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Alumni Day and Reunion

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Alumni Day and Reunion Dinner
Saturday, April 20, 2024

SIPA's Alumni Day is an annual event that brings alumni from around the world together for a day of speakers, panel discussions, and networking. Alumni Day kicks off with a luncheon featuring a distinguished keynote speaker Marie Yovanovitch, Former US Ambassador to Ukraine, Inaugural IGP Carnegie Distinguished Fellow, and the presentation of the Alumni Awards. Panels in the afternoon highlight the expertise of alumni and faculty and SIPA's impact on critical global policy challenges. Panel topics this year will include climate change, artificial intelligence, geopolitics, and economic inequality. In the evening, alumni and guests join the Class Reunion where milestone years ending in 4's and 9's celebrate their Reunions. Hundreds of alumni gathered on campus for the 2023 event.

Tickets

We are close to reaching capacity for Alumni Day, and some tickets may not be currently available. To join the waitlist for Alumni Day or Bundle Tickets, please email [email protected] with your name, class year, desired ticket type, and phone number.

Bundle Tickets

  • Alumni Bundle - $300.00
  • Recent Alumni Bundle (classes 2019-2023) - $200.00

Single Event and Guest Tickets

  • Alumni Day (alumni or guest) - $130.00
  • Alumni Day Recent Alumni (classes 2019-2023) - $90.00
  • Reunion Dinner (alumni or guest) - $210.00
  • Reunion Dinner Recent Alumni (classes 2019-2023) - $125.00

Event Schedule

   Please check back for program updates. Schedule is subject to change.

 

Special Events

Friday, April 19, 2024

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

2024 MPA-DP Alumni Reunion

Please RSVP here by April 15.

Columbia University | Buell Hall

Saturday, April 20, 2024

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Gender in Public Policy Specialization 10th Anniversary Brunch

Register Here

IAB, 1512

Saturday, April 20, 2024

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Career Advancement Center Coffee Hour

Register Here

IAB, 4th Floor

 

Alumni Day

11:00 AM

Registration opens at Faculty House

Faculty House

11:45 AM-1:30 PM

Keynote Lunch

  • Welcome: Habib Enayetullah MPA '91, SIPA Advisory Board Member and Chair, SIPA Alumni Association 
  • Presentation of the SIPA Alumni Awards by Presented by Carlos Cuevas MPA '12, Chair, Alumni Recognition and Awards Committee 
    • Emerging Leader Award – Gabriela Rocha MPA-DP '13
    • Distinguished Alumni Award – Katie Napolitano MIA '08
  • Welcome Remarks: Dean Keren Yarhi-Milo
  • Keynote Speaker: Marie Yovanovitch in conversation with Dean Keren Yarhi-Milo

Faculty House 

2:00-3:00 PM

Panel Sessions

  • “The World in Flux – Challenges and Opportunities”

  • “The Winding Road to Net-Zero: The Current and Future Path of U.S. and Global
    Climate Policy Action”

Faculty House

3:00 PM – 

4:00 PM

Networking Coffee Break

  • Branded merchandise sale by SIPASA

Faculty House

 

4:00 PM – 

5:00 PM

Panel Sessions

  • “Artificial Intelligence – Challenges and Opportunities”

  • “Reversing the Course of Inequality”

Faculty House

5:30 PM

Registration for Reunion Dinner

Low Library

5:30 PM

Cocktail Reception

Low Library

 

Reunion Dinner
 

5:30 PM

Cocktail Reception

Low Library

7:00 - 9:30 PM

Reunion Dinner

  • Reunion Toast
  • Photo Booth
  • Class Photos on Stage

Low Library

 

2024 Alumni Award Recipients

Katie Napolitano MIA ’08
DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD

Katie Napolitano MIA '08

Katie Napolitano has dedicated her career to improving equity and access for underrepresented populations in NYC and globally. She is the co-founder and co-Executive Director of Fair Futures, a coalition of 100+ organizations that has been cited as the largest cross-sector collaboration and most successful youth-led advocacy movement in the history of child welfare. Fair Futures secured public funding to implement and scale their model across NYC’s foster care and juvenile justice systems, making NYC the first in the nation to support young people after exiting foster care until age 26. In previous roles, including as a Program Officer at Tiger Foundation and Vice President of an international social investment company, Katie supported dozens of organizations in a funding and advisory capacity, providing strategic guidance and capital to help fuel their growth and success. Katie and her husband are adoptive/parental figures to six young adults who aged out of NYC’s foster care system, who inspired her to co-launch and coordinate the Fair Futures movement.

Gabriela Rocha MPA-DP ’13
EMERGING LEADER AWARD

Gabriela Rocha MPA-DP '13

Gabriela Rocha is co-founder and CEO of Laboratoria, an organization that empowers women who dream of a better future to start and grow transformative careers in technology. With operations in 11 countries, Laboratoria strives to achieve a more diverse and inclusive digital economy that can transform Latin America’s future. Before launching Laboratoria in Mexico, she worked as a public policy consultant in Mexico City and directed development projects in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and in the Peruvian Andes.

