Dean's Pick GPA: Natural Disasters and their Economic Impacts by Susana Malcorra & Stephanie Lackner

The Dean of the IE School of Global & Public Affairs, Susana Malcorra, will speak with Stephanie Lackner about how climate change is steadily increasing the threat of natural disasters to human societies. Five years into the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting the need for adaptation and resilience. Professor Lackner studies the socioeconomic impacts of natural disasters in her research. She will present insights from her own work as well as key messages from recent influential reports on disaster risk by institutions such as the UN and the World Bank. A 45 minutes session to learn from the experts.

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    Stephanie Lackner

    Assistant Professor in Economics, IE Business School and the IE School of Global and Public Affairs

    Stephanie Lackner is an Assistant Professor in Economics at the IE Business School and the School of Global and Public Affairs at IE University. Her research interests revolve around natural hazards, the socioeconomic impacts of disasters and geospatial data analysis. She was previously a postdoc at the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and holds a PhD in Sustainable Development from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs as well as an MSc in Mathematics from the Vienna University of Technology.

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    Susana Malcorra

    Dean, IE School of Global & Public Affairs

    Susana Malcorra became Dean of the IE School of Public and Global Affairs in March 2020.

    She was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of the Argentine Republic from December 2015 to July 2017. After her resignation as Foreign Minister, she was appointed Minister Advisor by President Mauricio Macri and, in that capacity, she was the Chairperson of the WTO Ministerial Conference (MC11) hosted by Argentina in December 2017. She became Dean of the IE School of Public and Global Affairs in March 2020.

    Minister Malcorra holds a degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Rosario and has 25 years’ professional experience in business in technology sector (IBM and Telecom Argentina). She began her corporate career as a Systems Engineer at IBM eventually moving up to CEO at Telecom Argentina, the third-largest company in Argentina at the time.

    Undertaking these responsibilities gave her deep insight into the management of large organizations, and she successfully led complex change processes at the same time.

    Ms. Malcorra left Telecom in 2002 after deciding to seek opportunities in the field of non-profit organizations, which she achieved in early 2004 by joining the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). She served as COO (Chief Operating Officer) of the WFP—an opportunity to put her experience and energy at the service of a new cause, superior in meaning and in magnitude.

    In May 2008, United Nations Secretary-General appointed Ms. Malcorra Under-Secretary-General for the recently created Department of Field Support, where she was charged with providing logistical, communications, personnel, and financial support services to Peacekeeping Operations overseeing a budget of eight billion dollars.

    In April 2012, Ms. Malcorra was appointed Chief of Staff to the Secretary-General.

    Thus, in addition to her long career as an executive, she has invaluable experience in the diplomatic field including a range of activities from handling negotiations with various countries (Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Chad, Somalia or Afghanistan, among others) to the approval by the General Assembly of strategic, financial and budgetary matters involving over 9 billion dollars. Among other specific tasks, Ms. Malcorra coordinated the Mission on the Elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons and the first Health Mission for Ebola Emergency Response in West Africa.

    After leaving the Government of the Argentine Republic, Ms. Malcorra has been affiliated with multiple Think-tanks, Foundations and NGOs related to matters of democracy, global governance, leadership and gender.

    She is a member of several Boards of both business and non-profit organizations.

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