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Global Fund Board Members

The Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea

Dr. Corrado Clini

Dr. Corrado Clini is Minister at the Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea of Italy, where he has held his post since 1990.  Head of the national programs on industry and environment, energy and environment, transport and environment, research and development of new technologies for energy saving and natural resource conservation, Dr. Clini is also head of the international cooperation programs (280 projects in 45 countries) for the protection of the environment, the dissemination of renewable energies, clean technologies, and sustainable development.  He is Chairman of the Inter-ministerial Task Force of the Italian Government for the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol and head of the technical Italian delegations to the United Nations Conventions and Protocols for the Protection of the Global Environment. In 2000-2001, Dr. Clini was the Chairman of the G8 Task Force on Renewable Energy. He has also been a member of the Bureau of the European Environment Agency since 2003.  In 2004 he was appointed Chairman of the Board of the Regional Environment Center of Budapest and has been Chairman of the G8- Global Bioenergy Partnership since 2006.  Since 2007, he has been Chairman of the European Environment and Health Committee.

Dr. Clini is a visiting professor at the Department for Environmental Sciences and Engineering at Tsinghua University in Beijing and at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  Dr. Clini is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative.


Claire Servini

Claire Servini is Project Manager at the Italian Trade Commission in New York, where she heads the Clean Technology Task Force for North America in a joint program between the Italian Trade Commission and the Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea of Italy.  Focusing on Italian companies and organizations specializing in renewable energy, sustainable development, sustainable transportation, waste cycle management, and conservation, the task force aims to encourage scientific and commercial collaboration and the exchange of best practices and know-how for new green technologies between Italy and the NAFTA region.  Prior to joining the ITC, Ms. Servini worked as a senior project manager in the U.S. financial sector.  She has a double degree in Italian and Business Studies from University College London and London Polytechnic. She currently lives in New York City.


Gloria Visconti

Gloria Visconti is Senior Policy Adviser at the Ministry of Environment of Italy and, until December 2008, at the Prime Minister’s Office in the G8 Task Force where she worked on climate and energy policies for the preparation of the G8 Environment Ministerial meeting and the G8 Summit.  She was a practitioner fellow at Harvard’s Center for International Development (CID) and an associate in the Energy Technology Innovation Project (ETIP) at Harvard’s Belfer Center. She became a senior policy adviser in the technical secretariat of the Director General of the Italian Ministry for the Environment after working as a policy advisor for the Ministry. She has been engaged in international negotiations relating to the Johannesburg Summit, preparation for G8 Summits, and the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) as well as bilateral cooperation agreements. Ms. Visconti spent two years working at the Italian National Agency for the Environment and Energy (ENEA) focusing on air quality legislation in the European Union member states. She has a degree in Political Science from the University of Rome La Sapienza, a Masters in Environmental Management and Control from the Sant’ Anna School of Pisa and a Mid-career Masters in Public Administration at Harvard University, where she was named Giorgio Ruffolo Fellow. Ms. Visconti is Ph.D student at the University of Bologna, focusing on the design of a biofuels sustainability certification scheme.

The School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA),
Columbia University


John Coatsworth

John Coatsworth is the Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs. He is the author or editor of seven books and many scholarly articles on Latin American economic and international history. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of Directors of the Tinker Foundation, and numerous professional associations. He is a former president of the American Historical Association and was recently elected to the presidency of the Latin American Studies Association. He came to Columbia as a visiting professor in 2006-07 and joined the faculty in 2007. He became Acting Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs in 2007 and Dean in 2008.

Dean Coatsworth received his BA degree in History from Wesleyan University (1963) and his MA (1967) and Ph.D. (1972) degrees in Economic History from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He taught at the University of Chicago from 1969 until he joined the Harvard faculty in 1992. From 1992 until 2007, he was Monroe Gutman Professor of Latin American Affairs at Harvard, where he also served as the founding director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies from its creation in 1994 until 2006. He also chaired the Harvard University Committee on Human Rights Studies. His other academic posts have included visiting professorships at El Colegio de México, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the National University of Buenos Aires, the Instituto Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires, and the Instituto Ortega y Gassett in Madrid. He has served on the editorial boards of numerous scholarly journals including the American Historical Review, the Journal of Economic History, and the Hispanic American Historical Review and as well as social science and history journals published in Britain, Germany, Mexico, Peru, and Spain.

Dean Coatsworth was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 1986, served as Senior Fulbright Lecturer three times (for appointments in Argentina and Mexico), and has received research and institutional grants from public agencies and private foundations in the United States and elsewhere. He has also acted as consultant for program design or review to numerous U.S. universities and private foundations.


Rob Garris

Rob Garris is the Senior Associate Dean at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. In this capacity he serves as the Dean’s Chief of Staff with responsibility for strategic planning, external affairs, student affairs, and all SIPA administrative matters. He also works closely with faculty chair Robert Lieberman and Associate Dean Dan McIntyre on academic issues. In addition, Rob manages the School’s international dual degrees, exchange programs, and overseas executive training through the Global Public Policy Network; and he will continue to serve on the administrative team of Columbia’s Center for International Business Education and Research. 

He holds a Ph.D. in European History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a focus on German immigration policy in the19th and 20th centuries. His teaching has included survey courses on European history and international affairs.


Lisa Anderson

Lisa Anderson was the sixth dean to lead the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She has been on the faculty of Columbia since 1986 and just prior to her appointment served as chair of the political science department at Columbia. Dean Anderson also served as director of Columbia’s Middle East Institute from 1990 to 1993. One of the United States’s most eminent scholars of the Middle East and North Africa, Dean Anderson’s academic specialty is state formation and regime change.

In addition to her responsibilities at Columbia, Dean Anderson is the past president of the Middle East Studies Association and chair of the board of directors of the Social Science Research Council. She is a member of the council of the American Political Science Association and serves on the board of the Carnegie Council on Ethics in International Affairs. She is member emerita of the board of Human Rights Watch, where she served as co-chair of Human Rights Watch/Middle East. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. From 1981 to 1986, she was an assistant professor of government and social studies at Harvard University.

Dean Anderson holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She earned a PhD in political science from Columbia University, 1981, where she also received a certificate from the Middle East Institute. She was awarded an honorary doctor of laws from Monmouth University in 2002.


Richard Betts

Richard Betts has been Director of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies since 1997 and the Director of the International Security Policy Concentration at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University since 1992. He joined the Columbia faculty as a Professor of Political Science in 1990 and was the Leo A. Shifrin Professor of War and Peace Studies from 1998-2002. Prof. Betts has also taught at Harvard and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins. He was the Director of National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (1996-2000) and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution (1981-1990).

Prof. Betts has also served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and as a consultant to the National Security Council and Central Intelligence Agency. In 1980, he received the Woodrow Wilson Award from the American Political Science Association for The Irony of Vietnam (Brookings Institution, 1979), which he co-authored with Leslie H. Gelb. His other major publications include Soldiers, Statesmen, and Cold War Crises, 2nd Edition (Columbia University Press, 1991), Surprise Attack (Brookings Institution, 1982), Nuclear Blackmail and Nuclear Balance (Brookings Institution, 1987), Military Readiness (Brookings Institution, 1995), and numerous edited volumes and journal articles.


Steven Cohen

Steven Cohen is the Director of the Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). He is also Executive Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.  From 1998 to 2001 Dr. Cohen was Vice Dean of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. From 1985 to 1998 he was the Director of Columbia’s Graduate Program in Public Policy and Administration and from 1987-1998 Associate Dean for Faculty and Curriculum at SIPA.

Dr. Cohen served as a policy analyst in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1977 through 1978 and 1980-81, and as consultant to the agency from 1981 through 1991, from 1994 to 1996 and from 2005 to the present. From 1990-94, Dr. Cohen served on the Board of the Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs; he has also served on the Executive Committee and Committee on Accreditation and Peer Review of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. From 2001 to 2004 he served on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Homes for the Homeless. He is a graduate of Franklin College of Indiana (1974) and the State University of New York at Buffalo (M.A., 1977; Ph.D., 1979).


Steven L Goldstein

Steven L Goldstein is currently Department Chair and Professor in the Earth and Environmental Science Department (DEES) at Columbia University. He holds lectures for the Columbia College Core Curriculum course “Frontiers of Science” and currently co-teaches a course in DEES called The Solid Earth. In addition to his teaching, Professor Goldstein is also the lead principal investigator of the Isotope Geochemistry Lab at Lamont Doherty Earth Science Observatory.

