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Prof. Scott Barrett

Scott Barrett is the Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics at SIPA and the Earth Institute. He was previously a professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, where he also directed the International Policy program. Before that, he was on the faculty of the London Business School. He has also been a visiting scholar at Yale. Barrett's research focuses on transnational and global challenges, ranging from climate change to infectious diseases. He is the author of Environment and Statecraft: The Strategy of Environmental Treaty-Making, published in paperback by Oxford University Press in 2005. His most recent book, Why Cooperate? The Incentive to Supply Global Public Goods, also published by Oxford University Press, was published in paperback with a new afterword in 2010. Barrett's research has been awarded the Resources for the Future Dissertation Prize and the Erik Kempe Award. He has advised a number of international organizations, including the United Nations, the World Bank, the OECD, the European Commission, and the International Task Force on Global Public Goods. He was previously a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and a member of the Academic Panel to the Department of Environment in the UK.  Barrett is a research fellow with the Beijer Institute (Stockholm), CESifo (Munich), and the Kiel Institute of World Economics. He received his PhD in economics from the London School of Economics.

Assaf Biderman

Assaf Biderman teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is the Associate Director of the SENSEable City Laboratory, a research group that explores the "real- time city" by studying the increasing deployment of sensors and networked hand-held electronics, as well as their relationship to the built environment.

At the 2006 Venice Biennale, the group revealed the world's first city-scale dynamic maps, describing the movement of pedestrians, busses, and taxis in real-time. In preparation for the 2009 U.N. Summit on Climate change in Copenhagen, the lab developed a hybrid bicycle wheel which captures the energy of braking to give riders an extra push.

Biderman's work focuses on engaging city administrations and industry members worldwide to explore how pressing issues in urbanization are being impacted by a wave of new distributed technologies, and how these can be harnessed to create a more sustainable future living in urban environments.



Dr. Andrea Bubula

Andrea Bubula’s expertise is in applied open-economy macroeconomics and finance. His research focuses on the choice of the exchange rate regime and nominal anchor across countries and over time. He has also examined the determinants of interest rate differentials in developing countries. Dr. Bubula earned his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University in 2004 and holds a 'Laurea' and 'Dottorato di Ricerca' from Universita' di Roma, La Sapienza. He has worked at the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and was a Fellow of International Affairs at Yale University. In 2008 he received the Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching.



Prof. Lawrence Burns

Lawrence Burns is an Engineering Professor at the University of Michigan and the Director of the Roundtable on Sustanable Mobility at the Earth Institute of Columbia University. From May 1998 to October 2009, he served as General Motors Corporate Vice President of Research & Development and Planning/Strategic Planning, reporting directly to CEO/President.  He has been a member of top decision boards for global operations and products and responsible for advanced technology development, product portfolio planning, capacity planning and strategic planning.  Prior to being named vice president, Burns held a wide range of leadership positions in GM operations, including industrial engineering, quality, production control, product/manufacturing/business planning, and product program management.

His studies include a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from University of California, Berkeley in 1978, an  M.S. in Engineering / Public Policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a  B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), Flint, MI.



James Carpenter

James Carpenter studied architecture and sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating in 1972.  Mr. Carpenter actively exhibited his sculpture and installation film projects in the United States and Europe and worked from 1972 through 1982 as a consultant with Corning Glass Works in Corning, New York.  He worked on the development of new glass materials including photo responsive glasses and various glass ceramics.  These research projects were aimed at potential architectural applications which would utilize the unique technical capabilities of these glasses to control and manipulate light and information, and this work eventually brought him back to the practice of architecture itself. This emphasis on theoretical, aesthetic and industrial materials research, together with Mr. Carpenter’s ongoing practice in architecture and structural glass design, continues to inform and guide the work of James Carpenter Design Associates.  Mr. Carpenter is the recipient of numerous awards including the National Environmental Design Award from the Smithsonian Institution, the American Institute of Architects Honor Award and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2004.

Since 1978, Mr. Carpenter has been working to develop independent and integrated building structures that have progressively synthesized art and architecture.  The studio, James Carpenter Design Associates Inc., is a collaborative environment encouraging an exchange of ideas between architects, materials and structural engineers, environmental engineers and fabricators.  The studio has developed unique architectural projects and structural designs employing glass, steel, wood and composites for a variety of works, including museums, university buildings, commercial office towers and cultural facilities.  With the emphasis of JCDA’s design leadership, on such major projects as the redevelopment of the McKim Mead & White Farley Post Office as the new Pennsylvania Station in New York (2005); the completion of the exterior envelope and lobby of the Seven World Trade Center tower (2001-2006) in New York; the planning and design of renewed campus of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem (2005-2010); and JCDA’s current museum, university and infrastructure projects, Mr. Carpenter continues to focus upon the transformation of the urban environment and public realm.

