International Institute in Geneva

The IIG faculty draw on their passion for teaching and their extensive experience in the public and private sectors providing our students with an outstanding educational experience.

The insights gained from their research contribute to a high standard of education to form future international leaders in business and politics.

Aggarwal Surabhi

Aggarwal Surabhi

 

Academic Dean
Social Psychology / Communications
Indian

 

Ph.D. Social Work, University of Delhi, India
M.A. Media, Communications and Advertising, University of Leicester, UK
M.A. Social Work, University of Delhi, India
B.A. Psychology, University of Delhi, India

 

Surabhi has over 30 years of experience in teaching at Undergraduate, Graduate and Doctoral level in the areas of psychology, gender studies, communication, culture and social research.  She has served in different capacities as a research coordinator at University of Delhi and IIG. She has extensive experience of supervising research at both MPhil and Phd level in diverse fields ranging from health, education, gender empowerment, income generation and poverty alleviation. She has worked as Director of a rural based project initiated by Delhi University on women’s development which aimed at providing preventive health care services, reproductive health care services and services for HIV/AIDS.

Alcorta Arianne

Alcorta Arianne

 

Communication
Venezuelan/Spanish

 
M. Sc. Journalism, Columbia University
B. Sc. Communication, University of Miami

 

Arianne is an award-winning multimedia journalist, media trainer and lecturer. She has numerous experiences presenting on live television, writing scripts, producing news, videos and documentaries internationally in English, Spanish and French. Her work has appeared on CNN Money Switzerland, Telemundo and NBC News in the United States.

Alheritiere Cyrille

Alheritiere Cyrille

 

Management

French/Canadian

 

Ph.D. Process Systems Engineering, University College London, UK

M.Sc. Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA

B.Sc. Process Engineering, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France

 

Cyrille has more than 20 years of management experience in a multi-national setting. He started his career in London and Singapore with Investment Bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and spent 14 years at UBS in multiple leadership roles covering the Middle Eastern and Latin American markets. He is now an independent management consultant and training facilitator serving both SMEs and multinational Clients.

Apostolov Mario

Apostolov Mario

 

International Relations
Bulgarian/Swiss

 

Ph.D. International Relations, University of Geneva
D.E.S. International Relations, University of Geneva
M.A. International Relations, Moscow State Institute of International Relations
 

Mr. Apostolov works for an International Organization in Geneva.

Arbez Jean-Max

Arbez Jean-Max

 

Marketing and Sales
French

 

Executive program on Management & Business, HEC University, Geneva
Course on Management & Computer Data Mgt, Webster University, Geneva

Course on English language & American studies, Columbia University, New-York
International M.Sc., Ecole Supérieure d'Informatique (ESI/SUPINFO International University), Paris
Computer Science Engineer, Ecole Supérieure d'Informatique (ESI/SUPINFO International University), Paris

 

In 1996 Mr. Arbez took the role of HP Swiss romande Branch Office Manager and after General Manager for HP Swiss romande in 2000 and of the new HP (HP + Compaq merge) in 2002. He took in 2009 the management of the Global 1000 Major Accounts organisation in Zurich. He is CEO and founder of Boost (Suisse) SA, an IT company launched in 2010.

Baddour Nicholas Karim

Baddour Nicholas Karim

 

Digital Marketing & Digital Media

French/Lebanese

 

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Marketing Management, American Business School.

 

Nicholas is CEO of the Swiss based Publicis Groupe global hub that includes Publicis Conseil, Leo Burnett, Saatchi & Saatchi and Meta Design. Further experience with McCann Worldgroup, Jaeger-LeCoultre, JWT New York, Unilever/Knorr, TBWA France, Adidas AG, Louis XIV-DDB.

Baillat Aline

Baillat Aline

 

Department Head, International Relations Programs
International Relations
French 

 

Ph.D. Political Science, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva
Master in International Relations & Political Science, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva
B.A Sciences Po, Lyon, France

 

Aline held research positions in various institutions such as the Global Policy Forum, New York City; WaterLex, Geneva; IUHEID; Institute Kurt Bösch, Sion, Switzerland. Author in the field of global environmental governance, international water law and policy, hydropolitics, water markets and climate change.

