Columbia University World Forum


This Is Columbia’s World Leaders Forum

The World Leaders Forum is a year-round event series at Columbia that has hosted more than 300 heads of state and world leaders from over 85 countries since it was first established in 2003 by Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger.

This year's edition will see leaders from Chile, the Dominican Republic, the European Union, and elsewhere in conversation with Columbia faculty in Low Library. As Bollinger described it, "the Columbia World Leaders Forum was created to provide a place where our university community would be able to hear—in undiluted form—about the critical issues facing other nations, and the world at large, from those in positions of authority and responsibility."

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Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

Von der Leyen will speak with Anu Bradford, Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization at Columbia Law School and director of Columbia's European Legal Studies Center, about the immediate and longterm challenges facing the European Union. Monday, September 19, 6:30 pm

President Luis Abinader Corona of the Dominican Republic

Abinader will speak with Wafaa El-Sadr, executive vice president for Columbia Global, about his country's vaccination program and post-pandemic economic recovery.
Tuesday, September 20, 4:00 pm

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Leader of Belarusian Democratic Forces

Tsikhanouskaya, who claimed victory in Belarus's 2020 election, has spoken out against the country's president, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, and his regime's role in Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Wednesday, September 21, 12:00 pm

Prime Minister Dimitar Kovachevski of the Republic of North Macedonia

Kovachevski will speak with Alexander Cooley, professor of political science at Barnard College.
Wednesday, September 21, 3:00 pm

President of COP26, The Right Honourable Alok Sharma, MP

Sharma will speak with Alexander N. Halliday, founding dean of Columbia Climate School, on the race to deliver the Glasgow Climate Pact.
Thursday, September 22, 10:30 am

President Gabriel Boric Font of the Republic of Chile

Boric and Maria Victoria Murillo, director of Columbia's Institute for Latin American Studies, will discuss the transformation of Chile’s political climate through greater government and state institutional participation of women, youth, and Indigenous peoples.
Thursday, September 22, 3:00 pm

September 22, 2022 at 9:00pm - 10pm

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