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John Coatsworth

John H. Coatsworth is a leading scholar of Latin American economic and international history. Prior to his appointment as Dean in 2008, he served as a visiting professor at Columbia University (2006 – 2007) and Interim Dean of SIPA (2007 – 2008). He was appointed Interim Provost of the University on July 1, 2011.

Dean Coatsworth previously served as the Monroe Gutman Professor of Latin American Affairs at Harvard University (1992–2007).  He was the founding director of Harvard's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the chair of the Harvard University Committee on Human Rights Studies. Prior to his work at Harvard, Coatsworth was a member of the faculty at the University of Chicago (1969–1992). Other academic posts have included visiting professorships at El Colegio de México, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the National University of Buenos Aires, the Instituto Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires, and the Instituto Ortega y Gassett in Madrid.

Dean Coatsworth is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of Directors of the Tinker Foundation and numerous professional associations. He is the former president of the American Historical Association and Latin American Studies Association. Coatsworth has served on the editorial boards of scholarly journals including the American Historical Review, the Journal of Economic History, the Hispanic American Historical Review and other social science journals published in Britain, Chile, Germany, Mexico, Peru, and Spain.

In 1986, Dean Coatsworth was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. He has served as Senior Fulbright Lecturer three times, with appointments in Argentina and Mexico, and has received numerous research and institutional grants from public agencies and private foundations. He has acted as a consultant for program design or review to numerous U.S. universities and foundations.

Dean Coatsworth received his BA in History from Wesleyan University, and his MA and PhD in Economic History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



Prof. Steve Cohen

Steven Cohen is the Executive Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and a Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is also Director of the Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and the Director of the Masters of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education. From 2002 to 2006 he directed education programs at the Earth Institute. From 1998 to 2001 Cohen was Vice dean of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. From 1985 to 1998 he was the Director of Columbia's Graduate Program in Public Policy and Administration. From 1987-1998 Cohen was Associate Dean for Faculty and Curriculum at SIPA.

He is a graduate of James Madison High School in Brooklyn (1970), Franklin College of Indiana (1974) and the State University of New York at Buffalo (M.A., 1977; Ph.D., 1979). In 1976-77 Cohen was a Ford Foundation Fellow in Urban Environmental Policy; in 1978-79 he was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in Public and Environmental Policy and Implementation.

Dr. Cohen served as a policy analyst in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1977 through 1978 and 1980-81, and as consultant to the agency from 1981 through 1991, from 1994 to 1996 and from 2005 to the present. From 1990-94, Cohen served on the Board of the Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs; he has also served on the Executive Committee and Committee on Accreditation and Peer Review of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. From 2001 to 2004 he served on the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology. He serves on the Board of Directors of Homes for the Homeless.

Cohen is the author of The Effective Public Manager (1988), Understanding Environmental Policy (2006) and  Sustainability Management (2011) as well the co-author of Environmental Regulation Through Strategic Planning (1991), Total Quality Management in Government (1993), The New Effective Public Manager (1995), Tools for Innovators: Creative Strategies for Managing Public Sector Organizations (1998), The Effective Public Manager 3rd and 4th editions (2002, 2008), Strategic Planning in Environmental Regulation (2005), The Responsible Contract Manager (2008), and numerous articles on public management innovation, public ethics and environmental management.

Dr. Cohen has taught courses in public management, policy analysis, environmental policy, management innovation, and sustainability management. In 1982 Cohen developed, and until 2001 directed, Columbia's Workshops in Applied Public Management and Applied Policy Analysis; bringing practical professional education into the center of Columbia's public administration curriculum. He has conducted professional training seminars in total quality management, strategic planning, project management and management innovation.

Cohen was born in Orange, New Jersey, raised in Brooklyn, New York and now resides in New York City.   He and his wife, Donna Fishman have two wonderful daughters, Gabriella and Ariel.



Richard A. Cook

Rick Cook is a Partner at Cook+Fox Architects, a firm devoted to creating environmentally responsible, high-performance buildings. Over the past 25 years as a New York City architect, he has built a reputation for innovative, award-winning architectural design.

As the founder of Richard Cook & Associates, Rick cultivated a broad portfolio ranging from master planning to various commercial and residential projects. With special expertise in working in historic Landmarks districts, the firm received numerous honors and awards for integrating contemporary design with sensitive, contextual architecture.

