Rising Above the Challenges: Effective Global Public Policy in the 21st Century
September 30, 2013
Global public policy leaders must develop and implement solutions in an increasingly complex, challenging, and changing environment. New actors and influences—both local and global—are emerging on the policy scene, and the need for flexibility and innovation in policy processes and solutions is increasingly clear. That is why NYU Wagner and University College London have launched a Global Executive MPA degree program that will educate and prepare experienced leaders to tackle the world's most challenging issues in this new global context.
NYU Washington DC welcomed a panel of senior policy experts from different fields and organizations discuss how the global public policy landscape is changing, how they see its future, and what that implies for the skills and backgrounds that practitioners need.
Dean Sherry Glied
Dean Sherry Glied and Susan Molinari
Professor David Coen
Meet the Panel
Marco Cangiano, Assistant Director of the Fiscal Affairs Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Marco Cangiano is a public finance economist who currently serves as Assistant Director of the Fiscal Affairs Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He has been based at the IMF since 1991 and has worked in a number of departments on a wide range of countries, participating in more than 60 missions, many as mission chiefs, covering the full range of the IMF activities. Between 2004 and 2008, he was Acting Deputy Director and Chief of the Budget Strategy Division, Office of Budget and Planning. In the last four years he was the head of the Public Financial Management division of the Fiscal Affairs Department responsible for Europe, Anglophone Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East.
Over the years Marco has also coordinated training activities and lectured on a range of fiscal matters in Washington and abroad, including at the OECD Senior Budget Officers’ meetings and seminars and at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Between 2008 and 2012 he was member of the steering committee of the multi-donors Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA).
Prior to joining to the IMF, Marco worked at the Research Department at ENI (Italian State Oil Holding Company) and consulted on cost benefit analyses and financial feasibility studies for commercial banks and local authorities. From October 2012 he spent a year on a sabbatical leave from the IMF as a visiting scholar at the New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Marco is a graduate from the University La Sapienza in Rome and the University of York (United Kingdom). His policy and research interests focus on how to strengthen fiscal institutions and design public financial management reforms. The most recent research projects he has coordinated at the IMF include Fiscal Consolidation in G-20 Countries: The Role of Budget Institutions and Fiscal Transparency, Accountability, and Risks in the Wake of the Financial Crisis. He has published on pension reform, fiscal transparency, tax policy, and energy economics. He recently co-edited a volume Public Financial Management and Its Emerging Architecture, which was published by the IMF in April 2013.
David Coen (Host), Director of the School of Public Policy, Head of the Department of Political Science, and Professor of Public Policy at University College London
David Coen is Professor of Public Policy, Head of the Department of Political Science, and Director of the School of Public Policy at University College London.
Prior to joining UCL he held appointments at the London Business School and Max Planck Institute in Cologne. His PhD on business lobbying in the EU was awarded a distinction at the European University Institute in Florence. In 2008/09 he held Fulbright Distinguished Scholarship at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and in the past he has held visiting fellowships at the Centre for European Studies Harvard, Boston University, Nuffield College Oxford University, and Max Planck Institute, Bonn.
He is currently a member of the board of European Centre for Public Affairs and a member of the editorial boards of Business Strategy Review, Journal of Business and Politics, Journal of European Public Policy, Cambridge University Book Series on Business and Policy. In the past he has been chair of the International Political Studies Association (IPSA) Research Committee on Business and Government, Chair of the London Public Policy Group, and chair of the Public Policy and Development Research Committee of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE). He has held grants from Anglo-German Foundation, British Academy, European Union, UCL Research Challanges, and Fulbright Foundation.
Ani Dasgupta, Director of Knowledge and Learning at the World Bank
Aniruddha (Ani) Dasgupta is the Director of Knowledge and Learning at the World Bank. In that capacity, he provides leadership and direction for the World Bank’s role in offering knowledge services for development. In 2010, he helped develop the World Bank’s first knowledge strategy. Before leading the Bank’s knowledge work, he coordinated the Bank’s internal reform program as the director of the Reform Secretariat.
Prior to these corporate responsibilities, Ani spent the majority of this career in the operational part of the Bank including five years in the Jakarta office as the head of infrastructure.
