Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee supports the strategic direction of Columbia World Projects and helps evaluate project proposals that are developed in the Fora — expert meetings convened to identify projects to address fundamental challenges facing humanity. The Committee helps determine whether the most promising proposals developed in each Forum meet Columbia World Projects criteria, provides recommendations on which ideas merit further development and identifies key issues and concerns that should be resolved as staff plan how to implement them. The Committee consists of a group of members who serve a fixed term of three years and a smaller set of ex officio members from Columbia University leadership who have no set term. The current members of the Columbia World Projects Advisory Committee are:

Wally Adeyemo

President, Obama Foundation

Salman Ahmed

Senior Fellow, Geoeconomics & Strategy, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Armen Avanessians

CIO, Quantitative Investment Strategies, Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Jared Cohen

CEO, Jigsaw; Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Nabila El-Bassel

University Professor; Willma and Albert Musher Professor of Social Work, Columbia University

Farah Griffin

Ransford Professor of English & Comparative Literature and African-American Studies, Columbia University

Jacob Hacker

Resor Professor of Political Science; Director, Institution for Social & Policy Studies, Yale

Shamus Khan

Professor and Chair and of Sociology, Columbia University

Boyana Konforti

Director of Scientific Strategy & Development, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Jack Lew

Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs, SIPA, Columbia University

Rob Malley

President and CEO, International Crisis Group

Tara McGuinness

Senior Fellow - Cities and Innovation, New America 

Maria Victoria Murillo

Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Alondra Nelson

Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, Columbia University; President, Social Science Research Council

Kate Orff

Associate Professor and Director, Urban Design Program, GSAPP, Columbia University

Anthony Shorris

Weinberg Visiting Professor, Princeton University; Former First Deputy Mayor, City of New York

Jack Snyder

Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Relations, Columbia University

Nicholas Tatonetti

Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University


Ex Officio:

Wafaa El-Sadr

University Professor; Dr. Mathilde Krim-amfAR Professor of Global Health; Director, ICAP

Alex Halliday

Director, The Earth Institute

Shannon Marquez

Dean of Undergraduate Global Engagement

Safwan Masri

Executive Vice President, Global Centers

Michael Purdy

Executive Vice President for Research

Maya Tolstoy

Interim Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences; Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Jeannette Wing

Avanessians Director of the Data Science Institute