Global Leadership Awards
20th Annual GALA

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. EDT

Private Virtual Receptions for Gala Sponsors*

7:00 - 8:00 p.m. EDT

Virtual Gala Celebration

8:00 p.m. EDT (May 12, 8:00 a.m. HKT/BJT)

Private Virtual Receptions for Gala Sponsors*



A Virtual Celebration

Please join us on May 11, 2021 for Columbia SIPA’s Global Leadership Awards Gala, as we acknowledge remarkable leaders for their extraordinary contributions to the public good and bring together our diverse, global community of alumni, friends, faculty, and students. During a year that has presented incredible challenges, we look forward to honoring those individuals who have helped to reunite the world through their outstanding accomplishments. All proceeds raised from this much-anticipated event will provide critical financial aid for SIPA students.

Our 2021 Gala will be a virtual celebration that will recognize four exceptional honorees. Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, will be honored with the Global Leadership Award for her work for her leadership in helping to ensure the stability of the global economic and financial system. The late Vartan Gregorian, Former President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, will be honored in memoriam with the Global Leadership Award for his extraordinary work in furthering education and knowledge, democracy, and international peace and security. Lang Lang, internationally renowned pianist, and Joyce DiDonato, acclaimed mezzo-soprano, will each receive SIPA’s inaugural Global Inspirational Award for their outstanding achievements as cultural ambassadors. Guests will be treated to an inspiring program that will include greetings from notable public figures and a conversation with Ms. Georgieva, as well as uplifting musical performances by Lang Lang and Joyce DiDonato. We thank all of you who have supported our Gala efforts in years past, and we are excited to welcome many more alumni and friends from around the world with this year’s virtual format.

*Private Virtual Receptions for Gala Sponsors

Gala sponsors and their guests are invited to join one of several intimate virtual receptions, featuring top faculty leading substantive discussions on topics that matter. These breakouts provide a chance to interact directly with some of the world’s leading thinkers on issues such as the global economy, climate change, international relations and geopolitics, cyber security, US-China relations, and much more. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please see below or contact SIPA's Development office at [email protected].



Kristalina Georgieva


Kristalina Georgieva

Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Global Leadership Award


Vartan Gregorian


Vartan Gregorian (in memoriam)

Former President, Carnegie Corporation of New York
Global Leadership Award


Joyce DiDonato


Joyce DiDonato

Internationally Renowned Mezzo-Soprano
Global Inspiration Award


Lang Lang


Lang Lang

Internationally Renowned Pianist
Global Inspiration Award


Past Honorees

Past Honorees

Thank You to Our Donors


Reed David Auerbach, IF '81, MIA ’82, '85LAW

Mastercard International, Inc.

Juan Navarro


Michael Brandmeyer IF ’94, '94BUS, MIA ’95 and Polly Brandmeyer

Anla Cheng Kingdon and Mark E. Kingdon ’71CC

Michael M. Roberts MIA ’86 and Patricia Roberts

Romita Shetty MIA ’89 and Nasser Ahmad

Joan E. Spero MIA ’68, ’73GSAS and C. Michael Spero


Amy L. Abrams IF ’78, MIA ’80, ’80BUS and David C. Abrams

Charles S. Adams, Jr. MIA ’83 and Georgia Serevetas Adams MIA ’83


Lisa Coleman MIA '85

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Anuradha T. Jayanti

Edward S. Knight and Amy S. Knight

Robert I. Kopech ’76BUS, MIA ’77


Jian Ni MIA ’01 and Zhe Sun

David B. Ottaway IF ’63, '63GSAS, '72GSAS and Marina S. Ottaway ’74GSAS

Amelia E. Prounis-Raftopoulos MIA ’87 and Haralambos Raftopoulos

Juan A. Sabater

Tiffany & Co. / Anisa Kamadoli Costa ’97BC, MIA ’98 and Len Costa MIA ’98

Ruben Vardanyan

Hongyuan Wang MPA ’04

Lan Yang MIA ’96


Hussain Aga Khan

Hana Debs Akkari and Nabil Akkari

Mir M. Alam MPA '20

Jeremy Amias / Standard Chartered Bank

Lisa S. Anderson ’76GSAS, ’77GSAS, ’81GSAS and Marc S. Rauch ’69CC

Mulan Ashwin MIA ’93

Magzhan M. Auezov MIA ’98

Roger R. Baumann IF ’84, MIA ’85 and Julie Baumann

Sophia Brenner and Michael Brenner

H. Eric Chiang MIA '99, '99BUS

Abu Bakar Chowdhury

Terence Culver '20BUS

Juan Pablo del Valle and Bárbara Fernández Gutiérrez

Judith Edstrom MIA ’72, IF '72

Habib M. Enayetullah MPA ’91

Alexander Georgiadis MIA ’95

Susie Gharib MIA ’74 and Fereydoun F. Nazem ’75BUS

Richard Goldberg and Jill Miller

Coco Han

Zach He ’12CC and Claire Jin MIA ’19, ’19BUS

Richard B. Jones MIA ’80

Shinta Widjaja Kamdani ’89BC

Jeehae Kim

John R. MacArthur ’78CC and Renee N. Khatami

Peter N. Marber MIA '87

Catherine Mulder MIA ’81

Hiroko Murase MIA ’91 and Satoru Murase

Takeshi Niinami and Yuki Niinami

John H. Porter IF ’82, MIA ’83

Daniel Rose and Joanna Rose

Robert Rosenkranz and Alexandra Munroe

Peter Sang MPA '10

Sandra Shahinian MIA ’76

Gregory A. Stoupnitzky

Bela Szigethy IF ’80, MIA ’81 and Alice Szigethy

Melisa Tapan MIA ’20

Colleen Toomey

Seran M. Trehan MIA ’83

Shirley F. Wang ’93BUS

Tracy Wilson MIA ’86

Annie Y. Zhou MPA ’13

Sponsorship Levels

As a sponsor from the Innovator to Luminary level, you will have the opportunity to invite up to ten guests to join you for a private virtual VIP reception with an esteemed Columbia SIPA faculty host.



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Patron Ticket


Supporter Ticket


Recent Alumni Ticket (2010-2020)


All sponsorships and tickets are 100% tax deductible. If you are interested in sponsorship or purchasing a ticket, please email [email protected].


Please consider a donation if you are unable to attend the Gala.


SIPA Office of Alumni and Development

For more information please contact: 
Emily Keneston | 212-851-9802 |  Email: [email protected]