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Information for Capstone Students, MIA, MPA, AND MPA-DP

A core requirement for the Master of International Affairs (MIA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), and Master of Public Affairs in Development Practice (MPA-DP),  the Capstone Workshops give students an opportunity to put learning into practice. Serving as a culminating educational experience for the Master of International Affairs and Master of Public Administration degree programs, students in all of the concentrations, except for the Economic and Political Development (EPD) concentration, complete a Capstone Workshop in their final semester. Students are organized into small consulting teams (between 4 to 8 students per team) and assigned a substantive, policy-oriented project with an external client. Clients include public agencies (from the local to national level), international NGOs and multinational organizations, and major firms in the private sector—recent examples include Barclays, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Mercy Corps, Morgan Stanley, New York City Mayor’s Office, United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office, and the World Bank Group. Student teams, working under the supervision of a faculty expert, answer a carefully defined problem posed by the client. Each team produces an actionable report and an oral briefing of their findings at the close of the Capstone that is designed to translate into real change on the ground.

SIPA Capstone Workshops are available to MIA, MPA and MPA-DP students primarily during the spring semester of their final year. A small number of workshops are offered in the fall semester for students who are graduating at the end of the fall term.

Capstone Workshop FAQs for Students Current Projects (Fall 2022) Capstone Directory

Capstone Workshops Requirements by Program

The following degree programs include capstone workshops as part of their curriculum. See the degree program pages for more details.
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Spring 2023 Capstone Workshops

CAPSTONE CLIENT PROJECT TITLE FACULTY ADVISOR

Accenture

Evaluating the Future of Global Carbon Markets

Jeanne Fox

Bank of America

Deep Fakes and Misinformation in the Finance Sector- Strategies to Prevent and Deter

Elizabeth Ann Cartier and Neal Pollard

Barclays Public Finance Department 

Impact Measurement for Sustainability-Linked Bonds

Caroline Flammer

BCG Platinion

Keep Calm and Carry On: Adapting to Volatility and Consumer Perception under Uncertainty

Hans-Martin Boehmer

Booz Allen Hamilton

AI / Machine Learning Algorithms: Bridging the Gap between Policy and Practice

Tim Meyer and Ulrike Zeilberger

Center for Popular Democracy

Inflation Reduction Action from a Human Rights Perspective

Kristina Eberbach

City of Buenos Aires

After Action Report for C40 World Mayors Summit — A Pathway for Action and Impact

Daniel Zarrilli

City of Cape Town, Water and Sanitation Directorate

City of Cape Town Water Strategy- Reduction of Sewer Spills and Socio-Environmental Impacts

Daniel Shemie

Climate Policy Initiative

Closing the Finance Gap for Developing Economy Climate Needs

Jeffrey Potent

Crédit Agricole CIB

Defining the Business Model for Carbon Capture, Utilization & Storage in North America

Russell Dyk

Dell Technologies

Leveraging Public Policy to Enhance Sustainable Procurement

Michelle Greene

Easy Solar (Sierra Leone)

Easy Solar - Charting a Pathway for Growth

Sarah Holloway

Equinor

Credible Pathways to Net Zero and the Role of Carbon Reduction and Removal Solutions

Robert Kleinberg

Ernst & Young

Cyber Programs and Pursuit of a Zero Trust Architecture

Munish Walther-Puri

Eurasia Group

Modeling Economic Warfare Between the West and China Over Taiwan

Markus Jaeger

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Modeling Digitalisation Pathways and Spillovers in the Economies where the EBRD Invests

Merit E. Janow

Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations

Implementing the SDG Stimulus: African Region

Glenn Denning, Jeffrey Sachs, and Aniket Shah

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Central Banks and Digital Currencies

Daniel Waldman

Goldman Sachs

“Doom Loop” Crises: The Sovereign-Banking Nexus and Implications for Country Risk Management

Robert Kopech

Government of Estonia

Estonia: Advancing and Protecting Media Freedom, Human Rights and the International Rule of Law/Governance an a Time of Global Turbulence

Jenik Radon

Government of Kosovo: Ministry of Energy

Jump Starting the Energy Sector of Kosovo to Sustainability

Mahima Achuthan

Government of Nigeria: Nigeria Sovereign Investment Agency (NSIA)

Expanding Nigeria’s LPG Industry to Address Climate Change and Energy Poverty

Christine Capilouto

Government of Peru (Ministry of Energy and Mines) and of Mexico (Ministry of Energy)

Peru – Mexico: Challenges of Implementing Sustainable Natural Resource Development with Domestic Economic Growth

Jenik Radon

IFC ILO Better Work Jordan

Jordan: Women’s Leadership, Empowerment, and Gender Norms in the Garment Industry

Jeri Powell

Inter-American Development Bank: Connectivity, Markets and Finance Division (CMF)

