The Leadership in a Challenging Century is a program based on the Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) and the Global Executive Master in Public Administration (Global EMPA) offered by Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). These programs were designed for the experienced and ambitious professional, who is looking for a top-quality and practical program, but cannot take the time off to pursue full-time study.

This program offers eligible executives from Brazil and other countries the opportunity to attend sessions led by Columbia University faculty as well as practitioners, during the Summer, at Columbia University in NYC.

Students who successfully complete the session will receive a certificate of completion issued by SIPA.

Target Audience

The program is designed for public managers from different areas of government and private sector professionals interested in the topics to be presented.

It will be primarily of benefit to managers with at least 3-5 years of managerial experience. Managers with an interest in global affairs and fluent in English will benefit particularly.


WILLIAM B. EIMICKE is the founding director of the Picker Center for Executive Education of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. The Picker Center runs the School's Executive MPA program, university partnerships, and non degree professional training programs. Eimicke teaches courses in public management, applied policy analysis, and management innovation. He also teaches at Peking University, the National University of Singapore and the Universidad Externado de Colombia.

is the Director of CSUD and Professor of Urban Planning and International Affairs at Columbia University. He holds senior appointments in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and the School of International and Public Affairs and is an active participant in the work of the Earth Institute at Columbia University (EI). In recent years Sclar has been a leading figure in a scholarly movement to reconnect the work of population health experts and urban planners in creating healthier cities.

is Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science and is the Director of the Urban and Social Policy Program at SIPA. She served as Special Advisor to the Mayor for Governance and Strategic Planning under New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg from 2001 to 2005. Focus areas: Urban policy, urban politics, governance and management of global cities, urban fiscal policy, urban sustainability, American government and policy, social policy, American parties and elections, New York City politics.

JOANN BANEY teaches in the Executive MPA program at SIPA, and has taught courses in the Executive MBA program at Columbia’s Graduate School of Business and in the University’s Speech Department. She is faculty director of the FDNY Officers Management Institute and is on the faculty of the NYPD’s Police Management Institute, both part of Columbia’s Executive Education programs. She teaches in a variety of other executive programs including the King Khalid Foundation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Through SIPA, she has taught groups of executives visiting from China, Northern Ireland and Saudi Arabia. She has taught at Dartmouth’s Tuck School, NYU’s Stern School and UNC’s Graduate Business School.

ALEXIS WICHOWSKI is an adjunct associate professor in Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, teaching in the Technology, Media, and Communications (TMaC) specialization. She is also Press Secretary and Senior Advisor at New York City’s newly created Department of Veterans’ Services, providing support to the City’s half million veterans and their families. She has previously served New York City as a Disaster Relief Field Responder, before and during 9/11. Previous government work includes Program Officer for the US Department of State’s Office of eDiplomacy, Diplomatic Innovation Division under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and, most recently, Director of Media Analysis & Strategy at the Permanent Mission of the United States to the United Nations.

PAUL LAGUNES is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. His research focuses on corruption, especially as it affects subnational governments in the Americas. Two basic questions motivate Lagunes’s research: First, how does corruption actually work in practice? Second, what tools are available for limiting corruption’s harmful effects? By relying on randomized control trials, Lagunes offers insights on corruption’s regressive impact on society, the factors maintaining a corrupt status quo, and the conditions under which anti-corruption monitoring is most effective. Focus areas: Corruption, urban governance, Latin American politics and policy.


Leadership in a Challenging Century (2018)

July 23 - August 2 | Room 1512 | School of International and Public Affairs



July 23

July 24

Wednesday, July 25

July 26

July 27

9:15 am

Welcome and Overview of the Program

Bill Eimicke





9:30 am to
12:00 pm

Leadership at PPP

Bill Eimicke

Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Zack Metz

Emerging Capital Markets

Arvid Lukauskas

E-Government and Digital Democracy

Alexis Wichowski

Communications in Organizations

Joann Baney

12:00 to
1:30 pm


1:30 pm to
4:00 pm

Global Social Policy and Innovation

Yumi Shimabukuro

Site Visit: New York Peace Institute


Site Visit: Federal Reserve 


Site Visit: Standards and Poor's





July 30

July 31

Wednesday, August 1

August 2

9:30 am to
12:00 pm

Innovation in Education Policies

Claudia Costin

Zoning Manhattan: Land Use
Regulation as Negotiation

Elliott Sclar

Public Ethics

Paul Lagunes

Workforce Development and
Community Building Policy

Ester Fuchs

12:00 to
1:30 pm


Lunch - Graduation

1:30 pm to
4:00 pm

Clodoveu Arruda
(former Mayor Sobral, Brazil)

Site Visit: High Line


Site Visit





Student Profile: professionals dedicated to public service, fluent in English

Number of students: 20 students in 2018

Tuition: Application fee: R$300,00

Tuition: US$6,350

- Accommodation and  flights not included.

- In order to secure a place in the program, admitted students must  respect the deadlines indicated in the application and enrollment process. Students with account balances will not be able to attend the program and the amounts paid will not be reimbursed.

  1. Complete application form (online)
  2. Bachelor’s degree
  3. At least 3-5 years of managerial experience in government or the private sector
  4. Personal statement (up to 400 words)
  5. Resume sample
  6. Language proficiency (English)
  7. Application fee: R$300,00+ deposit receipt


March 15: Applications open

April 30: Application deadline

Application fee R$300,00 (non-refundable)

Decisions are made on a rolling basis

May 10: Admission Decision Released (admitted applicants + waitlisted applicants)

If admitted applicants opt not to enroll, then spots will be offered to waitlisted applicants

May 15: Deadline to confirm participation / withdraw

May 21: (1st payment) Deadline to pay initial deposit

Tuition (1st installment) US$3,175 (non-refundable)

June 21: (2nd payment) Deadline to pay balance 

Tuition (2nd installment) US$3,175 (non-refundable)

July 23: Program begins in New York

Contact Info

Maria Luiza Paranhos

Project Coordinator
Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro
+55 21 3553-0991