislative Assistant for National Security to Senator Edward Kennedy. In 1988, Murray was an Associate Attorney at the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie, where he helped the firm launch a Russia law practice and establish one of the first western legal offices in Moscow. Murray went on to found Sovereign Ventures, Inc. in 1991 and co-founded the Center for Business Ethics and Corporate Governance in 2000. From 2007 to 2009, he served as Corruption Risk Manager at TNK-BP Management Ltd.

Murray’s work in the field of political economy includes writing, teaching, speeches and testimony on the importance of voluntarily adopting best practices of ethics, corporate governance and social responsibility. He was invited by the Brookings Institution in 2011 to help launch the World Forum on Governance and to co-write a research paper, Freedom from Official Corruption as a Human Right (2015).

Murray earned an MIA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where he was an International Fellow, and a JD from Columbia Law School.

Claudia Nierenberg MIA ‘89
Chief of Climate and Societal Interactions, Climate Program Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Claudia Nierenberg is the Chief of the Climate and Societal Interactions Division in the Climate Program Office at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Organization (NOAA). For the past twenty-five years, she has worked in global change research, focusing on the development of research and related activities to support climate risk management. In recent years, her focus has been on adaptation, collaborative research networks, and federal coordination in adaptation science.

Nierenberg has served on a number of interagency science policy committees, including the Adaptation Science Working Group of the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, where she served as co-chair. She received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Virginia and Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University’s School of International Affairs.

Katheryn Rosen
Adjunct Professor, SIPA and non-Resident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative

Michael Roston MIA ’06
Senior Staff Editor for Science, New York Times

Michael Roston is a senior staff editor on the Science desk of The New York Times. A specialist in digital storytelling with two decades of experience in online media, he has in his current role led The Times’s coverage of the 2017 solar eclipse, conceived new platforms for digital journalism like The Times Space and Astronomy Calendar, and produced highly-recognized interactive journalism around reproductive issues. 

Roston, who joined The New York Times in 2010, previously served as a home page editor and then as lead social media editor, helping manage the paper’s presence on platforms like Twitter and Facebook through major news events like the Boston Marathon bombing and the 2012 presidential election.

He graduated from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in 2006, during which time he co-founded The Morningside Post, which is now SIPA’s official student-run publication. He is also a graduate of the University of Iowa.

Beatrice Santa-Wood MIA ’17
Communications Associate, Committee to Protect Journalists

Beatrice Santa-Wood is the communications associate at the Committee to Protect Journalists. Previously, she served as a Fulbright English teaching assistant in Gaziantep, Turkey, and as an AmeriCorps volunteer at a rape crisis center in Virginia. She has worked as a senior editor at the Columbia Journal of International Affairs, a consultant for IREX, and interned with Internews in Kiev, Ukraine.

Santa-Wood has co-authored reports for the Open Society Foundations and a chapter in the Routledge Companion to Media and Human Rights. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Beloit College and her master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Anya Schiffrin
Lecturer and Director, Technology, Media, and Communications specialization, SIPA

Joseph E. Stiglitz
University Professor, Columbia University

Nicole Van Der Tuin MPA ’12
Co-Founder and CEO, First Access

Nicole Van Der Tuin is Co-Founder and CEO of financial technology company First Access, which offers a smart data platform for emerging market financial institutions. Fast Company recognized her in 2016 as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. First Access has been selected as one of Entrepreneur’s Brilliant 100 and for MIT’s Zambezi Prize, PopTech's Social Innovation Fellowship, and has been featured in over 50 industry publications and events, including The Economist, Forbes, and the Financial Times.

Prior to co-founding First Access, Van Der Tuin worked with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) to create a policy strategy and conduct the largest talent survey of impact investors and capacity development providers in emerging markets. She also helped design and launch Paris-based MicroWorld, which offers peer-to-peer microlending opportunities, and has contributed research on private equity, venture capital, and microlending in emerging markets to a range of organizations and businesses.

Van Der Tuin holds an AB in social science research and writing from Kenyon College and an MPA in development economics from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Akshay Verma MPA ’13
Founder and Director, Agratam India

Akshay Verma is the Founder of Agratam India, a globally recognized social venture committed to promoting equitable development and providing viable income generating opportunities in rural economies. With 10+ years of professional and entrepreneurial experience, he has also worked as an investment banker in London before moving back to India in 2013.

Verma set up Agratam India to radically enhance income levels of rural households by converting unproductive waterlogged wastelands into profitable fish farms. In addition to being developed into a model case study at Oxford University in recognition of its pioneering work and large-scale impact in rural economies, Agratam India was also selected as the 2017 winner of the Ideas4action global competition organized by the World Bank and Wharton Business School to further the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Almost 2000 social venture applications from 125 countries were judged on their sustainability, scope of impact, clarity of vision and several implementing parameters.

A sportsman and debater in his university days, Verma is consistently identified as an influencer and a young business leader at international and national forums. In 2015, he was personally invited and felicitated by President Obama at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit and was the only Indian entrepreneur to receive such recognition. He holds a BA in mathematics from St. Stephen’s and master’s degrees in financial economics from Oxford University and in public administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Nancy Widjaja MPA-DP ’14
Policy Advisor, Office of UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA)

Nancy Widjaja is a policy advisor at the Office of UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), where she leads the Office’s work on agriculture finance, SME finance, women’s economic empowerment, and financial inclusion for refugees, with a specific focus on technology-enabled innovations.

Prior to her role in the Office of the UNSGSA, Widjaja served as Principal Manager of Industry Engagement at Accion Venture Lab. She also previously led strategic projects and advocacy initiatives on financial inclusion with Alliance for Financial Inclusion, UN Capital Development Fund, and the Better Than Cash Alliance across Africa, Asia and Latin America. She began her career as a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group, serving private and public-sector clients across South and Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Widjaja holds a BA in economics from the University of Indonesia and an MPA in development practice from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.