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[Being Rescheduled] How We Can Create a Healthier World: An Evening With Darren Walker


Jan 24, 2019 - 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Online and Columbia University, Faculty House (116th St. bet. Amsterdam and Morningside Dr.), Room Skyline Level

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled for a future date.

At a time of widespread disillusionment, Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, has emerged as a major inspiring voice and force for positive change in the U.S. and abroad. In this interactive Q&A with Dr. Robert Klitzman, Academic Director of Columbia University’s Master of Science in Bioethics program, and attendees, Mr. Walker will explore how we can work together to aid the health and well-being of citizens, the challenges that exist, and how to overcome them.

Livestream registrants will be sent a link prior to the event start time.

For further information about this event, please contact Sameer Ladha at shl2159@columbia.edu.

5:45 p.m.: Check-in begins
6:15 to 7:30 p.m.: Discussion with Darren Walker
7:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Reception

About the Speaker
Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, an international social justice philanthropy with a $13 billion endowment and $600 million in annual grant making. He chaired the philanthropy committee that brought a resolution to the city of Detroit’s historic bankruptcy and is co-founder and chair of the US Impact Investing Alliance.

Before joining Ford, Walker was vice president at the Rockefeller Foundation, overseeing global and domestic programs including the Rebuild New Orleans initiative after Hurricane Katrina. In the 1990s, as COO of the Abyssinian Development Corporation—Harlem’s largest community development organization—he oversaw a comprehensive revitalization strategy, including building over 1,000 units of affordable housing and the first major commercial development in Harlem since the 1960s. Earlier, he had a decade-long career in international law and finance at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and UBS.

Walker co-chairs New York City’s Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers, and serves on the Commission on the Future of Riker’s Island Correctional Institution and the UN International Labor Organization Commission on the Future of Work. He also serves on the boards of Carnegie Hall, the High Line and the Committee to Protect Journalists. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of thirteen honorary degrees and university awards, including the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from Harvard University.

Educated exclusively in public schools, Walker was a member of the first class of Head Start in 1965 and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, which in 2009 recognized him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award—its highest alumni honor. He has been included on numerous annual media lists, including Time’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, Rolling Stone’s 25 People Shaping the Future, Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative People, and OUT Magazine’s Power 50.


Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation