Editorial Board

Editor in Chief Jiwon Ma
Chief Executive Officer Francisco Javier Pardinas Favela
Executive Editor Samir Kumar
Managing Editor for Business Priya Ponnapula
Senior Editor
(Spring/Summer 2020)
Daniel Sorek
Senior Editor
(Spring/Summer 2020)
Aidan Berkey
Senior Editor
(Fall/ Winter 2020)
Marisa Coulton
Senior Editor
(Fall/Winter 2020)
Monica Hunter-Hart
Senior Editor (digital) Daniel Guelen
Senior Editor (digital) Kylie Lan Tumiatti
Features Editor Daniel Propp
Production Director Elizabeth Anderson
Director of Alumni Relations Shannon M. McKenna
Assistant Features Editor Kanyon Iwami
Assistant Features Editor Govind Ramagopal
Alumni and Business Operations Associate Rachel Kim
Assistant Editor (print) Nick Chun
Assistant Editor (print) Marisa Durham
Assistant Editor (print) Justin Holle
Assistant Editor (print) Sean Keeley
Assistant Editor (print) Oliver Mayers
Assistant Editor (print) Shilpa Venigandla
Assistant Editor (digital) Bridget Chan
Assistant Editor (digital) Ali Javaheri
Assistant Editor (digital) Barbara Lantz
Assistant Editor (digital) Seungmin Helen Lee

Board Biographies

Jiwon Ma, Editor in Chief

Jiwon is a second year Master of International Affairs candidate concentrating in International Security Policy and specializing in Technology, Media, and Communications and East Asia regional. Prior to SIPA, she worked in the administration of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences supporting the Dean’s office and as a Research Assistant at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Over the summer, she was an intern at the New York City Cyber Command as a Cyber Security Analyst. At SIPA, Jiwon's academic and research focus is on cybersecurity, counterintelligence, and defense strategies.

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Francisco Javier Pardinas Favela, Chief Executive Officer

Francisco Javier is a second year Master of Public Administration candidate focused on Sustainable Development, Business and Finance. Prior to SIPA he worked as a corporate finance analyst and as a business consultant.  Most recently, he worked the Fourth Sector Group to promote impact investing as a tool for COVID-19 response and recovery. Currently, he is a research assistant for the Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment.


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Samir Kumar, Executive Editor

Samir Kumar is an MPA student concentrating in economic and political development, primarily interested in the practice of building stronger polities and markets in emerging economies through investment and entrepreneurship. Previously, he was a policy researcher on South Asia in Washington, D.C., and a Fulbright student in Sri Lanka.

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Priya Ponnapula, Managing Editor for Business

Priya is a first year, International Finance and Economic Policy concentrator, originally from Hyderabad, India. Her background lies in International Development, specifically gender based development in South Asia. Prior to SIPA, Priya worked at Asia Initiatives, a New York-based non-profit, working to promote skill building and resource training for young girls and women in Asia and Africa. As a Project Manager, she developed frameworks to cultivate and utilize financial potential of below poverty line women, through education, job training and digital literacy programs. After SIPA, she wants to combine her passion for Finance with her background in development to create strategic development frameworks for vulnerable communities to enhance livelihood opportunities and create sustainable growth.

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Daniel Sorek, Senior Editor (Spring/Summer 2020)

Dan is a first-year MIA student concentrating in international security policy with an interest in the Middle East. Prior to enrolling at SIPA, he worked in investment banking and advised public and private clients on acquisition financing mandates across North America. He hopes to apply his analytical skills towards public service. While working, Dan was selected to multiple delegations that were formed to represent youth interests and advise high ranking Canadian government officials. He graduated from McGill University majoring in finance and minoring in Chinese and Russian. In his spare time, Dan is an avid runner and tries to cross off as many New York City bucket list items as possible.

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Aidan Berkey, Senior Editor (Spring/Summer 2020)

Aidan Berkey is a Master of International Affairs candidate at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, where he studies Economic and Political Development and International Security Policy. Immediately prior to Columbia, he spent several years as a consultant at The Beacon Group, where he developed and delivered growth strategies to Fortune 100 clients across the firm's Defense, Healthcare, Industrial, and Technology practices. He has also previously worked in the finance and non-profit development spaces, and holds a Bachelor's degree with High Honors from Wesleyan University's College of Social Studies, where his research focused on intersections of urban economic development and the memory of political violence. In his spare time, Mr. Berkey is an aspiring linguist and avid kayaker.