Baracuhy Braz

Baracuhy Braz



International Relations - Foreign Policy Analysis
Brazilian

Deputy-Permanent Representative of Brazil to the WTO in Geneva
Brazilian Diplomatic Academy (Rio Branco Institute), Course of Advanced Studies in Diplomacy; M.A. in Diplomacy.
Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), M.Sc. in International Relations

Minister Braz Baracuhy, a career diplomat, is the deputy Permanent Representative of Brazil to the WTO. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil (Itamaraty) in 2001 and, among other positions, worked as deputy-director of policy planning at the office of the Foreign Minister’s Policy Planning Staff and chief economic counsellor at the Brazilian Embassy to China. He attended the Grand Strategy Program at Yale University, was a visiting scholar at the LSE Department of International Relations, and thought Foreign Policy at the Brazilian Diplomatic Academy.

Benain Pierre-Yves

Benain Pierre-Yves

 

Business Policy
French

 

M.Sc. Engineering, National Institute of Applied Sciences, France

E.M.B.A. International Institute in Geneva

Marketing and Strategic Planning with multinationals such as Siemens and SITA

 

Pierre-Yves holds a master degree in Telecommunications & IT engineering and an Executive MBA from International Institute in Geneva. He worked for international corporations like Siemens, Equant, SITA, SITAONAIR and accumulated over 20 years international experience in air transport IT & Communications in various management position from strategic technical planning, product management, product marketing, business development, program management and innovation.

 

Benveniste Francois

Benveniste Francois

 

Digital Media

Swiss/French

 

M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering, INSA Lyon

B.Sc. in Philosophy, Université Jean Moulin, Lyon, France

 

After a career in Retail for international corporations like Dixons and Pixmania, François joined Details.ch a leading creative digital agency where he occupied different positions, such as Project Director, Consultant and Account Director. He is a recognized digital strategist with more than 15 years developing customer experiences.

Cavinato Alessandro

Cavinato Alessandro

 

Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence

Italian

 

Master degree in Bioengineering, EPFL, Switzerland

Bachelor in Information Engineering, University of Padova, Italy

 

Alessandro is working for Procter and Gamble as Advanced Data and Analytics Lead. Entrepreneur and advanced analytics professional he has expertise both in the large corporations and start-ups as well as managing teams and working on large scale projects in the Biomedical, Consumers and Fashion industries.

Cellich Claude

Cellich Claude

 

Vice-President for External Relations
Negotiation
American

 

D.B.A. h.c. Davenport University, USA
M.A., M.B.A., University of Detroit, USA

B.A. Detroit Institute of Technology, USA

 

Harvard trained negotiator.
Former UN senior administrator.
Co-author of Global Business Negotiations and International Trade Promotion.

 

Claude is currently Vice President for external relations at IIG. Over the years, he has lectured at the Institut International d’Administration Publique, Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), Paris School of Management, the University in Prague and Anahuac University in Mexico and carried out consultancies to trade promotion organisations. He has co-authored textbooks on business negotiations, global tradew, and trade promotion strategies. He holds graduate degrees in economics and business administration from the university of Detroit, recipient of honorary degrees and the 75th Medal of Excellence from the Helsinki School of Economics.

Chalmers Barbara

Chalmers Barbara

 

Statistics 
British & Dutch

 

P.G.C.E Physics with Mathematics, University of the West of England, England
B.Sc. Psychology, Open University, England
Ph.D. Experimental Physics, Glasgow University, Scotland
Doctoral Experimental Physics, Utrecht University, Netherlands

 

Barbara held research positions at various institutions including Oxford University and a hedge fund in the city of London, where she worked as a quantitative researcher in behavioural finance for five years. In addition, Barbara has lectured at the Open University and Bath Spa University campus, and has taught courses in physics, statistics, research methods, psychology and micro-economics at universities and schools in England and Geneva.

Csurgai Gyula

Csurgai Gyula

 

Geopolitical Analysis / Geoeconomics
Swiss/Canadian 

 

Ph.D. Geopolitics, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Postgraduate Degrees in European Studies and Philosophy, University of Geneva
M.A. Political Science, University of Toulouse, France
B.A. Political Science, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

 

 

Co-founder of the Geneva Institute of Geopolitical Studies.

Academic Director of the Multilateral Diplomacy Program of the School for International Training.

Published several books and artices in geopolitics, geoeconomics and economic intelligence.

Debbich Yazid

Debbich Yazid

 

Management
French / Tunisian 

 
DBA, Audencia and Toulouse Business school
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certified
Master in International economics, University Paris X Nanterre and Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Cachan
Master in Strategic Intelligence, Institut des Relations Internationales et Stratégiques, Paris
Bachelor in Economics, University Paris X Nanterre
 

 

Dr. Debbich has worked several years as consultant and project manager before holding global positions in the fields of quality and continuous improvement within FMCG companies such as Nestlé and Givaudan.

Dolivo Jean

Dolivo Jean

 

Management
Swiss

 

M.B.A., INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France
M.Sc. Computer Science, University of California at Berkeley, USA
M.Sc. Physics, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Licence in Mathematics, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

 

Jean held management positions at Swiss, European and worldwide level with Hewlett-Packard. He was General Manager of HP in Switzerland. He created and led a dedicated Customer Relationship Management (CRM) function for HP Computer Business in Europe, playing a pilot role for HP CRM corporate implementation and held worldwide responsibilities for developing CRM services to Major Account clients. He now is an independent consultant and coach, certified in Project Management from PMI®. He is consulting, lecturing and giving seminars to local and international organizations and assists public and private institutions in developing a project culture.

Ducret Vincent

Ducret Vincent

 

Information Systems Innovation, Digital Transformation 
Swiss

 

BSc and MSc in Computer Engineering, EPFL, Switzerland

 

After a career as Software Architect and Project Manager in System Integrators and Hardware/Software companies (incl. Sun Microsystems), Vincent joined Philip Morris International (PMI) in 2005 where he occupied over the past year different positions with growing accountabilities within the Information Services (IS) organization (cumulating to Head of IS Innovation). Since April 2017, Vincent is part of PMI Transformation team acting as Founder and Head of Competency Center for Design Thinking and Lean Enterprise with the mission of deeply and sustainability anchor those new way of working across the company.

Dyakonova Daria

Dyakonova Daria

 

Comparative Politics

Russian and Canadian

 

Ph.D. History, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada

M.A. History, Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris, France

B.A. Linguistics and Cross-cultural Communication, Moscow State Linguistic University, Moscow, Russia

 

 

Daria Dyakonova was a visiting fellow at the department of International History of the Graduate History of International and Development Studies, Geneva. She taught contemporary history in Montreal and Geneva and participated in a number of research projects funded by Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. She studied transnational social movements and international relations and authored books and articles in the field of transnational networks, foreign policy, global labour politics and social rights as well as gender history.

Finaud Marc

Finaud Marc

 

 

International Security
French/Swiss

 

Master in Political Science, Sciences-Po, Paris (France, 1977

Master in Law, University of Aix-Marseille (France), 1975

 

Marc Finaud is a former French diplomat who has been seconded to the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) between 2004 and 2013 and now works for this international foundation, where he trains diplomats and military offiers in international and human security, and conducts research in those fields. During his 36-year career as a diplomat (from 1977 to 2013), he served bilateral postings (in the Soviet Union, Poland, Israel, Australia) as well as in multilateral missions (to the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Conference on Disarmament, the United Nations). He ws also Senior Resident Fellow (WMD Program) at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) between 2013 and 2015. He is now also a Swiss citizen. List of publications  : www.gcsp.ch/marc-finauds-publication

 

Guglya Leonila

Guglya Leonila

 

International Business Law
Ukrainian

 

PhD in International Trade Law, summa cum laude, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Doctor of Juridical Sciences (S.J.D) in International Business Law, summa cum laude, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary (Program registered with the Board of Regents of NY, USA)
Master of Advanced Studies (LL.M) in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS), University of Geneva Law School and Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland

 

Leonila is a lawyer with SwissLegal Rouiller et Associés office in Geneva. Professionally active since 2001, she has gained a robust experience in international trade law and policy, international business law and international dispute resolution, having advised private entities and governments. After starting her career as an in-house counsel in Ukraine, she has worked with several international law firms, international organizations and NGOs, and had various of academic engagements in the different corners of Europe. She regularly publishes and intervenes in the areas of her expertise.

Guven Dogan

Guven Dogan

  

 

Director of Doctorate Programs
Information Technology
Turkish

 

Leadership Executive program, IMD, Switzerland

Ph.D. Computer Science, EGE University, Turkey

M.Sc. Computer Science, EGE University, Turkey

B.Sc. Computer Science and Engineering, Hacettepe University, Turkey

 

 

Before joining IIG in 2011, Dogan spent nearly two decades at a major FMCG company where he had progressed through several roles as Head of IT in two markets and Global Head of Enterprise IT Architecture. He developed data strategies, initiated and implemented digital transformations, data driven solutions, and managed IT analysts, programmers, architects, and data engineering teams. He had started his career in academia as an adjunct faculty and research associate at universities in Turkey and USA specialized in databases and object-oriented software engineering platforms. In addition to teaching courses at IIG, he provides mentoring for several startups.

Hernandez Reta Javier

Hernandez Reta Javier

 

International Marketing

Mexican

 

Master of Business Administration in Sales & Marketing, International Institute in Geneva, Switzerland

Bachelor of Business Administration & Management, Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico

 

Javier is currently the President of Duracell Europe & Africa – Berkshire Hathaway Company. Further experience  with Procter & Gamble for over 13 years as marketing director and senior brand manager in the UK & Ireland. Javier has had more than 18 years of international experience in Business Management, Strategy, Marketing, Brand Management, and Market Research as an executive for Procter & Gamble in Mexico, Belgium, Switzerland, and the UK.  He couples his extensive business management acumen with more than 20 years as teacher, lecturer, and recognized top trainer on diverse marketing and organizational topics.

Hilale Narjis

Hilale Narjis

 

Marketing / Management
Moroccan and Swiss 

 
Master in Management, Audencia Business School, Nantes, France
B.A. in Economics and Management, University of Nantes, France

 

Mrs. Hilale is an author, consultant and TEDx Speaker. She has 15 years global expertise in Marketing, Strategy and Insights, working for major FMCG multinationals and UN organizations (P&G, Shell, Vivendi, JTI, Firmenich, SingTel, WIPO). She is the author of the book « Woman’s Essentials Box for the Corporate World ».  

 

Jovanovic Goran

Jovanovic Goran

 

International Relations
Swiss/Serbian 

 

B.A. Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Graduate Certificate, Development Studies, IUED, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Graduate Diploma, American Studies, Smith College (MA), USA
D.E.S. Ph.D., International Relations, IUHEI, University of Geneva, Switzerland

 

Goran is the Academic Director of the Banking, Finance and Social Responsibility program at the School for International Training. Visiting Professor at the universities in Afghanistan, Caribbean, Greece, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, etc. Widely published in international relations and political communication. He previously worked as the International Relations Department Head at IIG (2007-2011); and as a Scientific Director at the Audiovisual Unit, IUHEI, Geneva, Switzerland (2000-2005).

 

Katchamakov Vesna

Katchamakov Vesna

 

General education - French

French

 

Masters Degree in Russian (French as a Foreign Language option) from Nancy, and graduate of the Italian Chambre of Commerce for France.

 

Vesna has been a Teacher of French as a Foreign Language for more than 10 years, and was the Officer in charge of rare languages at an International School in Geneva before taking over Arnie's Language School. She now teaches French in Arnie's adult department, RL Learning.

Kaukab Rashid

Kaukab Rashid

 

International Negotiations / International Trade, Environment and Development

Pakistani / Swiss

 

M.B.A, Yale University, USA

M.A. Economics, Karachi University, Pakistan

B.A. Economics and English Literature, GC / Punjab University, Pakistan

 

Rashid has over 25 years’ experience of international negotiations: as a negotiator (delegate of Pakistan to the WTO, UNCTAD and WIPO), as a senior level staff of a developing country think tank (South Centre) and an international organization (UNCTAD), and as Geneva head of a global NGO from the South (CUTS International). He has participated and closely followed international negotiations in the WTO, UNCTAD, WIPO, UNFCCC, FAO, as well as some regional trade and investment agreements. He has widely published and also taught at the Grenoble University, France, Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa, Arusha, Tanzania, and GC University, Pakistan.  

Klepova Oksana

Klepova Oksana

 

Marketing Strategy / International Brand Management / Innovation

Russian 
 

Professional Diploma in Marketing, Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), UK
M.Sc. Education in Social Science and Economy, Moscow Pedagogical State University, Russia
B.Sc. Social Science, Moscow Pedagogical State University, Russia

 

Oksana is a marketing executive with 20 years of experience in portfolio strategy, brand building, consumer insights and product innovation in FMCG multinational companies (Philip Morris International, Nestle). She has been in a global marketing leadership position for the last 10 years. The area of her expertise marries both existing brand portfolio management and new brand creation. She also brings diverse product & packaging development experience and true consumer centricity. In 2019, Mrs. Klepova founded a young company “Grow & Glow Sàrl” specializing in complementary education mainly for children.

Kohler Grof Melinda

Kohler Grof Melinda

 

Marketing and Communications
Hungarian


Master’s and bachelor’s degree in Economics, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
 


Currently Project Manager - Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Expressions at WIPO, Melinda has had 14 years of international experience in the industries of FMCG and lifestyle across global, regional and end-market roles. As marketing executive of leading multinational companies (L’Oréal Group, Ralph Lauren, Procter & Gamble) her areas of expertise include product and portfolio management, brand equity & architecture, consumer insight and market research, business intelligence, campaign and content development incl. Comms toolkit, growth strategy and business model innovation.

Lee Juneyoung

Lee Juneyoung

 

International Trade Law

Korean

 

Ph.D. in International Law, Graduate Institute, Switzerland

Masters in International Law, Korea University, Republic of Korea

Masters in International Law and Economics, World Trade Institute, Switzerland

 

Dr. Lee, from the Republic of Korea, is currently serving the Committee on Trade and Environment at the World Trade Organization. Prior to joining the WTO Secretariat in 2007, she worked at the United Nations Development Programme in Slovakia and Korea International Cooperation Agency, among others. She holds a PhD in international law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Her most recent publication includes "Promoting Good Governance: From Encouraging a Principle to Taking Concrete Action – Example from WTO Accession Protocols and the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement"(Cambridge University Press). She is frequently engaging with students at BA and Master's level as an adjunct professor.

Liverant Vincent

Liverant Vincent

 

Project & Operations Management
French

 

Master 2 degree in Economics and International trade (Perpignan University via Domitia, France)
Master degree in Economics and management (Nice Sophia Antipolis University, France)

 

Vincent Liverant is Global Customer Operations and Process excellence leader for Maxeon Sunpower, one of the global leading solar energy solutions provider HQ in Singapore.
With 20 years + of experience in sales operations, supply chain and program management, Vincent had the opportunity to lead various regional and global projects related to Sales Operations and Customer services in B2B industries. Attentive to Change management fundamentals with a genuine respect for cultural differences, customer focus is a priority for him.

Mahfouz Mohamad Ali

Mahfouz Mohamad Ali

 

International Business Negotiations

Swiss/Lebanese

 

B.Sc. Computer Science. American University of Beirut, Lebanon

M.Sc. Computer Science. University of Washington, WA, USA

MBA. Management & Corporate Finance, HEC Lausanne, Switzerland

 

Ali joined Microsoft in 1999 in their Redmond headquarters as a Software Engineer in Microsoft Office product group. Since then, he moved throughout different Microsoft Subsidiaries in different digital leadership roles. He is currently leading Microsoft’s Data & AI business in Microsoft Switzerland, in which he establishes strategic partnerships with leading enterprises, including the negotiation of large cloud platform agreements.

Mbede Nlend Thomas

Mbede Nlend Thomas

 

Accounting

Cameroonian

 

Master of Science in Finance at Geneva Business School

Bachelor of Economics at University of Yaoundé II, Cameroon

 

Thomas Mbede is an accountant with 12 years of experience in accounting and have worked in both the private sector and public sector multilateral institutions. My experience encompasses accounting operations (payables receivables, credit control, treasury, and tax) along with some reporting and leadership positions. My areas of interests are global health, perfumery, counterfeit medicines, money laundering, forensic accounting. I hold a Master of Science in Finance degree from Geneva Business School, where I majored in Financial Analysis, and wrote my master’s thesis on "Managing Price Risk in Metals Markets: Zinc, Copper, Aluminium". I completed it by passing the level 1 of the CFA charter. and the Certified Fraud examiner exam.

Mesquita Sandro

Mesquita Sandro

 

Marketing, Communication

Swiss/Portuguese

 

 

General Management Programme “Orchestrating Winning Performance”, IMD Business School, Lausanne

Leadership Programme “Mobilising People”, IMD Business School, Lausanne

Executive M.Sc. of Science in Communications Management, University of Lugano

Advanced Strategic Management Session, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

 

 

Since 2020, Sandro Mesquita is Chief Executive Officer of the Geneva International Motor Show. Previously, he worked 7 years at Publicis Groupe. First as Managing Director of the branding agency MetaDesign and then as Managing Director of Publicis Communications, following more than 20 years’ executive experience in Telecommunications and Energy sectors. Sandro graduated from the University of Lugano with an Executive Master of Science in Communications Management completed with an advanced management program at UCLA and a leadership program at IMD business school in Lausanne.

Pauletto Christian

Pauletto Christian

 

Digital Diplomacy
Trade and Investment Promotion Strategies

Swiss 

 
 

Dipl. Ing. ETHZ, Swiss Institute of Technology, Zurich
Certificate in Teaching, Swiss Institute of Technology, Zurich
D.E.S. International Economy, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva
D.E.S. International Law, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva

 

As a career negotiator, Christian had several assignments with the Swiss government, including the Mission of Switzerland to the EU in Brussels. He also is a former Swiss chief negotiator for trade in services and electronic commerce. Former Executive Director of IDEAS Centre in Geneva.

Redaelli Chiara

Redaelli Chiara

 

International Law
Italian
 
PhD. International Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
MA, BA Law, University of Milan

 

Chiara is a Research Fellow at the Geneva Academy, where she works for the Rule of Law in Armed Conflicts project (RULAC). In 2019 she was a visiting Research Fellow at Harvard Law School, where she conducted a postdoctoral research on peace in international law. Her areas of expertise include international humanitarian law, the use of force, and international human rights law. She formerly worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Cox’s Bazar (Bangladesh) and Beijing (China). She defended her PhD (summa cum laude avec felicitations du jury) in public international law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in 2018. Her doctoral research investigated how the human rights paradigm has affected the international legal regulation of interventions in non-international armed conflicts.

 

Rehfeld Katharina-Maria

Rehfeld Katharina-Maria

 

Human Resources Management
German 
 
Ph.D. and M.A., University of Heidelberg, Germany.
Senior Scientist at EPFL - École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne.

Katharina has over 14 years of professional experience in international corporations as well as academic institutions. She currently holds a research position at EPFL and joined IIG in spring 2018. From 2004 until 2016 Katharina lived in China and worked for organizations such as the German Delegation of Industry & Commerce, Allianz Insurance and Tongji University Shanghai.

She is an accredited Coach (Int. Coaching Federation) and a Hogan Assessment Practitioner.

Rekik Yassin Aziz

Rekik Yassin Aziz

 

Information Technology
Belgian/Tunisian

 

Ph.D. Computer Sciences, Federal Institute of Technologies in Lausanne - EPFL / Switzerland
Master in Computer Sciences, École Nationale des Sciences de l’Informatique - ENSI / Tunisia

 

From 2001 to 2005, Yassin Rekik worked as Senior Researcher at EPFL in the field of eLearning and Online Experimentation. Since 2006, he has been an associate professor in computer sciences at HES-SO. He is a specialist in Software Engineering and IT project management. He has led various research projects in the fields of Human Computer Interaction, Serious Gaming, and AR-VR Technologies.

 

 

Savitch Pavel

Savitch Pavel

 

Financial and Managerial Accounting, Auditing
Russian 

 

M.Sc. (DES), University of Geneva, Switzerland

B.A. Economics, Higher School of Economics (HSE) - National Research University, Russia

Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) - Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) - Institute of Internal Auditors

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) - Information Systems Audit and Control Association

 

Pavel Savitch has over 20 years of professional experience in Finance and Accounting, Audit and Risk Management, IT and Project Management; most of which were gained in the Air Transport Industry (ATI). In his prior academic role as “Accounting, Economics and Finance” Unit Coordinator Mr. Savitch drove the Unit preparation towards ACBSP accreditation, ensured the operational management of the Unit and coordination of the academic programs.

Saïd Ibrahim

Saïd Ibrahim

 

Peace & Conflict Studies

Human Rights: Between Law and Politics

 

PhD Anthropology  and Sociology of Development,  Graduate Institute, Geneva

M.Sc. Evidence Based Interventions and Policy Evaluations,  University of Oxford 

 

Ibrahim Saïd is a research associate at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peace building (CCDP) in Geneva and the co-founder of think ahead, a non-profit research organisation that specialises in the analysis of humanitarian and development policies and practices.

Dr Saïd has a diverse professional and research experience in the development and humanitarian fields. He worked with various UN agencies and consulted with several national and international organisations. His research interests span across the fields of legal and political anthropology, anthropology of human rights, anthropology of policy and governance, and colonial governmentality studies, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Sernova Elena

Sernova Elena

 

Finance
Russian

 
PhD in Management, Finance, University of California in Los Angeles, USA
Diploma in Banking, London School of Economics, UK

BA, MSc in Math with Distinction, PhD in Math (incomplete), Moscow State University, Russia

 


Elena worked in JPMorgan (UK) fixed income trading desk, was doing portfolio optimization and equity research for asset management funds, and developed online MBA and postgraduate classes in Finance. She teaches multiple courses in Finance, Business Math and Statistics on graduate and undergraduate level, along with preparation for CFA, CIIA, CAIA and FRM certifications. Elena’s research interests include commodity trading, alternative investments and portfolio allocation, and machine learning.

Sokolova Maria V.

Sokolova Maria V.

 

International Relations
Russian

 
 

PhD in International Economics with a minor in International Law, IHEID, Geneva

MSc in International Strategy and Economics, St Andrews, Scotland

BSc in Mathematics and Economics, Plekhanov Russian Economic Academy, Moscow, Russia

 

Maria works at the International Trade Center. Her primary research focus is regionalism, international development and trade. She has experience working in both the private sector and academia, and has also held positions at the IMF and the UN Secretariat.

 

 

Tarazi Nawal

Tarazi Nawal

 

Department Head, Bachelor's Programs
Finance & Economics
Swiss and Jordania
 

DBA  current candidate of Doctorate, Plymouth University-UK
MMB Master of Money & Banking, American University of Beirut (AUB)- Lebanon

B.Sc. Economics & Accounting, University of Jordan
 

Nawal has over fifteen years’ experience handling senior executive positions at local & international financial institutions; and seven years teaching and training experience in Swiss universities. She is the Founder and Director of NWNT Consulting Sàrl, Geneva.

Tsourakis Nikos

Tsourakis Nikos

  

 

Information Technology
Greek

 

Ph.D. in Informatics, University of Geneva, Switzerland
M.Sc. in Engineering Management, Greece
B.Sc. in Electronic and Computer Engineering, Greece

 

Nikos has more than 20 years of experience in designing, building, and evaluating intelligent systems using speech and language technologies. In the past, he worked as a Software Engineer developing products for major telecommunication vendors. In the context of various projects, he performed user studies for addressing the factors that influence the success and failure of human-machine interfaces. Currently, he is employed as a Research Associate at the University of Geneva, where he co-authored more than 50 research publications. He also served as an Expert Reviewer for the European Commission. At IIG he is involved in teaching activities in the area of Computer Science.

 

Vernaz Nicolas

Vernaz Nicolas

 

Cybersecurity

Swiss

 

Master in Information Security

Federal Certificate in Information Technology

CIPM, CIPP/E, FIP, CISM

 

Nicolas has over 20 years of experience in IT, Cyber Security, data protection and management in rapid growing and complex environments.
He is today an external DPO, recognized Data Protection and Cybersecurity expert, owner of Redstone Consulting SA, and previously leading and building a Swiss-wide Data Protection practice for PwC CH. Prior to that he led an international oil and gas company group infrastructure and security for 12 years (CISO and Infrastructure global leader).

Over the years, Nicolas has developed a mastery of data protection regulations, such as the European GDPR or the Swiss FADP, and has led multiple compliance programs in different sectors of activity, as well as delivering assessments of the maturity of companies towards the NIST framework or the ISO 27001 standard.

Yan Jessie

Yan Jessie

 

Department Head, Management & Marketing
Director, Global Partnership Development, Asia Pacific
International Business
Chinese

 

M.Sc. in Business Enterprise, Oxford Brookes University, England
M.B.A, Oxford Brookes University, England, Executive Master in
Global Leadership, World Economic Forum (Switzerland) in
collaboration with Columbia University/ INSEAD/Wharton-
University of Pennsylvania/London Business School

 

Jessie is a mission-oriented professional with over 15 years of Fortune 500 and global non-profit experience. She held leadership roles in multi-national businesses and private enterprises, was responsible for Public Private Partnership (C-suite) and government relations; increased thought leadership among partners; and sustainability-focused corporate strategy. She taught and served as a member of the Dean's Advisory Board at Oxford Brookes University, and is the Founder and Managing Director of an educational consulting company.

Yu Vicente Paolo

Yu Vicente Paolo

 

International Environmental Law and Policy
Filipino/Swiss

 

LLM in International and Comparative Law, Georgetown University, USA Bachelor of Laws, University of the Philippines, Philippines
BA Political Science, University of the Philippines, Philippines

 

Vicente is currently a Senior Legal Adviser at the Third World Network (Malaysia), a Visiting Fellow at the UN Research Institute for Social Development (Switzerland), and an Associate Fellow at the Geneva Center for Security Policy (Switzerland). Previously, he served as the Deputy Executive Director of the South Centre, the intergovernmental policy research institution of developing countries based in Geneva. His substantive policy work covers policy and legal advice and capacity building on, inter alia, the right to development, international environmental law, international trade policy, international climate change policy, and South-South cooperation. He has been a technical adviser and negotiator for various developing countries and their groups in the UN climate change negotiations since 2007 to the present. He has taught law at the University of the Philippines, the University of Tulsa College of Law’s Geneva Summer Semester Program and Duke University’s Terry Sanford School of Public Policy’s Geneva Summer Program and lectured on international environmental diplomacy with the School for International Training-Geneva.

 

Emeritus Faculty

Borgeon Michel

Borgeon Michel

 

International Relations / E-Commerce
French 

 

M.A., Ph.D., University of La Sorbonne, France

 

Michel Borgeon is a Professor Emeritus at International Institute in Geneva. Prior to joining ITC (International Trade Centre, a UN Trade Promotion Center), he worked as an Advisor in the field of international trade statistics in the French Trade Promotion Center (Trade Promotion Body, Ministry of Finance) for 8 years, then Chief, developing countries trade promotion Section and Professor at the International Relations Institute in Paris. He was a Senior Trade Promotion Officer over three decades, with extensive missions in Africa and Asia. He co-authored two textbooks on Trade Promotion Strategies with Claude Cellich. He also holds a PHD in economics, Paris Pantheon Sorbonne and a Diploma of the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris (Sciences Po).

Catliota Donna

Catliota Donna

 

Law
American

 


Juris Doctor in Law (magna cum laude), Cleveland State University Law School
LL.M. in International and Comparative Law (with distinction), Georgetown University Law Center
B.A. English Literature and Language (cum laude), Barat College

 

Ms Catliota was engaged in private practice for over 10 years with law firms in the United States, before moving to the public sector, where she has served as legal counsel with the US Department of State (Office of the Legal Advisor); the United Nations Compensation Commission; and the World Health Organization and as General Counsel for the Millennium Foundation.

Santantoniou John

Santantoniou John

 

Marketing, Strategy
Swiss/Greek 

 

Senior Executive programs at Stanford, INSEAD, and London Business School
DiplM, MCIM, The Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK
B.Sc., Economics, Athens University, Greece

 

John has been for over 20 years in senior Marketing positions with Colgate-Palmolive and Hewlett Packard, for over 10 years the CEO-Europe for Energizer and Invensys Controls, and is currently advising Private Equities and Investment Banks (TowerBrooks Capital).

Visiting Faculty

LIM Wai Mun

LIM Wai Mun

Director of Professional Doctorates
Associate Professor of Service Management, University of Plymouth, UK
Singaporean

 

PhD Business Management, University of Plymouth, UK
MBA, University of Leicester, UK
BA Economics and Sociology, National University of Singapore
EdD, Cambridge University, UK (anticipated 2022)

 

 

As an Associate Professor at the University of Plymouth, Wai Mun lectures in Business Strategy, Research Methods and e-Strategies. While she is widely published, her primary research interests lie in the fields of service quality and technology use/adoption. To keep up with the rapid advancement in the field, she has recently completed a Professional Certificate in Data Science: Data into Insights, awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. 

White John

White John

Communications
British

 

B.A. Psychology, University of Nottingham

M.Sc. Psychology, London School of Economics

Ph.D. Psychology, London School of Economics 
 

Trainer with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, UK, offering training in all aspects of communication, public affairs and measurement and evaluation in communication practice