The following was contributed by Kristoffer Tangri, a second-year SIPA student from Germany pursuing a MIA degree with a concentration in International Security Policy.
Eight students from SIPA are attending the 4th GPPN Student Conference titled “Crisis as Opportunity – What Policies Do We Need for Sustainable Development Today?” which takes place from November 11-13 at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore.
The GPPN brings together some of the world’s premier teaching and research institutions of global public policy. The wider partnership includes Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, the Hertie School of Governance, the University of Tokyo, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Sciences Po Paris.
The conference takes places parallel to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s CEO summit that attracts world leaders, including president Obama, to Singapore. Some of the key speakers during the first day of the conference include the Secretary General of ASEAN, Surin Pitsuwan, the president of the Inter-American Development Bank, Luis Alberto Moreno and the well-known academic Kishore Mahbubani.