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Strategies for Fighting Ebola: A Columbia University Summit to Help End the Epidemic

Monday, December 1, 2014 
9:00am - 12:00pm

Columbia Club of New York

15 West 43rd Street
New York, NY
Where do we stand in the fight against Ebola -- and what should be done now?
Columbia is convening leading experts -- from the University and other institutions – to recommend and discuss specific strategies to:
·        Arrest the transmission of the virus and accelerate the delivery of needed care.
·        Marshal the financial resources – and the health care personnel – required to address the crisis.
·        Mobilize and coordinate international, national, and private-sector responses.
·        Accelerate the development, testing, and distribution of an Ebola vaccine.
A full list of distinguished panelists is included below.
Please note that Dr. Ranu Dhillon and Dr. Estrella Lasry will be joining the summit life via Skype from West Africa.
A live webcast will be available here:
This event is sponsored by: Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York, The Columbia Alumni Association, The Columbia University Club of New York,  Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University School of Nursing, Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Panelists include:
Kathleen Crowley PA-C, MPH, DrPH is the Associate Vice President of Environment Health and Safety for Columbia University.
Ranu Dhillon MD will join the panel discussion via Skype from Guinea. Dr. Dhillon is Senior Technical Advisor, Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development, at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He has been a consultant to support public health systems in Liberia, Nigeria, and India, and has served with the World Health Organization and UNICEF.
Jennifer Dohrn DNP, RN, FAAN directs the Columbia University School of Nursing’s Office of Global Initiatives. She directed a project that provided technical assistance to build nursing and midwifery capacity in 10 Sub-Saharan countries. She serves on the Global Committee for the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, and the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centers for Nursing and Midwifery Development.
Wafaa El-Sadr MD, MPH directs the Global Health Initiative at the Mailman School of Public Health, where she is a professor of Epidemiology. She is an expert in building public health and healthy system capacity.
Les Funtleyder  directs strategic investments for Opko Health, is the health care portfolio manager for E Squared Asset Management, and a partner with Bluecloud Healthcare, a U.K.-based incubator of health care companies in Africa. Widely quoted in the business and financial media, he is the author of Healthcare Investing: Profiting from the New World of Pharma, Biotech, and Health Care Services.
Scott Hammer MD is the Chief for the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center. Hammer is a professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health and is an investigator with the National Institutes of Health where he performs clinical trials to improve the treatment of infectious disease.
Elaine Larson  PhD, RN, FAAN is an internationally recognized expert in promoting infection prevention and control worldwide. She is Associate Dean for Research at the Columbia University School of Nursing and holds a joint appointment at the Mailman School of Public Health, where she is a professor of Epidemiology. Dr. Larson is the editor of the American Journal of Infection Control.
Estrella Lasry, MD, MSc, DTM, Tropical Medicine Advisor, Médecins Sans Frontières, will join the panel via Skype from Guinea,  She is currently supporting the MSF intervention in the West Africa Ebola outbreak
Susan Michaels-Strasser PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN is the associate director for nursing programs and project director of the Global Nurse Capacity Building Program (GNCBP) at ICAP. In this role, she oversees a HRSA-funded, multi-country initiative to strengthen and sustain nursing’s role in the care of people living with HIV. She has served at senior management and training levels at various locations throughout Southern Africa, and has recently returned from Sierra Leone.
Stephen Morse PhD is professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health and is the global Co-Director of PREDICT, a USAID initiative to strengthen global capacity for surveillance and detection of new infectious diseases. He is also the founding Chair of the Program to Monitor Emerging Diseases (ProMED).
Fernando Ortiz Jr. works in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations at the United Nations and is currently on special assignment to the United Nations Mission in Liberia.
Alexander Preker is president and CEO of the Health Investment & Financing Corp, a founding member of the NY Chapter of the Keiretsu Forum, and served as chief economist of health, nutrition, and population at The World Bank.
Irwin Redlener MD is professor of Health Policy and Management and co-founder and president of the Children’s Health Fund and director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at The Earth Institute. Dr. Redlener is a nationally recognized expert on disaster preparedness policies, pandemic influenza, the threat of terrorism in the U.S., and the impact and consequences of major natural disasters and related issues.
Christopher Reim is the managing director of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance and a managing general partner of Innovate NY Fund, LP.
Witney Schneidman is a senior international advisor for Africa at Covington & Burling, who provides strategic advice on political, economic, social and regulatory issues that are critical to companies’ success in Africa. Previously, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and played a key role in ensuring the passage and implementation of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act, and the establishment of the U.S.-SADC Forum, the U.S.-Angola Bilateral Consultative Commission and the U.S. Nigeria Joint Economic Partnership Committee.