Panel Sessions 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Panel Sessions
2:00–3:00 p.m.
Faculty House, Seminar Level, 2nd Floor
  • Hagar Hajjar Chemali MIA '04 (moderator), Host, writer, and producer of Oh My World! news show; CEO and Founder, Greenwich Media Strategies; Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia SIPA

    Richard Betts, Leo A. Shifrin Professor Emeritus of War and Peace Studies and Professor Emeritus of International and Public Affairs, Columbia SIPA

    Jean-Marie Guehénno, Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of Practice in International and Public Affairs, Director of the Kent Global Leadership Program on Conflict Resolution, and Director of International Conflict Resolution Specialization, Columbia SIPA

    Eunice Reddick MIA '75, U.S. Ambassador (retired)

  • Nima Patel Edwards MIA '94 (moderator), Director of Sustainability Strategy and Execution, BNY Mellon

    Scott Barrett, Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, Columbia SIPA

    Laura Brannen MIA '09, Senior Policy Advisor and Federal Climate Policy Lead, The Nature Conservancy

    Zongyuan Zoe Liu, Maurice R. Greenberg Fellow for China Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia SIPA 

Panel Sessions 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Panel Sessions
4:00–5:00 p.m.
Faculty House, Seminar Level, 2nd Floor
  • Zach He CC '12 (moderator), Head of Data Science, Kodai Capital and Member of the Executive Committee of the SIPA Advisory Board

    Daniel Björkegren, Assistant Professor, Columbia SIPA

    Alice Frank MPA '24 Candidate, Columbia SIPA

    Karman Lucero CC '15, LAW '16, Fellow, Paul Tsai China Center, Yale Law School 

    Neal Parikh, Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia SIPA

  • Mayada El-Zoghbi MIA '94 (moderator), Managing Director, KIT Knowledge Institute 

    Belinda Archibong PhD '15, IF '15, Associate Professor of Economics, Barnard College, Columbia University 

    Mariela Machado Fantacchiotti MPA-DP '16, Senior Director of Humanitarian Technology, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Lecturer, Columbia SIPA

    Eugenia McGill MIA '00, Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs and Co-Director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration, Columbia SIPA

Speaker Biographies

2024 Alumni Day Speakers

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    Belinda Archibong PhD '15, IF '15, Associate Professor of Economics, Barnard College, Columbia University

    Belinda Archibong's research areas include development economics, political economy, economic history, and environmental economics with an African regional focus. Her research investigates the role of historical institutions and environment in inequality of access to public services and the development of human capital, particularly in the areas of education, labor, and health. Some current research studies the effects of epidemics on gender gaps in human capital investment, the economics of epidemics and vaccination, and the impacts of air pollution from gas flaring on human capital outcomes; with a focus on the ways in which institutions mitigate or exacerbate the impacts of climate change and environment on inequalities around gender and marginalized groups. Other works study the economics of prisons, the effects of protests on taxation and gender gaps in political participation, and the drivers of gender gaps in online labor markets in African countries. She is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a faculty affiliate at Columbia University's Center for Development Economics and Policy (CDEP at SIPA)The Earth Institute at Columbia Universitythe Institute of African Studies, the Institute for Research in African-American Studiesthe Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC), and the Center for Environmental Economics and Policy (CEEP at SIPA), and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Her research is published/forthcoming in numerous academic journals, and her work has also been cited by various media outlets including the New York Times, NPR and Al Jazeera, and informed testimony on vaccine policy to US Congress. She received a B.A. in Economics/Philosophy from Columbia College and a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development from Columbia SIPA. 

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    Scott Barrett, Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, Columbia SIPA

    Scott Barrett is a leading scholar on transnational and global challenges, ranging from climate change to disease eradication. His research focuses on how institutions like customary law and treaties can be used to promote international cooperation. He has advised a number of international organizations, including the United Nations, the World Bank, the OECD, the European Commission, and the International Task Force on Global Public Goods. He was previously a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and a member of the Academic Panel to the Department of Environment in the UK. Barrett hold a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics and is a research fellow with the Beijer Institute (Stockholm), CESifo (Munich), and the Kiel Institute of World Economics.

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    Richard K. Betts, Leo A. Shifrin Professor Emeritus of War and Peace Studies and Professor Emeritus of International and Public Affairs, Columbia SIPA

    Richard K. Betts was Director of National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations for four years and is now an adjunct Senior Fellow there. Betts was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution until 1990 and adjunct Lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University's Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.  He also served at different times on the Harvard faculty as Lecturer in Government and as Visiting Professor of Government. A former staff member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the National Security Council, and the Mondale Presidential Campaign, Betts has been an occasional consultant to the National Intelligence Council and Departments of State and Defense, served on the Military Advisory Panel for three Directors of Central Intelligence in the 1990s and later on the External Advisory Board for the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and was a member of the National Commission on Terrorism. Betts' first book, Soldiers, Statesmen, and Cold War Crises (Harvard University Press, 1977) was issued in a second edition by Columbia University Press in 1991. He has authored numerous books and articles on foreign policy, military strategy, intelligence, conventional forces, nuclear weapons, arms trade, and collective security. His writings won five prizes, and he received the International Studies Association’s ISSS Distinguished Scholar Award in 2005 and MIT’s Doolittle Award in 2012.

