Editorial Board

Editor in Chief John Sakellariadis
Managing Editor for Print and Editorial Meredith Palermo
Managing Editor for Digital Sherry Kim
Managing Editor for Business and Marketing Sonia Aviv
Senior Strategist Anashya Srinivasan
Senior Editor for Print Eleanor Katz
Senior Editor for Print Michael Woods 
Director of Operations Kyle Staron 
Features Editor Ines Boussebaa
Production Director Sean Nelsen
Director of Alumni Relations Shannon M. McKenna
Strategy Associate Ella Drory
Business and Marketing Associate Pekun Bakare
Business and Marketing Associate Francisco Javier Pardinas Favela
Production Assistant Elizabeth Anderson
Senior Editor for Print (Spring/Summer 2020) Aidan Berkey
Senior Editor for Print (Spring/Summer 2020) Daniel Sorek
Senior Editor for Print (Fall/Winter 2020) Samir Kumar
Senior Editor for Print (Fall/Winter 2020) Jiwon Ma
Features Editor Daniel Propp
Editorial Assistant (print) Priya Ponnapula
Editorial Assistant (print) Sanya Batra
Editorial Assistant (print) Monica Hunter-Hart
Editorial Assistant (print) Nick Chun
Editorial Assistant (print) Marisa Durham
Editorial Assistant (digital) Rebecca Bonner
Editorial Assistant (digital) Liz Olson
Website Manager Pranav Ramkumar
Social Media Lead Yuchen Wu

Board Biographies

John Sakellariadis, Editor in Chief

John is an MIA candidate at SIPA concentrating in International Security Policy and specializing in Technology, Media and Communications. Prior to SIPA, John worked as a Research Assistant at the American Enterprise Institute, where he conducted research on US foreign and defense policy. John has used his time at SIPA to focus on cybersecurity. He will be spending the summer as a threat intelligence intern with a cybersecurity firm in New York City. 


Meredith Palermo, Managing Editor for Print and Editorial 

Meredith is an attorney and Executive MPA student passionate about shaping the integrity of financial and political systems. Her professional goals are to enhance prosecutorial, investigative, and regulatory priorities relating to financial crimes and public corruption, and to further cultivate integrity and transparency in government and private sector institutions. Currently, she works as an investigations and compliance attorney at a government agency where she investigates financial and business integrity concerns, which include but are not limited to procurement fraud, embezzlement, corporate misconduct, false claims, and contract non-compliance. She is a proponent of well-researched and reasoned analyses, and enjoys persuasive writing.


Sherry Kim, Managing Editor for Digital

Sherry is an MPA candidate concentrating in economic policy, specializing in international organizations & UN studies. Her primary academic interests lie in the intersection between trade policy and infrastructure development in emerging economies, particularly in Southeast Asia. Prior to New York, she worked as a policy research fellow in Washington, D.C focusing on a comparative study of both prominent and emerging global cities.


Sonia Aviv, Managing Editor for Business and Marketing

Sonia is currently an MIA student studying Economic Policy and Management. Prior to SIPA, she attained her undergraduate degree in International Relations at Lehigh University. She then spent three years as a Team Leader at a primary research company in New York, working with international institutional investors. 


Anashya Srinivasan, Senior Strategist

Anashya is dedicated to protecting at-risk cultural heritage sites, particularly in the Middle East, through community-based economic solutions. She is an MPA candidate studying international development, humanitarian crises, and project management. After five years as a field archaeologist, Anashya worked in Washington, DC with the Smithsonian Institution and at an NGO investigating the links between antiquities trafficking, ethnic cleansing, and terrorist financing. She is spending the summer based in Turkey building impact assessment and financial models for Sustainable Development Goal-related global historic preservation projects. 


Eleanor Katz, Senior Editor for Print

Eleanor is an MPA in Development Practice candidate focusing on human rights. Before SIPA, Eleanor worked as a management consultant with Deloitte  in Washington, D.C., where she served a variety of clients across the U.S. and emerging markets. She is particularly interested in public-private partnerships to attain equitable, sustainable development outcomes across the world. 


Michael Woods, Senior Editor for Print

Michael is a Master of Public Administration candidate focused on renewable energy policy. Prior to enrolling at SIPA, Michael worked with GDS Associates, an energy engineering consulting firm, working on energy efficiency and renewable energy engineering solutions for his clients. This past summer, Michael interned with ReNew Power, a renewable energy developer in Gurugram, India, in their asset management practice.


Kyle Staron, Director of Operations

Kyle is a Master’s in International Affairs candidate, concentrating on International Security Policy.  Prior to SIPA, Kyle served as a Civil Affairs officer in the US Army and worked to understand sources of local instability in communities in the Middle East and North Africa. His interests include understanding how policymakers construct goals for international conflict and military professionalization in Africa.


Ines Boussebaa, Features Editor 

Ines is an MIA student with an interest in the intersections between environmental issues, development and conflict resolution. Prior to starting graduate school, she researched Women, Peace, and Security issues at a women's rights NGO. Her research focused on women's roles in peacebuilding and conflict prevention.