In 2003, Rick combined his established firm with Bob Fox to form Cook+Fox Architects based on a transformative vision: beautiful design guided by high standards of sustainability, and a commitment to excellence enriched by the collaborative process. Its work includes three LEED Platinum projects in New York City: the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, Skanska USA’s office in the Empire State Building, and Cook+Fox’s own office interior. Cook+Fox is also the design architect for the first LEED certified Broadway theater, an award-winning neighborhood redevelopment in the South Street Seaport Historic District, and a visitor’s center at the Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap, Cambodia, which received awards from the Boston Society of Architects and the AIA-New York. The firm was named a winner of “From the Ground Up,” a competition to design green, affordable homes, and won an international competition to design a 3.3 million square foot, mixed use development at Government Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

In the summer of 2006, Rick and Bob joined Bill Browning and Chris Garvin to form Terrapin Bright Green LLC, a strategic consulting firm that crafts high-performance environmental strategies for large-scale developments, corporations, and governments. This partnership allows sustainability to be championed and effectively implemented in projects not strictly limited to architectural design.

Rick’s work has been showcased at the National Building Museum, in the New Yorker, and in feature programs on PBS, the Discovery Channel, and National Geographic. He speaks frequently on sustainable design and urbanism, including presentations at the UN and for the Economist.

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Jhaelen Eli

Jhaelen Eli is the Director of Business Development at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, a 75 person interdisciplinary design studio that integrates the performing arts, visual arts, and architecture. Mr. Eli collaborates closely with DS+R’s three partners – Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, and Charles Renfro – to foster the strategic growth of the firm. He establishes the development and planning strategies for the practice, and is involved in projects from their initial acquisition through contract and fee negotiations. Mr. Eli also manages DS+R’s public relations, brand development, and marketing strategies.

Among the various projects of DS+R’s international body of work: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, including the redesign of Alice Tully Hall, the renovation and expansion of The Juilliard School, the Hypar Pavilion Lawn, and Public Spaces throughout the campus; the High Line, an urban park situated on an obsolete elevated railway stretching 1.5 miles long through the Chelsea area of New York City; the Institute of Contemporary Art on Boston’s waterfront; the Creative Arts Center at Brown University; and Blur, built on Lake Neuchâtel for the 2002 Swiss Expo. Projects currently in design include: the Broad Art Museum in downtown Los Angeles, CA; the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, Berkeley; the Columbia University Graduate School of Business in New York City; the Museum of Image & Sound on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and the Hirshhorn Museum Seasonal Inflatable Pavilion on the National Mall in Washington D.C. DS+R’s recent installation and performance include: Open House in collaboration with Droog; How Wine Became Modern for SFMOMA; Be Your Self with the Australian Dance Theatre; and Exit, an exhibition accompanying the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP15) in Copenhagen. In recognition of the firm’s commitment to integrating architecture with issues of contemporary culture, the MacArthur Foundation presented Ms. Diller and Mr. Scofidio with the ‘genius’ award. Other prestigious awards and honors received by DS+R include the National Design Award from the Smithsonian, the Brunner Prize from the American Academy of the Arts and Letters, and numerous AIA awards. In 2003, the Whitney Museum of American Art held a retrospective of the studio’s work, recognizing the firm’s unorthodox practice. Most recently, Fast Company named Diller Scofidio + Renfro the most innovative design practice in the profession and among the 50 most innovative companies in the world.

Mr. Eli joined DS+R in 2008 and became Associate in 2009. Prior to joining DS+R, Mr. Eli served as Director of Business Development & Design at Empyrean International, an international residential pre-fab company. He was previously Project Designer at Office dA in Cambridge, where he played a critical role on the Murphy Institute project at Tulane University, the Mills College Art Museum project in Oakland, CA, and the Issam Fares Institute in Beirut. Mr. Eli received his M.Arch from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and his B.Arts from the University of California Berkeley. He has served as a Visiting Professor at Parsons The New School for Design and has lectured at Harvard, Cornell, and Pratt, among others.

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Prof. Irene Finel-Honigman

Irene Finel-Honigman teaches international finance and economic policy at SIPA.

She previously served as a research scholar at SIPA and adjunct professor in the MBA program at Johns Hopkins University. From 2001 - 2008, she taught European Union political and financial history and policy in the Institute for the Study of Europe at SIPA.

Finel-Honigman served as senior advisor on finance policy at the United States Department of Commerce during the Clinton administration. Her responsibilities included the introduction of an initiative on the European Monetary Union and its implications for U.S. competitiveness.

Finel-Honigman's book, A Cultural History of Finance (Routledge, Taylor and Francis, 2010), examines the societal and intellectual sources of the 2008 financial crisis within the historical context of European and American financial culture. She is researching her next book, International Banking for a New Century (Routledge). Finel-Honigman has published extensively on European financial and corporate issues, international relations and French intellectual and financial history. She is editor and an author of European Monetary Union Banking Issues: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (JAI Press, 2005). She regularly provides commentary for French, Belgian, Russian, and U.S. media, including CNN, WNYC, Bloomberg, and other television outlets.

