September 14, 2015

Each year SIPA welcomes new scholars, practitioners and researchers. This year’s newcomers have held positions as diverse as UN assistant secretary-general and trade minister of Indonesia; the group includes experts in subjects suchs as cybersecurity, banking and finance, management, and more. We welcome these remarkable figures and the diversity and expertise they bring to the SIPA community, and highlight a selection below. [Updated September 18, 2015]

Security Policy

Edward C. Luck MIA ’72 has joined Columbia SIPA as the Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs. As United Nations assistant secretary-general and special advisor to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon from 2008 to 2012, Luck was instrumental in developing and implementing the doctrine of the Responsibility to Protect, which states that the international community’s responsibility to prevent and halt genocide and mass atrocities outweighs the invocation of sovereignty by the perpetrating state. An expert on the UN Security Council, Luck has also held executive roles at the New York-based International Peace Institute and the United Nations Association of the USA. Luck, who served as a professor of professional practice at SIPA from 2001 through 2010, will also direct the specialization in international conflict resolution.

Finance, Economic Policy and Governance

Patricia C. (Trish) Mosser, senior research scholar and senior fellow in international finance, is a leading economic researcher with 25 years’ experience at the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Mosser, who holds a PhD in economics from MIT, will serve as founding director of SIPA’s new initiative on central banking, monetary policy, global finance and prudential practice. Before joining SIPA on June 1, 2015, she spent two years as deputy director in charge of research and analysis for the Office of Financial Research (OFR) at the U.S. Treasury Department. Before moving to OFR Mosser worked from 1991 to 2013 at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Joining SIPA marks a return to Columbia for Mosser, who taught economics as an assistant professor from 1986 to 1991.

Willem Buiter, adjunct professor of international and public affairs, is chief economist of Citigroup. Before joining Citigroup, he was a professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Buiter has also been a a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England and chief economist and special adviser to the president at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). His previous appointments include positions with the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and other international organizations, national governments, and government agencies, and has served since 2005 as an advisor to Goldman Sachs International. Buiter has published widely on subjects such as open economy macroeconomics, monetary and exchange rate theory, fiscal policy, social security, economic development and transition economies, and has taught at leading universities in the U.S., UK, and Europe. A research fellow of CEPR, the European Economic Association, he obtained his PhD in Economics from Yale.

Anne Sibert, visiting professor of international and public affairs, is a professor of economics at Birkbeck, University of London. Sibert is a fellow of CEPR, the European Economic Association and the Kiel Institute for World Economics. Her main research interests are central bank design, open economy public finance, economic and political aspects of the economic and monetary union in Europe and the political economy of structural reform. Sibert is a member of the London Times Shadow Monetary Policy Committee and served previously as an external member of the monetary policy committee of the Central Bank of Iceland, the panel of economic and monetary experts for the European Parliament’s Committee for Economic and Monetary Affairs, and the council of economic advisors to the Opposition Front Bench, UK. She was an associate editor of the Economic Journal and Macroeconomic Dynamics. Sibert earned her PhD in economics at Carnegie-Mellon University.

André Pinheiro de Lara Resende, a senior research scholar, studies macroeconomics, finance, and fiscal and monetary policy. Resende's career spans more than 30 years in the private and public sectors in Brazil: He currently sits on the international advisory board of Itaú-Unibanco, and has been a partner and director at Banco Garantia, Banco Matrix, and Lanx Capital, and an executive director of Unibanco. Resenda has also served as a professor of economics at PUC-Rio, as a board member of the Central Bank of Brazil, and as president of BNDES, Brazil's national bank for social and economic development. As an adviser to President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, he was part of the economic team that developed the Real Plan to stabilize Brazilian the Brazilian economy in 1994. Resende's most recent book, Devagar e Simples (Companhia das Letras, 2015), examines the modern state and the challenges of development in democracies. He holds a PhD in economics from MIT and he was recognized as Brazil's Economist of the Year in 2006.

Tech and Policy

Jason (Jay) Healey, a senior research scholar and director of a new initiative on cyber-conflict housed at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, brings extensive, diverse experience in the public, private, nonprofit, military, and intelligence sectors. He served most recently as director of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, which focuses on international cooperation, competition, and conflict in cyberspace,. From 2003 to 2005 Healey worked in the White House as a director for cyber policy, advising then-President George W. Bush and helping to coordinate U.S. efforts to secure U.S. cyberspace and critical infrastructure. At Goldman Sachs, Healey directed response to cyber attacks and helped build a crisis management structure to deal with natural disasters and other major disruptions.

Hollie Russon Gilman, a post-doctoral scholar, is a founding researcher and organizer for the Open Society Foundation's Transparency and Accountability Initiative and Harvard's Gettysburg Project to revitalize 21st Century civic engagement. In 2013 she served in the White House as Open Government and Innovation Advisor, where she focused on participatory budgeting and other topics. Gilman has worked as an advisor, researcher, and consultant to numerous non-profits and foundations including the World Bank, Case Foundation, and Center for Global Development. She earned a PhD in government from Harvard University and an AB from the University of Chicago.  .

Laura DeNardis, a senior fellow and senior research scholar, is a scholar of Internet architecture and governance and a tenured professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C.  DeNardis is a senior fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and serves as the director of research for the Global Commission on Internet Governance. She is an affiliated fellow of the Yale Information Society Project at Yale Law School and served as its executive director from 2008-2011. DiNardis is also a co-founder and co-series editor of the MIT Press Information Society book series. She has previously taught at New York University, in the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University, and at Yale Law School.

Trade and Economic Development

Mari Elka Pangestu, the George Ball Adjunct Professor for Fall 2015, served from 2004 to 2011 as Indonesia’s minister of trade and then from 2011 to 2014 as the country’s minister of tourism and creative economy. A specialist in international trade and foreign investment issues, Pangestu has written extensively on banking, finance, and macroeconomic issues. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of California, Davis; over the course of her career she has been active in trade forums such as Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), and taught at the University of Indonesia. Pangestu, who is the first female Chinese Indonesian to have held a cabinet position, is also a member of the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership, the UNCTAD Secretary General’s panel of eminent persons, the advisory board of the Global Competitiveness Forum (WEF), and the Network of Global Agenda Councils.

Pravin Krishna, a visiting professor of Indian political economy and visiting senior research scholar, is the deputy director of the new Deepak and Neera Raj Center on Indian Economic Policies at Columbia SIPA. As Chung Ju Yung Distinguished Professor of International Economics and Business at Johns Hopkins University, Krishna holds a joint appointment in the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and in the Department of Economics of the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Krishna’s research interests include international economics, international political economy, the political economy of policy reform, economic development and the political economy of India. Krishna’s work has been published in numerous journals, and he is the author of Trade Blocs: Economics and Politics (Cambridge, 2005). Krishna holds a BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and an MA, MPhil, and PhD from Columbia University.


Alison Wolf, a visiting professor of international and public affairs, is a professor of public management at King’s College London, where she directs the MSc program in public services policy and management. In October 2014 Wolf became a cross-bench peer in the UK's House of Lords, after being nominated by Prime Minister David Cameron. Wolf specializes in the relationship between education and the labor market, with particular interest in training and skills policy, universities, and the medical workforce. Her latest book is The XX Factor: How Working Women Are Creating A New Society (Crown, 2013).  She began her career as a policy analyst for the U.S. government, and over the years has been an adviser to numerous public and nonprofit organizations in the UK and internationally.