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    Daniel Björkegren, Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia SIPA

    Daniel Björkegren works on digital transformation and applied machine learning, with a focus on developing economies. He develops methods to make algorithms more humane: robust, transparent, and better aligned with societal values. He is currently an Affiliate at the Center for Development Economics and Policy at Columbia SIPA where he is leading the AI and Development initiative which incubates projects using technology to better serve the world’s poor. He previously worked at Microsoft, where he coded the photo app for the company’s first smartphone and later returned as a visiting researcher. He also taught high school along the Texas-Mexico border through Teach for America. Björkegren holds and MA in Economics from Stanford University and a PhD in Economics from Harvard University

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    Laura Brannen MIA '09, Senior Policy Advisor and Federal Climate Policy Lead, The Nature Conservancy

    Laura Brannen is a senior policy advisor and federal climate policy lead for The Nature Conservancy. Based in Arlington, Virginia, she steers the Conservancy’s strategy to advance U.S. federal climate and energy policies that put the U.S. on a path to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Brannen joined the Conservancy from the energy industry where she worked in public affairs and government relations for two separate multinational companies. Previously, she tracked and analyzed global strategic trends and led a research project on global freshwater challenges at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a non-partisan foreign policy think tank. In her two decades in Washington, Brannen has covered a wide range of climate, energy, and environmental policy issues, including their intersection with trade and national security, and has engaged in legislative, regulatory, administrative, and voluntary corporate standard-setting processes. In addition to her MIA from Columbia SIPA, she holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Pennsylvania State University.
     

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    Mayada El-Zoghbi

    Mayada El-Zoghbi MIA '94, Managing Director at KIT Knowledge Institute

    Mayada El-Zoghbi has over 25 years of experience in inclusive economic development and is passionate about improving the lives of poor and low-income people throughout the world. She is currently the Managing Director of the KIT Knowledge Institute in Amsterdam. KIT maintains a special status in Dutch history with an incredible campus, and cutting edge research and thought leadership on global public health, agriculture, and gender equality. KIT also hosts a Master's in Global Health. Previously, El-Zoghbi spent nearly 11 years at CGAP/World Bank Group and four years as the managing director at the Center for Financial Inclusion. She is the Chair of the Strive Community Advisory Group and a new member of the AFR Rwanda board. Previously, she chaired the board of MIX, a leading data and intelligence provider for inclusive finance, and founded FinEquity, a community of practice at the intersection of finance and women's economic power. She has also taught courses on inclusive finance at SIPA and BARD and trained many donors and investors on the latest issues in the field.

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    Alice Frank

    Alice Frank MPA '24

    Alice Frank is a current MPA student in the International Finance and Economic Policy concentration, with a specialization in data analytics and quantitative analysis. After 10 years of experience as a financial analyst, she is interested in learning how AI and machine learning may impact the financial sector and labor markets more broadly. She is a graduate of Adelaide University with degrees in economics and finance.

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    Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of Practice in International and Public Affairs, Director of the Kent Global Leadership Program on Conflict Resolution, and Director of International Conflict Resolution Specialization, Columbia SIPA

    Jean-Marie Guéhenno first joined SIPA in 2010 as the Director of the Center of International Conflict Resolution and the Associate Director of the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies. In 2014 he was appointed President and CEO of the International Crisis Group. Guéhenno previously served as United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations from 2000-2008, leading the largest expansion of peacekeeping in the history of the UN. Before joining the United Nations, Guéhenno served as director of policy planning in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ambassador to the Western European Union, and chairman of the French Institute of Higher Defense Studies. Guéhenno has taught extensively, including as a professor at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Paris and at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration. Guéhenno is a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institution and a board member of the Carnegie Corporation, of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, and of his alma mater, the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris.

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    Hagar Hajjar Chemali MIA '04 , Host, writer, and producer of Oh My World! news show; CEO and Founder, Greenwich Media Strategies; Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia SIPA

    Hagar Hajjar Chemali is a political satirist, commentator and writer, and communications professional. She is the host and creator of Oh My World!, an award-winning weekly world news show that delivers geopolitics and political satire tailored for Gen Z and young millennials. She is also a communications consultant focused on national security, counter-illicit finance, and business, and a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s GeoEconomics Center. Hajjar Chemali spent 12 years in the U.S. government working in various public affairs and policy-making positions, including as spokesperson and director of communications for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, U.S. Treasury spokesperson for terrorism and financial intelligence, director for Syria and Lebanon at the National Security Council, and senior policy advisor for terrorist financing and financial crimes. Hajjar Chemali writes and commentates on foreign policy and national security, and her work has been featured in the Washington Post, MSNBC, CNN, BBC, Bloomberg, and Cheddar. She is also a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Hajjar Chemali received her BA in political science from Barnard College.