Finel-Honigman has lectured at Columbia University; CUNY Graduate School European Union Center; Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Scripps College EU Center; Hofstra University School of Business; American Graduate School of International Management; San Diego State University; Ohio University; University of Vermont; Vienna Research Institute for European Affairs; New York University; Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; the French American Chamber of Commerce; and American Association of Teachers of French.

Finel-Honigman was previously Chair of Foreign Languages at the New School. She also served as Director of French Programs at Credit Lyonnais USA and as a consultant to the French Embassy Cultural Services on Business and Economic French programs in United States universities. Finel-Honigman is on the advisory board of the EU Center of CUNY Graduate School; Barnard College Club of New York and Maison Francaise of Columbia University. She has served on the  Boards of the French American Chamber of Commerce;  French-American Foundation; Societe des Professeurs Francais et Francophones d'Amerique, and the International Trade and Finance Association. 

Born in France, Finel-Honigman earned a baccalaureat from the Lycee Francais de New York, B.A. from Barnard College, and Ph.D. from Yale University.



Prof. Michael B. Gerrard

Michael B. Gerrard is Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School, where he teaches courses on environmental law, climate change law, and energy law, and is director of the Center for Climate Change Law, effective January 1, 2009.  From 1979 through 2008 he practiced environmental law in New York, most recently as partner in charge of the New York office of Arnold & Porter LLP. Upon joining the Columbia law faculty, he became Senior Counsel to the firm.  His practice involved trying numerous cases and arguing many appeals in federal and state courts and administrative tribunals, handling the environmental aspects of numerous transactions and development projects, and providing regulatory compliance advice to a wide variety of clients in the private and public sectors. A prolific writer in environmental law and climate change, Gerrard twice received the Association of American Publishers' Best Law Book award for works on environmental law and brownfields.  He has written or edited nine books, including Global Climate Change and U.S. Law, the leading work in its field and the twelve-volume Environmental Law Practice Guide. His ninth book, The Law of Clean Energy: Efficiency and Renewables, was published in 2011. Since 1986 he has been an environmental law columnist for the New York Law Journal.  Gerrard was the 2004-2005 chair of the American Bar Association's 10, 000-member Section of Environment, Energy and Resources.  He also chaired the Executive Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.  Several independent rating services ranked Gerrard as the leading environmental lawyer in New York and one of the leading environmental lawyers in the world. Gerrard has taught courses at Columbia University School of Law, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and New York University Law School. He has also lectured on environmental law in Great Britain, France, Netherlands, Denmark, China, India, Japan, Canada, and throughout the United States.



Prof. Geoffrey Heal

Geoffrey Heal is the Paul Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility at Columbia Business School, and is noted for contributions to economic theory and resource ad environmental economics.

Author of eighteen books and about 200 articles, he is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, Past President of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, recipient of its prize for publications of enduring quality and a Life Fellow, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Environmental Protection Agency and a Director of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Recent books include Nature and the Marketplace, Valuing the Future and When Principles Pay. He chaired a committee of the National Academy of Sciences on valuing ecosystem services, was a Commissioner of the Pew Oceans Commission, and is a Director of Petromin Holdings PNG Ltd., co-founded and Chairs the Advisory Board of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations and was a member of President Sarkozy's Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress.  He has been a principal in two start-up companies, one a consulting firm and the other in software and telecommunications.

Professor Heal earned his first class honors BA from Churchill College, University of Cambridge from where he also received his PhD in 1968. From 1966 to 1967 he was a Flood fellow at University of California, Berkeley. From 1969 to 1973 he served as the director of dtudies in economics at Christ's College, Cambridge. From 1973 to 1980 he was a professor of economics at University of Sussex, followed by a three-year appointment as a professor of economics at the same university. He has been a visiting professor at Yale University, Stanford University, Université de Paris XII, Princeton University, University of Stockholm, Institute for Mathematics and Applications at University of Minnesota, University of Siena, and Université de Paris X Nanterre.



