Editorial Board

Executive Editor Samir Kumar
Managing Editor (digital) Daniel Guelen
Senior Editor Monica Hunter-Hart
Features Editor Kanyon Iwami
Features Editor Govind Ramagopal
Assistant Editor (digital) Bridget Chan
Assistant Editor (digital) Ali Javaheri
Assistant Editor (digital)
Editor in Chief emeritus
Production Director Elizabeth Anderson


Board Biographies


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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Daniel Guelen, Managing 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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Monica Hunter-Hart, Senior Editor

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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Kanyon Iwami, 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, 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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Bridget Chan, Assistant Editor (digital)

Bridget is an 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 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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Seungmin Helen Lee, Assistant Editor (digital)

Seungmin (Helen) Lee is a five-year dual degree student at Columbia University. At SIPA, she concentrates in 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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Jiwon Ma, Editor in Chief emeritus

Jiwon received a Masters in International Affairs concentrating in International Security Policy and specializing in Technology, Media, and Communications and the East Asia region. 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. She has also intened at New York City Cyber Command as a Cyber Security Analyst. At SIPA, Jiwon's academic and research focus was on cybersecurity, counterintelligence, and defense strategies.


Elizabeth Anderson, Production Director

Elizabeth Anderson received a Masters in International Affairs, 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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