Global Association Advisory Board

The Global Association Advisory Board (GAAB) refers to the organizational and governance structure of the Global Association.  GAAB is comprised of the President, the Academic Steering Committee, Academic Advisory Council, Global Advisory Council, Students and Alumni Council and the MDP Secretariat.  In order to function effectively the.   If you  have any questions about the Global Association Advisory Board, please send an email to the MDP Secretariat .


The president of the Global Association is the MDP champion and leader at the host academic institution that houses the Global Association.

  • Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)

Academic Steering Committee (ASC):

ASC is the mission and vision setting, policy-making, strategic planning body of the Global Association of MDP programs. ASC is comprised of five to six members of the Global Association, each representing one region of the world.

  • Padraig Carmody*, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (Europe)
  • Glenn Galloway, University of Florida, USA (North America)
  • K.M.R. Karunarathna , University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka)
  • Diana Marcela Puerta Lopez, Universidade de UniAndes, Colombia (Latin America)
  • Chengzhi Yin*, Tsinghua University, China (East Asia)

*co-chairs of ASC

Global Advisory Council (GAC):

Leaders, experts, and scholars are nominated to GAC by the members of the Global Association.   Each GAC member represents one of the Global Association regions of the world (East Asia, Latin America, North America, Africa, South Asia, and Europe) .  Their role is to assist and/or advise the Global Association

Academic Advisory Council (AAC)

AAC consists of all MDP faculty directors or coordinators, equal to the number of members in the Global Association, one per MDP program. 

Students and Alumni Advisory Council (SAAC)

SAAC advocates for the interests and needs of the MDP students and alumni in the Global Association.  Learn more about SAAC here

Global MDP Secretariat

The MDP Secretariat serves as the administrative arm of the Global Association.  The Secretariat supports, coordinates and oversees the activities of the Global Association. 

  • Lucia Rodriguez, Director