Joseph A. Ienuso

Joe Ienuso joined Columbia University in 1989 and has since held a number of senior administrative roles in Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Services, and Facilities. As part of the Facilities Executive Team since 2001, he is responsible for leading new building design and construction, campus public safety, building and grounds maintenance for academic and administrative departments, and for the University’s apartment housing inventory on the Morningside Heights campus. University Facilities is responsible for an operating budget in excess of $200 million per year, a capital budget in excess of $1 billion, and the management of more than 240 buildings and 13 million gross square feet.  Joe is also responsible for leading the development of the University’s long-term expansion in Manhattanville, the former manufacturing zone in West Harlem. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University, a Master of Science in Education from St. John’s University, and a Bachelor of Science from St. John’s University. Joe is Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW), a nonprofit organization that trains women for skilled jobs in construction and other blue-collar industries. He is also a director of the New York Building Congress and Co-Chair of its Education Task Force.



Christophe Jaffrelot

Christophe Jaffrelot holds degrees from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (IEP), the University of Paris I-Sorbonne, the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) and a Ph.D. in political science. In 1991, he joined the CNRS and was awarded the CNRS Bronze Medal in 1993; he became a senior research fellow in 2002. Has served as director of CERI of 2000-2008. Jaffrelot directs four book series published by Fayard, Autrement, Hurst and Palgrave; where he was formerly editor-in-chief (1998-2003) and currently the director of Critique internationale. Jaffrelot's main areas of interest are the theories of nationalism and democracy, the mobilization of the lower castes and Dalits in India, the Hindu nationalist movement, and ethnic conflicts in Pakistan. Among his publications are Untouchability: Analysing and Fighting Caste (New York/Columbia University Press; London/Hurst; New Delhi/Permanent Black, 2004), the co-edited India's Silent Revolution - The Rise of the Low Castes in North India (New York/Columbia University Press; London/Hurst; New Delhi/Permanent Black, 2003), and The BJP and the Compulsions of Politics in India (Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2001). 



Prof. Matthew Kotchen

Matthew Kotchen is an associate professor of environmental economics and policy at Yale University. His primary appointment is in the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, with affiliated appointments in the Yale School of Management and the Department of Economics. He is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Professor Kotchen's research interests lie at the intersection of environmental and public economics, and ongoing projects employ both theoretical and empirical methods covering a range of topics, including energy, climate change, "green" markets, corporate social responsibility, and applied game theory. Several projects involve collaborations with ecologists and political scientists. Kotchen joined the Yale faculty in 2009 and has held previous and visiting positions at Williams College, University of California (Santa Barbara and Berkeley), Stanford University, and Resources for the Future (RFF).



Prof. Klaus Lackner

Klaus Lackner, PhD, is the Ewing Worzel Professor of Geophysics and Chair of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University, where he is also the Director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy at the Earth Institute. Lackner earned his Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics, summa cum laude, in 1978 from Heidelberg University, was awarded the Clemm-Haas Prize for outstanding Ph.D. thesis and was named a Fleischmann Fellow at the California Institute of Technology. He was a lead author in the IPCC Report on Carbon Capture and Storage and received the Weapons Recognition of Excellence Award in 1991. In 2001, Lackner joined Columbia University; his current research interests include carbon capture and sequestration, air capture, energy systems and scaling, energy and environmental policy, lifecycle analysis, and zero emission modeling for coal and cement plants.



Dr. Alessia Lefebure

Alessia Lefébure is the Director of the Alliance Program since the spring 2011. Prior to that, she has served as the Director of the Centre for Asia and the Pacific at Sciences Po, from 2006 to 2011. In this position, she has been responsible for the definition, implementation and development of the school’s institutional policies towards the countries of the Asia-Pacific region. She managed a seven-member staff in Paris and coordinated a network of representative offices in China and India. She has been in charge of developing relationships with universities and research institutes as well as governments, NGOs, press, alumni, and students in the Asia-Pacific region.

Between 2001 and 2006 she was based in Beijing, at Tsinghua University, where she served as Sciences Po’s permanent representative for Greater China. She acquired an in-depth understanding of China and was able to strengthen academic ties with Chinese institutions.

Within Sciences Po, she was the head of Career services, from 1999 to 2001, and served as Executive Training Programme Manager for Economics and Finance. Her previous professional experience includes Communication Manager for the French State owned bank Caisse des Dépots et Consignations, and International Programme Coordinator for a French research centre on European Criminal Law (ARPE).

She holds a Masters in Comparative Law at LUISS (Rome, Italy) and a Masters in Communication and Journalism at Sciences Po. Her experience in a series of international positions within academic and research institutions has provided her with the background and knowledge necessary to pursue her PhD in Sociology at Sciences Po on higher education models in China.


