Meet the Columbia World Projects team.
Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPADirectorRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr is the director of Columbia World Projects. She is also the founder and director of ICAP at Columbia University and an international expert in epidemiology...
Cristiane CostaChief Operating OfficerRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Cristiane Costa brings more than 20 years of experience designing and managing complex global development programs. As CWP’s Chief Operating Officer, she focuses on transforming organizational...
Ira KatznelsonDeputy Director for Research & EngagementRuggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia UniversityRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Ira Katznelson is Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University. His 2013 book, "Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time," received the Bancroft...
Peter TwymanDeputy Director for ProjectsRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Peter has over 25 years of experience designing, implementing, and directing highly impactful public health and social development programs in the U.S. and internationally.
Samantha SlaterDirector, CommunicationsRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Samantha joined Columbia World Projects in July 2018 after nearly a decade on Capitol Hill, serving as a Communications Director in both the Senate and House of Representatives and...
Christopher D. SheaAssistant Director, CommunicationsRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Before joining Columbia World Projects in 2018, Christopher was a Bosch Foundation Fellow based in Berlin. Prior to that, he worked for The New York Times in London and reported for...
Logan WerlingerDigital StrategistRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Logan joined Columbia World Projects as Digital Strategist in November 2019. Prior to joining CWP, Logan was awarded a Fulbright Arts Grant to the Czech Republic and was a visiting researcher...
Cassandra ZieglerCommunications OfficerRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Cassandra joined Columbia World Projects in October 2017 as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director, Avril Haines. Prior to joining CWP, Cassie lived in Spain and Thailand teaching...
David R. MurrayDirector of DevelopmentRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
David is an enthusiastic face-to-face fundraiser and philanthropy evangelist with 25 years of global experience across the non-profit sector. He is responsible for managing charitable...
Hiba Bou AkarColumbia World Projects FellowAssistant Professor of Urban Planning, Columbia UniversityRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Hiba Bou Akar is an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, and is leading GSAPP’s newly-established Post-Conflict...
Jonathan PapoulidisColumbia World Projects FellowGlobal Director, Fragility and Resilience, Food for the Hungry Inc.Read Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Jonathan Papoulidis is Global Director of Fragility and Resilience, Food for the Hungry Inc. where he provides broad leadership on the Agency’s policy, programming and partnerships for...
Partha ChatterjeeColumbia World Projects FellowProfessor Emeritus of Anthropology and MESAAS, Columbia UniversityRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Partha Chatterjee is a political theorist, political anthropologist and historian. He graduated from Presidency College, Calcutta, and received his PhD from the University of Rochester.
Yuen Yuen AngColumbia World Projects FellowPolitical Scientist and Expert on China and Emerging EconomiesRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Yuen Yuen Ang is a political scientist at the University of Michigan and an expert on China and emerging economies. Professor Ang was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow for...
Finance & Administration
Antonio PagánDirector, Finance and AdministrationRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Tony came to Columbia World Projects with more than 25 years of development and management experience from various responsibilities in public health and social service organizations.
Cheryl McIntyreAssistant Director, Human Resources and AdministrationRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Cheryl has more than 25 years of people, process, and program management experience in higher education and the health care and finance industries, and she returned to Columbia...
Liam NoonanAssistant Director, FinanceRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Liam has served Columbia University for two decades as a financial administrator for the Office of the President, the School of Social Work, and the university’s central Accounts Payable.
Sarah HawManager, Financial AdministrationRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Sarah comes to Columbia World Projects from the Center for Climate Systems Research at the Earth Institute, where she was the Administrative Coordinator for over five years.
Sara McDonaldBudget Manager, Finance & AdministrationRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Sara joined Columbia World Projects in August 2019. Before joining the team, Sara was the Grants and Finance Manager for the Earth Institute at Columbia University, providing financial...
Katherine RodriguezBusiness ManagerRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Katherine joined Columbia World Projects in March 2020 as Business Manager. Prior to Columbia World Projects, Katherine served as Human Resources & Faculty Affairs Generalist at the...
Aneka RobertsSenior Project Officer for OperationsRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Aneka joined Columbia World Projects in May 2022. Prior to joining, she worked at Avenues: The World School where she was the Program Operations Manager – Global Extensions.
Lisa Dolberry HancockFellowship DirectorRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Lisa leads the Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University. She was previously a Vice President at Goldman Sachs where she was head of employee community engagement...
Zachary K. WongAssistant Director, Obama Foundation Scholars ProgramRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Zachary is the Assistant Director of the Obama Foundation Scholars Program. His prior work at Columbia University includes serving as the Manager of Communications and Projects for...
Rainah UmlaufProject OfficerRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Rainah previously worked at Trinity Wall Street where she coordinated justice, advocacy, and outreach programming on a range of issues including racial equality, the arts, housing...
Christine HuntSpecial Initiatives Project OfficerRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Christine Hunt has over a decade of experience in global health and public service specifically around partnership engagement and the management of both international projects and collaborative...
Lynette HacopianAdministrative CoordinatorRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Lynette holds a master’s degree in Near Eastern Studies from New York University, where she worked simultaneously as a Program Assistant for the Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies...
Abhishek KarPost-Doctoral Research ScientistRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Abhishek is a postdoctoral research scientist at the Environmental Health Sciences department at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He was previously a Research...
Georgette Owusu-AmankwahPost-Doctoral Research ScientistRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Georgette joined Columbia World Projects in August 2019 as a Post-doctoral Research Scientist. She holds a doctoral degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky.
Ann BournsDirector, Project ManagementRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Ann joined Columbia World Projects in April 2019 as Director, Project Management. She has spent most of her career working with non-profit and for-profit organizations and universities...
Sarah SillimanAssociate Director, Project ManagementRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Sarah joined Columbia World Projects in July 2019. As part of the project management team, she works across projects to support their success and enable project teams to productively work...
Catherine VaughanAssociate Director for Monitoring & EvaluationRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Cathy joined Columbia World Projects in February 2021 after 12 years at Columbia’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society, where her work focused on the application...
Research & Engagement
Thomas AsherDirector, Research & EngagementRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Thomas worked at the Social Science Research Council for 10 years directing grant and fellowship programs to strengthen global social science research capacity and networks, including...
Bernadette Baird-ZarsPostdoctoral Research ScholarRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Bernadette Baird-Zars supports Columbia World Projects' inclusive urbanism initiatives in pandemic recovery, post-disaster response, and land use and local governance.
Anna MarcheseSenior Program AssociateRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Anna came to Columbia World Projects from the American Council of Learned Societies, where she administered fellowship programs aimed at strengthening scholarship in the humanities.
Strategies & Partnerships
Darragh McConnellDirector, Strategies & PartnershipsRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Darragh joined Columbia World Projects in 2020. Prior to this, she worked in senior management and organizational strategy roles driving multi-sectoral partnerships and building innovative...