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.

Alex Conte

Alex Conte

Italian / New Zealander

Public International Law

 

Phd in Law, University of Canterbury

Master of Laws, Victoria University of Wellington

Bachelor of Laws, University of Canterbury

 

Alex Conte is Executive Director at Child Rights Connect, the largest global network of national, regional and international organizations and coalitions working to promote and defend children’s rights. Alex has over 20 years’ experience as a human rights lawyer and advocate. He has worked as a criminal law barrister, with international inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, and in academia as a professor of international law and human rights.

 

Foppiani Oreste

Foppiani Oreste

Swiss/Italian

International History & Politics

International Organisations

International Security

 

Ph.D. in International History & Politics, The Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva, Switzerland.
M.A. in Foreign Service and International Careers, Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI), Milan, Italy.
B.A. (Hons) in Political Science, Università degli Studi di Pavia, Italy.
 

Visiting Fellow and Associate Professor at the European University Institute’s Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. He taught or researched at Webster University Geneva, New York University’s CEMS, Johns Hopkins University’s SAIS in Washington, D.C., Catholic University’s ASERI in Milan, Aoyama Gakuin University’s SIPEC in Tokyo, as well as at the JMSDF Command & Staff College. He published four monographs and a dozen peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Il Politico, Nuova Rivista Storica, Transatlantic Studies Journal and Relations internationales.

 

From 2008 through 2016, he was also a permanent correspondent accredited to the UN Office at Geneva.

 

His most recent publications are listed below.

Peer-reviewed work:

Books:

Fatton, L. and Oreste Foppiani O. (2019) Japan’s Awakening: Moving toward an Autonomous Security Policy, Peter Lang, 2019.

Articles:

Foppiani, O. (2019) ‘An exploratory analysis of cross-country biases in expert wine reviews,’ Journal of Wine Research 30(17).

Book review:

Foppiani, O. (2018) Mussolini and the Salò Republic, 1943–1945. The failure of a puppet regime: by H. James Burgwyn, London: Palgrave Macmillan/Italian and Italian American Studies.

 

 

Cameron Rebecca

Cameron Rebecca

 

Swiss Australian

International Commercial Law

 

Barrister and Solicitor admitted to High and Federal Courts of Australia and the Supreme Court of South Australia

Master of Laws in International Business Law, University of London

Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice, University of South Australia

Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LL.B.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A., Jurisprudence), University of Adelaide

 

Rebecca is a Swiss Australian dual national with over 20 years of experience as a legal professional working in both private practice and for international organisations.  She is currently responsible for Legal and Compliance at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, a Swiss foundation engaged in preventing and resolving armed conflicts around the world through mediation and discreet diplomacy.  Rebecca previously practiced in litigation and corporate law specializing in directors’ duties claims.  Subsequent experience includes work in claims and reparations programs at the UNCC and IOM.  Rebecca also held a role as Governance Specialist at UNICEF looking at the structure of the network of not-for-profit entities raising funds for international programmes and providing advice and guidance on best practices for local boards.  Her experience working for Swiss foundations GARDP (Global Antibiotic Research & Development Partnership) and HD Centre includes general legal counsel advice and development of compliance programmes.

 

Catenazzo Giuseppe

Catenazzo Giuseppe

 

Italian & Swiss

Consumers & Market Insights

 

Doctor of Philosophy in Management, Geneva School of Economics and Management – University of Geneva, Switzerland

Master of Philosophy in Management, IAE – University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France

Diploma of Advanced Studies in Business Management, HEC Executive University of Geneva, Switzerland

Master of Science in Management, IAE – University of Savoy Mont-Blanc, Annecy, France

Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Environmental Economics, Imperial College London and School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, United Kingdom

Bachelor of Science in Economics and Management, University of Vallée d’Aoste, Aoste-Aosta, Italy

 

Giuseppe is also a Certified Management & Business Educator (CMBE), a Fellow of the Charted Institute of Marketing (FCIM) and a Certified Member of the Market Research Society (CMRS) in the United Kingdom.

 

An Italian and Swiss citizen, Dr Catenazzo is also an editor of international research books; his research on quality perceptions, service recovery, and complaining behaviour has been published in Production Planning and Control, International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management, Journal of Consumer Satisfaction, Dissatisfaction & Complaining Behavior, and Anatolia International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research.

