The International Political Economy and Development (IPED) Program at Fordham University hosts a weekly lecture series. Guests from the non-profit, public, and private sectors present on topics of interest to both graduate students in the IPED Program as well as to students in various departments across the university.

 

March 17, 2021

Alyssa Campbell, International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Alyssa talked about her work in the IRC. She delved into the different departments in the organization such as the strategy, research, and evidence to action teams. In this endeavor, she traced how research on numerous international development issues starts from the idea-phase all the way until the implementation stage. 

Alyssa Campbell works as an evidence to action manager in the Airbel Impact Lab, a research and innovation department at the IRC. Her work involves articulating copious amounts of evidence amongst the IRC’s research areas. She holds a BA in Law, Politics, and History from Sciences Po Paris and an MSc in Urban Planning from the London School of Economics.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

March 11, 2021

Marie Claire Vasquez and Maria Victoria Abreu, Dutidú

Marie and Maria (IPED 2006) are co-founders of Dutidú. They talked about their advocacy in promoting Latin-American culture in the United States. Both moms, they realized the importance of acknowledging one’s roots as they impart their values and culture to their kids.

Marie Claire has dedicated her life to researching Latin American democracy and development. She has had previous stints with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, and the Brookings Institution. She earned her MA and a Ph.D. in International Policy Studies from Stanford University and the University of Maryland, respectively.

Prior to Dutidú, Maria Victoria served as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the World Bank, and the IDB. She holds two MAs one from Complutense University of Madrid and from Fordham University, wherein the latter, she received a Fulbright scholarship to study International Political Economy and Development at Fordham University.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

March 3, 2021

Dr, Nigel Gould-Davies, IISS

Dr. Gould-Davies talked about Alexei Navalny’s arrest and its political risk implications. He used a political risk framework he devised in his book Tectonic Politics: Global Risk in an Age of Transformation. He argued that the 21st-century world faces a new kind of political risk, a risk that more companies should not underestimate. 

Dr. Nigel Gould-Davies is an editor for Strategic Survey: The Annual Assessment of Geopolitics in the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is also a notable expert on the politics, economics, and security of Russia and the former Soviet Union. He holds a BA and M.Phil from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

 

February 24, 2021

Eric Carroll, Acceso

Eric Carroll (IPED 2015) talked about his experiences and the value-proposition of his non-profit organization, Acceso. Acceso aims to be a social business builder by providing capital, training, and access to farmers and fishers in Latin America. Through this initiative, their stakeholders are able to increase their incomes while lowering overall costs in their business model. 

Eric has been with Acceso ever since he graduated from the IPED program where he has primarily worked as an operations manager and then an associate director in its agribusiness division. 

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

 

February 17, 2021

Matthew Gembecki, Global Impact

Matthew (IPED 2016) talked about nuances in domestic and international fundraising. With his fundraising organization, Global Impact, Matthew shared his unique view on its challenges, especially during the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

Matthew has been a managing director of Global impact as he has been with the organization for three years now.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

February 10, 2021

Alex Strzempko, Village Enterprise

Alex Strzempko (IPED 2016) gave a lecture on her non-profit organization, Village Enterprise. Village Enterprise hopes to alleviate poverty in rural Africa through entrepreneurship and innovation. She talked about how they are able to do this by training, investing, and scaling entrepreneurs and their operations. 

Alex is the senior manager of institutional partnerships for the organization. Her professional career has been centered in international development with experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in Albania and Concern Worldwide.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

February 3, 2021

Greg Nasif, Humanity Forward

Greg Nasif talked about the urgency to implement Universal Basic Income (UBI) to mitigate the economic fallout effects from the Covid-19 pandemic. Humanity Forward continuously advocates for UBI to uplift millions of Americans out of poverty and aid small businesses to survive until the vaccine arrives and beyond with continuous direct cash relief payments. 

Greg is the chief spokesperson for Humanity Forward. Previously, he has worked for various Democratic primary candidates as a communication director. 

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

December 2, 2020

Grace Avila, The Clinton Foundation

Grace Avila (IPED 2017) talked about the Clinton Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by President Bill Clinton in 1997. The foundation’s main goals are to develop and implement programs that create economic opportunities, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service.

Grace is a foreign policy manager from the Clinton Foundation. Prior to her current role, she previously worked for the State Department and the United Nations. She holds a Master’s Degree in IPED from Fordham University. 

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

November 18, 2020

The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict with Lusine Khachatryan

Lusine Khachatryan (IPED 2021) talked about the ongoing conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. She provided a historical background on the conflict and discusses the impact so far of the conflict on affected communities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Lusine is a Fulbright Scholar from Armenia. She holds a Master’s Degree in IPED from Fordham University. 

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

November 11, 2020

Danielle Provo, Bridges Fund Management

Danielle Provo (IPED 2015) has been with Bridges Fund Management for more than a year as a private equity analyst specializing in sustainable growth. She shared her expertise in impact investing and it’s capacity to better livelihoods through private funding.

Danielle Provo holds a master’s degree in IPED from Fordham University. Prior to her current role, she served as a consultant and Peace Corps officer in Guinea. 

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

November 4, 2020

Sean Cox, US Foreign Service, and the USDA

Sean Cox of the USDA talked about his career path into the US foreign service, the USDA, and the unprecedented difficulties presented to the aspiring civil servants from the 2020 elections to the ongoing pandemic. 

Mr. Cox holds a dual master’s degree in IPED and Economics and was a recipient of the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship prior to his current role in the USDA.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

October 28, 2020

Brittany Borg, US Small Business Administration

Brittany Borg of the US Small Business Administration talked about the agency’s role, her work, and the agency’s response during the Coranavirus pandemic. 

Brittany holds a dual MA in Economics and International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University. She has been working in the SBA for more than seven years.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

 

October 23, 2020

Virtual Career Session with UNICEF  Members

Fordham IPED welcomed UNICEF members Bea Lumanas (IPED 2013, Programme Officer – Data and Analytics, UNICEF HQ New York) and Elly Reserva (IPED 2019, Health Officer – Data Management, UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Office, Senegal).  Bea and Elly shared about their work in international development and shared advice with students on how to pursue a career in development. 