An urban professional, Ani has dedicated himself for over 15 years to international development with a focus on the urbanization, urban environment and infrastructure. He has done extensive Operational work in Asia and Eastern Europe as an technical expert centered on community based development, urban environment, disaster management, solid waste management, water supply and sanitation. He was extensively involved in the post tsunami reconstruction of Aceh as an advisor to the government on housing and infrastructure reconstruction and as the head of the Bank’s housing and infrastructure team.
Ani holds a Masters Degree in Planning and Public Policy and a Masters Degree in Architecture, both from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His PhD work, at the planning school at MIT, focused on services for urban poor. He received a Bachelor degree in Architecture with a emphasis on low Income Housing from the School of Planning and Architecture in India.
He has researched and written widely on Community Driven and Community Based development, urban poverty in East Asia, and more recently on Knowledge and Learning for development.
Sherry Glied, Dean and Professor of Public Service, NYU Wagner
In 2013, Sherry Glied was named Dean of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. From 1989-2012, she was Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She was Chair of the department from 1998-2009. On June 22, 2010, Glied was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services, and served in that capacity from July 2010 through August 2012. She had previously served as Senior Economist for health care and labor market policy on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in 1992-1993, under Presidents Bush and Clinton, and participated in the Clinton Health Care Task Force. She has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and the Board of AcademyHealth, and has been a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers.
Glied’s principal areas of research are in health policy reform and mental health care policy. Her book on health care reform, Chronic Condition, was published by Harvard University Press in January 1998. Her book with Richard Frank, Better But Not Well: Mental Health Policy in the U.S. since 1950, was published by The Johns Hopkins University Press in 2006. She is co-editor, with Peter C. Smith, of The Oxford Handbook of Health Economics, which was published by the Oxford University Press in 2011.
Glied holds a B.A. in economics from Yale University, an M.A. in economics from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.
The Honorable Susan Molinari, Vice President of Public Policy and Government Relations for the Americas, Google, Inc.
Susan Molinari is the Vice President of Public Policy & Government Affairs of the Americas at Google Inc. As Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Susan leads Google’s policy and government relations work in North and South America.
Prior to joining Google, Susan was a member of Congress, lobbyist and public affairs executive. While in Congress, Susan was elected by her colleagues to Republican Majority Leadership, making her the highest-ranking woman in the Congress. As a member of the House Budget Committee, she was at the forefront of producing Congress’ first balanced budget in 29 years. She got her start in politics as the
Minority Leader of the New York City Council.
Paul Smoke (Host), Co-director of the NYU Wagner-UCL Global EMPA program; Professor of Public Finance and Planning at NYU's Wagner
Paul Smoke, Professor of Public Finance and Planning and Director of International Programs, teaches courses on public finance, development planning, governance and development assistance in developing countries. His research and policy interests include urban and regional development and the political economy of fiscal reform and public sector decentralization. He previously taught in the International Development Program and chaired the Master in City Planning Program at MIT, and he worked as a resident policy advisor with the Harvard Institute for International Development in Kenya and Indonesia. Smoke is an affiliated scholar with the Center on International Development and Governance at the Urban Institute.
His research and policy work has covered multiple countries, including Indonesia, Kenya, Cambodia, Uganda, South Africa, Vietnam, India, Ethiopia, Palestine, Yemen, Brazil, Nepal, Egypt, and the USA. He has worked with various international organizations, including the World Bank, UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), UN Development Program (UNDP), UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), UN Center for Human Settlements (UNCHS), US Agency for International Development (USAID), UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the British Department for International Development (DFIF), the European Commission (EC), the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), and GIZ (German Aid Agency). Recent efforts include co-coordinating a global study on local government finances for United Cities and Local Governments, co-managing an initiative on the political economy of decentralization at the World Bank, and advising the development of a handbook on democratic decentralization practice for USAID.
Smoke has published in numerous journals, including World Development, Public Administration and Development, International Journal of Public Administration, Third World Planning Review, Regional Development Dialogue, Public Budgeting and Finance, Economic Development Quarterly, and Journal of Developing Areas. He has written or edited several books, the most recent of which are co-edited volumes: Decentralization in Asia and Latin American: Towards a Comparative Interdisciplinary Perspective (2007) and Making Decentralization Work: Democracy, Development and Security (2010). He is currently co-editor of Public Administration and Development. Professor Smoke received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The Global EMPA program is a one-year, full-time program. Students will spend the first semester (August - December) at NYU Wagner in New York City and the spring semester (January - May) at UCL in London. Students will spend the summer (June - August) in locations across the globe working on a client-based Capstone project.