Anjuli Pandit is a 2013 graduate from the Master in International Public Management at Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs. A few months after graduating, she became the Manager of Public Affairs at Tata Sons in India, a company and a country to which she already had a special attachment.
While visiting Paris, she dropped by to say hello. We seized the opportunity to learn a little more about this vibrant and promising alumni.
Before we investigate your professional path, can you tell us about your personal history?
I had a kind of gipsylike childhood. I was born in America, but I left at the age of one. My father worked for an oil company, so I had the chance to travel a lot, to go to international schools, to see the world…After I graduated from the University of Miami in 2007, I went to study in Prague to become a teacher. I wanted to be a teacher because it is a profession in which you can work anywhere.So I was in Prague, my parents were in Kazakhstan, my friends were everywhere on the planet and I felt I didn’t belong anywhere... I never felt American, I used to go to India every year, but I didn’t know a lot about the country… So at 22, I decided to find my roots and I moved to India.
So you moved to India in 2008. Does your history with Tata start at the same time?
The same year I moved to India, Al Gore launched his Climate project there. I had worked with Al Gore in Miami, and I really wanted to work with him again. I called his office and he hired me onto his Indian team!
Working for this project, I learned a lot about social and environmental issues, and I met many people including the CEO of Tata Consulting Services, Mr. Ramadorai. I interviewed him on the role of their industry on Climate change, and I really liked his ideas. A few months later, he hired me and we created a new business unit called “Eco Sustainability Services”. It was a new unit, I looked after marketing, communication, policy advocacy, etc. I travelled around the world, meeting CEOs of big companies, stakeholders, NGO’s…
I did this for 2 years, but wanted to understand policy, negotiations, governments… I wanted to learn from scratch because you can’t work with governements if you don’t know how they work.
So I did a Master in International Public Management at Sciences Po, at the Paris School of International Affairs. After I graduated from Sciences Po, I called Tata again. I had loved my first experience at Tata, I really appreciated their ethics and the culture of this company. So I talked to everyone telling them “I want to work with you!”. And it worked!
Can you tell us about the reality of your mission at Tata?
I work in the chairman's office of Tata Sons at the group center of the Tata Group. I support public affairs from the chairman's office in Europe, Middle East and Africa. I coordinate with our local offices there and our group companies based in India to find ways for us to develop our brand presence in important international markets.
I am in France at the moment because Tata considers France to be an important country
where it can develop relations with partner institutions, French companies. Economics is important to developing diplomacy so I would love to participate in bringing the two countries closer together.
Why did you choose Sciences Po to “learn from scratch”?
Education in America is too structured and too expensive. I didn’t get good feedback from US universities. Their educational framework was too structured for me, and I was not structured enough for them! So I thought Europe was more open.
When I entered the courtyard of Sciences Po, I heard so many languages, I saw cheerful students... I was impressed and I loved the atmosphere. I decided to apply for a Master in International Public Management and I passed the exam.
What did you take away from your time at Sciences Po?
If I had to sum up my studies at Sciences Po, I would focus on four points:
First, I learned to work very hard, to multitask and to manage multiple responsabilities in a short time frame.
Then I took advantage of its immense network. I did two internships, one at the International Energy Agency, and another at the White House in Washington DC. Sciences Po gave me the opportunity to meet so many professors, experts and practitioners, in so many sectors, so that I could see which sectors need people and where I would best fit.
Eventually, I found exceptional multicultural people at Sciences Po. It is not something you find in other universities.
How is it to be a young 28 year old woman in India? What kind of relationship does India foster with its youth?
It means something different to be a woman in India than it does in the US or Europe. It doesn't necessarily mean more or less discrimination or road blocks, but it takes some adjustments to adapt to the local culture and expectations while also keeping your spirit and value system.
I think India is the only country where I can have such a carreer at my age. Moreover Tata gives me a lot of training, because they know I’m young.
India is like New York, it is full of energy. Everytime friends visit me in India, they are impressed by the dynamism in the air. My Indian friends do what they want, India is a place where everything is possible, especially Bombay.
Watch Anjuli's TedX (in French)
Sciences Po reinforces its position in Northern Europe by reaching an agreement with the Stockholm School of Economics. The two institutions have joined their expertise to create a cross-disciplinary dual Master’s degree programme. This programme aims to offer graduate students planning careers in diplomacy, international organisations or other areas of social engagement, the opportunity to receive Master level qualifications both in International Affairs and Business Administration, Economics or Finance.
This programme involves one year of study at Sciences Po, focusing on International Affairs at PSIA (Paris School of International Affairs) and one year at SSE, studying Business administration and Economics. On completion of their studies, successful candidates will receive two master’s degrees, one from each institution. The programme will start in the fall of 2015 and accept qualified applicants from around the world.
Sciences Po already developed 34 dual degree programmes (undergraduate, graduate, PhD levels) with leading universities, such as Columbia University, the London School of Economics, Bocconi University and the University of St Gallen.
Photo: Lars Strannegård, President of the Stockholm School of Economics, and Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po - Paris, May 2014
How The Law Factory turns the French parliamentary process into 300 version-controlled Open Data visualizations
source : Open Knowledge Foundation Blog
Over the last few years, a number of people have explored the idea of inverting Lawrence Lessig’s metaphor “code is law”, looking at the evolution of laws through the lens of coding tools. The parliamentary process is indeed so similar to a collaborative software development workflow that it is only natural to try and use a version control tool such as git to track individual legislative changes.