 

October 16, 2020

Timothy Sullivan, Municipal Strategies & Solutions

Timothy Sullivan, IPED Class of 1985, talked about his financial consultancy practice. He specializes in aiding local governments in a vast range of problems from financing to staffing. He primarily focused on the effects of the Coronavirus on local governments in the New York state. 

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

October 9, 2020

Virtual Career Session with USDA Members

Fordham IPED welcomed United States Department of Agriculture members Matthew Pavone (Branch Chief, Agricultural Marketing Service), Sean Cox (Agricultural Attaché U.S. Mission to the UN), Stephanie Swinehart (International Economist), Brian Dutoi (Director of Executive Support) and Bill Verzani (Agricultural Attaché Malaysia).  The guests spoke about the USDA , their work with the organization, and the paths they took to arrive there.  

October 7, 2020

Elizabeth Mahoney, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Elizabeth Mahoney of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York presented on multiple topics about the bank. The interdisciplinary nature of the IPED program allowed Elizabeth to focus more on the bank’s international work and the interconnectedness of central banks around the world.

The lecture focused on:

  • The Global, national, and regional economic outlook;
  • The roles and responsibilities of the Federal Reserve and its respective departments;
  • What it’s like working at the Federal Reserve of New York.

Mahoney has held her current position for more than five years. She received her M.A. from Columbia University.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

September 30, 2020

Bizu Solomon, Office of Career Services

Bizu Solomon of the Office of Career Services dropped by to present on the new challenges in the internship and job hunt. Affected by the pandemic, she shared her insights on new strategies to better position IPED students in their employment prospects.

Bizu has been with the Office of Career Services for almost two years now. She is also a Fordham alumna.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

September 25, 2020

Virtual Career Session with Catholic Relief Services

IPED students spoke with Neda Sobhani (below) and Valarie Barksdale (above) of Catholic Relief Services.  Neda is the International Development Fellows Program Manager and Valarie works as an HR Specialist with Interns and Fellows Support.  They will discussed with students the careers available with Catholic Relief Services as well as providing insight into the International Development Fellows Program of CRS. 

July 7, 2020

Basisipho Jack and Patrick Fernandez, Catholic Relief Services (Zambia and Kenya)

Patrick Fernandez and Basisipho Jack are both recipients of the International Peace and Development Travel Scholarship assigned to intern with the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) beginning January 2020. Patrick and Basi will share their experience working with CRS overseas and how CRS and their work has been affected by the pandemic.

Patrick is currently with CRS in Kenya, supporting CRS Kenya and Somalia country programs and its East Africa Regional Office (EARO), assisting in the operations of CRS programs and in data management for emergency response in Kenya.

Basi is currently with the CRS Zambia, working on the Faith-Based Action for Scaling Up Testing and Treatment for Epidemic Response (FASTER) Project to accelerate the pediatric HIV response in four African countries: Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zambia.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

 

June 25, 2020

Leading with a Conversation on Race: Nikko Viquiera (IPED 2013), RaceForward

With the ongoing #blacklivesmatter protests and calls for the abolition of police and prisons at the forefront, this 1 hour session will amplify the importance of talking about race and racism, not just as a moral imperative, but as a strategic tool for advancing racial justice in our communities and institutions.
• We will talk about why it’s important to be race explicit and intersectional in our individual and institutional conversations.
• We will dig into the construction of race on Turtle Island (what indigenous folks call the United States), and its implications for the racial disparities we see today.
• We will talk about the distinctions between modern institutional terms such as diversity, inclusion, and equity, and what they mean for the fight for racial justice.
• And lastly, we will talk about some concrete shifts we can make towards de-centering whiteness and advancing racial equity within the US and the rest of the world.

As Senior Trainer for the Movement and Capacity Building Team of RaceForward, Nikko facilitates racial justice trainings for folks who want to advance racial equity within their institutions. In these trainings, Nikko facilitates conversations about race to give folks common language, shared analysis, and necessary tools for normalizing and operationalizing racial justice in organizations.

For more information about RaceForward and the trainings that they conduct, please visit: https://www.raceforward.org/trainings

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

 

June 18, 2020

Careers in Data Science: Lorena De La Parra Landa (IPED 2015),  Dataiku

Lorena De La Parra Landa began her career in Data Science in non-profit organizations in New York (Sage and Safe Horizon) leading research and evaluation initiatives of these groups. Her experience and skills aquired in this line of work had led her to transition to a career in data science, a top emerging field that cuts across industries. Lorena currently works with Dataiku, Dataiku is the centralized data platform that moves businesses along their data journey from analytics at scale to enterprise AI. Lorena will share her journey on how she navigated her career and how to make data work for development.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

 

June 11, 2020

Film Screening & Discussion with Roger Sorkin (Current Revolution: Transforming America’s Grid)

Join award-winning director and founder of American Resilience Project, Roger Sorkin, for an evening of film and discussion on his latest film “Current Revolution: Transforming America’s Grid”. The Current Revolution film series tackles the challenge of how the utility, auto, tech and defense industries can help modernize the aging power grid to make it more secure and responsive to the needs of its users, while enhancing environmental performance. 

Roger is an expert on strategic narratives and uses the power of his films to motivate policy and expand understanding of complex environmental and energy challenges. We can all learn from his approach to communications, always empathetic to the perspective of his target audience. 

Roger will be teaching a class at Fordham in the fall and is partnering with the Collaboratory to expand and evolve his work. If interested, there may be opportunities to get involved next semester. Potential topics of research and advocacy include sustainable energy, agriculture, and fashion. 

For a preview visit, the American Resilience Project website. https://www.amresproject.org/

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

 

May 26, 2020

Sean Kenney (IPED 2015), Jesuit Refugee Services South Sudan

The Jesuit Refugee Service’s (JRS) mission is to accompany, serve, and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons, that they may heal, learn, and determine their own future. JRS programmes are currently found in 56 countries, serving refugees and other forcibly displaced persons in conflict zones and detention centres, on remote borders and in busy cities.

Sean Kenney (IPED 2015) is the Director of Operations in South Sudan, where there are currently more than 4.3 million refugees, internally displaced persons and asylum seekers. Sean will be sharing the work JRS is doing in South Sudan and the challenges faced in the region. Prior to JRS, Sean worked with the Catholic Relief Services serving in Lebanon, Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza, and Uganda.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

 

April 24, 2020

Kelsey Garcia (IPED 2018), Grameen Foundation

Grameen Foundation is a global nonprofit dedicated to enabling the poor, especially women, to create a world without poverty and hunger. As a manager for institutional relations, Kelsey oversees funding opportunities and relationships across Grameen‘s core program areas of digital agriculture, digital financial services, as well as women’s economic empowerment. 