Prof. Andrew Nathan

Andrew Nathan is Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. He has taught at Columbia University since 1971. He served as director of the East Asian Institute at the School of International and Public Affairs from 1991 to 1995 and as Director of Graduate Studies in the Political Science Department since 1997. His teaching and research interests include Chinese politics and foreign policy, the comparative study of political participation and political culture, and human rights. Nathan's publications include Peking Politics, 1918–1923 (Berkeley 1976); Chinese Democracy (Knopf 1985); Popular Culture in Late Imperial China, coedited with David Johnson and Evelyn S. Rawski (Berkeley 1985); Human Rights in Contemporary China, with R. Randle Edwards and Louis Henkin (Columbia 1986); China's Crisis (Columbia 1990); The Great Wall and the Empty Fortress: China's Search for Security, with Robert S. Ross (Norton 1997); China's Transition (Columbia 1997); The Tiananmen Papers, edited with Perry Link (Public Affairs 2001); and Negotiating Culture and Human Rights: Beyond Universalism and Relativism, coedited with Lynda S. Bell and Ilan Peleg (Columbia 2001). His articles have appeared in World Politics, Daedalus, The China Quarterly, Journal of Democracy, Asian Survey, and elsewhere. His current research involves collaborative survey-based studies of political culture and political participation in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other Asian societies. Professor Nathan was chair of the Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch, Asia (1995–2000) and continues to serve on this committee and on the board of Human Rights in China. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Democracy, The China Quarterly, The Journal of Contemporary China, and China Information, among others. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the Association for Asian Studies, and the American Political Science Association. He does frequent interviews for the print and electronic media, has advised on several film documentaries on China, has consulted for business and government, and has published essays and op-eds in the New Republic, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, and elsewhere. A native New Yorker, Dr. Nathan received his degrees from Harvard University: a BA in history in 1963, an MA in East Asian regional studies in 1965, and a PhD in political science in 1971. He taught at the University of Michigan from 1970 to 1971. He has held a Guggenheim fellowship as well as fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, and others. He has directed four National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars.



Dr. Richard Plunz

As Director of the Urban Design Program at the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, Richard Plunz is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on housing and urban development. As Director of the Urban Design Lab, at the Earth Institute, he has developed innovative work related to the challenge of contemporary urban life, from urban sustainable infrastructure, to the myriad developmental factors related to the contemporary city.

After receiving professional degrees in engineering and in architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Plunz specialized in urbanism related to both urban history and application of cybernetic and information theory to urban development. Plunz has held professorships at Rensselaer, Pennsylvania State University, Columbia University, and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). He has taught and lectured extensively In the United States and internationally.

At Rensselaer and Penn State, Plunz developed pioneering research related to hospital design and public secondary education related to inner city contexts. With the support of the United States Public Health Service, Plunz conducted cutting-edge research in digitized environmental modeling for a low-income neighborhood in Philadelphia (Mantua). He developed anthropological field techniques toward built form considerations and initiated his long-term research interests related to housing design and development of sustainable higher-density alternatives to the suburban single-family home. He continued his involvement with the anthropology of building with an extensive study on the two-century transformation of a utopian industrial community in San Leucio, Caserta, Italy. Plunz's work has been supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, McKinsey Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the J. M. Kaplan Fund, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Aga Kahn Award, the United States Public Health Service, and the Doris Duke Foundation. In 1991, he received the Andrew J. Thomas Award from the American Institute of Architects for his pioneering work in housing.

Plunz is the author of many articles, studies, and reports. Among his publications are many books, including A History of Housing in New York City, (1990), translated in French and Japanese, The Urban Lifeworld. Formation, Perception, Representation (2002); After Shopping (2003). and Eco-Gowanus: Urban Remediation by Design (2007).His last co-edited publication has been Urban Climate Change Crossroads (2010).

B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1965; B.Arch., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1966; M.Arch, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1967.



Prof. Dan Rosen

Daniel H. Rosen is the founding partner of the Rhodium Group (RHG), and leads the firm’s work on China and the world economy.
RHG combines policy experience, quantitative economic tools and on-the-ground research to analyze disruptive global trends. Mr. Rosen’s specific client activities include analysis of China-US policy dynamics, interpretation of Chinese economic data, and facilitation of meetings with senior Chinese officials, executives and thought- leaders both inside and outside China. Mr. Rosen’s work contributes to client investment management, strategic planning and policy assessment needs.
Mr. Rosen is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University, where he has taught a graduate seminar on the Chinese economy at the School of International and Public Affairs since 2001. He is a Visiting Fellow with the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, DC, where he has been affiliated since 1993. His sixth Institute book, on China-Taiwan economic relations, was published in December 2010; he is currently working on his seventh, on global direct investment by Chinese companies.
In May 2011, Rosen released (with RHG Research Director Thilo Hanemann) An American Open Door? Maximizing the Benefits of Chinese Direct Investment, which immediately became the standard reference on China’s direct investment in the United States. The study provides a comprehensive database of mergers, acquisitions and greenfield investments by Chinese firms, thus illuminating both the patterns of deal-making and the motivations for
state-owned and private firms.
From 2000-2001 he was Senior Advisor for International Economic Policy at the White House National Economic Council and National Security Council, where he played a key role in completing China’s accession to the World Trade Organization and accompanied the President to Asia for summits and state visits.
Mr. Rosen is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the Board of the National Committee for US-China Relations.



