Mumbai Center Leadership Changes

September 01, 2014

Dr. Nirupam Bajpai, who served as both the Director of the Mumbai Center and Senior Research Scholar for the Earth Institute, has stepped down from his role as Director as of September 1, 2014. He remains in his role with the Earth Institute, and has also become Special Advisor to provide support for the network of global centers.

Since its inception four years ago, the Mumbai Center has successfully built a robust foundation and has grown significantly during that time. Under Nirupam’s leadership, the Center now serves as a home for a number of faculty and student programs and activities, has strong ties with key donors, and manages successful Earth Institute programming.

Over the past few years, the needs of Columbia faculty and opportunities for students in India and beyond have increased exponentially. The University is ever more committed to strengthening its engagement with South Asia. In order to support this expanded agenda, it has become essential that we bring on board a dedicated resource to lead the growing activities of the Mumbai Center.

Until a new director is in place, Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development at Columbia University, Professor Safwan Masri, together with Columbia’s Special Advisor for Global Affairs, and Professor of Professional Practice in the Faculty of International and Public Affairs, Vishakha Desai, are taking an active role in overseeing the Mumbai Center. Jaki Sitterle, Chief of Staff to the EVP for Global Centers and Global Development, also supports the Mumbai Center’s operations during this transition period.

The Columbia Global Centers are grateful to Nirupam Bajpai for the leadership and dedication he has given, and look forward to his continued contributions in this exciting next phase.