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

 

April 16, 2020

Tara Clerkin (IPED 2013), International Rescue Committee  

Tara is the Senior coordinator for Agriculture, Climate, and Partnerships in the Economic Recovery and Development (ERD) Technical Unit at the International Rescue Committee (IRC). She is responsible for advancing ERD’s programming focused on climate resilience, food and nutrition security, and livestock—including partnership development and advocacy. Before joining the IRC in October 2016, she was Manager with the Clinton Development Initiative (CDI).

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

 

April 8, 2020

Nathan Birhanu (IPED 2016), Clearsight Advisors

Nathan Birhanu (IPED ’16) is an Associate at Clearsight Advisors, an investment bank providing merger, acquisition, and capital raising solutions to growth-oriented business services and technology companies.  Prior to Clearsight Advisors, Nathan worked with PricewaterhouseCooper’s M&A Transaction Services group where he performed valuation for both public and private companies. Nathan attended Fordham on a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship (RPCV Ethiopia and Lesotho) to join the MA IPED program, and later on complete a second MA in Economics.Nathan shared his experience about pursuing a career in investment banking, his current line of work and his insights on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the financial markets. 

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

 

February 13, 2020

Catholic Relief Services

Former IPED Student and and Senior Technical Advisor for Capacity Strengthening & Learning at Catholic Relief Services (CRS)​, Bridget Bucardo Rivera, spoke to our students about her career in international development. Moreover, she talked about her experience doing field work at Nicaragua with CRS.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

 

February 06, 2020

Cost Benefit Analysis and Dementia: New Interventions

Robert J. Brent is a Professor of Economics at Fordham University. His area of specialization is Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBAs) and he has written six text-books and has had published over three-dozen articles on the subject related to health, mental health, transport, education and agriculture, covering both Developed and Developing countries. For this lecture, he spoke about his research on CBAs of dementia interventions that reduce symptoms rather than brain pathology. Also, its implication to CBAs interventions, which include years of education, Medicare eligibility, hearing aids and corrective lenses.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

 

January 30, 2020

IPED Students’ Philippines Presentations

IPED students traveled to the Philippines to learn how to use monitoring and evaluation tools and techniques in order to contribute feedback to the community organizations they worked with. One group analyzed the production and distribution of mango jam, the second group analyzed rice production its distribution and a final group assessed Eco-truism methods in the region. During the lecture, students elaborated on their analytical methods, major obstacles and breakthrough learning moments.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

 

October 3, 2019

Coffee and Sustainability

While we know it’s necessary for NGOs, the private sector and government to work together to integrate sustainability practices into business, can they? Camelo Sanchez, Coffee Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Manager at Olam International Limited, posed this question to students and told us how these very different stakeholders can work together to improve living conditions of farmers around the world while earning profits, should they choose to. Students learned about Olam International, sustainability in business practice and the challenges of having these stakeholders “speak the same language.” We want to give a special shout-out to IPED alum Kyle Bawot, who also works for Olam, for connecting us with Mr. Sanchez!

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

September 26, 2019

IPED Summer Experiences: Part 3

Today we had our third and final installment of “IPED Graduate Students: Summer Experiences.” Patrick Slutter told us about his enriching experience traveling to Spain to study Global Politics, Development and Security at Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals. Sarah Sanders explained the intricate process NGOs go through to receive support from the UN Department and Social Affairs and her role in it as a UN DESA intern. Basi Jack interned at the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing states. Tish Harrison talked about the interesting relationship between the US and China and how current events colored her internship experience wihthe Department of State during her stay in Beijing.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

September 19, 2019

IPED Summer Experiences: Part 2

Our second installment of “IPED Graduate Students: Summer Experiences” continued to showcase the program’s diversity in skill and interest. Jeremy Wierenga’s internship with Blooom, an agricultural tech company, gave him first hand experience in international project planning. Rachel Ceruti, through the Labor Capital Strategies Fellowship, interned for KPS Capital Partners. Greg Ferraro did analytical research in rural communities in India through his internship with Pure Earth . Tzvi Benoff told us what it was like to do research for the Tikvah Fund for his internship. Shane Liesegang told us about the work and connections he made in South Africa working for Jesuit Refugee Service. Tammen Nicholson told us about his current work helping international scholars come to study and work in the US with InterExchange.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

September 12, 2019

IPED Summer Experiences: Part 1

Today we started off our IPED Lecture Series with 2nd year IPED students sharing their summer experiences. French is an important language in the field of development and a group of IPEDers made their way to a France over the summer for language immersion programs around the country. Paul Michael, Rensi Pua and Megan Madeo represented that group. Shannon Bader traveled to Morocco for Arabic Language immersion Study. Hannah Fort talked about her experience interning for the Department of State in Indonesia in the political section. Ngan Tran told us about life in the private sector interning for THB Asset Management.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

April 25, 2019

Politics and Development in the Philippines

Dr. Ronald Mendoza is the Dean of the Ateneo School of Government. He has an extensive background in international development policy and international cooperation, with a resumé that includes work with the United Nations, the Asian Institute of Management and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Dr. Mendoza shared his research on the political situation in the Philippines focusing on the prevalence and impact of “political dynasties” on economically diverse areas of the country. He pointed out economic trends in the Philippine’s modern history under different political leaders and policies that were successful or detrimental to the development of the most disadvantaged areas. It was a comprehensive presentation and we wish him all the best in his continued efforts to shed light on harmful political practices in the Philippines.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

April 4, 2019

Corporate Espionage and Investigations

Tyler Falish (IPED ’17) is a senior associate at Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps. Kroll is the leading global provider of risk solutions helping clients make confident risk management decisions.

During this lecture, students got a sneak peek into how business intelligence is collected and what corporate espionage entails. Mr. Falish went through the different types of risks organizations face when making business decisions, types of investigations Kroll does and the tools it uses to gather the information its clients seek. He also told us how his IPED education uniquely prepared him for his career with Kroll and shared internship opportunities with students.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

March 28, 2019

The Eurozone, 20 Years Later

Federico is Director of Portfolio Management at Global Capital Group, a wealth management firm that provides sophisticated investment solutions to individuals, families and institutions around the globe.