The analogy between both processes is deep: in each case, there is a group of people collaborating on a textual artifact (bill or program source code), proposing changes (amendments or patches), adopting or rejecting them (through votes or pull requests), and iterating until a stable, public version is made available (by promulgation or release). This new paradigm to think about legislation paves the way for new, innovative approaches of law-tracking. Some exciting work has already been made, most notably in Germany: the BundesGit project invites citizens to propose their own legal modifications as “pull requests”, and Gregor Aisch produced an unprecedented visualization of modifications to one law over 40 years of amendments.
Initiated in 2011, the Law Factory project worked on the French legislative process to answer a simple question: does the Parliament actually write the law, or are MPs only validating the executive’s drafts, as most people commonly assume? A collaboration between Regards Citoyens, an NGO that has monitored the French Parliament’s work through its project NosDéputés.fr since 2009, and two research laboratories at Sciences Po, the médialab and the Centre d’études européennes, the project also sought support from all over the world.
Fifteen months after graduating in June 2012, Sciences Po alumni have seen their situation improve despite a difficult economic climate. The starting salary of graduates is increasing and more and more are finding work abroad.
The 2014 edition of the survey on the employability of recent Sciences Po graduates (PDF, 3.2 Mo), which focuses on 2012 graduates fifteen months after receiving their degree, shows that a Sciences Po diploma is a strong asset providing rapid access to the job market.
Sciences Po’s class of 2012 remains protected from the effects of economic crisis and unemployment that touch other young graduates. They are satisfied with their transition to the professional world, and 87% of students who actively looked for work report having found an employment or internship.
Although the job search can take time (80% required less than 6 months to find a job, versus 87% in 2011), the 2012 graduates easily joined the workforce: 70% have found stable employment and 81% of employed graduates have a job that meets their expectations.
As for the breakdown of employment, the situation remains similar to that of 2011 graduates: 65% work in the private sector, 7% work in international organizations or in European institutions and 28% in the national public sector. Fifteen months after graduation, the average gross annual salary is high at 43,856 euros and continues to increase in comparison to previous surveys.
Results from the 2012 survey show a growth in jobs abroad. 39% of graduates work outside of France (versus 35% of graduates in 2011). The geographic distribution shows that jobs obtained in Europe (outside of France) have decreased (44%) in favour of the Asia-Pacific region (20%) and North America (13%).
In a globalized market, Sciences Po graduates are just as prepared for the professional world as other graduates of the world’s bests universities. This is a strong indicator of the value of a Sciences Po diploma.
*The survey on Sciences Po’s recent graduate employability was conducted by the Centre d’Etudes Européennes (CEE) and the Centre des données socio-politiques of Sciences Po (CDSP). Alumni participation (1650 students) was very high and the student response rate was 70%.
Each year, Sciences Po students and graduates create their own companies. These entrepreneurial adventures are often successful. Amongst them : Nuxe, Milonga, Christian Dior...
Founded in 2008, Sciences Po Entrepreneurs is an innovative service dedicated to young entrepreneurs. This service has close ties with a business incubator and is open to all students and recent graduates. It accompanies young entrepreneurs from the creation of their project to the launch of their start-up company.
On the 20th of June, Shippeo, a start-up company hosted by Sciences Po Entrepreneurs, was invited to the Elysée Palace by the French President François Hollande to receive the PEPITE - Tremplin Entrepreneuriat Étudiant Prize. This prize is awarded by the Ministry of Research and Higher Education in order to support students and graduates who have created innovative companies.
Shippeo was created by four 2013 and 2014 Sciences Po graduates: Lucien Besse, Jean-Bastien Dussart, Brice Hua et Thibaut Morlot. It puts in touch industrialists and transporters and offers them a price comparison tool.
Jacques Sémelin, CNRS Senior Researcher at CERI Sciences Po, was granted one of the 2014 James Lawson Awards for his outstanding contribution to the research on civil resistance.
Jacques Sémelin is one of the four recipients of the award, which honors activists and scholars in the field of nonviolent resistance. He is largely recognized for his seminal publications on the use of civil resistance against dictatorships and the political roots of mass violence and considered the world's foremost scholar on understanding how civilian-based nonviolent action can be used to resist perpetrators of extreme human rights abuse and atrocities.
The James Lawson Awards are named after and presented in person by James Lawson, a leader in US Civil Rights movement who Martin Luther King, Jr. called, "the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world."
Watch the ceremony live-stream (presentation of Jacques Semelin starts at 52')
June 26th, 2014
The Europe-Latin America campus in Poitiers organised its gala on the 24th of May.
Students, academics and Sciences Po representatives celebrated the end of the year with a prestigious dinner in an outstanding setting: the courthouse of Poitiers.
For the undergraduate students who will soon spend their third year abroad, this gala was a very special event before their departure ...Souvenirs, farewells and touching moments in video.
On June 11, the French-American Foundation, an association which aims to promote transatlantic partnerships, honored the Alliance programme with the 2014 French-American Partnership of Excellence Award. Alessia Lefébure, director of the Alliance programme, received the award.
Alliance is a transatlantic joint-venture between Columbia University and three prestigious French institutions: Sciences Po, the École Polytechnique, and Panthéon-Sorbonne University.
Each year, this programme enables about 240 students and 80 academics to take advantage of innovation in education and research.
As part of this programme, Sciences Po and Columbia developped a host of dual degrees at the undergraduate and master levels.
Sciences Po founded the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Programme in 2001. This programme enables Sciences Po to recruit high-potential students at partner high schools in France who - due to a lack of self-confidence and material constraints - would not otherwise be able to apply to Sciences Po.