 

His most recent publications are listed below.

 

Peer-reviewed work:

Articles:

Catenazzo, G. and Paulssen, M. (2023) ‘Experiencing defects: the moderating role of severity and warranty coverage on quality perceptions,’ International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management 40(3).

 

Catenazzo, G. (2022) ‘Travellers’ preferences for high-speed rail services: a kick-off study,’ Anatolia 34(4)

 

Catenazzo G. and Paulssen, M. (2019) ‘Product defects are not created equal: prioritizing production process improvements,’ Production Planning & Control 31(4).

 

Book chapters:

 

Barbieri S., Catenazzo, G. Fragnière, E. (2020) ‘Service Design and Enterprise Risk Management for Knowledge-Based Services: A Practical Approach for Auditors and Consultants.’ In Handbook of Research on Recent Perspectives on Management, International Trade, and Logistics: IGI Global.

 

 

Iacopo Adda

Iacopo Adda

 

Italian

Geopolitics

 

Ph.D. in Humanities with a specialization in Russian Studies obtained at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
Master Russia - East Central Europe at the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
Master in Modern Languages for Communication and International Cooperation at the University of Bergamo, Italy.

 

Iacopo is specialized in the history, geopolitics, and development issues of the Russian Far East, as well as in the relations between the Russian Federation and certain Asian countries, such as China and Japan among others. He formerly conducted several field researches in the historical archives of the Russian Federation and in particular of the Russian Far East. He also previously taught at the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva, an institution with which he is still collaborating for research and teaching purposes.

 

Iacoppo Adda has published several contributions in the field of geopolitics and Sino-Russian relations. His most recent publications are listed below.

 

Peer-reviewed work:

 

Articles:
Adda, I. and Lin Y.R. (2022) ‘Geopolitics in Glass Cases: Nationalist Narratives on Sino–Russian Relations in Chinese Border Museums’, Europe-Asia Studies, Taylor &Francis74, 6.

 

Adda, I. (2021) ‘Sino-Russian relations through the lens of Russian border history museums: the Nerchinsk treaty and its problematic representations’, Eurasian Geography and Economics, Taylor & Francis 62, 5-6.

 

Parenti F.M., Iacopo Adda, I. (2017) ‘Are we going to live in a post-NATO world? A critical perspective on trends, obstacles and possibilities’, GeoJournal 82.

 

Other publications :
Adda, I. (2020) ‘Memory Erasure of Trans-Imperial History in the City of Nerchinsk’, Imperial & Global Forum.

 

 

Peufly Philippe

Peufly Philippe

 

French
Financial Management

 

Master’s degree in finance and Project management, SKEMA Lille, France
Bachelor in Statistic Econometry, University of Lille, France

 

Philippe is a senior finance professional, with more than 13 years in large corporations like P&G. Today he is working for Becton Dickinson medical device, as Senior Finance Lead in Supply Chain. He had led multiple projects in various finance field, like corporate finance, IT, sales, and operation. He is also consulting to SME around business model, financing, and value creation.

 

Todisco Claudio

Todisco Claudio

 

Italian
International Migration and World Politics

 

PhD in Anthropology and Sociology of Development, Graduate Institute, Geneva
University degree, Sociology, specialization in Anthropology and Development, Unversita degli studi di Milano-Bicocca

 

Claudio is a long-term scholar of conflict, humanitarian and migration studies with a broad professional experience in the aid sector. He earned his PhD in Anthropology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. A specialist of South Sudan, he has conducted fieldwork in East-Africa and across different regions of the world, with an interest in transnational mobility and international bureaucracies.
Previously, he worked for international organizations such as Médecins Sans Frontières and the Global Fund. As a consultant, he has conducted analysis and research on conflict, refugee policies, emergency relief and international development.