Mr. Righini gave us a thorough examination of the eurozone citing evidence for divergence between member nations using a variety of macroeconomic indicators such as GDP PPP per capita, household disposable income, real effect exchange rates and debt to GDP. He also noted the rise in right wing parties across Europe and how this could cause further disunion. He proposed some ideas from prominent economists on how to save the eurozone and what the future may have in store for Europe.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

March 14, 2019

Catholic Relief Services

Josh Voges is an Investment Analyst on the Impact Investing team with Catholic Relief Services. He graduate from Fordham University with a M.A. in IPED in 2016.

Mr. Voges taught about the purpose of Catholic Relief Services and focused on the work his Impact Investing team did for CRS. He emphasized the importance of a project goal’s sustainability and how his team works to ensure that the community they work with continues to have access to goods, services and/or jobs even without project support. He also shared his experience transitioning from an IPED graduate student into a career with CRS. He highlighted the benefits of the CRS internship and International Development Fellows Program.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

February 28, 2019

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Elizabeth Mahoney is the Head of International Training at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York managing international training seminars and courses on its behalf.

During our lecture, she explained how the Federal Reserve came to exist, the Fed’s structure and the special role that the Federal Reserve Bank of NY plays within the Fed’s framework. We talked about some of the lesser known but interesting responsibilities of the Fed, such as how the Fed monitors commercial banks to make sure they don’t partake in illegal red-lining activities ensuring all qualified borrowers have access to loans.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

February 21, 2019

Bunge Financial Services and Commodities Markets

Gregg Streibig is an Investment Manager at Bunge Financial Services and has over twenty years of financial markets experience. Mr. Streibig is responsible for structuring, investing in, and developing alternative investment products for Bunge Financial.

We went over the composition of the commodities market, trade flows, pricing signals, and risk management using the production and trade of soybeans as an example commodity. Mr. Streibig taught us how to read a futures contract and then we played a game of his own creation that allowed students to make decisions for a small fleet of freight ships.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

February 14, 2019

Corporate Social Responsibility

Ms. Gunjali Trikha is a former Director of Corporate Responsibility for the New York Stock Exchange and is currently an independent consultant in corporate social responsibility and Associate Professor for Marymount Manhattan College.

During our lecture, she students discussed what the possible benefits and costs would be if a large supermarket chain moved into a small town. We were able to come up with many of the positive and negative effects that were on her list. We learned more about three particular kinds of corporate social responsibility (CSR), their formation and implementation: strategic, philanthropic and collection action. We also discussed the impact of CSR on the environment and the implications of Amazon planning and then cancelling a facility to a Queens residential area.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

February 7, 2019

USAID

Ms. Tracy O’Heir, an IPED alumna, from USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance came back to Fordham to teach current students about the structure and purpose of USAID, her own career path and give advice on how to start a career at United States Agency for International Development. She relayed her experiences working in several African countries, partnering up with various military forces including the US Army and openly answered students’ questions about international aid.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

January 31, 2019

IPED Students’ Philippines Presentations

IPED and IPE students traveled to the Philippines to learn how to use monitoring and evaluation tools and techniques in order to contribute feedback to the community organizations they worked with. One group analyzed the productivity of an ecclesial community, the second group assessed disaster risk reduction and waste management methods, and the final group worked with a community organization dedicated to sustainable agriculture. During the lecture, students elaborated on their analytical methods, major obstacles and breakthrough learning moments.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

December 6, 2018

Demos

Ms. Amy Traub is Associate Director of Research and Policy at Demos. Demos is organized around a central mission of fighting inequality in the United States. Demos works for an America where everyone has an equal voice in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. During our lecture she outlined the ways in which they see economic and political inequality as deeply problematic and how both sets of concerns are intertwined with issues of racial inequality. Ms. Traub also gave us a highlight from her own career when their research played a key role in the passage of a presidential executive order raising minimum pay for federal contract workers.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

November 29, 2018

The Office of Prestigious Fellowships

The Office of Prestigious Fellowships here at Fordham University helps students and alumni find and apply to career-advancing scholarships and fellowships. Dr. Anna Beskin is the International Fellowships Coordinator and she came to tell us about international opportunities available to students, share important deadlines and provide crucial advice when applying to certain fellowships/scholarships. We learned about the Boren Fellowship and Presidential Management Fellowship among others.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

November 14, 2018

St. Gallen Symposium

The St. Gallen Symposium is the world’s leading initiative for inter-generational debates on economic, political, and social developments that takes place at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. They bring together key decision makers, thought leaders, and brilliant young minds to address current challenges and opportunities on transforming ideas in to action.  Valentine Daendliker came to tell us more about the prestigious symposium and the essay competition to win a cash award and a trip to Switzerland to participate in the event.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

November 8, 2018

Jesuit Refugee Service

Father Ken Gavin, S.J. came to tell us about his extensive experience working with refugees around the world. He spoke about his work with Jesuit Refugee Service which is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. He showed us the how JRS works to improve the lives of refugees through job training, job creation, teaching, advocacy for their rights and more. He emphasized the value of “accompanying” the ones you serve by living and working alongside them.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

November 1, 2018

Impact Investing

We had the pleasure of having Zung Nguyen visit our campus and show us new ways to think about Impact Investing.  Zung T. Nguyen is a financial executive with over 30 years of experience in global capital markets, wealth management, product and business development. After retiring from the private sector, he started ZTN Capital Consulting to continue his passion of investing for the greater good. While we’re taught that higher returns come with more risk, he often asks his clients to think about the relationship between risk and impact instead.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

October 25, 2018

The Global Alliance on Health and Pollution/ Pure Earth

Rachael Kupka, an IPED and Fordham University alumna, came back to tell us about the mission of The Global Alliance on Health and Pollution/ Pure Earth. We learned that there are more deaths caused by different types of pollution than by huge global concerns like AIDS, malaria, tobacco smoking and war. Children and the elderly are always the most vulnerable. She encouraged us to to pay attention to the foods available for consumption, cheap plastics (made into toys and other materials we come in constant contact with) and how we can use their Lancet Report to learn more about the detrimental effect pollution has on human health.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