Sean Nelsen, Production Director

Sean is dual degree student pursuing a Masters in Urban Planning and a Master in International Affairs.  He has previously worked in public service for the municipalities of New York and Denver, focusing on topics in housing affordability, public facility provision, and resilience planning.  Currently at SIPA, he is working to integrate urban planning tools into the topics of development and migration.  Sean will be in Turkey this summer working with a Syrian civil society network involved in the peace process.  


Shannon M. McKenna, Director of Alumni Relations

Shannon is a MPA in Development Practice Candidate focusing on the intersection of conflict resolution and sustainable development.  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 surrounding the integration of migrants following periods of conflict.


Ella Drory, Strategy Associate

Ella Drory is an MPA Student concentrating in Social Policy and specializing in Gender Policy and Media and Communications. Prior to SIPA, Ella worked for Israel’s largest non-profit combating hunger and poverty where she established, and directed, the Department of International Resource Development. Upon graduating from SIPA Ella intends to pursue a career combating violence against women and human trafficking.


Pekun Bakare, Business and Marketing Associate

Pekun is currently an MIA/MBA candidate concentrating on International Finance and Economic Policy.  Prior to SIPA, Pekun worked for the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) on the US$2 billion Nigeria Infrastructure Fund and at FBN Merchant Bank in the Project & Structured Finance division where he was responsible for raising capital for infrastructure projects in the oil and gas, power, telecoms and transportation sectors of Nigeria. His primary academic interest is studying the cross section between public policy and infrastructure development in emerging markets.  Pekun completed a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Durham University and is an avid football, rugby and tennis player. 


Francisco Javier Pardinas Favela, Business and Marketing Associate

Francisco Javier is a Master of Public Administration candidate focused on Sustainable Development. Prior to SIPA he worked as a corporate finance analyst in the private sector where he focused on financial valuation, country risk analysis, project evaluation, and business plan strategies. Most recently, he provided consulting services to financial institutions and banks, including Mexico’s largest development firm.


Elizabeth Anderson, Production Assistant

Elizabeth Anderson is an MIA candidate trying to figure out the best way to help combat greenhouse gas emissions globally while bettering the livelihoods of all. 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.


Aidan Berkey, Senior Editor for Print (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.


Daniel Sorek, Senior Editor for Print (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.


Samir Kumar, Senior Editor for Print (Fall/Winter 2020)

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.


Jiwon Ma, Senior Editor for Print (Fall/Winter 2020)

Jiwon is a Master of International Affairs candidate concentrating in International Security Policy and specializing in International Conflict Resolution. Prior to SIPA, she worked as an Executive Assistant in the Dean's Office at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. In addition, she worked on a cybersecurity publication as a Research Assistant at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. At SIPA, Jiwon's academic and research focus will be on cybersecurity, counterintelligence, and military defense strategy.



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.


Priya Ponnapula, Editorial Assistant (print)

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.


Sanya Batra, Editorial Assistant (print)

Sanya is a first year MPA student from Delhi, India and was working as a development professional with non-profit organisations before SIPA. She has worked extensively on grant making, program evaluation and implementation with government departments of India. Her work spans across sectors in health, education, livelihood and human trafficking and she also holds a Masters in Development Economics from SOAS, University of London. 


Monica Hunter-Hart, Editorial Assistant (print)

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.


Nick Chun, Editorial Assistant (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.


Marisa Durham, Editorial Assitant (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. 


Rebecca Bonner, Editorial Assistant (digital)

Rebecca is a Master of International Affairs candidate concentrating on human rights and gender. Prior to coming to SIPA, she worked for several years on public lands and water policy at the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in Washington, D.C. Rebecca is passionate about using a gender-sensitive approach to make institutions more inclusive, resilient, and responsive, particularly in the face of climate change and other global stressors.



Liz Olson, Editorial Assistant (digital)

Liz is an MIA student at SIPA focusing on human rights and humanitarian policy. Before SIPA, Liz worked at a human rights non-profit in New York City where she advocated for gender sensitive interpretations of international law, focusing on justice for mass atrocity crimes. Liz also spent several years in Beijing at a local non-profit raising awareness of environmental conservation issues and climate change.


Pranav Ramkumar, Website Manager

Pranav is an MPA candidate concentrating in International Finance and Economic Policy passionate about financial and digital inclusion, the carbon markets and carbon asset generation. Pursing a specialization in International Organizations and UN studies, Pranav aims to make an impact towards his passions through the folds of a multilateral, philanthropic foundation or impact fund. Prior to SIPA, Pranav worked as an Associate Director at Standard Chartered Bank, in the Chief Operating Office for Global Banking based in Singapore. Pranav enjoys data science and data visualization, and has applied these skills extensively to problems in financial risk management and regulatory compliance in his prior experience.


Yuchen Wu, Social Media Lead

Yuchen Wu is a first year MPA student concentrating in Energy and Environment. Her primary interest is in climate change policy and sustainable development. She loves reading, writing, traveling and expressing herself creatively in any way that she can. She is excited to be joining SIPA JIA this year as a social media lead and looks forward to bonding and growing with this team. After SIPA, she would like to work in a non-profit or non-governmental organization and try to combine policy analysis and evaluation with social media.