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    Zach He CC '12, Head of Data Science, Kodai Capital Management

    Zach He is currently the Head of Data Science at Kodai Capital Management, a global fundamental equity investment firm. At Kodai, He oversees the data strategy and leads strategic initiatives to implement Artificial Intelligence. Previously, he worked at Citadel, where he led data-driven research for technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) sectors. He is a graduate of Columbia College with degrees in economics and mathematics-statistics and a member of the Executive Committee and Advisory Board of Columbia SIPA. 
     

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    Zongyuan Zoe Liu, Maurice R. Greenberg Fellow for China Studies, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia SIPA

    Zongyuan Zoe Liu’s work focuses on international finance, sovereign wealth funds, industrial policies, and the geoeconomics of energy transition and her regional expertise is in East Asia and the Middle East. Liu is the author of Can BRICS De-dollarize the Global Financial System? (Cambridge University Press, February 2022) and Sovereign Funds: How the Communist Party of China Finances its Global Ambitions (Harvard University Press, June 2023). She is a columnist for Foreign Policy and a regular contributor to Foreign Affairs, The International Economy, Newsweek, and The Washington Post. Her research has been featured in The Economist, Financial Times, The Guardian, New York Times, Reuters, and The Wall Street Journal, among others. Prior to joining CFR, Liu was an assistant professor at Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service in Washington, DC. She joined the Bush School after post-doctoral fellowships at the Columbia-Harvard “China and the World Program” and the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Liu received her PhD in international relations from Johns Hopkins University.

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    Karman Lucero CC '11, LAW '16, Fellow, Paul Tsai China Center, Yale Law School

    Karman Lucero is a Fellow at Yale Law School's Paul Tsai China Center, where he researches China's governance of artificial intelligence and U.S.-China relations. He previously worked at Microsoft's U.S. Government Affairs Office and the Data & Society Research Institute. He received a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was Editor-In-Chief of the Columbia Journal of Asian Law.  Prior to law school, he was a Teaching Fellow in Manghuai Township in Yunnan with Teach for China.
     

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    Mariela Machado Fantacchiotti

    Mariela Machado Fantacchiotti MPA '16, Senior Director of Humanitarian Technology, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and Lecturer of International and Public Affairs, Columbia SIPA

    Mariela Machado Fantacchiotti has more than 15 years of experience building, deploying, and scaling global programs at the intersection of technology, social innovation sustainability, and public policy in the private sector, public sector, and academia. In her current role at IEEE, she leads multiple programs at the intersection of social/environmental impact and technology for this engineering society worldwide. Previously, she was the Director of Programs at Newlab, a social innovation hub focused on scaling transformative technologies through public-private partnerships. She also supported their expansion to LATAM starting with Uruguay and Colombia. Her work at Newlab focused on managing the operations of the Innovation Studios programs which matches deep technology ecosystem research with the innovation needs of corporations aiming to adopt and scale cutting edge technologies into new social impact business verticals. Before Newlab, she was Senior Program Manager at the American Society of Mechanical Engineer (ASME) & Engineering for Change working to support technology for development across all continents. Machado Fantacchiotti advises SIPA capstone projects at the intersection of digital technology and policy including projects with the World Bank in Malawi, the Ministry of Education in Peru, and with The Mount Sinai / St. Luke’s Global Health Division.

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    Eugenia McGill

    Eugenia McGill MIA '00, Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs and Co-Director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration, Columbia SIPA

    Eugenia (Jenny) McGill’s teaching and research interests include the social impacts of globalization, development interventions and development finance, particularly gender-related impacts, as well as innovative and inclusive approaches to development planning. At SIPA, she directs the Workshop in Sustainable Development Practice and teaches courses in Methods for Sustainable Development Practice and Gender, Politics and Development. She also co-chairs SIPA’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Climate and Engagement (DEICE) Committee. A lawyer and development specialist, McGill also advises development agencies, governments and nongovernmental organizations on social policy, law and development issues, and on addressing gender and other social concerns through development plans, programs and projects. Some of her recent projects include the development of a gender analytical framework to guide the World Trade Organization (for the International Trade Centre), the development of a gender vision for Asian Development Bank, a study of Asian donor support for gender equality and women’s empowerment (for the UN University’s World Institute for Development Economics Research), an assessment of gender impacts of the global recession in the Mekong region (for Asian Development Bank), and a gender analysis of trade laws and policies in Bangladesh (for the US Agency for International Development). 