October 18, 2018

Burma Task Force

Connor Mayes from Burma Task Force gave our students a thorough history of the Rohingya crisis beginning with the history of the minority Rohingya people, through their rising tension with the military, and to the current devastating state of affairs. He gave us an enlightening analysis of how the Rohingya have been physically, spiritually, and structurally diminished at best, destroyed at worst. We learned the names of the people most responsible for the problems, including Myanmar President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. We also learned how outside actors such as Russia, China and even the World Bank are benefiting from the crisis at the expense of the ones most in need. It was a heartbreaking presentation, but it’s a reality that more of us must face before this group of people can be saved.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

October 11, 2018

Global Trade and Emerging Markets

It was such a pleasure to have Jean Ergas, Chief Economist of Tigress Financial Partners, come to our lecture to give us what felt like a boardroom presentation. Mr. Ergas took us on a trip around the world, touching on future trade deals between developed nations, tariffs and protectionism, as well as the challenges emerging markets currently and will have to face.

 

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

October 4, 2018

TTIP: Might is Right

Students came together to watch a documentary about TTIP, a free trade agreement between the European Union and the United States. It was tabled by the current administration last year, but is now being reopened and renegotiated. TTIP: Might is Right focused on the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clause of the agreement and the International Court for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, the court that handles ISDS cases. The clause can encourage foreign investment in countries, but it can also allow a powerful corporation to take a country to court.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

October 3, 2018

Presidential Management Fellowship

Edward Barbini is a recent Fordham University graduate with a M.A. in International Political Economy and Development and M.A. in Economics. He’s also a 2018 recipient of the prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship. He came back to his old stomping grounds to advise current students on how to successfully apply for this highly competitive fellowship, share his experiences as a PMF Fellow, and talk about life after graduation.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

September 27, 2018

Career Services and Global Outreach 

Fatim Lelenta from Career Services visited our students to talk about how their office can help students achieve their career goals. We learned how Career Services can help spruce up a resume, sharpen our interviewing skills, make an unforgettable elevator pitch, network with alumni, connect with industries around the world and more. Here’s a picture of her (left) with an IPED student she personally helped in the past.


We also had the pleasure of learning about Global Outerach (GO!) with Paul Francis. He told us about how much students grow, how these service/immersion trips deeply impact them and affect their views on different cultures. GO! does projects in many different countries around the world like Guatemala, India, Haiti and Ukraine. They also do many projects within the U.S.A., for example Nashville, Florida, Alaska and New York City.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

September 20, 2018

IPED Students’ Summer Internship and Language Immersion Presentations Part II

This week we continued presentations from current IPED students about their summer 2018 experiences. This week we heard about students who interned at humanitarian and sustainability focused organizations such as UNDP, UNICEF, Research in Micronesia and the Center for Economic & Social Rights. We also had the chance to hear our colleague speak about her experience as a U.S. Borlaug Food Security Fellow at Purdue University learning how organizations are working to reduce hunger and improve nutrition for mothers and children. Thank you for sharing with us!

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

September 13, 2018

IPED Students’ Summer Internship and Language Immersion Presentations Part I

Our IPED students are always on the lookout for opportunities to expand their knowledge and experience the world. Last Thursday, some of them shared how they spent their summers either doing internships or participating in language immersion programs. Students interned at organizations such as Finacity, UNDP, and Jesuit Refugee Services in places like Washington, D.C., the Philippines and South Africa. Recipients of the Language Immersion Study Awards told us about their summers improving their language skills in France and Brazil.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

April 26, 2018

International Security and Nonproliferation policies in the U.S.

Ms. Joanna Gabryszewski, Senior Foreign Affairs Officer at the Bureau of ISN and Mr. Sterling D. Tilley, Jr., Press Team Chief Spokesman at the Bureau of ISN presented to the IPED students about the topic of international security and nonproliferation policies in the U.S via Skype.

The discussion included themes such as

    • Civil Service vs. Foreign Service Careers
    • What is ISN?  What we do and its place in U.S. foreign policy with regard to nonproliferation?
    • Women in the State Department, specifically in Security and Nonproliferation portfolios: how things have advanced over the past few decades?
  • Minorities in the State Department: expanding representation to look like America

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

April 19, 2018

Catholic Relief Services

Lots of buzz in development around private sector engagement, blended finance, and impact investing. Recent IPED graduate, Josh Voges (’16), led the discussion about how one CRS team is leveraging these mechanisms to support vulnerable communities around the world.

“Impact investing (II) is placing money into enterprises, organizations, and funds with the purpose of generating measurable social or environmental impact alongside financial returns.” CRS’ focus lies within the concept of sustainability. “Projects should aim to ensure that communities continue to have access to priority goods, services, markets, and jobs without unlimited project support.”

Time was also set aside to exchange about his experience as a participant in IPED’s International Peace and Development Travel program and Catholic Relief Services’ International Development Fellows Program.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

April 12, 2018

World Vision International

Jeanne Kwak, Communications Advisor for World Vision International, presented about how World Vision conducts advocacy at the global level, particularly around their newest global campaign which has already launched in over 30 countries: It takes a world to end violence against children. She also shared information about the organisation and opportunities for career development.

“World Vision is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.  Everything World Vision does is focused on one goal: the sustained well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable.  In reaching this goal, integrated and multi-sectoral approaches are used towards transformational development, disaster relief and global change through advocacy.”

 

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

April 5, 2018

1989 US Policy Response in Central Europe

Mr. Martin Miszerak, investment banker and former adviser to the Polish government shared with the Fordham students about the topic of the US policy response of 1989 in Central Europe and its lasting contribution to the business environments of the region.

