Regional MPA-DP Alumni Ambassadors are a network of dedicated volunteers who serve as points of contact for SIPA and MPA-DP Alumni activities around the world.


North America

New York City, U.S.

Benjamin Tan MPA-DP '18
Ben co-leads the Right-Fit Evidence Unit at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), which helps organizations use data and evidence to learn and adapt their programs to increase effectiveness. He is has led advisory engagements for projects in youth livelihoods, education and early childhood development in Uganda, Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire. Ben has previously worked on Randomized Controlled Trials in education, particularly the evaluation of Partnership Schools for Liberia, a public-private partnership for education, and an evaluation of a social messaging campaign relating to teacher absenteeism in Uganda. Prior to joining IPA, he worked as a management consultant conducting public sector evaluations. He holds an MPA (Development Practice) from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a BA (Development Studies) and LLB (Bachelor of Laws, with Honours) from the University of Melbourne.  

South America

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Cassia Moraes MPA-DP '15
Cassia has experience working on sustainable development and international cooperation in the public, private and third sectors. She has been working at the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change as their Deputy Executive Coordinator, and she is also the Founder and CEO of Youth Climate Leaders  She follows major global processes on sustainable development, having attended the Rio+20 and several UN Climate Conferences (COPs). Previously, Cassia has worked with civic engagement at CIVICUS, international cooperation for sustainable development at the Brazilian Mission at the UN, the UNDP, and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)

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Shangai, China

Hongxiang Huang MPA-DP '13
Hongxiang Huang 黄泓翔
is China House's founder and director. Since 2011, working with international media and NGOs, Huang has reported on and researched Chinese overseas investment and socio-environmental conflict in Africa and Latin America. Through his investigative work, he has witnessed firsthand the challenges of Chinese overseas investment in emerging economies: environmental destruction, labor disputes, community conflict, and illegal trade in ivory and rhinoceros horn. His investigation into the global ivory trade was featured in the Oscar-shortlisted film The Ivory Game, executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio. Dr. Jane Goodall has called Huang “my hero” for his courage in fighting for elephants. Huang holds
degrees from Fudan University and Columbia University.


Central Asia


Aizhan Kapysheva MPA-DP '18
Aizhan Kapysheva is a development practitioner with experience working in the US, UAE, Jordan, and currently her home country Kazakhstan. As Head of Solutions Mapping at the UNDP Accelerator Lab, Aizhan's role is to lead community immersion efforts through designing field research and participatory methods. Her goal is to map grassroot innovations and analyze systemic needs these innovations are addressing. Prior to UNDP, Aizhan was based in Dubai working at the UAE federal government's competitiveness office. Aizhan has a BA in Political Science from Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan) and an MPA in Development Practice from Columbia University (USA). In her free time, Aizhan enjoys playing piano, learning Arabic, and volunteering.