Airbnb: shaping the future of travel together with cities?

Keynote speech by Christopher Lehane
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As part of the "Leadership and Management" course coordinated by Jacques le Pape, the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs is pleased to invite you to the keynote speech Airbnb: shaping the future of travel together with cities? by Christopher Lehane, on March 2nd, at 9:00 am (Chapsal Auditorium).

Christopher Lehane is the Head of Global Policy and Public Affairs for Airbnb. In this role, he leads Airbnb’s work with policy makers around the world to support common sense approaches that protect the right of everyday people to share their homes in order to help make ends meet, oversees the company’s efforts to educate the public about the community wide economic benefits created by home sharing and directs initiatives to communicates how the platform is helping to democratize travel by allowing anyone to belong anywhere. 

Prior to joining Airbnb, Lehane provided strategic counsel to political, corporate, technology, entertainment and professional sports clients. In the 1990s, Lehane served in various positions in the Clinton Administration, including Press Secretary to Vice President Al Gore, Special Assistant Counsel to President Bill Clinton and Counselor to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo. 

A published author and film/co-producer, Lehane has also served as a Lecturer in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Lehane graduated from Harvard Law School in 1994 and from Amherst College in 1990. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Amherst College; the Board of Advisors for Common Sense Media, a children’s health media advocacy non-profit and AT&T's Aspire Accelerator, an effort to promote education technology to improve learning. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Andrea, a human rights lawyer, and two sons, Dominic and Quincy.

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A new dual degree in public policy and management with Bocconi University

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On 22 February, Sciences Po and Bocconi University announced the launch of a unique dual Master’s degree programme in Public Policy and Management.

Double the academic expertise

The programme builds on Sciences Po's and Bocconi University’s respective expertise in the fields of public policy and management.
During the first year at Sciences Po, students will specialise in a social science and policy-related stream. During the second year at Bocconi they will gain skills essential for succeeding in the private sector. The programme is offered in French or in English at Sciences Po, and in English only at Bocconi University.

A year in Paris and a year in Milan, two Master’s degrees

Students who complete the two-year programme will be awarded both a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs and a Master of Science in Management from Bocconi University.

International career prospects

This Master's programme enables students to develop expertise in the public, private and non-profit sectors. The programme is aimed at students planning careers in both the private and public sectors, and at the national, European and global levels.

How to apply

Admissions is already open and applicants may apply until 15 May 2017. Visit the international admissions website.

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32 Innovative projects to meet the UN sustainable development goals

Discover the solutions and prototypes presented by students at the GPPN Conference
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The 2017 Annual GPPN Conference, organised by the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, took place on 17-18 February at Sciences Po in Paris. 

The annual conference brought together 130 students from the seven GPPN member schools: SIPA at Columbia University, the Institute of Public Affairs at the London School of Economics, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo, FGV-Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo, the Hertie School of Governance, and the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs.
This year’s conference offered students the opportunity to work together in teams to develop innovative and practical solutions for achieving the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Good Health and Well-being; Affordable and Clean Energy; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Responsible Consumption and Production; Climate Action; and Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

During the conference, 32 student teams from the GPPN member schools presented their projects in the "180 seconds competition" before a jury of the deans from each school. Six teams were selected as finalists to present on day two, and one team was chosen to win the GPPN prize. Keynote speakers and additional jury members included Dr. Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, Anne-Marie Idrac, Former French Minister of Transportation and Foreign Trade and President of the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs Strategic Committee, and Laurence Tubiana, President of the French Development Agency and the French Representative at the COP21.

Be sure to watch our video to learn more about this conference and listen to the students talk about their innovative solutions to the UN SDGs!

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World Health Organization Director-General candidates present their vision

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On 10 February 2017, the three candidates selected by the World Health Organization Executive Board for the position of Director-General were at Sciences Po to discuss the major challenges facing global health in the years to come. In an interview for Sciences Po, the three selected candidates Dr David Nabarro, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Dr Sania Nishtar share their priorities for key global health topics.

This event, organised by the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs in Paris, was the three candidates’ first public conference since their selection, and the only such event intended for the French-speaking world. The next WHO Director-General will take office on 1 July 2017.

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The GPPN Annual Conference in Paris

February 17 & 18, 2017
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Sciences Po School of Public Affairs is pleased to invite you to the Global Public Policy Network Annual Conference in Paris on February 17th and 18th, 2017


Founded in 2005, the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) is an international group of seven top public policy schools from around the world: 

  • School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University; New York, U.S
  • Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), London School of Economics and Political Science; London
  • School of Public Affairs, Sciences Po; Paris, France
  • Hertie School of Governance; Berlin, Germany
  • Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS); Singapore
  • Graduate School of Public Policy(GraSPP), University of Tokyo; Tokyo, Japan
  • Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo ; São Paulo, Brazil

The GPPN’s mission is to address the most pressing public policy challenges of the 21st century, and as a result to have an impact on policy, be influential in public policy education and training, and to be innovative in teaching and research methods. 

What is the GPPN Annual Conference?

Every year the GPPN organizes an international conference on a specific theme related to public policy. Students from each partner university have the opportunity to apply to present a project in front of the deans, honored guests and participating students from member schools. Members of a jury select the best project(s) to receive the GPPN prize.

How is the GPPN Prize organized? 

Students from the GPPN member schools are invited to develop a solution, reaching an operational prototype level, which uses policy innovation, ICTs, and/or data analytics to achieve the following Sustainable Development Goals: 

  • Good Health and Well Being
  • Affordable and clean energy
  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • Responsible consumption and production
  • Climate action
  • Peace, justice and strong institutions

DAY 1 – Friday, 17th February

  • 09:00 - 09:10     Welcome remarks from Yann Algan, Dean of the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs
  • 09:10 - 9:25       Keynote speech by Dr. Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet 
  • 9:25 - 10:55       Presentation of projects in 180 seconds by student teams part 1
  • 10:55 - 11:10     Coffee break
  • 11:10 - 12:50     Presentation of projects in 180 seconds by student teams part 2
  • 12:50 - 13:00     Remarks from Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po 

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 DAY 2 – Saturday, 18th February

  • 09:45 - 9:55      Opening remarks: Anne-Marie Idrac, President of the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs                                         Strategic Committee, Former French Minister of Transportation and Former French Minister for                                 Foreign Trade
  • 09:55 - 10:15    Keynote speech by Dr. Alaa Murabit, Founder of the Voice of Libyan Women, selected by the UN                            Secretary-General to promote the Sustainable Development Goals
  • 10:15 - 11:15    Presentation of projects 1, 2, 3 (20 minutes per group)
  • 11:15 - 11:30    Coffee Break
  • 11:30 - 12:10    Presentation of projects 4 and 5 (20 minutes per group)
  • 12:10 - 12:30    Keynote speech: by Laurence Tubiana, Agence Française de Developpement

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