“Shortly after taking office in January 1989, US President George HW Bush faced the urgent task of designing a US response to the brewing political and economic turmoil in Central Europe, as well as the diplomatic offensive of Soviet leader Michael Gorbachev.  Following a comprehensive review, his administration designed an unprecedented and extremely innovative policy response for delivering US economic assistance to Central Europe. “

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

March 1, 2018

The Global Compact on Migration

Mr. Timothy Herrmann from the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations presented about the politics and intergovernmental negotiations leading up to the negotiation of the Global Compact on Migration. The discussion covered the current debate around the creation of the global framework to achieve safer, orderly and regular migration and the role of the Catholic Church and Pope Francis throughout the process.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

February 22, 2018

The Global Commodity Market

Mr. Gregg Streibig, IPED alumnus’99 presented about the Global Commodity Market, the basic framework and trade flows. Interesting case studies were used as an insight in current trends and developments in the sector. The discussion covered the interpretation of price signals from both the producers and traders perspective , risk management, commodity contracts and financing.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

February 1, 2018

Philippines Project Assessment Presentations 

The four Philippines project assessment teams presented their findings and analysis from the Philippines Project Assessment course. The four highlighted projects were about Poro Marine Protected Area, the associated Luto ti Poro Catering Business, Lingsat Marine Protected Area and Kasay Marine Protected Area.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

January 25, 2018

The Trend of South-South Cooperation

Ms. Sirithon Wairatpanij, the Advocacy Advisor at the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) Office for Asia-Pacific, Bangkok presented to the IPED students about the “the emerging trend of South-South cooperation and its contribution to sustainable development.

The discussion focused on how the United Nations formulates its strategy in assisting countries to leverage the benefits from, and contribute to this emerging trend, using Thailand as an example.”

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

December 7, 2017

The Power of Collective Impact in Microfinance and Beyond

Mr. Alex Counts, founder of the Grameen Foundation and the current president of the American India Foundation presented to the IPED students about topics involving microfinance, a career in “International Humanitarian Work and Social Enterprise” and the concept of “Collective Impact”.

The discussion focused around the pivotal role of microcredit and financial services in aiding people living in poverty, the prospects for the future in this field and how community leaders’ embracing of collective approach at the expense of individual agendas is driving progress.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

November 30, 2017

Political Prospects of South Africa

Ambassador Campbell’s presentation to the IPED students focused on the political prospects of South Africa, looking back at its trajectory until now and the current state of affairs. Since the end of apartheid, slow changes in economic and social dynamics have led to the disappointment of internal and foreign expectations. There indeed exist challenges that need to be overcome, however, potential for a hopeful and promising future needs to be acknowledged.

“Ambassador John Campbell is the Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington,DC. Rowman & Littlefield published his book Morning in South Africa in May 2016.”

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

November 15, 2017

Qualifying for the 48th St. Gallen Symposium “Beyond the End of Work”

Elena Kessler, member of the 48th International Students’ Committee (ISC) presented to the IPED graduate students how they can compete for a free participation in the St. Gallen Symposium and qualify as “Leaders of Tomorrow”.

The St. Gallen Symposium “is the world’s premier opportunity for intergenerational debates in the realms of management, politics and civil society – completely organized by students. The 48th St. Gallen Symposium will be held under the topic “Beyond the end of work” from 2–4 May 2018 at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Students can apply until 1 February 2018 and can win CHF 30’000 if they make it in the top three competitors.”

Further information on the student initiative and the topic of the 48th St. Gallen Symposium: “Beyond the end of work” can be found on www.symposium.org.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

November 2, 2017

Challenges and Opportunities for the Implementation of the SDGs in Africa

Dr Ishmael Nii A. Dodoo, Regional Strategic Oversight Advisor to the Office of the Assistant Secretary General/ Regional Director of the United Nations Development Programme- Africa presented to the IPED students about the SDGs’ implementation status so far within the context of the political economy of Africa.

“The discussion centered around challenges and opportunities in the context of the SDGs implementation in Africa. It also looked at emerging trends on the continent and the extent to which these could impact or otherwise the achievements of sustainable development goals to reduce Africa’s poverty.”

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

October 26, 2017

Job Hunting in NYC in the Development Sector

Liz Parr, IPED alumni and now the Digital Data Manager in IRC’s Economic Recovery and Development Technical Unit presented to the IPED students about her job hunt experience in New York City, largely centered on analyst-type opportunities in the global development/ humanitarian space.

“In an era when funding is tight and the future of these organizations is unclear, learning more about practices such as networking, knowing the organizations in the sector and how to reach out is crucial.”

 

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

October 19, 2017

From the Public to the Private Sector: A Sustainability Journey

How does the third largest agri-business in the world ensure profitable growth, while protecting the environment and supporting farmers and communities? With the world’s population expected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050 sustainability is gaining gargantuan significance.

Mr. Camilo Sanchez, the head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at Olam International presented to the IPED students about production in a manner “that is socially responsible, economically profitable and environmentally sustainable” and a career in the private and public sector in relation to sustainability. The presentation focused on Olam Coffee’s sustainability strategy, current status and vision for the future, its compliance with international frameworks such as the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Additionally, the presentation covered topics such as the relevant standards & tools (e.g. Supplier Code, Olam Livelihood Charter), various sustainability projects and the relationship between important players in the field, such as private sector, donors, NGOs.

 

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

October 12, 2017

The Global Vaccines Industry

Mr. Nick Cutrone, the Global Franchise Group Leader for Sanofi Pasteur Vaccines presented to the IPED students about the global vaccine industry.

The IPEDers had the chance to learn more about the evolving political and economic issues facing both manufacturers like Sanofi Pasteur, as well as policy makers and health ministers in the global marketplace. The presentation touched upon the various challenges faced by the industry, such as research and technology challenges, as well as, regulatory hurdles and the important players in the business.

Furthermore, they discovered an interesting tool on Gapminder, making graphic presentations more original and colorful.

 

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

September 21, 2017

Career Services and Global Outreach (GO!)

Fatim Lelenta introduced Career Services of Fordham University to the IPED students. The organization’s mission is to help students with resume editing, cover letter preparation, improving interview skills, finding jobs and networking with employers. Additionally, the students had the opportunity to learn more about a variety of online resources for job search such as “Handshake.”

Furthermore, Dylan Katz from Global Outreach (GO!) spoke to IPED students about leadership opportunities on GO projects. Global Outreach (GO!) is a cultural immersion and service program under the auspices of the Office of Mission Integration and Planning at Fordham University, where students learn about various issues of social, economic, political and environmental injustice while living a simple lifestyle that fosters communal and spiritual growth.

 

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

September 14, 2017

Journey with the Giant

China’s Stunning Rise to Global Stardom

James I. Gabbe, senior partner at Citizenarts presented to Fordham students the organization’s new documentary film called “Journey with the Giant.”

