Author Archive for Eloy Henrique Saraiva de Oliveira

My experience as a Lemann Fellow

Besides the incredible network of SIPA Students and Alumni, being at Columbia gave me the chance to access other great exclusive groups. One of them is the network of Lemann Fellows.

The Lemann Fellowship was established by the Brazilian entrepreneur Jorge Paulo Lemann, in order to support students that are committed to the overall advancement of Brazil, through their educational and professional experience. The fellowship is is curated by the Lemann Foundation, and includes lifetime access to an incredible network of people (including Jorge Paulo Lemann himself!). If you want to become a Lemann Fellow like me, you need to write a separate essay explaining your connection with Brazil – but always check the website for more information, since the rules of application might change from year to year.

The Lemann Fund also strengthens Columbia University’s research, teaching, and discussion of Latin America. The Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) is one of the nation’s foremost centers in the field and it is the house to the Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies, that serves as a key focal point for students and faculty with an interest in Brazil. ILAS regularly hosts events related to Latin America (you can check out their full agenda of events here).


Here I am checking in for the event!

Here I am checking in for the event!


In order to achieve its goals, the Lemann Foundation holds regular events inside and outside Brazil. These events are a great opportunity to get Fellows together and foment discussions about Brazil’s hot topics. Every year one major University hosts one of such events, called the Lemann Dialogue. It took place in Stanford, in 2014, and it is scheduled for Harvard, in 2016. But last semester what was hosted by SIPA. The 5th Annual Leman Dialogue (Innovating in the Brazilian Public Sector) was by far one of the best events I saw at Columbia. You could see a complete myriad of Brazilian authorities in the lobby, such as   Ministers, such as Tereza Campello; former head of Brazilian Development Bank, Andre Lara Rezende; Brazilianist, Professor Albert Fishlow; Presidential candidate, Marina Silva, besides Jorge Paulo Lemann . The event’s panels discussed topics such as: | The Current Political and Economic Landscape; Policies and Social Inclusion; Reforming Representative Democracy in the XXI Century; Technology and Citizen Engagement; Urban Development and City Management; Coordinating the Flow: Addressing the Challenges of Urbanization; Innovating in Policy Making for Education (click here for a complete list of topics).

If you want to get a better view of what the event was all about, watch the following short video:

The Fifth Annual Leman Dialogue was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. I hope I can make it to the sixth edition!


Eloy reflects on ASD 2015

Before you hear from Eloy, we wanted to remind you that SIPA’s Office of Admissions will have a skeleton crew for Admitted Students’ Day on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.  (So you should only stop by if you’ve registered to attend a class and need to check in.) 

I couldn’t make it to my own Admitted Students’ Day, as I was working in Brazil at the time. But as soon as I got to SIPA, I made sure to volunteer for the following one, and see what it looked like. And it’s just amazing!

It is a full-day event where students can meet with their future classmates (including other admits and current students) and chat about anything they want. It doesn’t matter how many blog posts or reviews you find on the Internet because there is nothing like meeting someone in person and seeing their excitement while talking about what they love at SIPA. Also, there is nothing like getting to know Columbia and taking some minutes to sit on Low Library steps and feel the sunlight while surrounded amongst other students.

At ASD last year, I started by welcoming students as they checked in that morning. I also joined admitted students and faculty over lunch while University Professor Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Prize winner in economics, was sharing his view about the current state of the world. I’ll never forget how cool it felt to share the table with future colleagues and with Professor Akbar Noman and Professor Jose Ocampo (former Minister of Finance of Colombia and Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs at the UN). AND I had a table right in front!

If you are curious, check out Stiglitz’s talk below.

After lunch, I shared my favorite places at Columbia with a small group of admitted students while I took them on a tour around campus. We finished our tour just in time for the concentration and specialization lectures that afternoon.

At the end of the day, I joined everybody for the alumni panel and a nice evening reception on the 15 floor (aka the best view in Columbia) and we were able to talk a little bit more about SIPA life.

It was a fun day for me, but I bet it was way better for the admitted students. So it was no surprise to see a lot of people I met at the ASD coming for their first day of grad school a couple of months later. One of them even came to tell me I was the first person to greet him on ASD and that he was really happy to join SIPA!

Don’t miss the chance to have this first-hand experience at SIPA and Columbia! See you all tomorrow at ASD!

P.S. For those of you who can’t make it, you can watch the livestream here:

Photo courtesy of SIPA | I’m in the back with the leather jacket!

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