Cornell University


CIPA Colloquium is a public affairs seminar series. This forum features invited speakers who engage participants in discussions of issues facing public affairs and public policy professionals. All colloquia are open to students, faculty, staff, and community members. The public is encouraged to attend!

CIPA Colloquium is also a one-credit course for all CIPA students (PADM 5010); enrollment is required for each semester that a CIPA fellow is in residence at Cornell. While many students specialize in a policy subfield during their graduate careers, the colloquium series is structured to provide students with the opportunity to engage distinguished scholars and practitioners across subfields. Attendance at this series is an essential aspect of a student's professional development while at CIPA.

Colloquia are held on Thursdays (please see the schedule below) from 4:45-6:00 p.m. in Warren B25. This series is funded in part by the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly Finance Commission.

For more information, please contact:

 Committee Chair
Kristen Edwards

Spring 2016 

Climate Panel Photo

Thursday, February 18

International Management of the Paris Climate Change Agreement

John Mathiason,Visiting Lecturer, CIPA

Robert Howarth, PhD
The David R. Atkinson Professor of Ecology and Environmental Biology

David Wolfe, PhD
Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science, CALS
 Carolina Palma Photo    

Thursday, February 25

New Regionalism in Latin America: The Pacific Alliance Initiative

Carolina Palma
Researcher, World Trade Institute

David Agnew Photo

Thursday, March 10

Not Doing the Obvious:The Politics of Infrastructure in the US

David Agnew
Former Deputy Assistant to the President and the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs

Alexander Mora Photo

Thursday, April 7

Attracting Investment Through Innovation

Alexander Mora
Minister of Foreign Trade, Republic of Costa Rica

Nana Fosu-Randall

Thursday, April 21

Sustainable Development for African Women and Girls

Nana Fosu-Randall
Founder, Voices of African Mothers and Former CFO of the United Nations

Scott Litman Photo

Thursday, April 28

Negotiating Public-Private Partnerships: The Case of The San Juan Airport

Scott Litman
Managing Director and Co-Portfolio Manager, Oaktree Capital

Laurie Jinkins Photo

Thursday, May 5

Legislative Leadership for Social Justice

Laurie Jinkins
Washington State Representative, 27th Legislative District

Fall 2015 

Amitav Chakrivati Photo

Thursday, September 3

Why People Don't Buy: The Go and Stop Signals

Amitav Chakravati, PhD
Professor of Marketing, Department of Management, London School of Economics and Political Science

Jules Kroll Photo

Thursday, September 17

Jules Kroll
Chairman and CEO, Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Inc,

Julie Stone Photo

Thursday, September 24

Medicaid and Medicare 50: Using Research to Drive Change

Julie Stone
Senior Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research; CIPA MPA 2000

Sam Zimmerman Photo

Thursday, October 1

Developing City Transportation: Context and Strategy Planning

Sam Zimmerman
Consultant, World Bank and Consultant, New York University's Rudin Center for Transportation and Management

Peter Hakim Photo

Thursday, October 15

Obama and Latin America: Successes, Failures, and Unfinished Business

Peter Hakim
President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Inter-American Dialogue

John Godsmark Photo

Thursday, October 29

US Infrastructure and Innovative Approaches to Deliver Vital Public Services

Jon Godsmark
Senior Vice President, Infrastructure Advisory; Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors,

Spring 2015  

M Milstein

Thursday, February 26

The Private Sector and Sustainable Development

Mark Milstein, PhD
Director, Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management

Co-sponsored by Johnson Graduate School of Management Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise

derek cabrera
laura cabrera

Thursday, March 5

Systems Thinking Made Simple

Derek Cabrera, PhD
Founder and Senior Research Scientist, Cabrera Research Lab

Laura Cabrera, PhD
Founder and Senior Research Scientist, Cabrera Research Lab


M Wootan

Thursday, March 12

It Takes More than Willpower: Supporting Americans' Efforts to Eat Well and Watch their Weight

Margo Wootan, PhD
Director, Nutrition Policy, Center for Science in the Public Interest

H Riberio

Thursday, March 19

Emerging Services

Humberto Luiz Ribeiro
Former Secretary of Commerce and Services, Brazilian Ministry of Development and Trade

Co-sponsored byJohnson Graduate School of Management Emerging Markets Institute

M DeBor

Thursday, April 9

Advocacy Matters: A Case Study of Collective Advocacy by Grassroots Organizations

Marydale DeBor, JD
Founder and Managing Director, Fresh Advantage

M Omar

Thursday, April 23

Canaries in the Mines: The Role of Women in Fighting Extremism in the Middle East and Africa