The documentary comprehensively and objectively tackles critical questions about China with important implications for the world, focusing on China’s ever-growing power on the international stage. It achieves the latter, by amongst others entering the daily life of teachers, merchants, factory workers and the like and considering the Chinese’s attitude towards their new, dynamic and developing environment and the communist party’s leadership.

An interesting Q&A session followed the presentation during which the students had the opportunity to learn more about typical misconceptions about the Chinese culture that exist in the Western world and factors to be considered when doing business with the Chinese.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

April 27, 2017

Advocating for a Hunger-free Future

Bradley Dawson, a policy advisor for food assistance/food security at World Vision International (WVI), spoke to IPED students about WVI writ large, his role within in the organization, and career opportunities for students.

WVI’s mission is “to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.” They work for the sustained well-being of children, with extensive reach in arenas such as gender, child protection, nutrition, and disaster management.

WVI offers an internship program, in three cohorts, fall, spring, and summer, in its major cities of operation in the United States including New York. Students who apply may continue taking courses in IPED while pursuing an internship 2-3 days per week.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

April 20, 2017

Seeking Refuge in New York: Perspectives from Asylum Seekers

IPED co-hosted the panel discussion “Seeking Refuge in New York” with Fordham’s International Institute of Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) Thursday at the Rose Hill campus. Two men currently seeking asylum in the United States as well as representatives of two New York based organizations, Refugee and Immigrant Fund (RiF) and RDJ Refugee Shelter participated in the panel discussion.

Audu and Ahmed, asylum seekers from Nigeria and Libya respectively, shared their thoughts on the asylum-seeking process as well as living in New York City. The process is often a tortuous route with opaque directions and a complex web of organizations, agencies, lawyers offices, and shelters. Because asylum seekers often must leave their countries on very short notice, it leaves little time to prepare for life in the United States, much less for the long and complex asylum seeking process.

While organizations such as RiF and RDJ exist to provide direct services and referrals, Audu and Ahmed stressed the importance of having people to come alongside men and women as they traverse the asylum process. There are opportunities for college students to help fill out forms, accompany people to appointments, and simply hang out and be a friend.

For volunteer opportunities check out RiF and RDJ.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

April 6, 2017

The Political Economy of South Africa

As lecture dates are scheduled weeks in advance, current events aren’t always part of the calculus. And so when we invited Ambassador John Campbell, the Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, to speak on the Political Economy of South Africa this week, little did we know how relevant it would be.

So with the sacking of South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan over the weekend, Ambassador Campbell was summoned to brief congress in Washington, D.C.

Lucky for IPED, we have our own resident experts.

Gontse Mathale (Economics, ’17) and Carlos Baeta (IPED ’17, Economics ’18) provided background and analysis for students on the current political economy of South Africa. Notably, President Jacob Zuma faces a vote of no confidence set for April 18. That the result of the upcoming vote is unknown speaks to the falling popularity Zuma enjoys among members of his party, the African National Congress (ANC).

Students will be watching events in South Africa closely over the coming months as they prepare for the Emerging Markets: South Africa course to be held in Pretoria in August.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

March 30, 2017

Micro-lending & Opportunity International

Mark Thompson, the Chair of the Opportunity Global Board, spoke to IPEDers about the role micro-lending plays in development. Active in 24 countries, Opportunity International (OI) is currently partnered with 39 microfinance institutions. Services provided include financial advice, trust groups, and training. Areas of key focus are agriculture finance, education finance, leadership development, technology, and women.

In providing micro loans, OI follows a model based on trust groups. To make lending small amounts of money viable for a private firm, loans are pooled and given to a group of borrowers within a community. This way, group members keep each other accountable for repayment, and microfinance managers are able to maintain a relationship with borrowers more easily.

While American staff of micro-lending organizations based abroad are thin, there are many organizations involved in microfinance. Other organizations to look to include FINCA and Kiva.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

March 9, 2017

Smart City Initiatives

Sustainable.

Connected.

Efficient.

Predictable.

These are the goals city planners of the 21st century must strive for. But just who is a city planner?

Dr. Carlo Vermiglio, an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the University of Messina provided a bold assertion for city planning today. Beyond simple statements and goals for city initiatives, Dr. Vermiglio posited that the most important objective for any city is preparedness. Mitigating the effects of potential disasters–a goal informed by the devastation caused by earthquakes in Italy–is the single most important thing a city can do to stay viable. Because of this, the work of city planning is designated for a wide variety of stakeholders beyond traditional city planner roles.

His assertion led to lively debate among IPEDers who were attending the lecture. It is often difficult to attribute successful mitigation of disasters since it is tough to measure what hasn’t happened. However, it is also difficult to overstate the costs associated with famines, floods, and other natural disasters that can overwhelm city budgets and wipe out growth potential.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

March 2, 2017

What is Knowledge Today?

As an interdisciplinary program, IPED offers coursework in economics and political science, but it also offers an elective in sociology. Classical Social Theory is offered in the fall semester and taught by Dr. E. Doyle McCarthy. Dr. McCarthy specializes in the sociology of knowledge and culture and emotion studies.

Her lecture, titled, “What is Knowledge Today?” offered a provocative challenge to think about how we as a society create and share meaning in a digital age. “Today’s social knowledges,” said Dr. McCarthy, “that come to us via digital media and technologies are not only informational or idea-based, they also communicate to us…our identities.” Because of the many new digital platforms for communication, knowledges are not easily located within particular classes or institutions, as they have been in centuries past. Meanings today are shared in multi-faceted ways, and individuals across age groups, geography, and social classes communicate directly.

While research in this new phenomenon is nascent, new knowledges are possibly playing an important role in political movements globally. Dr. McCarthy explored the differences between revolutionary social movements and reactionary social movements. New movements within the political right may display counter-revolutionary politics, which is fundamentally different than revolution.

The approach sociologist need for today’s highly contentious cultural and ideological climate, Dr. McCarthy offered, may be in “providing explanations about the social sources of the concepts of social life that each of us carry with us.”

