Esther Waters-Crane graduated in 2007 with an MIA degree and a concentration in Human Rights. She is currently Chief of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at UNICEF in Kenya.
In our final installment of this season's New Students Series, we’re welcoming Jungwoo Lee, from Seoul, Republic of Korea. Jungwoo has an MBA degree from KAIST and spent the last decade as a consultant for a securities company. Jungwoo, very self-aware of his career trajectory, became dissatisfied with private sector work and how his character was changing for the worse. So he left it all behind and trekked across four continents over two years to find his calling in life---which led him to a desire to help those less fortunate.
From France, Philippe Dauba-Pantanacce graduated in 2007 with an MIA degree focusing on International Finance and Business. He is now Senior Economist and Global Geopolitical Analyst with Standard Chartered Bank in London.
The SIPA Office of Alumni and Development is excited to share A View from the Class, a SIPA stories series, featuring current SIPA students, recently graduated alumni, and SIPA faculty.
In today’s installment of our New Students Series, we’re welcoming Lan Hoang, from Hanoi, Vietnam. Lan's interest in international affairs began with a senior thesis project about Vietnamese refugees while studying at the University of Hong Kong. After graduation she spent some time with the United Nations in Bangkok, where she worked on migration-policy issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Lan's background pairs nicely with her chosen concentration, Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy. Attending SIPA has been a lifelong ambition, as she grew up flipping through the pages of Columbia University publications. How'd she get access? Well, Lan's father is actually a 1995 SIPA graduate. Despite her preparedness for the program, she said she was surprised to read her acceptance letter and jumped for joy upon reading the good news. Lan, we're happy to have you here, too!
The Spring and Fall 2018 application round is officially open. Here's how the Office of Admissions recommends you prepare for the application process.
Graduate school is tough enough without having to worry about everyday life stressors, such as personal budgets, homesickness, and the like. SIPA graduate Adriana Popa, MIA 2016, shares her advice for quelling your own anxieties as a new graduate student (from 2016).
In today's installment of our New Students Series, we're welcoming Poorvi Goel from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. Poorvi studied economics at St. Stephen's College in Delhi. She also earned a degree from the London School of Economics and she's been working as an economist at the Planning Commission of India and the UNDP. She's nervous about readjusting to life as a student, but looks forward to getting her "hands dirty" in the development process instead of just being an onlooker. Welcome Poorvi!
The Columbia University alumni series spoke with 1994 SIPA graduate Elizabeth Rose Daly, who created Liz Daly’s Culture Digest as a way to share her love of New York City’s amazing cultural offerings and showcase some of the lesser known arts and cultural presentations.
In today's installment of our New Students Series, we're welcoming Dian Dong from Hangzhou in Zhejiang, China. Dian studied sociology at the University of Maryland in the United States, and is currently working on education and student privacy issues. While working on US-China relations, she found her calling in international affairs and technology and hopes to strengthen those skillsets while at SIPA. Dian describes reading her SIPA admission letter as "one of the happiest moments in my life," and she plans to make every second at SIPA count.