David Winder
Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Administration

Dr David Winder's career has spanned the academic, non-profit and foundation spheres.  After working as a United Nations volunteer in Chile he managed graduate programs, taught courses in public administration, social development planning and rural development policy and planning and conducted research at the University of Manchester's Institute for Development Policy and Management in England.

He served the Ford Foundation as Regional Representative for Mexico and Central America based in Mexico City and as Regional Representative for Southeast Asia (Indonesia, The Philippines and Thailand) based in Jakarta.  In that capacity he designed and managed multiple million dollar programs in international affairs, human rights and social justice, governance and public policy, rural development policy and education and culture.  In over ten years in the field he managed a portfolio of over $80 million in grant funds.

Dr Winder has extensive experience in the non-profit sector as both a senior manager and advisor.  At the Synergos Institute, a New York based international non-profit organization focused on building partnerships between corporate, non-profit and government sectors to address issues of poverty and social injustice, he implemented programs in Latin America, Southern Africa, Southeast Asia and India. In India he helped to forge a public private partnership for child nutrition between Indian and multinational corporations, Indian NGOs, UNICEF and the State Government of Maharashtra.  On the Mexico-U.S border he led a team that built a partnership of community foundations committed to strengthening cross border collaboration in the field of community development. He also created a global Senior Fellows Program to enhance leadership skills in the development foundation sector.

Dr Winder has served as an advisor to Oxfam UK, the Worldwide Initiative for Grantmakers Support, St. Antony's College, Oxford, the International Network for Strategic Philanthropy and Global Kids (New York). He has undertaken consultancies for international organizations and corporations such as the World Bank, the Population Council, the Inter American Foundation and Conoco Phillips Corporation.

Dr Winder's publications include articles and book chapters on strategic philanthropy, the role of the non-profit sector in international development, public-private partnerships, partnerships between government and the non-profit sector, land reform, rural development policy and development aid policy.

Dr. Winder received his Master's Degree and PhD from the University of Manchester, U.K  

Semester Course
Fall 2010 CAP-GP.3226.003 Capstone: Advanced Projects in International Policy and Management I

Couples with CAP-GP.3227.

As part of the core curriculum of the NYU Wagner Masters program, Capstone teams spend an academic year addressing challenges and identifying opportunities for a client organization or conducting research on a pressing social question. Wagner's Capstone program provides students with a centerpiece of their graduate experience whereby they are able to experience first-hand turning the theory of their studies into practice under the guidance of an experienced faculty member. Projects require students to get up-to-speed quickly on a specific content or issue area; enhance key process skills including project management and teamwork; and develop competency in gathering, analyzing, and reporting out on data. Capstone requires students to interweave their learning in all these areas, and to do so in real time, in an unpredictable, complex, real-world environment.


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Fall 2009 CAP-GP.3227.002 Capstone: Advanced Projects in International Policy and Management II

Continuation of CAP-GP.3226.

As part of the core curriculum of the NYU Wagner Masters program, Capstone teams spend an academic year addressing challenges and identifying opportunities for a client organization or conducting research on a pressing social question. Wagner's Capstone program provides students with a centerpiece of their graduate experience whereby they are able to experience first-hand turning the theory of their studies into practice under the guidance of an experienced faculty member. Projects require students to get up-to-speed quickly on a specific content or issue area; enhance key process skills including project management and teamwork; and develop competency in gathering, analyzing, and reporting out on data. Capstone requires students to interweave their learning in all these areas, and to do so in real time, in an unpredictable, complex, real-world environment.


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