In addition to his research and work at Columbia, Prof. Goldstein has also served on several editorial boards of respected publications including: Chemical Geology, Earth and Planetary Science Letters and the Journal of Geophysics Research-Solid Earth. Currently, Professor Goldstein is editor-in-chief of Chemical Geology. He also serves on several committees including: Harry H. Hess Medal Committee, American Geophysical Union, GERM (Geochemical Earth Reference Model), and National Terrestrial Sample Repository.

Prior to his work at Columbia, Prof. Goldstein was a staff scientist at the Max-Planck Institute für Chemie, Department of Geochemistry in Mainz, Germany from 1985-1996. He also held the position of research assistant in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge in England from 1984-1985. Prof. Goldstein received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1986, his M.A. from Harvard University in 1978 and his B.A. from Columbia College in 1976.


Geoffrey Heal

Geoffrey Heal is Paul Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Corporate responsibility and Professor of Finance and Economics at the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University, Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs, Co-Director of Columbia’s Center for Economy Environment and Society and of the Earth Institute’s Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development. He taught at Cambridge as a Fellow of Christ’s College, and subsequently at Sussex and Essex Universities in the UK, at the Universities of Paris and Stockholm, and in the U.S. at Yale, Stanford and Princeton. Prof. Heal is a Director of the Union of Concerned Scientists and was a founder and chairs the board of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations, a group of forested tropical countries that has worked to reform the Kyoto Protocol to provide financial incentives for forest conservation. He was a Commissioner of the Pew Oceans Commission and a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board Committee on the Valuing the Preservation of Ecosystem Services. He chaired a Committee of the National Academy of Science on Valuing Ecosystem Services.

Prof. Heal was a founder of a London-based economic consulting company and also of FITEL, a company providing computer-based services to the international securities industry. He has acted as a consultant to the British and American governments, to the World Bank and other international agencies, and to trade unions and major corporations. He is on the Board of Petromin Holdings PNG Ltd, the national oil gas and mineral company of Papua New Guinea. He studied and physics and economics at Churchill College, Cambridge, from which he obtained a first class honors BA and a doctorate.


José Antonio Ocampo

José Antonio Ocampo is Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs and Director of the Program in Economic and Political Development at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. He will teach courses in the Ph.D. program in Sustainable Development and is a member of Columbia’s Committee on Global Thought.

Prior to his appointment at Columbia, Professor Ocampo served in a number of positions in the United Nations and the Government of Colombia, most notably as United Nations Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs; Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Chairman of the Board of Banco del República (Central Bank of Colombia); Director, National Planning Department (Minister of Planning); Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chairman of the Board of Banco Cafetero (Coffee Bank) and Caja de Crèdito Agraria, Industrial y Minera (Agrarian Bank) and Executive Director, FEDESARROLLO. He has also been a Professor in the Advanced Programme on Rethinking Development Economics at Cambridge University, a Professor of Economics at Universidad de los Andes, a Professor of Economic History at the National University of Colombia, as well as a Visiting Fellow at Yale and Oxford. Dr. Ocampo received his B.A. in Economics and Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University, 1976.


Graham Michael Purdyo

Graham Michael Purdy is a British geophysicist and oceanographer who specializes in marine seismology. He is the current Director of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) of Columbia University. From 1995 to 2000, Dr. Purdy served as the Director of the Division of Ocean Sciences in the Geosciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF). He oversaw a breadth of research activities, including the international Ocean Drilling Program and the foundation-wide Life in Extreme Environments (LExEn) initiative, which he established in 1997.

At LDEO, Dr. Purdy has worked to further the department’s role in The Earth Institute at Columbia University, an inter-departmental research institute founded in 1995 to address the complex social, economic, and environmental implications of the earth sciences. LDEO is the largest component of this alliance, and Dr. Purdy has taken an interest in interdisciplinary approaches to the traditional earth science work of the department. For example, he began the Director’s Series on the Science of Diversity, bringing researchers in the social sciences to LDEO to speak on issues such as gender differences in scientific research productivity. He has dedicated particular attention to the problem of climate change, particularly as highlighted by the work of fellow LDEO scientist Wally Broecker. Dr. Purdy received a B.S. with honors in 1969 and an M.S. in 1970 from Imperial College of the University of London, then received a PhD in marine geophysics from the University of Cambridge in 1974.