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    Neal Parikh

    Neal Parikh, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia SIPA

    Neal Parikh specializes in artificial intelligence and related topics in computer science and technology policy. He most recently served as the first Director of Artificial Intelligence for the City of New York and led the work on creating the City’s first comprehensive Artificial Intelligence Strategy. Previously, he co-founded a technology startup, SevenFifty, which was acquired after 10 years in operation; was Inaugural Fellow at the Aspen Tech Policy Hub at the Aspen Institute; and worked as a senior quantitative analyst at the Quantitative Investment Strategies Group at Goldman Sachs. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University, focusing on large-scale machine learning and convex optimization. His research has received over 20,000 citations in the academic literature and is widely used in industry.

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    Nima Patel Edwards MIA '94, Director of Sustainability Strategy and Execution, BNY Mellon

    As the Director of Sustainability Strategy and Execution at BNY Mellon, Nima Patel Edwards focuses on embedding sustainability and climate within the bank and for clients. In her prior role, Edwards was a Director in the ESG Climate Advisory practice at KPMG where worked on ESG strategy, physical climate risk, and environmental justice, primarily focused on serving fortune 500 financial services clients and government agencies. She was the president of the International Career Advancement Program (ICAP) Fellows Association and has partnered with think tanks, academic institutions, and notable foreign affairs organizations nationwide on diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has worked at the U.S Government Accountability Office on flood and climate risk, which resulted in significant legislative changes and a GAO Honor Award for Client Services. Early in her career, Edwards worked with the post-genocide Rwandan government to evaluate children’s health in southern Sudan. In the Balkans, she led a UN High Commissioner for Refugees pilot later replicated to reintegrate Serb and Croat communities after the war.

     

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    Eunice Reddick MIA '75, U.S. Ambassador (retired)

    During her more than 35 years of diplomatic service, Eunice Reddick held ambassadorial assignments representing the U.S. in Niger, Sao Tome and Principe, and Gabon. She also served as Charge d’Affaires a.i. at the U.S. Embassies in Mauritania and Burundi. At the U.S. State Department, she served as director of the offices responsible for U.S. relations with countries in East and West Africa and Southeast Asia and also held positions covering U.S. cooperation with development-focused international organizations and U.S. assistance for refugees in Africa.  In addition to Africa diplomatic assignments, Reddick covered political issues at the American Institute in Taiwan and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.  She was a Dean and Virginia Rusk Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Diplomat-in-Residence at Howard University, an instructor at the Washington International Diplomatic Academy, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. Reddick holds Board of Director positions with American Women for International Understanding, the Association of Black American Ambassadors, and Helen Keller International. 

Keynote Speaker

Marie Yovanovitch

Marie Yovanovitch
Former US Ambassador to Ukraine
Inaugural IGP Carnegie Distinguished Fellow

Marie Yovanovitch

SIPA is proud to announce Marie Yovanovitch, an Inaugural Carnegie Distinguished Fellow at the Institute of Global Politics at SIPA, as the Keynote Luncheon speaker at Alumni Day on Saturday, April 20, 2024. 

Yovanovitch served as US Ambassador to Ukraine, the Republic of Armenia, and the Kyrgyz Republic. Prior to that, she was the senior advisor to the under secretary of state for political affairs and deputy chief of mission of the US embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine. Within the Department of State, Yovanovitch has worked on the Russia desk, the Office of European Security Affairs, and the Operations Center. She has also worked overseas at the US embassies in Moscow, London, Ottawa, and Mogadishu. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Yovanovitch has earned the Senior Foreign Service Performance Award eight times and the State Department’s Superior Honor Award on nine occasions. She is also the recipient of two Presidential Distinguished Service Awards and the Secretary’s Diplomacy in Human Rights Award. Yovanovitch is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, Lessons from the Edge (2022).

