August 2, 2018

Tanvir Ghani MIA ’01, a member of SIPA’s Advisory Board, and the Osiris Group have made a $2.5 million pledge to support innovative and groundbreaking research at the School.

Ghani’s pledge marks the launch of the Osiris Fund, established by the Osiris Group to address the most pressing global public policy challenges of our times — from sustainable economic development and impact investing to social enterprise and financial inequality.

“Increasingly, the discrete worlds of investment and development are at a crossroad,” Ghani said. “Investments in the future will not just be a function of financial returns but will need to produce social returns. As a graduate of SIPA, I am confident that the school can lead the way of defining and measuring social impact through dedicated investment platforms. Osiris is keen to be part of that discussion.”

With his pledge, Ghani, who is president of Hong Kong-based Tybourne Capital Management, will also become an inaugural member of SIPA’s new Innovators Circle. The Circle is designed to enable impact investors committed to solving global challenges to provide funding to support and advance the School’s innovative programs. The areas of focus include the Economic and Political Development concentration, the PhD in Sustainable Development, and the Tech and Public Policy Challenge.

“I am excited to recognize the Osiris Group for establishing the Osiris Fund at SIPA and to thank Tanvir for his visionary pledge,” said Dean Merit Janow of SIPA. “The generous support from Osiris and Tanvir will allow SIPA to continue to advance research and innovative approaches on a range of development challenges while expanding support for our students, programs and faculty around impact investing and sustainable economic development in emerging markets.”

To make an investment in SIPA’s future and become a member of the Innovators Circle, contact SIPA’s Development Office at devsipa@columbia.edu.