Prof. Louise Rosen

Louise Rosen serves Columbia University as Director of the Office of Academic and Research Programs at the Earth Institute, the Associate Director of the MPA Environmental Science and Policy program at the School of International and Public Affairs, and the Associate Director of the MS Program in Sustainability Management with the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.  Ms. Rosen also serves as Adjunct Lecturer for the EI Environmental Science and Policy practicum as well as instructor for the capstone workshop for the MS Program in Sustainability Management.  Ms. Rosen has previously served as Director of Recruitment for the Earth Institute.
Ms. Rosen earned her BS in Economic and Political Geography from the London School of Economics in 1997 and received her MS in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1999. Ms. Rosen has held positions with The Teacher Magazine,, Forbes magazine, Upside Today, Fortune Small Business, Vogue and the New York Times.  Before graduate school, she served as Education Correspondent for The Teacher Magazine. Her research interests include environment and economic development, environmental justice, and environmental discourse analysis.



Prof. Saskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen’s research and writing focuses on globalization (including social, economic and political dimensions), immigration, global cities (including cities and terrorism), the new networked technologies, and changes within the liberal state that result from current transnational conditions. In her research she has focused on the unexpected and the counterintuitive as a way to cut through established “truths”.

Her three major books have each sought to demolish a key established “truth.” Thus in her first book, The Mobility of Labor and Capital (Cambridge University Press 1988), she showed how foreign investment in less developed countries can actually raise the likelihood of emigration; this went against established notions that such investment would retain potential emigrants. In her second book The Global City (Princeton University Press 1991; 2nd ed 2002) she showed how the global economy far from being placeless, has and needs very specific territorial insertions, and that this need is sharpest in the case of highly globalized and electronic sectors such as finance; this went against established notions at the time that the global economy transcended territory and its associated regulatory umbrellas. In her most recent book, Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblage(Princeton University Press 2006), she shows that the foundational transformations afoot today take place largely inside core and thick national environments; this allows her to explain that some of the changes inside liberal states, most evident in the USA but also increasingly in other countries, are not distortions or anomalies, but are the result of these foundational transformations inside the state apparatus. She shows how this foundational transformation hence consists not only of globalizing dynamics but also of denationalizing dynamics: we are seeing the formation of multiple often highly specialized assemblages of bits of territory, authority and rights that were once ensconced in national framings. Today these assemblages traverse global and national settings, thereby denationalizing what was historically constructed as national.

Her new books are Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (Princeton University Press 2006), and A Sociology of Globalization (Norton 2007). She has just completed for UNESCO a five-year project on sustainable human settlement for which she set up a network of researchers and activists in over 30 countries; it is published as one of the volumes of the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (Oxford, UK: EOLSS Publishers) [ ]. She edited Deciphering the Global: Its Spaces, Scales, and Subjects (Routledge 2006) a collection of her doctoral students’ work. She co-edited Digital Formations: New Architectures for Global Order (Princeton University Press 2005), based on a multi-year project sponsored by the SSRC through its Information Technology and International Cooperation Committee which she chaired. Among other projects, she was involved with the 2006 Venice Biennale of Architecture, which for the first time in its history focused on cities; she wrote a lead essay for the Catalogue. There are new fully updated editions of two of her older books, Cities in a World Economy (3rd.ed. Sage/Pine Forge 2006), and The Global City (2nd.ed. Princeton University Press 2001). Her books are translated into sixteen languages.

She serves on several editorial boards and is an advisor to several international bodies. She is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Cities. She has received a variety of awards and prizes, most recently, a Doctor honoris causa from Delft University (Netherlands), the first Distinguished Graduate School Alumnus Award of the University of Notre Dame, and was one of the four winners of the first University of Chicago Future Mentor Award covering all doctoral programs. She has written for The Guardian, The New York Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, the International Herald Tribune, Newsweek International,Vanguardia, Clarin, the Financial Times, among others.

She is also a Centennial Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics.



