Every October, Columbians around the world—alumni, students, parents, friends, neighbors, faculty, and staff—come together for Columbia Giving Day, a 24-hour online fundraising event on Oct. 26, 2016. Our alumni are deeply committed to making a real difference in the world.  To support Giving Day, the work our alumni do, and to virtually say “thanks” to all of SIPA’s alumni who take on global issues, big and small, I’ll share one alumni story a week every Friday this month.  The videos highlight the work of especially distinguished SIPA alumni, underscoring their various contributions to our society in the US and abroad.

In 10 years at the World Bank, John Porter, IF ’82, MIA ’83 rose to become chief investment officer. Because developing countries can’t borrow in capital markets, he says, the World Bank plays a key role in in helping them to implement reforms, work out of debt, and gain freedom in planning for the future.