Monthly Archives: March 2016

3 IPED Students Selected as Wings of Excellence Awardees

Armand Aquino, Ludo Lombaard & Schima Labitsch win a free trip to attend the St. Gallen's Symposium in Switzerland

Armand Aquino, Lodewikus Lombaard & Schima Labitsch win a free trip to attend the St. Gallen Symposium in Switzerland

Three IPED students were selected as Wings of Excellence Awardees by the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Armand Aquino (2017), Schima Labitsch (2017) and Lodewikus Lombaard (2016), are some of the few selected to participate in the St. Gallen Symposium in Switzerland as Leaders of Tomorrow. From among hundreds of other applicants, Armand, Schima and Lodewikus were selected based on their essay submissions for this year’s symposium topic which is Growth – the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Entitled Good-Based Economy: Growing the Rice and Weeding out the Grass, Armand’s winning essay proposes for a “good-based” economy that delivers a positive impact rather than one that seeks traditional  notions of economic growth.

Schima’s paper, Deconstructing growth: The why, what, and how any alternative to growth must consist of argues for a new growth discourse. By understanding its constructivist nature, growth can be built as a deliberate socioeconomic choice wherein alternative economic policies can emerge.

Meanwhile, Lodewikus’ essay, Perennation Rates: The appropriate way to measure the success of the modern collective human endeavor, offers a new alternative to growth which is generally understood as a measurement of humanity’s success. He suggests perennation rates which captures the survival rate of humans amidst modern day adversities.

Armand, Schima and Lodewikus will be attending the St. Gallen Symposium from May 11-13. Abstracts of the three students’ papers can be found here.

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Career Trip: Clinton Foundation


On Friday, March 4, Fordham IPED students visited the New York office of the Clinton Foundation. Tara Clerkin (IPED ’13) graciously assembled a panel of her peers and moderated a discussion on some of the many initiatives and projects underway at the foundation.

Tara Clerkin, IPED alumna (far left), moderated a panel of her colleagues at Clinton Global Initiative.

Tara Clerkin, IPED alumna (far left), moderated a panel of her colleagues at the Clinton Foundation.

Panelists included Rachel Tulchin, who discussed her work with No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project. Jason Sukhram talked about his work with the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP). Both Stephen Mushegan and Dori McAuliffe work with the Clinton Climate Initiative. Tara works with the Clinton Development Initiative. And lastly, Matt Martinez spoke about the internship opportunities he oversees in the intern program.

It was great to hear about a variety of potential career paths, and see some of the great work being done in partnership with communities at the Clinton Foundation.

Mandatory group shot!

Mandatory group shot!


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Student Spotlight: Gary Tuorto at Morgan Stanley

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Gary Tuorto (IPED 2017) currently serves as an intern at Morgan Stanley, specifically in the Finance Department within the Transfer Pricing Group. Morgan Stanley is a financial company engaged in the provision of investment banking products and services to its clients and customers including corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals. The Transfer Pricing Group at Morgan Stanley is a back office support role within company management at the firm. Transfer pricing is a method used by multinational companies to determine where and how profits are taxed and allocated to appropriate government authorities.

As an intern, Gary is responsible for determining the transfer price that Morgan Stanley uses to markup inter-firm transactions, mainly for tax purposes. He performs comparable company searches and uses statistical analysis to determine a range of markup prices to use for each business division within Morgan Stanley. Additionally, Gary is working on calculating the reserve requirements of Morgan Stanley, which is the amount of money it needs to hold to cover for adverse circumstances when transfer pricing strategies employed turn out to be reversed.

Gary learned of this internship opportunity from Jordan Radovan (IPED 2016), who interned at Morgan Stanley in 2015. He shares that Jordan was able to pass on his resume directly, and he would be happy to do the same to anyone who may be interested in interning at Morgan Stanley, particularly in their transfer pricing division.

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Student Spotlight: Katie McCann & Daina Ruback at the UNDP Equator Initiative

Katie McCann (IPED 2017) and Daina Ruback (IPED 2017) are currently Arrupe Fellow Interns at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – Equator Initiative. The Equator Initiative is a multi-stakeholder platform bringing together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to promote local sustainable development solutions for people, nature, and resilient communities. The Equator Initiative recognizes the success of local and indigenous initiatives and helps these groups develop the capacity needed to scale up their impact.

Katie Feature

As an intern, Katie is currently working on the World Network of Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Land and Sea Managers (WIN) newsletter, which shares opportunities for funding, employment, and action with the Equator Initiative’s network. WIN is a network of indigenous and local community land and sea managers that facilitates sharing of knowledge and best practices in managing ecosystems, protecting the environment, and supporting sustainable livelihoods.

Additionally, she researches and copy-edits case studies of Equator Prize winners which get published and posted in the Equator Initiative’s website. The Equator Prize is an award given biennially in recognition of local sustainable development solutions for people, nature, and resilient communities. The Equator Prize puts the spotlight on local and indigenous groups for their efforts towards sustainable development. Winners of the Equator Prize for 2015 can be found here.

Daina Feature

Meanwhile, Daina has worked closely with the group’s Indigenous Peoples Initiative. She has helped conduct research on the link between indigenous peoples’ land rights and reducing carbon emissions and deforestation. She is also responsible for the management of WIN website and for providing general logistical and administrative support. Along with Katie, Daina supported the planning and preparation for the Equator Prize in 2015 which was held in Paris, France. One of the highlights of their time at the Equator Initiative was participating in a press conference with Alec Baldwin, actor and advocate for the Equator Initiative and its work, who helped to announce the 2015 winners.

The internship with the Equator Initiative is part of Fordham IPED’s Arrupe Fellowship, offered to students with relevant work experience in developing countries and those who wish to pursue a career with nonprofit international relief and development organizations.

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Student Spotlight: Grace Avila at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations

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Grace Avila (IPED 2017) is currently serving as an intern with the United States Mission (U.S. Mission) to the United Nations (UN), specifically in the Economic and Social Section. The U.S. Mission represents the U.S. government’s interests at the UN. The Economic and Social Section of the U.S. Mission works specifically on issues related to human rights and humanitarian affairs, economic development, gender equality, and other social issues.

As an intern, Grace helps in the preparation and representation of the U.S. for the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which will be held from March 14 to 24 this year at the UN Headquarters in New York City. The CSW is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. This year, the priority theme of CSW is the empowerment of women and its link to sustainable development, while the review theme is the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.

In addition to CSW-related work, Grace writes policy briefs and supports the representatives of the U.S. Mission in meetings at the UN and helps in taking down important notes and insights. Grace already shared the room with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on three occasions.

Grace applied for this internship during the summer of 2015 on USAJobs. She shared that interested students can sign up here to receive a notification when the internship postings are available, which is approximately six to nine months in advance of the internship start date. She advises other students to provide a very detailed resume since unlike other organizations, the U.S. government prefers extremely detailed resumes.

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