On November 17-18, 2015, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and Xyntéo convened a two-day meeting of global leaders from business, government, academia, and the non-profit sector. The Global Projects Exchange addressed ways in which businesses and policymakers can work together to accelerate growth in a way that is fit for the resource, climate, financial and demographic realities of the 21st century.

Global Projects Exchange 2015 opening

  • Osvald Bjelland, Chairman and CEO, Xyntéo; and
  • Merit E. Janow, Dean , SIPA - in conversation with 
  • Gabrielle Walker, Chief Scientist, Xyntéo


Global Projects Exchange 2015 Felipe Calderon keynote


  • Felipe Calderón, Former President, Mexico and Chair, Global Commission on the Economy and Climate

Global Projects Exchange Jeffrey Sachs keynote


  • Jeffrey Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University


Global Projects Exchange 2015 Joseph Stiglitz keynote


  • Joseph Stiglitz, University Professor, Columbia University and Co-President, Initiative for Policy Dialogue
  • Introduction by Eric Verhoogen, Vice Dean, SIPA, Columbia Univeristy


Global Projects Exchange Lisa Jackson keynote


  • Lisa Jackson, Vice President, Environmental Policy and Social Initiatives, Apple in conversation with Gabrielle Walker, Chief Scientist, Xyntéo 


panel: The New Growth Agenda



  • Gabriel Walker, Chief Scientist, Xynteo


  • Felipe Calderon, Former President, Mexico and Chair, Global Commission on the Economy and Climate
  • Hans-Ole Jochumsen, President, NASDAQ
  • Walt Macnee, Vice Chairman, MasterCard
  • Lois Quam, Chief Operating Officer, The Nature Conservancy

panel: the road through paris



  • Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA

Panel discussion

  • Bjorn Otto Sverdrup, Chief of Sustainability, Statoil
  • Mari Elka Pangestu, Former Minister of Trade, Indonesia, and George W. Ball Adjunct Professor, SIPA
  • David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University


what's next

Global Projects Exchange 2015 closing remarks

  • Osvald Bjelland, Chairman and CEO, Xyntéo
  • Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA
  • Glen Moreno, Chairman, Pearson