Advisory Board


Roberto Casati
Mr. Casati is a partner based in the Milan office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton, LLP. He is a member of the Italy-U.S. Council, a member of the Dean’s International Advisory Board of Columbia University School of Law and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Collegio di Milano.

Francois Delattre

Ambassador Delattre is the Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations. Previously, he served as the French Ambassador to the United States, from 2011 to 2014, and as the French Ambassador to Canada, from 2008 to 2011. Prior to his ambassadorships, he was the Consul General of France in New York, and before that, the Deputy Chief of Staff to French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin from 2002 to 2004. Ambassador Delattre worked on European and transatlantic defense and security issues while serving on the foreign policy teams of President Jacques Chirac, from 1995 to 1998, and of Foreign Minister Alain Juppé from 1993 to 1995.

A. Michael Hoffman
Mr. Hoffman is co-founder and chairman of Palamon Capital Partners and a former chairman of the American Academy in Berlin. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of Columbia University, Director of the United States-Spain Council, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves on the boards of a number of performing arts organizations, including service as a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company and as a trustee of the Almeida Theatre in London.

Steven Meyer

Steven Meyer teaches English and American literature and modern intellectual history at Washington University in St. Louis, where he specializes in the work of the Anglo-American mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead and the psychologist and philosopher William James. Author of Irresistible Dictation: Gertrude Stein and the Correlations of Writing and Science (2001), he has co-edited a special issue of the journal Configurations on “Whitehead Now” (2007), and recently edited The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Science, forthcoming in 2017. He has particular interests in the Belgian philosopher of science Isabelle Stengers, the French sociologist of science Bruno Latour, and the British literary critic William Empson.

Gian Giacomo Migone

Gian Giacomo Migone is a Professor of History of Euro-Atlantic Relations at the University of Torino, Italy. He is the author of The United States and Fascist Italy (2015), originally published in Italian in 1980. The book analyzes the relations between the United States and Fascist Italy leading up to 1935, and the financial implications for the United States as a superpower. He is also the author of Problemi di Storia nei Rapporti tra Italia e Stati Uniti (1971) and Banchieri Americani e Mussolini (1979). He served as a member of the Italian Senate, where he chaired the Foreign Relations Committee from 1994 to 2001.

Victoria Phillips

Victoria Phillips is a Lecturer in History at Columbia University. She specializes in Cold War history, cultural diplomacy, and international relations. She is completing her book, The Dance of American Diplomacy, which explores Martha Graham’s State Department tours between 1955 and 1987. Her article “Dance Diplomacy: Martha Graham, the State Department and Cold War Cultural Exchange in Asia” won the Selma Jean Cohen Award. In 2006, Professor Phillips curated Dance is a Weapon in Paris and also co-curated Politics and the Dancing Body at the Library of Congress. She has served on the boards of the Joyce Theater and American Ballet Theatre.

Anne Riggelsen

Ambassador Riggelsen is the Consul General of Denmark in New York. Previously, she served as Denmark’s Ambassador to France from 2009 to 2015. Prior to her ambassadorship, Anne Riggelsen was the Undersecretary for European Affairs and chaired the Administration and Services department in Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was first posted in New York from 1992 to 1995 as First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations.

Georges Ugeux

Georges Ugeux is the founder and CEO of Galileo Global Advisors. He teaches European banking and finance at Columbia University Law School. Prior to the founding of Galileo in 2003, Dr. Ugeux was Group Executive Vice President, International & Research, at the New York Stock Exchange. Previously, he served as the President of the European Investment Fund and chaired Belgium’s Privatization Commission. He is the author of The Betrayal of Finance: Twelve Reforms to Restore Confidence (2011). Dr. Ugeux is an honorary chairman of the Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce and of the Catholic University of Louvain Foundation.

Jenonne Walker
Ambassador Walker was U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic from 1995 to 1998. Prior to that, she was Special Assistant to President William Clinton and Senior Director for Europe on the National Security Council staff. After retiring from government, she spent two years as Vice President for Europe of the World Monuments Fund, identifying sites and forging partnerships for their restoration with European governments, foundations, and individuals.

Edward B. Whitney
Mr. Whitney, a retired international investment banker, is a Director and the Chair of American Rivers, a national river conservation group; a director of BoardSource, a national organization focused on building and supporting non-profit boards; a trustee of the Early Music Foundation, a New York based promoter and sponsor of 11th–18th century music; and a member of the President’s Council of the Wilderness Society.

David Madigan, Ex-officio
David Madigan, the Executive Vice President for the Arts and Sciences and Dean of the Faculty at Columbia, is Professor of Statistics and served as the department chair from 2007 to 2012. Before coming to Columbia, Professor Madigan was Dean of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at Rutgers University. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Roberto Casati
Mr. Casati is a partner based in the Milan office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton, LLP. He is a member of the Italy-U.S. Council, a member of the Dean’s International Advisory Board of Columbia University School of Law and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Collegio di Milano.

