Past Event

Seminar: Public Policies in an Uncertain World

July 21, 2017
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Columbia University - School of International and Public Affairs (Room 1512)
Seminar Invitation

In an increasingly uncertain and controversial world, policies and political institutions must be expanded and improved to manage these issues, so as to transform them into productive outcomes.
This seminar will bring together tri-sector leaders to reveal what the policies are 'future to a more democratic and equal tomorrow.

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9:00 AM – 9:20 AM | REGISTRATION

9:20 AM – 9:30 AM | OPENING: Prof. Arvid Lukauskas (Executive Director, Picker Center for Executive Education, Program in Economic Policy Management)

9:30 AM – 10:20 AM | PANEL 1: Innovations in Public Management
Moderator: Bruna Santos (President of the board | Open Knowledge Brasil, Knowledge Manager at Comunitas, Teaching Assistant of Global EMPA | SIPA)


Willian Silva, Brazil Sanitation Challenges: Impoving Public Governance and Private Investments

Barbara Furiati, Lobbying as a Democratic Tool: a Brazilian Overview on the Public/Private Relationship

Monica Vianna, Rio Resilience: How Leadership, Strategic Planning, Decision-Making and Preparation Contribute to Resilience Development

Antonio Barros, Changing the Public Management: Government as a Platform

10:20 AM – 10:30 AM | Coffee-break

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM | PANEL 2: Fostering Economic Development
Moderator: Denyse Dookie (Teaching Assistant of Global EMPA | SIPA)

Kristin Franklin, Trust as a Catalyst for Development

Maiwand Nawid, Grand Strategy to Dismantle the Afghan Taliban

Palak Parekh, Investor Engagement: ESG Investing & U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

Ricardo Rodrigues, Infrastructure Investments Social Impacts: Rio Grande do Norte State’s Wind Power Generation Case Study

Muniba Junaid, The Economic Transition of two of the GCC Economies, KSA and UAE

11:30 AM – 11:40 AM | Coffee-break

11:40 AM – 12:40 PM | PANEL 3: Advances in Financial Policy
Moderator: Prof. Thomas Trebat (Professor at SIPA and Director of the Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro)

Luciano Lanz, The Potential Role of National Development Banks to Promote Financial Inclusion
Bruno Luna, Financial Literacy Under International and Brazilian Perspective, an Analysis of Brazilian Family Budget and its Impact on the National Strategy for Financial Education - (ENDEF)
Luciana Campos, Corporate Social Investment and the Role of Tax Incentives: A Cross-cultural and Legal Comparison Between Brazil and United States
Marcelo Seraphim, Private Investments in Infrastructure in Brazil: Improving the Business Environment to Fill the Infrastructure Gap
Eduardo Almeida Mota, An Efficient Tax Administration as a Tool to Improve Competitiveness

12:40 PM – 1:00 PM | KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Mr. Mark Anthony Thomas (Columbia EMPA Alumni and Senior Vice President at New York City Economic Development Corporation)

1:00 PM – 1:10 PM | CLOSING REMARKS: Prof. Arvid Lukauskas 



Keynote Speaker

Mark Anthony Thomas

Mark Anthony Thomas is the newly created Senior Vice President of Partnerships for the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the City’s primary engine for economic development, managing and driving strategic industry engagement and business development. For more than 16 years, Mark has worked at the intersection of public-private partnerships and civic innovation, serving as the Director of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Operations Innovation Team and piloting Fuse Corps’ executive fellowship program in the City of Los Angeles. Mark has also served as the publisher of City Limits magazine and Deputy Director of the think-tank Center for an Urban Future. The Atlanta-native began his career at Georgia-Pacific Corporation, shaping CSR and sustainability, and has been prominently featured by news publications and conferences. Mark has counseled local and national policy leaders and industry innovators and serves as a mentor for startups and emerging companies in the civic and new media space. Mark earned his MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), MPA from Columbia University’s School of International Affairs, and Bachelors in Business from the University of Georgia, which honored him as one of its Top 40 Alumni under 40.