Salayme Bilal

Salayme Bilal

 

Human Rights : from Law to Politics

Turkish

 

 

Master of International Relations, at Middle East Technical University

 

Bilal Salaymeh is a doctoral researcher at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) and its Center on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP). He is interested in peace and conflict studies with geographical expertise in the Middle East. Bilal’s doctoral research focuses on conflict dynamics and the re-formation of local political order, particularly in Syria and Libya. He is also part of the research team of the project ‘A Child of its Time, the Impact of World Politics on Peacebuilding’, a multi-year research project that investigates how the shifts from unipolarity influence the UN peace missions.

Baltaian Michael

Baltaian Michael

 

Data Privacy, Protection and Governance
British/Swiss


Masters Degree in Natural Sciences (Physics) from Cambridge University
Executive MBA in Management and Corporate Finance from the University of Lausanne
CIPP/E, CIPM and CIPT certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)


Michael is an expert in data privacy with over 6 years of senior level experience in building and operating a global privacy program for a major multinational. With a background in IT, program/project management and Information Security, Michael held a full-time privacy role to develop a comprehensive global privacy program based on the GDPR and built a global team of 25 dedicated privacy champions to drive adoption of and compliance with the program. The program addressed all aspects of data privacy compliance for a global organisation with particular focus on consumer and HR data.

Jourdan Eva Francesca

Jourdan Eva Francesca

 

Statistics

French & Italian

 

Master in Financial Engineering. EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

Bachelor in Business Administration, University of Geneva, Switzerland

 

Eva-Francesca is an experienced statistician with a strong background in health and social justice. She currently works at HUG in the emergency department, and she previously served as a researcher in the International Labour Organisation (ILO) for four years. At the ILO, her focus revolved around topics such as child labour, modern slavery and discrimination. She holds a Master's Degree in Financial Engineering from EPFL and is a firm believer that data can be used to make a meaningful contribution to the world.

Lenti Paolo

Lenti Paolo

 

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Italian / Swiss


Doctorate Artificial Intelligence, University of Torino, Italy
Bachelor in Computer Science, University of Torino, Italy


Paolo is working for Philip Morris International as Head of IT Supply
Chain and Logistics. He started his professional career as Telecomm
engineer at Cisco Systems and then he gained more 20 years of IT and
Operations corporate management experience in Switzerland, Belgium,
The Nederland’s and Nordics countries.
Paolo is focused on delivering innovative solutions to enable process
digitalization, enhancing data analytics capabilities and adopting stateof-
the-art AI/ML technologies.

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.

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.

 

June Lee has been involved since September 2023 in a research project funded by the IIG faculty grant exploring trade and environment and focusing on East Asian WTO Members' performance.She has also authored a book on the relationship between culture and the international Trade Law. Her most recent publications are listed below.

 

Peer-reviewed work:

Books:

Lee, J. (2023). Culture and International Trade Law, Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill | Nijhoff.

 

Book chapters :
Lee J., Neufeld N. and Varyanik A. (2017) ‘Promoting Good Governance: From Encouraging a Principle to Taking Concrete Action - Examples from WTO Accession Protocols and the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.’ In Kireyev A. and Osakwe C. (eds.) Trade Multilateralism in the 21st Century: Building the Upper Floors of the Trading System through WTO Accessions, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

 

 

Debbich Yazid

Debbich Yazid

 

Department Head, Management & Marketing
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.

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.

 

Vincente Paolo Yu has authored numerous policy papers in the field of international environmental law, international trade policy, international climate change policy, and South-South cooperation.


His most recent publications are listed below.

 

Articles :

 

Yu V.P. (2022) ‘Economic Diversification from Oil Dependency: Practice and Lessons from Persian Gulf Oil-Dependent Developing Countries’ (TWN Climate Change Series No. 6), July 2022

 

Yu V.P. (2021) Loss and Damage Fight at COP26, (TWN Glasgow Climate News Update, 19 November

 

Yu V.P. (2021) Rethinking Global Economic Governance: Proposals on Resilience, Rights and Equity for the Global South

 

Yu V.P. (2021) Green Deals and Implications for the Global South (TWN Environment and Development Series No. 20)

 

Yu V.P. (2021) Main issues for developing countries in relation to the UNCTAD XV Preparatory Committee Compilation Zero Draft (TWN Briefing Paper)

 

Yu V.P. (2021) International negotiations by virtual means in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic – update (TWN Briefing Paper)

 

 

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.