Dr. Gavin Schmidt

Gavin A. Schmidt is a climatologist and climate modeler at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. He works on the variability of the ocean circulation and climate, using general circulation models (GCMs). He has also worked on ways to reconcile paleo-data with models. He helped develop the GISS ocean and coupled GCMs to improve the representation of the present day climate, while investigating their response to climate forcing. He is the co-author, with Joshua Wolfe, of Climate Change: Picturing the Science (2009), a book which combines images of the effects of climate change with scientific explanations. He earned a BA (Hons) in mathematics at Jesus College, Oxford, and a PhD in applied mathematics at University College London. He is contributing editor to the blog


Prof. Robert Shapiro

Robert Y. Shapiro (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1982) is a professor and former chair of the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, and he served as acting director of Columbia’s Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) during 2008-2009. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was a 2006-2007 Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. He specializes in American politics with research and teaching interests in public opinion, policymaking, political leadership, the mass media, and applications of statistical methods. He has taught at Columbia since 1982 after receiving his degree and serving as a study director at the National Opinion Research Center (University of Chicago). He is co-author of The Rational Public: Fifty Years of Trends in Americans' Policy Preferences (with Benjamin Page, University of Chicago Press, 1992) and Politicians Don't Pander: Political Manipulation and the Loss of Democratic Responsiveness (with Lawrence Jacobs, University of Chicago Press, 2000). His most recent books are The Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media (edited with Lawrence R. Jacobs, Oxford University Press, 2011) and Selling Fear: Counterterrorism, the Media, and Public Opinion (with Brigittte L. Nacos and Yaeli Bloch-Elkon, University of Chicago Press, 2011). He is also coauthor or coeditor of several other books and has published numerous articles in major academic journals. He served for many years as editor of Public Opinion Quarterly’s "The Polls--Trends" section, and is currently chair of the journal’s Advisory Committee. He also serves on the editorial boards of Political Science Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Critical Review, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. He has been President of the New York Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (NYAAPOR) and Councilor-at-Large in national AAPOR. His current research examines partisan polarization and ideological politics in the United States, as well as other topics concerned with public opinion and policymaking.



William Smolen

William Smolen is a New York City-based lifestyle consultant whose projects range from designing homes and interiors; giving personally guided city and art tours; advising on purchasing art, clothing and furniture; and planning cultural excursions, vacations, and events.  As a result of spending time focused on each of these subjects, he edits the best of what he finds and shares his thoughts with individuals who appreciate them. William recommends everything from restaurants, vacation destinations, clothing brands and cultural events for his friends and colleagues, and has developed a loyal network of individuals around the world who continually request new recommendations and services.

Prior to starting his company in 2006, William worked as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs.  Additionally, William worked for Parliament of the United Kingdom under Tony Blair, Sotheby’s and Giorgio Armani.  He received an academic scholarship and completed a degree in Politics from the London School of Economics, as well as a degree in Finance and Marketing from Northeastern University graduating magna cum laude.

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Dr. William Solecki

Dr. William Solecki’s research focuses on urban environmental change and transition, and climate change and cities. He is the Director of the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities and Professor of Geography at Hunter College-CUNY. He served as an author of the IPCC AR4 and now again on the IPCC AR5, as a member of the scientific steering committee of IHDP, Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Core (UGEC) Project, and as panel member on U.S. National Research Council committees. He is a co-founder of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) and co-editor of the recent Climate Change and Cities Assessment (ARC3) Report. He has served as the co-leader of several climate impacts studies in the greater New York and New Jersey region, including the New York City on Panel on Climate Change (NPCC).

Prof. Solecki received an A.B. in Geography from Columbia University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University on the same discipline.



Dr. Marta Vicarelli

Marta Vicarelli is a postdoctoral associate at the Yale University’s Climate and Energy Institute and she is a Sustainability Science Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program at the Harvard University’s Center for International Development. Her research focuses on the risks and the socio-economic impacts of climate variability and climate change, as well as on the design of vulnerability-reduction instruments, such as weather-indexed insurance programs. From 2004 to 2010, she worked as research fellow at the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Institute for Space Studies investigating observed impacts and responses to climate change in natural and managed systems. She is contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report, Working Group II, on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. She is recipient of the Peccei Fellowship (2007) awarded by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna for her work on integrating inter-annual climate variability forecasts into weather-indexed crop insurance. She holds a B.S. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, a Master of Environmental Economics from the École Polytechnique, as well as a Master of International Affairs and a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development from the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University.



Created in the fall 2002, the Alliance Program is a non-profit transatlantic joint-venture between Columbia University and three French prestigious institutions, The École Polytechnique, Sciences Po and the Université of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne.

Alliance is an innovative program whose aim is to initiate and accompany new initiatives in the fields of education cooperation, research collaboration, and policy outreach. Over the last four years the Alliance’s scope of activities have included the organization of numerous academic conferences both in Paris and in New York, the setting up of international multidisciplinary research teams, and the creation of joint-courses and curricula targeting the students of its founding partners.