Event Date: 
Monday, December 1, 2014 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Event Location: 

Columbia Club of New York 
15 West 43rd Street
New York, NY

Associated Global A-Z item

Markets, Labor and Regulation

Are markets in developing and transition economies over-regulated or under-regulated? This is a perennial question in the development discourse, but one for which answers appear to come more from preset ideology rather than from context specific analysis and evidence.
This conference seeks to explore the frontiers of policy analysis and research on Markets, Labor and Regulation. It will (i) consider regulation of output markets and markets for capital as well as the market for labor, (ii) pay particular attention to the enforcement of regulations, (iii) explore the links between regulation, deregulation and inequality, (iv) highlight the political economy of regulation, and (v) bring in international dimensions of regulation.
Co-Sponsored by: Columbia University, Cornell University, the UK Department for International Development and the World Bank
By Invitation Only

Event Date: 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 8:30am to Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 6:00pm
Event Location: 
New Delhi, India

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Request for Proposals: President's Global Innovation Fund, Due Date: February 10, 2015

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Southern Gas Corridor: Progress and Challenges

The Southern Gas Corridor was launched in December 2013. The $45 billion dollar project aims to bring the first new natural gas volumes to Europe in decades. The project transits seven countries and six regulatory systems and over a dozen investing companies and gas buyers are involved in the endeavor.  Dr. Vitaliy Baylarbayov, Deputy Vice President of SOCAR, the national oil company of Azerbaijan, will discuss the progress and challenges of launching this complicated project.  He will discuss the goals of the project and its projected impact on the energy security of a number of states in Europe. After remarks by Dr. Baylarbayov, Prof. Brenda Shaffer (bio), a Visiting Professor and researcher at Georgetown University, will moderate a discussion.

Registration is required. This event is open to press.

For more information contact:

Dr. Vitaliy Baylarbayov is the Deputy Vice-President of SOCAR for Investments and Marketing. Dr. Baylarbayov has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and holds a PhD in Economics. He has held executive positions in the negotiations related to and the management of a number of major oil and gas upstream and midstream projects, including the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli oilfields, the Shah-Deniz gas/condensate field, the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, and Southern Gas Corridor Projects including the expansion of the Southern Caucasus Pipeline, the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) and the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP).

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 9:30am to 10:45am
Event Location: 
International Affairs Building, Room 1512 420 West 118th Street Columbia University New York, NY 10027

The Tragedy of Exclusion

Globalization has altered the conditions under which different actors have access to scarce resources, including non-renewable environmental resources that are indispensible for survival. Removing entry barriers to the flow of goods and capital, zoning and titling land and allocating property rights either explicitly to the state or to private agents has in effect created transnational markets in land, its resources and usages. This may well increase efficiency in the use of increasingly scarce arable or habitable land. Efficiency, however, needs to be balanced with justice – especially when access to land and its resources is essential for survival. Justice calls for a shift of attention from how governance affects a given asset or resource and its economic value to how it affects human life, including the norms different people have reason to value. 

Background: In June 2013 the center held a conference on “Governing Access to Essential Resources” at Columbia University in New York. Senior scholars, postdocs and doctoral student from around the world attended the conference. 

The theme plays with Hardin’s famous term of the “tragedy of the commons” and articulates that enclosure and property allocation always entails exclusion and that the plight of the excluded needs to be addressed

It established the intellectual foundation for a multi-year research project now operating under the heading of “The Tragedy of Exclusion”. The theme plays with Hardin’s famous term of the “tragedy of the commons” and articulates that enclosure and property allocation always entails exclusion and that the plight of the excluded needs to be addressed.  In order to deepen our understanding of the development of property regimes in different parts of the world, in the second phase of the project teach-ins and research workshops (Global Think-ins) are held in different parts of the world. 



  • Teach-ins for doctoral students and postdocs were held in Bangalore and Mumbai in the spring of 2014


  • Research workshops were held at Columbia’s Global Centers in Mumbai (March 2014) and Istanbul (June 2014). 

The project is funded by Professor Pistor’s Max Planck Research Award.

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Lamont-Doherty Researchers Make Their Mark on the Map

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