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Marisa Coulton, Senior Editor (Fall/Winter 2020)

Marisa is pursuing a dual master’s in Journalism and International Affairs at Columbia on a Fulbright scholarship. She completed her undergraduate degree at Western University in London, ON Canada, where she was Editor-in-Chief of Canada’s oldest undergraduate history journal, "The Mirror." Prior to SIPA, she was Communications Consultant at a global nonprofit. After graduation, she hopes to write and edit internationally-focused articles. In her spare time, she enjoys creative writing and learning languages. She is fluent in French and is currently working on Italian.

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Monica Hunter-Hart, Senior Editor (Fall/Winter 2020)

Monica Hunter-Hart is a dual degree student at Columbia earning an MIA from SIPA and an M.S. from the Journalism School. She aims to become an analyst of foreign affairs after graduation and particularly hopes to write about Turkish politics, human rights abuses in conflict zones, and money laundering and financial corruption. Before entering graduate school, Monica spent several years writing aggregated news stories for a variety of websites. She also worked at the International Rescue Committee in New York finding housing for refugees and spent a year in Turkey teaching English on a Fulbright grant. Monica grew up in Massachusetts and received a B.A. from Oberlin College in Ohio.

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Daniel Guelen, Senior Editor (digital)

Daniel is a joint-degree student at Columbia studying Economics and Political Science with a focus on International Affairs. Prior to Columbia, he worked as the Managing Editor of the IE International Policy Review, worked as a Business Intelligence Intern for the United Nations in NYC, and was a Business Development Associate at Planon Software. He is currently also leading a research initiative that is looking to securitize environmental and social impact and has various academic experiences at IE University, Stanford University, and Harvard University. 

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Kylie Lan Tumiatti, Senior Editor (digital)

Kylie Lan Tumiatti

Kylie is an MPA candidate concentrating in Economic and Political Development and specializing in International Conflict Resolution. Prior to SIPA she has worked in the fields of education, refugee migration, and philanthropy management. She is a 2017 Undergraduate Thomas R. Pickering Fellow who will be joining the Foreign Service upon graduation. Kylie is passionate about empowering underrepresented communities, building more equitable systems of government, and mastering the art of baking the perfect chocolate chip cookie.

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Daniel Propp, Features Editor

Daniel is a first-year MPA student concentrating on Energy and Environment. He earned his undergraduate degree in Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College in 2018 and then spent a year in Accra, Ghana, where he served as the West Africa Policy Analyst for the Renewable Energy Performance Platform. He is using his time at SIPA to study strategies for decarbonizing the global energy system.

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Elizabeth Anderson, Production Director

Elizabeth Anderson is a second-year Master of International Affairs candidate concentrating in Economic and Political Development with a focus on sustainable energy development and geopolitical consequences of transitioning to a renewable energy-based economy. Prior to SIPA, Elizabeth was a Senior Budget Analyst at the New York State Assembly Ways and Means Committee responsible for the agriculture, energy, environment, and parks budget.

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Shannon M. McKenna, Director of Alumni Relations

Shannon is a MPA in Development Practice Candidate specializing in Conflict Resolution.  Prior to SIPA, Shannon served as a Civil Affairs officer in the United States Army where she worked to understand drivers of instability, paths to radicalization and the intersection of economic development and security in Central Asia and the Middle East. She is particularly interested in the policies and programs that lie at the intersection of security and development spaces and how quantitative analysis and better coordination can lead to sustainable U.S. policy outcomes.

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Kanyon Iwami, Assistant Features Editor

Kanyon is a first-year Master of International Affairs student concentrating in economic and political development. Prior to SIPA, he worked at public relations firm Edelman where he advised consumer brands and financial services firms during sensitive situations. He regularly partnered with clients to help them navigate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) policy and the evolving role of corporate purpose. Kanyon received his B.A. in Economics from New York University. He hopes to run his 6th marathon once the coronavirus pandemic subsides.

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Govind Ramagopal, Assistant Features Editor

Govind is a First-Year Masters of International Affairs candidate, specializing in International Security Policy, with a concentration in the Middle East region. Prior to coming to SIPA, he worked at a law firm as a paralegal, working on Labor and Commercial litigation cases. He has also worked as an intern in legislative offices at the Federal and State levels and volunteered on political campaigns.

