Inaugural Symposia

As part of President Minouche Shafik's inauguration, the Office of the President coordinated a series of symposia covering a range of key issues that drew on the depth of expertise of Columbia University and its surrounding communities. 

Electric energy and windmills against a sunset sky.
The Geopolitics of Climate Change and the Energy Transition


  • Somini Sengupta, International Climate Reporter, the New York Times, and author of The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India's Young (moderator)
  • Jason Bordoff, Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy
  • Meghan O’Sullivan, Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University

Welcome: Minouche Shafik, President of Columbia University in the City of New York

Date & Time: October 11, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Low Library Rotunda

Register here.

Watch the livestream here.

People raise their fists in solidarity at a protest.
[POSTPONED] Human Rights Economy Inaugural Symposium


  • Minouche Shafik, President, Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Volker Türk, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • José Antonio Ocampo, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University
  • Attiya Waris, Independent Expert on foreign debt, other international financial obligations and human rights at the United Nations 

Welcome: Minouche Shafik, President, Columbia University in the City of New York