Manal Omar
Acting Vice President, Center for Middle East and Africa, United States Institute for Peace

L Lathome

Thursday, April 30

Doing a Lot with Little: Moving Haiti Forward

Laurent Lamothe
Former Prime Minister, Republic of Haiti

Fall 2014  

Sharon Tennyson Photo

Thursday, September 3

Linking Academic Research with Public Policy

Sharon Tennyson, Ph.D.
Director, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs and Professor of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University

Manogue Photo
Basu Photo

Thursday, September 18

The Pivot to Asia: Foreign Policy and Economic Diplomacy under the Obama Administration

Robert Manogue
Director of the Office of Bilateral Trade Affairs, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, US Department of State 

Saptarshi Basu
Presidential Management Fellow and Trade Policy Analyst, US Department of State

Vignetta Charles

Thursday, October 16

Addressing the Intersection of Women, HIV, Violence and Trauma 

Vignetta Charles
PhD, Senior Vice President, AIDS United


Thursday, October 23

Knocking on Heaven’s Door: Teaching and Learning with Adults on the Margins

Virginia Cabasa-Hess
PhD, Dean of Adult Education, Triton College

tom madison

Thursday, October 30

The Anatomy of a Mega Public Works Project—the New Tappan Zee Bridge

Tom Madison
Executive Director New York State Thruway Authority


Thursday, November 6

Special Location: Statler Auditorium

The Fall of the Berlin Wall: Reflections After 25 Years

Richard Burt
Former US Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany (1985-1989); Managing Director of Europe, Russia, and Eurasia: McLarty Associates

Spring 2014  


Thursday, February 13

Trade and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) as Part of a Development Strategy

Alberto Trejos
Professor of Economics at INCAE Business School


Thursday, March 13

Thoughts from an Africa Optimist:  Expanding U.S.-Africa Relations

Nancy Walker
President, AfricaNet Consulting


Tuesday, April 15
(NOTE: Special Day - Tuesday, regular time)

Understanding Policy on “The Hill”

Thomas Rooney
R-Florida, 17th District, U.S. House of Representatives


Nelli Garton

Thursday, April 17

Burdens of Proof: Perspectives in Evaluation at Large-Scale Nonprofit Initiatives

Cath Kane
Assistant Director of Evaluation for the Weill Cornell Clinical Translational Science Center

Dr. Nelli Garton

Vice President of Strategy and Philanthropic Partnerships at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in San Diego


Thursday, April 24

America's Coming Infrastructure Crisis: Where Will the Money Come From?

Edward Merlis
Public Affairs and Government Relations Consultant

Fall 2013  


Thursday, September 12

The Factors Affecting Socio-Economic Development in Nepal

Dr. Shankar Sharma
Ambassador from Nepal to the United States

Margaret Tobin 

Thursday, September 19

Mario Guerrero

Thursday, September 26

How LGBT Rights are Affected by Current Policy

Mario Guerrero, Cornell MPA 2009
Director of Legislative Affairs, California’s State Employee Union -  SEIU Local 1000

Barbara Krumsiek

Thursday, October 3

A Gender Lens on Corporate Culture and Financial Power

Barbara J. Krumsiek
President, CEO and Chair of Calvert Investments, Inc.

Jorge A

Thursday, November 7

The Political and Economic Challenges for the Construction of the New Panama Canal

Jorge de la Guardia, Cornell MCE 1972
Executive Manager, Panama Canal Authority Locks Project Management Division

James Foster

Thursday, November 14

James E. Foster
Director of the Institute for International Economic Policy at George Washington University

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Thursday, December 5

Non Profit Management and Social Entrepreneurship

Jose Aguliar
Executive Director of Horizonte Positivo

Spring 2013  

To view the Spring 2013 Colloquium Schedule as a PDF, please click here.


February 21

Program Director and Supervisory Senior Investment Officer, U.S. Department of Energy

John Foote_Spring 2013  

 March 14

John Foote

Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government; and a visiting lecturer in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University 
Charlie Meyer_Spring 13

March 28

“Transparent, Performance-Driven City Governance –vs- Trust Me”

Charlie Meyer

City Manager of Tempe, Arizona

Martin Loeffler

April 4

“Social Business: The Grameen Way of Doing Business”

Martin Loeffler

CEO of Grameen Caldas


April 5 

“Making a Difference: Peace Corps in the 21st Century”

Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Peace Corps Director (Acting)

Panama President_Spring 2013

April 11 (Ticket Required)

Ricardo Martinelli

President of the Republic of Panama

Brady Deaton Photo

April 18

Brady Deaton

CEO of the University of Missouri; Chairman of the Board for International Food and Agriculture Development (BIFAD)

Fall 2012  

To view the Fall 2012 Colloquium Schedule as a PDF, please click here.

