Global Think In Santiago

FRANCISCO DIAZ | Francisco Diaz is a Columbia GSAPP graduate, MSc CCCP, and associate professor of Architecture at Universidad Católica de Chile. His main topics of interest are the critical analysis of architectural discourses and the impact that neoliberal economics have had over architecture and cities.
ALEX GODOY | Alex Godoy is a Research Associate of the Earth Engineering Center at the earth Institute of Columbia University. He explores the governance of complex and evolving human-ecosystem systems to deliver simple and practical solutions to current sustainability problems like water scarcity and environmental pollution. He currently examines the governance of environmental challenges associated with changes in the use and management of ecosystem services.
GRACIELA IBAÑEZ | Graciela Ibañez is a Chilean journalist, and graduate of Columbia’s School of Journalism. She covers Latin America, and has extensive international experience. Before returning to Chile in 2011, she spent four years in New York. She has worked for the Financial Times Group, Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal.
KAREN PONIACHIK (MODERATOR) | Karen Poniachik has been the Director of Columbia Global Centers | Santiago since September 2011. She is also a member of the corporate boards of directors of Metro S.A. and Nuevo Pudahuel, as well as an advisor to Maersk Container Industries, San Antonio. She serves on the advisory councils of the Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce, AmCham Chile, and of Universidad Católica’s Center for Corporate Governance. She also teaches the “Corporate Compliance” segment of the Corporate Governance Certification Course offered by Universidad Católica.
RICARDO RIESCO | Ricardo Riesco is Partner at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría. He holds a LLM from Columbia University. He has been professor of Civil Procedure at Universidad Católica since 2007 and Director at Instituto Chileno de Derecho Procesal since 2013. He was selected by international publications as one of the eight best Chilean competition lawyers.
RAUL SAEZ | Raul Saez is currently an associate researcher at CIEPLAN, a think-tank in Santiago, and teaches at University of Talca. He holds MA and PhD degrees in Economics from Boston University. He was Chile’s first Permanent Representative to the OECD. From 2000 to 2010 he was Director of International Affairs at Chile’s Ministry of Finance.
JUAN SOMAVÍA | Juan Somavía is the Government Relations and External Affairs Manager – Copper for Anglo American. His responsibilities include the adequate and timely identification and management of political and regulatory risks and resulting government relations objectives, which facilitates and promotes effective involvement and suitable influences on decision makers in support of Copper growth strategy and Anglo American´s vision.
CAROL GLUCK (MODERATOR) | Carol Gluck is the George Sansom Professor of History at Columbia University, specializing in the history of modern Japan, international relations, and public memory. Her books include Japan's Modern Myths: Ideology in the Late Meiji Period, Words in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon, and her forthcoming Past Obsessions: World War II in History and Memory. She is currently Co-chair of the Trustees Emeriti of the Asia Society, member of the Board of Directors of the Japan Society and the Weatherhead Foundation, elected Councilor of the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and member of the American Philosophical Society and the Council on Foreign Relations. A nationally and internationally known scholar and public intellectual, she is the recipient of many honors, including the Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese government. An award-winning teacher, she has taught undergraduates, graduate and professional school students at Columbia for more than four decades. She is a founding member, and now chair, of Columbia's Committee on Global Thought.
SEAN MCLINTOCK | Sean McLintock is a current MA student with the Committee on Global Thought. He earned a BA in Political Science and an LL.B from Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa. His MA thesis is titled “The Future of Jobs in South Africa: Employment, Skills, and Strategies for the Next Industrial Revolution.”
PRAKASH H. MEHTA | Prakash H. Mehta is a partner at Partner, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP with over 20 years of experience working with asset managers, institutional investors and entrepreneurs. He provides strategic, legal, business, and operational advice on high-profile, transactional, and litigation matters for clients around the world. Mr. Mehta is the leader of the firm’s India practice and was instrumental in the formation of the firm’s Hong Kong and Singapore offices. Mr. Mehta regularly gives presentations around the world, including most recently on topics such as “Cybersecurity – What Fund Managers and Investors Need to Know,” “LP Advisory Board: Rules Of Engagement,” “Hedge Fund Manager Investment Transactions – Key Considerations,” and “Trends in Private Equity and Hedge Funds.” Mr. Mehta received his JD magna cum laude in 1994 from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as associate editor of The Georgetown Law Journal. He received his first degree summa cum laude in 1991 from Georgetown University. He is a member of the CGT's Advisory Council.
KATHARINA PISTOR | Katharina Pistor is the Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and Director of the Law School’s Center on Global Legal Transformation. Her research explores corporate law, corporate governance, money and finance, property rights, and comparative law. In 2015 she was elected member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. She recently co-edited Governing Access to Essential Resources (Columbia University Press, 2015).
SOMINI SENGUPTA | Somini Sengupta is a foreign correspondent for The New York Times and has reported from a Himalayan glacier, a Congo River ferry, the streets of Baghdad and Mumbai and many other places. Her first book, The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India’s Young (W.W. Norton & Co., 2016), has been selected as among The Economist’s Best Books of 2016.
JOSHUA SIMON | Joshua Simon is an Assistant Professor of Political Science, specializing in American and Latin American political thought, revolutionary thought, constitutions, and approaches to foreign policy. His forthcoming book, The Ideology of Creole Revolution: Imperialism and Independence in American and Latin American Political Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2017), explores similarities between British and Spanish American independence movements.
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