View Yovanovitch's full bio on the IGP website >>

Additional Event Details

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    1974

    Gerard Papa '74

    1975

    Eunice Reddick MIA '75

    1976

    David A.G. Johnson, Jr. MIA '76

    1979

    Jake Moore MIA '79

    1982

    Reed Auerbach MIA '82

    1983

    Robert K. Kaplan MIA '83

    Charles Santangelo MPA '83

    1985

    Roger Baumann MIA '85

    1986

    Tracy Wilson MIA '86

    1989

    Jeff Nemetsky MPA '89

    1991

    Habib Enayetullah MPA '91

    1992

    Doug Brusa MPA '92

    Maciej Drozd MIA '92

    1993

    Vikram Kapur MIA '93

    1994

    Cristine Betters MIA '94

    Prajesh Bhakta MIA '94

    Elizabeth Davis MIA '94

    Mayada El-Zoghbi MIA '94

    Cheryl Frankiewicz MIA '94

    Laurence Freed MIA '94

    Susan Gates MIA '94

    Sheila Grudem MIA '94

    Robert Hecht MIA '94

    Constance Hunter MIA '94

    Kimberly Jessup MIA '94

    Nima Patel Edwards MIA '94

    Michael Rhee MIA '94

    Dana Sapatoru MIA '94

    Mariko Sato MIA '94

    Beth Shair MIA '94

    Karuna Shinsho MIA '94

    Meaghan Smith MIA '94

    Lisa Tarantino MIA '94

    Hiro Ugaya MIA '94

    1995

    Michael Broudo MIA '95

    1997

    Ashish Badjatia MIA '97

    Michael Hillmeyer MIA '97

    Saurin D. Shah MIA '97

    1999

    Jill Berry MPA '99

    Kathleen Brannigan MPA '99

    Marcin Buzanski MIA '99

    Jun Choi MPA '99

    Brendan Danaher MPA '99

    Maciej Drozd MPA '99

    Debra Greenberg MPA '99

    Kasturi Girme MIA '99

    Sumant Inamdar MPA '99

    Kristen Koch MPA '99

    Alicia Kossick MIA '99

    Judith Landis MIA '99

    Elizabeth Leff MPA '99

    Lorie Logan MPA '99

    Corey Long MPA '99

    Jeffrey Metzler MPA '99

    Jennifer Mitchell MPA '99

    Eliza Prendzov MIA '99

    Valerie Ramirez Mukherjee MPA '99

    Rafi Rone MPA '99

    Lynette Vanderwarker MPA '99

    2002

    Gloria Carolina Gutierrez Tejada MPA '02

    2003

    Kirsten Imohiosen EMPA '03

    2004

    Armin Ajami MIA '04

    Mahmut Cengiz Aydin MIA '04

    Saswati Bora MIA '04

    Alejandro Estevez Breton MIA '04

    Paola Buendia MIA '04

    Valentina Buj MIA '04

    Annie Camarioti MIA '04

    Heidi Shih-Hsin Chang MIA '04

    Hagar Chemali MIA '04

    Anthony Cino MIA '04

    Jeff Gay MIA '04

    Robert Glauerdt MIA '04

    Ryan Griffiths MIA '04

    Andreas Grimminger MIA '04

    Richard Haselwood MIA '04

    Yuka Hattori MIA '04

    Guy Henggeler MIA '04

    Geoffrey A Hockert MIA '04

    Jennifer Keeney MIA '04

    Alison Khalaf MPA '04

    Michelle Kim MIA '04

    Natasha Kindergan MIA '04

    Christina Louey MIA '04

    Tim Louey MIA '04

    Dimple Malkani MIA '04

    Ayesha Marra MIA '04

    Maria Mendoza MPA '04

    Andrea Mody (Crawford) MIA '04

    Elena Munoz MIA '04

    Colum Murphy MIA '04

    Priya Nagrani MIA '04

    Shanti Narasimham MIA '04

    Kartikeya Nitin Desai MIA '04

    Mario Palacios MIA '04

    Cynthia Patterson MIA '04

    Anthony Pettinari MIA '04

    Dana Pillai MIA '04

    Jem Porcaro MIA '04

    Aaron Renfro MPA-ESP '04

    Cyrus Samii MIA '04

    Nicole Samii MIA '04

    Maya Schlessinger MIA '04

    Seth Searls MIA '04

    Sudhir Sharma MIA '04

    Russell Singer MIA '04

    Alexandra Snelgrove MIA '04

    Lona Stoll MIA '04

    Lijing Sun MIA '04

    Celeste Tarricone Lemrow MIA '04

    Shapari Taxell MIA '04

    Luis Uranga MIA '04

    Judy Yau Lan Lam MIA '04

    2006

    Ji Young Hwang MIA '06

    2008

    Kate Bashford MIA '08

    Ivanna Bilych MIA '08

    Leonardo Bullaro MPA '08

    Beatriz Fritschler EMPA '08

    2009

    Idalia Amaya MIA '09

    Hagit Ariav MIA '09

    Kat Athanasiades MIA '09

    Mary Bend MIA '09

    Estefania Samper Carrasco MIA '09

    Elie Chachoua MPA-ESP '09

    Colman Chamberlain MIA '09

    Louisa Chan MPA-ESP '09

    Michael Clyne MIA '09

    Dillon Cohen MIA '09

    Carlos Diaz MPA '09

    Sarah Dutcher MIA '09

    Elisabeth Eaves MPA '09

    Isabela Echeverry MIA '09

    Olivia Gimeno MIA '09

