André Corrêa d’Almeida, Ph.D., M.Sc., is a Professor, political economist, social entrepreneur and trust builder. With academic, management and leadership experience in the U.S., Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and China, Corrêa d’Almeida’s notable strengths include the synchronization of collaborative platforms in very complex and highly ambiguous institutional environments and the design of learning environments. André Corrêa d’Almeida is an Associate Director and Adjunct Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs and the Earth Institute and he is also the founding director of several programs at the School of Social Work, Columbia University. Professor Corrêa d’Almeida has had research published in several areas of Social Economics and Institutional Development and has received research awards from the University of Colorado at Denver, George Washington University, and the Portuguese Government. Currently, Professor Corrêa d’Almeida leads several Columbia University initiatives that he designed and developed for China, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Jordan and New York City. He is currently coordinating two edited volumes on smart cities in NYC and political reform in Portugal. He is the author of "Smart(er) New York City: Data, Technology and Life in the City” (forthcoming from Columbia University Press, 2018) Prior to joining Columbia André Corrêa d’Almeida, a native of Lisbon, Portugal, received his Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado Denver (U.S.), a M.Sc. in Program Management from the University of Saint Joseph (China) and a Licenciatura (B.Sc.) in Economics from New University of Lisbon (Portugal).