COVID Vaccines: Policies to End This Pandemic and Avoid Another One

Vaccine Panel

How should the private and public sectors adapt to further the effort to vaccinate the U.S. population, produce sufficient supplies for countries that have thus far had only limited access to the vaccine, and develop booster vaccines to maintain immunity, particularly in the face of new variants?

Please join us for an interactive discussion with some of Columbia University’s leading experts.

June 10, 2021 | Webinar | 6:00 p.m. 



Tax Policy Under the Biden Administration

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Please join our panelists, David Schizer and Alex Raskolnikov, as they discuss the prospects for significant tax legislation in 2021 under the Biden Administration.

April 15, 2021 | Webinar | 12:00 p.m. 


The Future of Affordable Housing in the US: Finding Solutions for Income Inequality in a Post-COVID America


Please join our experts as we discuss potential solutions to America’s crisis of affordable housing. We will explore the situation on the ground with regard to housing, and the looming evictions crisis, as the US emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

April 12, 2021 | Webinar | 12:00 p.m. 


The Wolf at the Door: The Menace of Economic Insecurity and How to Fight It

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Please join us for a very special evening with Michael Graetz, Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, as he discusses his book. He will be joined by Jacob Lew, Former US Secretary of the Treasury and Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. The event will be moderated by Nicholas Lemann, Dean Emeritus and Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism at Columbia Journalism School.

February 2, 2021 | Webinar | 6:00 p.m. 

Small Businesses in the COVID Recession

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How are small businesses adapting now that the COVID recession looks like it will continue well into 2021? Our panel of national and New York small business leaders will help answer some key questions.

For this discussion, we will be joined by Luz Urrutia, CEO of Accion Opportunity Fund and Opportunity Fund, the country’s leading non-profit small business microlender, local small business owner Amore Philip, CEO and Director of Public Relations for Apples and Oranges Public Relations, and Kaaryn Nailor Simmons, Director of the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center, which offers resources, mentorship, and programs for small business owners and entrepreneurs in the Harlem and southern Bronx neighborhoods. The panel will be moderated by Todd H. Baker, Senior Fellow at the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy at Columbia University.

October 27, 2020 | Webinar | 6:00 p.m. 


Private Equity Diversity and Inclusion

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Private equity investment institutions play a pivotal and growing role in financial markets. Asset owners and private equity managers deploy billions of dollars in companies and take active roles in steering the enterprises in which they invest. Importantly, much of the capital invested in private equity funds come from institutions with social mandates such as pension funds and university endowments. Although the investments are private, they nonetheless have meaningful impact on the public and on society.  

For this discussion, we will be joined by Jennifer Choi, Managing Director of Industry Affairs for the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA), Donna M. Hitscherich, Senior Lecturer of Finance and Director of the Private Equity Program at Columbia Business School, and Alisa A. Wood, Partner, Client and Partner Group at KKR. The panel will be moderated by Aamir A. Rehman, Senior Fellow at the Richman Center for Business, Law and Public Policy.

October 13, 2020 | Webinar | 6:00 p.m. 


Investing in Infrastructure in Developing Asia after COVID-19: Navigating Geopolitics to Generate Long-Term Value, Growth, and Returns

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In this public lecture, we will explore the prospects for deploying capital to infrastructure in Asia for the long term. We will identify risks and challenges, and weigh these against the opportunities and potential dislocations brought by the economic fallout from COVID-19 and corollary repricing of assets.

This lecture will feature Keiko Honda, Adjunct Professor and Adjunct Senior Research Scholar, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University; Former CEO of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) of the World Bank Group, Glenn Hughes, Head of Vietnam, LOGOS Group, and Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation (ORF). This discussion will be moderated by Dr. Alexis Crow, Head of Geopolitical Investing at PwC; Senior Fellow at the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy at Columbia University.

September 30, 2020 | Webinar | 10:00am

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Government Debt and Deficit: Myth or Reality?

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The United States and many EU nations have added to their deficits to support their economies amid COVID-19. One side argues that we will never dig ourselves out of this fiscal black hole. The other side argues that we need more stimulus, not less. Which side are you on?

A discussion and debate featuring Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and former chief economist and economic adviser to Vice President Joseph Biden in the Obama Administration, and Paul B. Kazarian '81, CEO of Japonica Partners and the Kazarian Center for Public Financial Management. Moderated by Shivaram Rajgopal, Roy Bernard Kester and T.W. Byrnes Professor of Accounting and Auditing at Columbia Business School.

Co-sponsored as part of Columbia Business School’s Leading Through Crisis series.

July 14, 2020 | Webinar | 12:30 p.m.