Global Leadership Awards
20th Annual GALA



Each year we look forward with great anticipation to Columbia SIPA’s Global Leadership Awards Gala in New York City to recognize remarkable leaders and bring together our diverse, global community of alumni, friends, faculty, and students. The Gala also helps raise critical financial aid for our students – from making their SIPA education affordable to helping them weather unexpected emergencies.

This year’s Gala, scheduled for May 7, was promising to be outstanding, with two exceptional honorees: Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, and Vartan Gregorian, President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. With the continued uncertainty around COVID-19, however, it is now clear that we must postpone this year’s Gala. Happily, both of our honorees have graciously agreed to be honored next year on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Given the significant changes taking place in the world, we expect our Gala conversation to be of even greater relevance a year from now.

We thank all of you who have supported our Gala effort already this year. In light of the unexpected and very significant financial strains on our students, the need to support them has grown only greater. If you are able to contribute at this time, please consider making a donation. All Gala contributions will directly fund efforts to help SIPA students during this unprecedented time. To discuss sponsorship options, please contact SIPA Development at, and a member of the Development team will follow up with you directly.

Further announcements to follow.



Kristalina Georgieva

Managing Director, International Monetary Fund


Vartan Gregorian

President, Carnegie Corporation of New York

Past Honorees

Past Honorees



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Patron Ticket

Supporter Ticket

Recent Alumni Ticket (2009-2019)


Please consider supporting our student financial aid program during this crucial time. Your entire Gala contribution will directly benefit SIPA students. To discuss sponsorship options, please contact SIPA Development at, and a member of the Development team will follow up with you directly.

Thank You to Our Sponsors


Reed D. Auerbach IF ’81, MIA ’82, ’85LAW and Adrienne Petite Auerbach


Mila Atmos ’96CC, MIA ’05
Kequan Liu and Julie Ge


Amy Levine Abrams IF '78, MIA '80, '80BUS and David C. Abrams
Anisa Kamadoli Costa ’97BC, MIA ’98/ Tiffany & Co.
Bryant and Linda Edwards
Mark E. Kingdon ’71CC and Anla Cheng Kingdon
James Luikart MIA ’72 and Amira Luikart
David B. Ottaway IF ’63, ’63GSAS, ’72GSAS and Marina S. Ottaway ’74GSAS
Michael M. Roberts MIA ’86 and Patricia Roberts
Gregory Stoupnitzky '78CC, MIA '80 and Marianne Stoupnitzky


Charles S. Adams, Jr. MIA '83 and Georgia S. Adams MIA '83
Roger Baumann IF ’84, MIA ’85
Robert I. Kopech ’76BUS, MIA ’77 and Michele E. Fabrizio
Habib M. Enayetullah MPA '91 and Tania Rahmatullah
Joshua Lo MIA '10

Patron Tickets

Daniel Rose and Joanna S. Rose

Supporter Tickets

Brent Feigenbaum MIA '84
Lynn Thoman

Recent Alumni Tickets

Kevin Cheng MPA '17
Katherine McGehee MIA '15
Keisha Audria Phipps MIA '06, ’06BUS
Peter Sang MPA '10
Elise Zhao MIA '19


SIPA Office of Alumni and Development

For more information please contact: 
Emily Keneston | 212-851-9802 |  Email: