Selby Byashimova '13GS, President
Selby Byashimova ‘13 is currently working at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN-FAO) in hq, Rome, Italy, where she analyzes income shifts in the organization units. Previous to this, Selby was engaged at other United Nations agencies worldwide such as Jordan and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Selby holds a B.S. from Columbia University. Selby is a global traveler, everyday speaks four languages, and plans to build dynamic alumni association and creating a strong image for the university abroad and serving as a powerful networking, business, diplomatic tool for Columbia alumni.
Cornelia Lauf '85GSAS '86GSAS '92GSAS, Vice-President
Cornelia Lauf '85GSAS '86GSAS '92GSAS is an art historian and curator. She holds a B.A. from Oberlin College, and M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her award-winning exhibitions and publications include Artist/Author, Contemporary Artist’s Books, (American Federation of Arts, New York), Konstantin Gricic (Casa di Goethe, Rome; Harvard University, Cambridge; Klassik Stiftung, Weimar), Wall to Wall: Carpets by Artists, (Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland); Indeed, Certificates of Authenticity by Artists (curated with Susan Hapgood), and many more.
Cornelia is Artistic Director of Agricola Due Leoni, a prize-winning Italian organic olive oil farm that works with contemporary artists including David Shrigley, Ryan Gander, and Jonathan Monk. She consults private individuals, and public institutions in the production and display of contemporary art, and currently teaches arts management/art history at John Cabot University, Rome. She has taught extensively at IUAV, Venice; and LUISS, Rome. She has worked in art publishing for many years, is on the Board of Advisors of the Global Fine Arts Awards, New York; Board of Scholars, Sztuki i Dokumentacja, Lodz, Poland; and is a Founder of FAI, Fondo Ambiente Italiano, Lazio, Gruppo della Sabina.
Cornelia lives between Rome, Sabina, and Catania.