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Rachel Kim, Alumni and Business Operations Associate

Rachel is a first year MPA student concentrating in International Finance and Economic Policy with specialization in Data Analytics and Quantitative Analysis. Her interests include economic development, trade relations in the East Asia region, and data analytics for strategic decision support. She is currently an Active Duty Army Officer with specialty in Financial Management and Comptrollership. After SIPA, she will resume her service as an Instructor of Economics at the United States Military Academy at West Point, from where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Economics and Systems Engineering. Rachel is originally from NYC and is an avid triathlete and runner. 

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Nick Chun, Assistant Editor (print)

Nick is a Master of International Affairs Candidate concentrating in Human Rights/Humanitarian Policy and specializing in Technology, Media, and Communications. Prior to SIPA, Nick received his undergraduate degree in Political Science with a minor in French from the University of California, Berkeley. He is very interested in North Korean refugee rights and has worked at the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea where he conducted research on the regime’s use of cryptocurrency. In his free time, Nick loves playing guitar and going to concerts.

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Marisa Durham, Assistant Editor (print)

Marisa Durham is currently a second-year MIA candidate, concentrating in Economic Political Development, and specializing in Russia and the former Soviet Union. Prior to her time at Columbia University, she lived in Washington DC and worked as a political pollster and consultant for several election cycles. 

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Justin Holle, Assistant Editor (print)

Justin is an MIA student concentrating on International Security Policy. Prior to joining SIPA, Justin served as an Arabic translator in the United States Army, where he worked to better understand the role of minority populations in ongoing conflicts in the Middle East. He is interested in the intersection of migration policy and conflict resolution.

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Sean Keeley, Assistant Editor (print)

Sean Keeley is a first-year Master of International Affairs candidate concentrating in International Security Policy with a regional specialization in Russia and the Former Soviet States. Prior to SIPA, he worked as an associate editor and staff writer at The American Interest magazine, and is also a contributing editor at American Purpose, a new publication launched this year. At SIPA, Sean is a member of the International Fellows Program and a graduate assistant at the Harriman Institute. In his spare time, he is an avid film buff and enjoys writing on culture and the arts.

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Oliver Mayers, Assistant Editor (print)

Oliver is a Master of International Affairs candidate at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, concentrating on international security policy with a regional specialization in the Middle East. Most recently, Oliver worked at a geopolitical risk advisory in New York, where he leveraged his knowledge of French, Arabic, and Hebrew to consult on African and Middle Eastern concerns. Oliver obtained a BA in philosophy from Middlebury College in 2015 and is a dual Canadian-American citizen.

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Shilpa Venigandla, Assistant Editor (print)

Shilpa is a first-year Master of International Affairs candidate concentrating in Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy (HRHP) and specializing in International Conflict Resolution (ICR). Her interests lie in the protection of civilians in armed conflict, human rights, and transitional justice. Prior to SIPA, Shilpa was interning and working at a couple of different non-governmental organizations that focused on protecting civilians in armed conflict, assisting primarily with research and advocacy projects. She graduated from New York University with a degree in Global Public Health/Media, Culture and Communications and a minor in Political Science.

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Bridget Chan, Assistant Editor (digital)

Bridget is a first-year MPA candidate at Columbia SIPA. Originally from Portland, Oregon, her most recent professional experience centers around research, evaluation and strategic planning for foundations and philanthropies, and hopes to bring that experience into affecting systems-level changes for equitable policy outcomes. Outside of SIPA you can find her at the gym or trying out a new Cantonese recipe. 

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Ali Javaheri, Assistant Editor (digital)

Ali Javaheri is a first-year MIA student concentrating in International Finance and Economic Policy. Ali has previous experience working in international development and at the American Enterprise Institute. He received his undergraduate degree in Government and International Politics from George Mason University. Ali's interests include tech policy, the Middle East, Persian poetry, and travel photography. You can find him exploring New York City for great views and great spots to read.   

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Barbara Lantz, Assistant Editor (digital)

Barbara is an MIA student at SIPA concentrating in Energy and Environment and specializing in International Organizations and UN Studies. Before SIPA, Barbara worked for Major League Baseball. Currently, she is a Graduate Communications Assistant for the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University. She is especially interested in how policy can simultaneously maximize economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

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Seungmin Helen Lee, Assistant Editor (digital)

Seungmin (Helen) Lee is a five-year dual degree student at Columbia University. This school year, she is in her fourth year of undergraduate studies majoring in political science at Columbia College and her first year of graduate studies pursuing a Master in International Affairs. Her concentration is international security policy, and specializations are management and East Asia. Most recently, she was also a global initiative intern for Asia Society New York

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