    Daniel Green MIA '09

    Claudine Bogage Hutton MIA '09

    William Jimenez MPA '09

    Donald Jones MPA '09

    Rajan Kapoor MIA '09

    Jessica Lee MPA '09

    Valerie Leon EMPA '09

    Jordan Love MPA '09

    Charles Martorana MPA '09

    Elizabeth Mbau MIA '09

    Ryshelle Mccadney MPA-ESP '09

    Elizabeth Nunez MIA '09

    Duygu Ozaslan MIA '09

    Morales Juan Pablo MPA '09

    Shaila Parikh MIA '09

    Miguel Posada MIA '09

    Roshan Shah MIA '09

    Rachel Sorey MIA '09

    Omar Valdez MIA '09

    Anne Ytreland MIA '09

    2010

    Rohina Phadnis MIA '10

    Dario Vilchez MIA '10

    2012

    Carlos Cuevas MPA '12

    Ravid Chowdhury MPA '12

    2014

    Ernesto Alfonso MIA '14

    Demetra Atsaloglou MIA '14

    John Austin EMPA '14

    Stephanie Arneson MPA '14

    Anahita Arora MIA '14

    Yigit Canay MIA '14

    Giuliana Carducci MPA '14

    Alexis Cedeno MIA '14

    Tatiana Chelli MIA '14

    Daniel Cohn MIA '14

    Jennifer Crockett EMPA '14

    Richard Cullar-Lopez MPA '14

    Carlos Diaz MPA '14

    Nicholas Engler MIA '14

    Christina Hawatmeh MPA '14

    Nusrat Jahan MPA-DP '14

    Rachana Kumar MPA '14

    Maria Matilde Mader Blanco MIA '14

    Allison Lee MIA '14

    Leon Levy MIA '14

    Yves Louis-Jacques MPA '14

    Josef Lukan MPA '14

    Jeff Macmullen MIA '14

    Kine Elisabeth Martinussen MIA '14

    Michael Manavdjian MIA '14

    W. Gerald Mcelroy MPA-DP '14

    William Miller MIA '14

    Yuliya Miskimon MIA '14

    Julie Nacos MIA '14

    Leslie Paisley MIA '14

    Stacy Pearl MPA '14

    Patricia Perez MPA '14

    Curtis Probst MPA-ESP '14

    Laura Ramirez MIA '14

    Prashant Reddy MPA '14

    Yuliya Rimsky MIA '14

    Sabina Rizvi MPA '14

    Ajay Satchit EMPA '14

    Jay Shah MPA '14

    Laura Silva MPA-DP '14

    Maricarmen Silva MIA '14

    Laura Sundblad MPA '14

    Terezie Taubelova MIA '14

    Sophie Titolo MIA '14

    Jessi Tseng MPA '14

    Andrew Wilson MPA-DP '14

    Rainbow Wong MIA '14

    2015

    Chelsea Emery MPA '15

    2016

    Ahmad Bilal Arif MPA-EPM '16

    Mitsushiro Hirai MIA '16

    Martin Roeck MPA '15

    Eric Silverman MIA '16

    Christina Soto MIA '16

    2019

    Rodrigo Inurreta Acero MIA '19

    Anca Agachi MIA '19

    Alexis M. Akagawa EMPA '19

    Emma Cappucci MIA '19

    Victoria Cerullo EMPA '19

    Ariana Collas MPA '19

    Michael Drake MPA '19

    Maria Fernanda Avila Ruiz MPA '19

    Olga Geldziler EMPA '19

    Julie Ghannam MPA-DP '19

    Hunter Goldman MIA '19

    Wislande Guillaume MPA '19

    Edna Handy MPA '19

    Zachary Hanson MPA-DP '19

    Rocio Espinosa De Los Monteros Hernandez MPA '19

    Alecia Hill EMPA '19

    Lindsay Horne MPA-DP '19

    Felicia Horwitz MPA-ESP '19

    Quekan Anike Ibidunni MPA '19

    Leanne Kaplan MPA '19

    Joanna Kyle MIA '19

    Justine Lavoye MPA-DP '19

    Nitin Magima MPA-DP '19

    Nitasha Nair MPA '19

    Emeka Ochu MPA-EPM '19

    Jenise Ogle MPA '19

    Claudene Petricca MPA-DP '19

    Greta Polo MIA '19

    Veronika Poplavskaya EMPA '19

    Tyler Quillico MPA-DP '19

    Usman Rana MPA-DP '19

    Jordan Reisner EMPA '19

    Stuti Sachdeva MPA '19

    Edwin Saliba MPA '19

    Priyanka Soni MPA '19

    Katherine Sullivan MIA '19

    Sayaka Tanaka MIA '19

    Brandon Thompson MIA '19

    Yutong Wen MIA '19

    2020

    Han Bao EMPA '20

    Daniel Gorman MIA '20

    Hong Zhang EMPA '20

    2021

    Elle Ding EMPA '21

    Paul Lindberg EMPA '21

    Maria Losada EMPA '21

    Julia Marshall EMPA '21

    Luis Martinez EMPA '21

    Griffin Smith MPA-ESP '21

    Madeleine Want EMPA '21

    Colin Ward MPA '21

    2022

    Julia Barreto Leite Bandeira MIA '22

    Greg Miles MPA '22

    Felicia Milongo MPA '22

    Sadhana Pittala MIA '22

    Helen Guhong Zhang EMPA '22

    2023

    Denis Bravenec MPA '23

    Clea Kahn-Sriber MIA '23

    Thais Croco Quinelato MPA '23

    Ryan Lee MIA '23

  • CLASS OF 1994

    Mayada El-Zoghbi MIA '94

    Constance Hunter MIA '94

    Nima Patel Edwards MIA '94

     

