To create a mentorship forum for Columbia University students in India during the pandemic, Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai launched a webinar series featuring alumni who are leaders in diverse fields. The inaugural program was held on October 15, 2020 with a presentation by Jasmine Shah, an alumnus of Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and Vice Chairperson of the Dialogue and Development Commission, Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi.
Mr. Shah reflected on his professional journey and on current trends in the fields of environment and public governance, two of his key areas of expertise. He shared that after completing his Master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology and working in the private sector, he realized that making an impact on society was his calling. He spoke about his work in various non-profit organizations where he engaged with policy research and advocacy. His ideas were further refined through graduate study at Columbia, which he joined in 2010 after being awarded a Nehru Fulbright Fellowship to study public policy. As his interest in the active process of policymaking grew, he made a career transition and joined the Aam Aadmi Party’s think tank in Delhi. Speaking of his role in promoting dialogue and designing environment-related policies and programs, he emphasized the importance of openness to research and new ideas by governments.
His thoughtful interaction was welcomed by participants and paves the way for Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai to organize more sessions for Columbia alums and students.