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August 30

Founder at Millennial Branding, personal branding expert, #1 international bestselling author of Me 2.0, speaker, TIME/Forbes columnist.


September 6

Kent Lucken

Managing Director at Citigroup, MPA, Finance at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government 

Ambassador Aurelia Brazeal

September 13

President of the Association of Black American Ambassadors (ABAA). MPA, International Affairs at Columbia University, Ph.D, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. 

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October 11

Professor of International Development at Imperial College, London.  Authored The Doubly Green Revolution: Food for all in the 21st century. One Billion Hungry: Can we Feed the World? is to be published in October, 2012. 


November 7 (Wednesday, held in 200 Baker Hall 

Has been with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for over 30 years. He began his tenure at the CF Foundation as Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, and for the past 17 years he has served as President and CEO.

Gligor Tashkovich

November 29

Past Minister for Foreign Investment of the Republic of Macedonia. Earned his B.A. from Cornell's College of Arts & Sciences and, later, his M.B.A. from Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management. 

Spring 2012

February 2

Food Prices and the Poor: The Differential Welfare Effects of Price Levels and Volatility
Dr. Christopher B. Barrett, PhD
Stephen B. & Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management, International Professor of Agriculture, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management


February 16

Public Management In an Era of Economic Challenges
Robert N. Goldenkoff, MPA
Director, Strategic Issues, U.S.
Government Accountability Office


Tools and Techniques for Program Design and Evaluation
Julia Vieweg, CIPA MPA 2008

Analyst, U.S. Government Accountability Office

March 1

Aiming for the Heart: Political Consulting at Home and Abroad
Steve Bouchard
Principal, Bouchard Strategies

March 15

Budgeting for Growth and Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of the Federal Budget
Michael Linden, MPP
Director for Tax and Budget Policy, American Progress

April 5

Ernst & Young's Footprint in Public Policy
Felice B. Friedman
Director of Global Public Policy, Ernst & Young

April 13

Colombian Economy in a Changing World: Present and Future
Dr. Roberto Junguito, PhD
Former Colombian Minister of Finance and Public Credit

* Special Friday Colloquium


April 19

The Role of The United Nations in Promoting International Peace and Security
Kiho Cha
Senior Political Affairs Officer, Department of Political Affairs, United Nations

To view the Spring 2012 Colloquium Schedule as a PDF, please click here.

Fall 2011


September 1

The Path to U.S. Employment: A Recruiter's Perspective
Dan Beaudry
Director, North America at QS Network
Author, Power Ties: The International Student's Guide to Finding a Job in the US

Co-Sponsored by: Johnson Graduate School of Management, Career Management Center; Graduate School


September 8

Perspectives on Global Competitiveness in Solar Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. Marie Mapes, PhD
Photovoltaic Technology Manager, United States Department of Energy

Co-Sponsored by: David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future

September 15

Navigating a Career in Emerging Markets: A View from Wall Street and Washington
Tanisha Tingle-Smith
Principal, Verdade Risk Consulting
Independent Task Force on Brazil, Council on Foreign Relations


September 22

International Development in the 21st Century
Richard Dreiman
President & CEO, Chemonics International

Co-Sponsored by: International Program, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences


September 29

From Broker to BINGO: Why a Hybrid Career Makes Sense in International Development
Assheton Carter
Senior Vice President, Global Engagement and Strategy, PACT

Co-Sponsored by: International Program, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

October 13

Cornell in New York State Prisons: A Look at Post-Secondary Education on the Inside
Jim Schechter, PhD
Executive Director, Cornell Prison Education Program




October 20

Reflections on a Career in Diplomacy
Edward J. Perkins, Former United States Ambassador to South Africa
Sponsored by: University Lectures

Co-Sponsored by: Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development

October 27

Public-Private Partnership as Public Administration Policy: The Good, Bad, and Ugly
Steve Iachetta
Airport Planner, Albany Airport




November 3

Transgender Equality and the Work of the National Center for Transgender Equality
Mara Keisling
Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality

Co-Sponsored by: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center

November 17

Race to Get it Right: Sustainable Solutions for Metros and Business
Court Gould

Executive Director, Sustainable Pittsburgh

Co-Sponsored by: The Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise

November 28

The Darwin Economy
Robert Frank
Henrietta Johnson Lewis Professor of Management, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management



To view the Fall 2011 Colloquium Schedule as a PDF, please click here.