    CLASS OF 1999

    Elizabeth Leff MPA ’99

    Eliza Prendzov MIA '99

    Valerie Ramirez Mukherjee MPA '99

     

    CLASS OF 2004

    Anthony Cino MIA '04

    Hagar Hajjar MIA '04

    Nicole Samii MIA '04

     

    CLASS OF 2009

    Idalia Amaya MIA/MSW '09

    Shweta Kapoor MIA '09

    Jennifer Silvi MIA '09

     

    CLASS OF 2014

    Stephanie Arneson MPA '14

    Edward Brockhoff MPA '14

    Giuliana Carducci MPA '14

    Pennie Douligeris MPA '14

    Michael Manavdjian MIA '14

    Patricia Perez MPA '14

    Laura Sundblad MPA '14

    Andrew Wilson MPA - DP '14

     

    CLASS OF 2019

    Tamar Aharoni MPA - ESP '19

    Pintian Chen MPA '19

    JoAnna Kyle MIA '19

    Leanne Kaplan MPA '19

    Nitin Magima MPA - DP '19

    Jordan Reisner EMPA '19

  • SIPA's Reunion ambassadors are coordinating informal class socials during the weekend to allow for more time to socialize! Please see below for details to join.

    Class of 1994
    Date - Friday, April 19, 2024
    Time - 6:00 p.m. ET
    Venue - Lilly’s Cocktail and Wine Bar
    Address - 50 West 72nd Street, New York, NY 10023
    Point of Contact - Constance Hunter MIA '94 at [email protected]
    RSVP here

    Class of 1999
    Date - Friday, April 19, 2024
    Time - 5:00-7:00 p.m. ET
    Venue - La Grande Boucherie
    Address - 145 West 53rd St, New York, NY 10019
    Point of Contact - Eliza Prendzova MIA ’99 (via WhatsApp +1 917 566 5301)

    Date - Sunday, April 21, 2024
    Time - 11:30 a.m. ET
    Venue - Cibo e Vino 
    Address - 2418 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
    Point of Contact - Eliza Prendzova MIA ’99 (via WhatsApp +1 917 566 5301)

    Class of 2004
    Date - Friday, April 19, 2024
    Time - 8:00 p.m. ET
    Cost - $35 cover for entrance and appetizers
    Venue - Jake’s Dilemma
    Address - 430 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024
    Point of Contact - Andreas Grimminger MIA ’04 ([email protected]
    RSVP here

    Class of 2009
    Date - Friday, April 19, 2024
    Time - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. ET
    Venue - 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar
    Address - 1150 Broadway, New York, NY 10001
    Trains: NRW & 6 trains to 23rd or 28th Street
    Point of Contact - Idalia Amaya MIA/MSW '09 via WhatsApp at +1 443 240 6960 and [email protected].

    Date - Saturday, April 20, 2024
    Time - 9:30 p.m. (after Reunion Dinner ends)
    Venue - Amity Hall Uptown
    Address - 982 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10025
    Trains: ACE & 1 to 110th Street (Cathedral Parkway)
    Point of Contact - Idalia Amaya MIA/MSW '09 via WhatsApp at +1 443 240 6960 and [email protected]

    Class of 2014
    Date - Friday, April 19, 2024
    Time - 6:00 p.m. ET
    Venue - Amity Hall Uptown
    Address - 982 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025
    Point of Contact - Laura Sundblad MPA ’14 (via WhatsApp +358415366898 or [email protected])

    Class of 2019
    Date - Friday, April 19, 2024
    Time - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. ET
    Cost - $6.24 for 2 drink tickets and pizza ($5 plus Eventbrite fee)
    Venue - Bob’s Your Uncle
    Address - 929 Columbus Avenue New York, NY 10025
    Points of Contact - JoAnna Kyle MIA ’19 ([email protected]) and Leanne Kaplan MPA ’19 ([email protected])
    RSVP here
     

  • Please visit the Columbia website for resources and information on preferred accommodations.

    Columbia Accommodations >>

  • Alumni Coffee and Career Hour
    Hosted by the Career Advancement Center (CAC)
    10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    International Affairs Building | Room 420
    420 West 118th Street, New York, NY 10027

    Head over to campus before lunch on Saturday to meet Jodi Caplan, the Director of Programs, EMPA and Alumni Career Services, to learn about career resources available to you as a SIPA graduate and discuss career-related questions you may have.

    Register Here

Previous Events

  • Graduates from classes spanning four decades flocked to campus for SIPA Alumni Day and Reunion Dinner on March 25. Former Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James MIA ’81 made keynote remarks while Jingdong Hua MPA ’03 and Radha Kulkarni MPA ’17 received the 2023 alumni awards. The day concluded with a sold-out dinner that drew 300 to Low Library’s rotunda.

    Read the recap >>

  • 2022 Alumni Day offered virtual and in-person programming on Saturday, April 30, 2022. More than 90 alumni returned to campus for a program featuring the new Alumni Awards recipients and a networking lunch.

    Read the recap >>