A view from the class: Stephanie Martinez, MIA/MPH ’16 & Bartosz Garbaczewski, MIA ’16

This week’s SIPA student profile features two bright individuals. The first, is about a dual-degree student who worked with the Peace Corps as a community health volunteer in Cameroon. The second, was recently awarded the China Trek Research Grant to work on a solar project in a rural area of China. 


Stephanie Martinez, MIA/MPH ’16, is a dual-degree student at SIPA and the Mailman School of Public Health. At SIPA, Stephanie is concentrating in economic and political development with a specialization in gender and public policy. Fueled by her experiences living and working in rural Cameroon, Stephanie is dedicated to using her graduate education at Columbia to launch a career in global maternal and reproductive health rights advocacy and programming. Stephanie graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2011 with a B.A. in both international development studies and Spanish. She then began her service as a Peace Corps community health volunteer in Cameroon. Over the course of her two years of service, Stephanie worked with local counterparts in assessing and creating programs to address the community’s greatest health challenges. Her work focused on family planning and reproductive health education for men, women, and students. Stephanie’s experiences in Cameroon cemented her resolve to work to empower women globally through health access and to promote sustainable maternal health services. In her free time, Stephanie loves to blog, tap dance, and find new cafes in the city.



Bartosz Garbaczewski, MIA ’16, is from Rzeszow, Poland is focusing his studies in global energy management and policy with a specialization in advanced policy and economic analysis. Bartosz’s choice of the degree is based on his belief that the energy sector is an excellent catalyst for positive change − be it by providing energy accessibility to those deprived of it, minimizing impacts on natural environments, promoting responsible use of hydrocarbon resources, or helping to alleviate geopolitical crisis. Upon graduating with a degree in international economics from Nottingham University in England, Bartosz joined a Finance Graduate Development Program at Royal Dutch Shell, where he worked in Europe and in the Middle East. In the past, he also served as an economist intern to the UK’s Government Economic Service at the Department for Work and Pensions. In his first semester at SIPA, Bartosz became a member of the SIPA Energy Association, Consulting Club, and Finance Society. Most recently, he obtained the China Trek Research Grant from SIPA and looks forward to working on a solar project in the Western rural regions of China. Bartosz looks forward to interning across the public and private energy sector this summer to further develop his skills as an energy professional.


We look forward to Stephanie’s and Bartosz’s next year at SIPA!