What is Knowledge Today power point

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

February 16, 2017

Financial Inclusion and Empowerment

IPED Alumnus Matthew Konsa joined us today to talk about the role of financial services in community development. Matthew is the Associate Director of Programs at Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, located in Manhattan. There he oversees a team that advises New York residents on topics from financial literacy to accessing eligible programs in the city. He was joined by our very own Samantha Kinney who is a Financial Counselor with Neighborhood Trust. It was great to learn more about her leadership in community development.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

February 2nd, 2017

Measuring Poverty: The Level, Depth and Breadth of Poverty

Dr. Robert Brent, a professor of economics at Fordham University, delivered a presentation on the Fordham Francis Index (FFI) and considerations for its next iteration. Students in the Foreign Aid and Development course taught by Professor Henry Schwalbenberg, the director of the IPED Program, are currently working on updating the index that was created during spring semester, 2016. Dr. Brent’s lecture included technical suggestions such as searching for a measure that combines the effects of water with other correlated variables. He also encouraged students to take a fresh look at the overarching goal for the FFI and to consider a possible index entirely composed of a spiritual measure. While other multidimensional indices have been developed in recent years (such as the UN’s HDI and Dr. Sabina Alkire’s MPI), the FFI offers the unique spiritual dimension.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

January 26th, 2017

Reports from the Field: Project Assessment in the Philippines

Sixteen students presented their field research and recommendations today as part of the IPED Lecture Series. Divided into five groups, students spent three days living in local communities in Mindoro, an island just south of Manila. There they evaluated projects, cooperatives, and organizations in order to provide communities with suggestions for best practices. Stay tuned for videos from the field as well!

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

December 1st, 2016

Making the Most of Career Services

Students in the IPED program had the chance Thursday to learn about all the ways Fordham University works to help propel grad students into careers after graduation. Making the trek all the way up to Rose Hill, Fatim Lelenta, the GSAS and GSE Counselor, delivered a comprehensive look at the ways grad students can take advantage of what the Career Services office has to offer. The list is extensive.

Fordham students are lucky to have staff dedicated to working in Career Services specifically for graduate students. Services include:

  • CV, resume, and cover letter advising
  • Face-to-face practice interviews
  • Networking events
  • CareerLink and on-campus interviewing

Students are encouraged to visit Fordham.edu/career to make use of job postings and interview practice software.

Thanks again to Fatim for her dedication to the future success of IPEDers!

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

November 17th, 2016

Qualifying for the St. Gallen 47th Symposium “Dilemma of Disruption”

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Kaspar Koechli, a student from St. Gallen University, met with IPED students to share this year’s theme for the St. Gallen Symposium. The three day event held in May, 2017 brings together thought leaders from around the world. One hundred students can qualify to participate in plenaries and discussion groups.

Even more exciting, six finalists will be chosen to present their idea this year to global leaders on the topic the “Dilemma of Disruption.” Applicants must share their ideas on how to break the status quo–and challenge the things we implicitly take as given.

Fordham students have a track record of success at St. Gallen–last year IPED sent three students, including last year’s “Wings of Excellence” winner, Schima Labitsch!

Watch the video below for more information on how to apply.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZs20tCu5zw

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

November 10th, 2016

Dr. Jose Cerro Discusses Priorities in the Global Economy

Dr. Jose Cerro, a professor and researcher in the Department of Business Studies at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico, spoke with IPED students about population, income distribution, and policy considerations for a growing world. Educated in Argentina and Minnesota, Dr. Cerro’s career spans almost five decades as a professor and researcher all over Central and South America.

In an engaging discussion, Dr. Cerro spoke at length about indicators for development, highlighting the challenges in comparing diverse countries. For example, thirteen countries have over 100 million people, while 35 countries have less than 1 million. Qatar boasts PPP GDP per capita of $130,000 while four African countries have less than $1,000 each. Income is distributed within countries as well as across the globe.

Eleven main global priorities were enumerated–things such as energy, agriculture, trade, and financial architecture, as well as food, water, and growth–showcasing the complex and interrelated challenges development faces today.

“In development, people want to talk about black and white. But you need to talk grey,” Dr. Cerro said, presenting the contrasting challenges to policy creation. He listed the following dynamics:

  • Local vs. Global
  • Government vs. Market
  • Economic Efficiency vs. Environment
  • Economic Efficiency vs. Sharing System
  • Public vs. Private
  • Short Run vs. Long Run
  • Financial vs. Real
  • Democracy vs. Governability
  • Want to Do vs. Possible to Do

Finding solutions within these dynamics is the challenge policy makers face in this ever growing and complex world.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

October 27th, 2016

Fordham Road Business Improvement District (BID)

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Daniel Bernstein, Deputy Director of BID, spoke with students about the organization and its development work in the neighborhood next to Fordham University’s Rose Hill campus. Particular activities of interest including art installations (if you haven’t seen it, check out “Heart Bench” on the NE corner of Fordham Rd. and Webster) and movie showings in Fordham Plaza.

We also had the pleasure of hearing from IPEDers Andrew Wilhelm and Erika Cox about their experiences as interns with BID and the good work they do there.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

October 20th, 2016

Summer Internships Recap

Second year IPED students delivered presentations about their summer internships to first years and undergraduate students Thursday afternoon. The following organizations were covered:

  • Value for Women
  • TechnoServe Latin America
  • Morgan Stanley
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • The Rutu Foundation
  • IPED’s Emerging Markets course in South Africa
  • IPED’s Language Immersion Study Award (LISA)

If you are interested in learning more about any of these opportunities, you can view the presentations below.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

October 13th, 2016

Global Outreach & Office of Prestigious Fellowships

Dylan Katz from Global Outreach (GO!) spoke to IPED and IPE students about leadership opportunities on GO projects. Global Outreach (GO!) is a cultural immersion and service program under the auspices of the Office of Mission Integration and Planning at Fordham University, where students learn about various issues of social, economic, political and environmental injustice while living a simple lifestyle that fosters communal and spiritual growth.

Dr. Anna Beskin from the Office of Prestigious Fellowships informed on opportunities for fellowships and language immersion programs. Deadlines are fast approaching for most programs. Please visit the website for more information, and to schedule an appointment for advising.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

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October 6th, 2016

Ambassador Hahn Presents on UN’s Sustainable Development Goals at Fordham University

Ambassador Choonghee Hahn, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations in New York, spoke to Fordham students about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), emphasizing the role youth can play.

His presentation covered the “5 Ps: People, Prosperity, Planet, Peace, and Partnership.” He informed on the university partnership Action by Students to Promote Innovation and Reform through Education (ASPIRE) through the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and the opportunity Fordham University has to become a partner.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

Ambassador Hahn