Francois Delattre

Ambassador Delattre is the Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations. Previously, he served as the French Ambassador to the United States, from 2011 to 2014, and as the French Ambassador to Canada, from 2008 to 2011. Prior to his ambassadorships, he was the Consul General of France in New York, and before that, the Deputy Chief of Staff to French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin from 2002 to 2004. Ambassador Delattre worked on European and transatlantic defense and security issues while serving on the foreign policy teams of President Jacques Chirac, from 1995 to 1998, and of Foreign Minister Alain Juppé from 1993 to 1995.

A. Michael Hoffman
Mr. Hoffman is co-founder and chairman of Palamon Capital Partners and a former chairman of the American Academy in Berlin. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of Columbia University, Director of the United States-Spain Council, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves on the boards of a number of performing arts organizations, including service as a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company and as a trustee of the Almeida Theatre in London.

Steven Meyer

Steven Meyer teaches English and American literature and modern intellectual history at Washington University in St. Louis, where he specializes in the work of the Anglo-American mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead and the psychologist and philosopher William James. Author of Irresistible Dictation: Gertrude Stein and the Correlations of Writing and Science (2001), he has co-edited a special issue of the journal Configurations on “Whitehead Now” (2007), and recently edited The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Science, forthcoming in 2017. He has particular interests in the Belgian philosopher of science Isabelle Stengers, the French sociologist of science Bruno Latour, and the British literary critic William Empson.

Gian Giacomo Migone

Gian Giacomo Migone is a Professor of History of Euro-Atlantic Relations at the University of Torino, Italy. He is the author of The United States and Fascist Italy (2015), originally published in Italian in 1980. The book analyzes the relations between the United States and Fascist Italy leading up to 1935, and the financial implications for the United States as a superpower. He is also the author of Problemi di Storia nei Rapporti tra Italia e Stati Uniti (1971) and Banchieri Americani e Mussolini (1979). He served as a member of the Italian Senate, where he chaired the Foreign Relations Committee from 1994 to 2001.

Victoria Phillips

Victoria Phillips is a Lecturer in History at Columbia University. She specializes in Cold War history, cultural diplomacy, and international relations. She is completing her book, The Dance of American Diplomacy, which explores Martha Graham’s State Department tours between 1955 and 1987. Her article “Dance Diplomacy: Martha Graham, the State Department and Cold War Cultural Exchange in Asia” won the Selma Jean Cohen Award. In 2006, Professor Phillips curated Dance is a Weapon in Paris and also co-curated Politics and the Dancing Body at the Library of Congress. She has served on the boards of the Joyce Theater and American Ballet Theatre.

Anne Riggelsen

Ambassador Riggelsen is the Consul General of Denmark in New York. Previously, she served as Denmark’s Ambassador to France from 2009 to 2015. Prior to her ambassadorship, Anne Riggelsen was the Undersecretary for European Affairs and chaired the Administration and Services department in Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was first posted in New York from 1992 to 1995 as First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations.

Georges Ugeux

Georges Ugeux is the founder and CEO of Galileo Global Advisors. He teaches European banking and finance at Columbia University Law School. Prior to the founding of Galileo in 2003, Dr. Ugeux was Group Executive Vice President, International & Research, at the New York Stock Exchange. Previously, he served as the President of the European Investment Fund and chaired Belgium’s Privatization Commission. He is the author of The Betrayal of Finance: Twelve Reforms to Restore Confidence (2011). Dr. Ugeux is an honorary chairman of the Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce and of the Catholic University of Louvain Foundation.

Jenonne Walker
Ambassador Walker was U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic from 1995 to 1998. Prior to that, she was Special Assistant to President William Clinton and Senior Director for Europe on the National Security Council staff. After retiring from government, she spent two years as Vice President for Europe of the World Monuments Fund, identifying sites and forging partnerships for their restoration with European governments, foundations, and individuals.

Edward B. Whitney
Mr. Whitney, a retired international investment banker, is a Director and the Chair of American Rivers, a national river conservation group; a director of BoardSource, a national organization focused on building and supporting non-profit boards; a trustee of the Early Music Foundation, a New York based promoter and sponsor of 11th–18th century music; and a member of the President’s Council of the Wilderness Society.

David Madigan, Ex-officio
David Madigan, the Executive Vice President for the Arts and Sciences and Dean of the Faculty at Columbia, is Professor of Statistics and served as the department chair from 2007 to 2012. Before coming to Columbia, Professor Madigan was Dean of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at Rutgers University. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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