Taxonomy for Sustainable Activities in the LAC Region

Fernando Sotelino

Inter-American Development Bank: Innovation Lab

Pay-for-Results Sustainability Strategy For Haiti

Rob Johnson

International Finance Corporation, Financial Institutions Group

Establishing a Complementary Risk Fund for Index Insurance

Daniel Osgood

International Organization for Migration, International Migration Law Unit (IOM-IML)

Business and Human Rights: Businesses Impact on the Governance and Management of Migration

Sarah Rosengaertner

International Peace Institute

UN Efforts to Help Conflict-Affected Countries Address Climate Change

Gizem Acikgoz

Invest India

Competitiveness of India in the EV Battery Supply Chain

Tom Moerenhout

Ludvik

Caribbean Energy Infrastructure: Bettering Lives through Social Impact & Energy Security

AJ Goulding

Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)

Strengthening Research Initiatives for People on the Move

Elen Costigan

Mercy Corps

Youth Champions and the Youth Engage Initiative- Developing Best Practices

Dale Buscher

Moody's Investor Service

Government Spending on Social Welfare — Macroeconomic Policy and Credit Implications 

Thomas Byrne

New York City Department of Transportation

State of Electric Vehicle Charging

Minerva Tantoco

New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and Town+Gown

NYCHA's Connected Communities- Impact and Evaluation

Thomas Quaranta

New York City Mayor's Public Engagement Unit

Using Strategic Communications to Reach Uninsured New Yorkers

Hagar Chemali

Niteroi City (Brazil)

Urban Analytics and M&E for a Smarter City Strategy

André Corrêa d'Almeida

Palo Alto Networks

Does Data Localization Adequately Balance Privacy and Security?

Adam Segal

PriceWaterhouseCooper (PwC)

The Future of Digital Assets and Energy Implications

Michael B. Greenwald

Pro Mujer

Mainstreaming Gender Lens Investing in the Financial Sector in Latin America: An Ecosystem Analysis

Ingrid Dyott

Rainforest Alliance

Roadmap towards a Landscape Net-Positive Certification Model: The Case of the Tea Sector in Kenya

Benjamin Bostick

ReNew Power

Assessing the Feasibility of Carbon Markets as a Driver to Achieve Net Zero Target

A. J. Goulding

SAP, Global Software Company

Incentivizing Trustworthy Technologies

Daniel Dobrygowski

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)

Financing the Electric Transportation Future

Andrew Salzberg

The New York Women’s Foundation

Climate & Environmental Justice as the Frameworks for Affordable Housing & Economic Development in New York City

Stacey Cumberbatch

The Signals Network

Big Tech Accountability: Boosting the Impact of Whistleblowers

Anya Schiffrin

The Western Province of Rwanda and Bloomberg Philanthropies

Promoting Economic Opportunity for Rwandan Women

Carole Wacey

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Accountability to Affected Populations- Pathways for Communities to have Meaningful Influence over Decision-Making

Suzanne Hollmann

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)

Strengthening the Capacity of Local Governments in Developing Countries - Effectively Investing and Managing Infrastructure Assets

Isabelle Delalex

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): Crisis Management Group

Developing UNDP Guidance Tool on Gender-Responsive Conflict Analysis, With the Aim of Enhancing Gender Transformational Impacts in Crisis Countries

Dale Buscher

United Nations Development Programme: Regional Bureau of Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Digital Transformation of Kosovo’s Business Sector and the Broader Economy

Alexis Wichowski

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA)

Rethinking Humanitarian Action in Lebanon

Kristele Younes

United States Department of Defense, Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs

Climate Change Security: An Analysis of Cross-Sector Climate Adaptation in Papua New Guinea

Joseph Pfeifer

United States Department of Defense, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Advanced Research: Creating U.S. National Security Ecosystems

Nancy Collins

United States Department of Defense, National Security Innovation Unit (NSIN)

The Application of Technology and Innovation to Urban Conflict and Casualty Prevention in Ukraine

David Bonfili

United States Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration

How to Smuggle Nukes

Daniel Madden

United States Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

What Will It Take to Attract and Retain the World’s Top Semiconductor Factories - The Federal-Local Regulatory Challenge to High Stakes National Security and Economic Goals

Elana Broitman

United States Department of State, Global Engagement Center

Great Power Competition with a Focus on Influence Operations Against the United Kingdom

Robert McKenzie

United States Department of State, Head of the Office of Sanctions Coordination

Mitigating the Adverse Impact of U.S. and United Nations Sanctions on the Delivery of Humanitarian Assistance

Eva d’Ambrosio

United States Department of State, Libya External Office

Piloting the US Global Fragility Act to Support Conflict Resolution and Recovery in Libya

Marc Jacquand

United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

Supporting the Economic and Financial Well-being of Ukrainian Refugees

Hans-Martin Boehmer

World Bank Group

Improving Competitiveness of Cambodia’s Rice Exports

Glenn Denning and Philip Sayeg

World Bank Group, Finance, Competitiveness & Innovation

Pension System Greening – Measuring and Monitoring Progress towards Sustainable Investing

Cary Krosinsky and Thomas O. Murtha