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Giving Day

October 21, 2015, 12:01 a.m. to Midnight

Columbia Giving Day is an exciting 24-hour online event taking place on October 21, 2015.

For one day only — from 12:01 a.m. wherever you live, until midnight in New York City — Columbians around the world are coming together to give back and share the experience that truly defines Columbia University. 

One of Giving Day's most exciting features is the competition among all 16 schools at Columbia. If enough of us participate, the School of International and Public Affairs could earn matching gifts and awards for the SIPA Fund.

Sign up on the Giving Day website for reminders, follow us on social media to show your support on Facebook and Twitter by encouraging your friends to join the movement, and help your school or program win its share of $400,000.

Support SIPA with a gift on October 21! All gifts made online on October 21 by 11:59 p.m. EDT will go directly to crucial scholarship aid for SIPA students.

Stay updated by visiting and clicking on the leaderboard tab to see how our school is doing!

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Change Lives, Change the World


Why Give?

Please meet six of SIPA's many fellowship students who are changing the world. Through your generosity, SIPA students like Lisa, Akos, Sarah, Olive, and Nicholas are able to obtain a world class education at the most premier global public policy school. Join us on October 21 to show your support of their work!

Lisa Bacon MIA '16 (HRHP)

Lisa Bacon MIA ’16 is concentrating in Human Rights & Humanitarian Policy. Ms. Bacon holds a great passion for Pan-African affairs and has served three years as a Community Economic Development volunteer with the Peace Corps in Mali and Senegal.

In addition, she worked in Washington, DC, at the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence and for the nonprofit ARCH Development Corporation. In the future, Ms. Bacon hopes to conduct research in Côte d’Ivoire on youth identity and politics through a Fulbright Fellowship. She is originally from Los Angeles and received her BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Ms. Bacon speaks French and basic Bambara and Wolof.

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Akos Losz MIA '16 (EE)

Akos Losz MIA ’16 is concentrating in energy and environment, with a specialization in management, at SIPA. Mr. Losz, a citizen of Hungary, is a research assistant at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, where he works with the Center’s director and has contributed to a major report on the impact of US LNG exports on European natural gas markets. Mr. Losz is also an active member of SIPA’s Finance Society and the SIPA Energy Association. After graduation, he would like to shape the energy and climate policies of the European Union.

Prior to beginning his full-time studies at Columbia, Mr. Losz was an energy analyst at the New York office of Douglas Westwood, a UK-based global management consulting firm. Before joining Douglas Westwood, he had worked on MOl Group’s strategy team, a Hungary-based international energy company. Previously, he completed internships at the Energy Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a leading Washington, DC, think tank, and at PFC Energy, a top-tier energy consulting agency also based in Washington, DC.


Sarah Lux-Lee MPA '16 (USP)

Sarah Lux-Lee MPA ’16 is concentrating in urban and social policy, with a specialization in international media, advocacy, and communications. Ms. Lux-Lee is an intellectual property lawyer and policy adviser from Sydney, Australia, and is a General Sir John Monash Scholar and Cummings Fellow. She has received degrees in mathematics and law with first class honors from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney.

Ms. Lux-Lee has worked for top-tier international law firm Allens, as a policy adviser to the Australian education sector, and as an adjunct lecturer in law at UNSW. She is currently undertaking an internship with the Roll Back Malaria Partnership at the World Health Organization Office of the United Nations in New York. In 2014 Ms. Lux-Lee was recognized as one of Australia’s top 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac.

Olive Nsababera MPA-DP ’16 

Olive Umuhire Nsababera MPA ’16 is in the development practice program at SIPA. Ms. Nsababera is a native of Rwanda and migrated with her family to the Democratic Republic of Congo and then Kenya, following the 1994 Rwandan genocide. She received a scholarship that enabled her to pursue a BA in economics from Yale University, from which she graduated in 2011. She pursued internships with Innovations for Poverty Action, where she engaged in development projects including analyzing household surveys on measuring health knowledge and behavior in developing countries. Ms. Nsababera also volunteered with a human rights and asylum clinic, organized an initiative for a housing project in Guatemala, and acted as an interpreter for a community-based organization. After her undergraduate studies, she spent three years working as a legal analyst for a London-based international law firm, where she worked on a variety of cases in areas such as telecommunications, employment, and human rights.

At SIPA Ms. Nsababera has been involved in several initiatives, including  participating in a public policy case competition. She is particularly interested in advanced policy and economic analysis. After graduation she intends to pursue a career in development policy, applying economics to policies on poverty reduction, governance, and sustainable growth, particularly in Africa. She speaks  Kinyarwanda, Swahili, French, and some Arabic. 

Nicholas Ward MPA ’16 (ISP)

Nicholas Ward MPA ’16 is a first-year SIPA student concentrating in international security policy, with a specialization in international media, advocacy, and communications. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, and prior to attending SIPA, Mr. Ward worked for Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade(DFAT). During his time in DFAT, Mr. Ward served as a third secretary at the Australian High Commission to Papua, New Guinea, where he focused primarily on PNG’s domestic political environment. Mr. Ward is the incoming vice president of SIPA’s Defense and Security Student Organization and is a member of the Steering Committee for SIPA’s student-run crisis simulation.

His primary study interest is the intersection of security with politics and addressing issues associated with free expression by civic groups when the personal safety of group members is under threat. Following graduation from   SIPA, Mr. Ward plans to pursue advocacy for political activist groups seeking change in countries where law and order has broken down or is itself a threat to activists.