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.

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.

 

His most recent publications are listed below.

 

Peer-reviewed work

 

Books :

Saïd, I. (2021 ) ‘The Gender Dimensions of Technology in the Context of Migration.’ In McAullfie, M. (eds), Research Handbook of International Migration and Digital Technology, Edward Elgar Publishing.

 

 

Article :

Saïd, I. (2020) ‘Some Are More Equal Than Others: Palestinian Citizens in the Settler Colonial Jewish State.’ Settler Colonial Studies Journal. 10:4.

 

 

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.  

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.

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.

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.

Pallotta Vincenzo

Pallotta Vincenzo

 

Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Information Technology

Italian/Swiss

 

PhD in Computer Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

MSc in Information Science, University of Pisa, Italy.

PMI-PMP, ITIL v.3 and PRINCE2 certified.

 

Currently, Professor in Management of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Applied Science University of Canton Vaud (HEIG-VD - HES-SO). Adjoint faculty at the Master of International Business, University “Cattolica” in Milano, Italy. InnoSuisse Expert, Trainer and Coach since 2012.

Founder and former CTO of interAnalytics Sàrl. Visiting scholar at Stanford University and UC Berkeley. 30+ years of professional experience in ICT. Worked in the past as Software Engineer at IBM and Apple Italy and as researcher at EPFL, University of Fribourg and University of Geneva. Author of 100+ publications in international journals and conferences. Member of several advisory boards of Swiss startups. Jury member and mentor in several Swiss startup acceleration programs (e.g. MassChallenge, Seedstars World, Venture, Impact Hub).

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.

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.

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.

Dyakonova Daria

Dyakonova Daria

 

Head of Research

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.
Since February 2024 Daria Dyakonova has been working in collaboration with University of Sapienza and University of Glasgow on a research project exploring radical left-wing feminism from a historical perspective. This project is funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

 

Her most recent publications are listed below.

 

Peer-reviewed work

 

Books and edited volumes:

Taber, Mike and Daria Dyakonova, eds. (2022) The Communist Women's Movement, 1920-1922. Proceedings, Resolutions, and Reports. Leiden: Brill.

 

Shelekpayev, N., Dorais, F-O., Dyakonova, D. and Mai, S. eds. (2016) Empires, Nations and Private Lives: Essays on the Social and Cultural History of the Great War, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 

 

Articles :

Dyakonova, D. (2023) “ ‘Through The Dictatorship Of The Proletariat In All Countries, Onward To The Complete Emancipation Of Women!”: The Transnational Networks of Communist Women’s Movement in the Early 1920s” Journal of Women’s History, 35, 1.

 

Dyakonova, D. (2021) « La morale sexuelle, la famille et les droits reproductifs vus par le réseau transnational des femmes communistes dans les années 1920s » (Sexual Morality, the Family and Reproductive Rights Seen by the Transnational Network of Communist Women in the 1920s), Cahiers d’histoire. Revue d’histoire critique 151. 

 

Dyakonova, D. (2020) « Le Komintern et les femmes communistes, 1921-1926 » (The Comintern and Communist Women, 1919-1926) in L’Internationale communiste 1919-1943. Approches transnationales, Serge Wolikow [dir.] Territoires Contemporains 13 – nouvelle série [en ligne], 

 

Book chapters:

Dyakonova, D. (2023) “ ‘Approached as a Force for Labour’ ”: Communist Women’s Fight for Women Workers’ Rights in the Comintern, the Profintern, and Eastern Europe in the 1920s.” In Zimmermann, Susan et al., eds. Through the Prism of Gender and Work. Women’s Labour Struggles in Central and Eastern Europe and Beyond, 19th and 20th Centuries, Brill: Leiden-Boston.

 

Dyakonova, D. (2020) “ ‘Young’ and ‘Adult’ Canadian Communists: the Question of Nationhood and Ethnicity in the 1920s.” In Drachewych, O. and McKay I. Left Transnationalism: The Communist International and the National, Colonial, and Racial Questions, McGill-Queen’s University Press. 

 

 

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.

 

Chiara Redaelli has published articles and books in the field of human rights and international humanitarian law. Her most recent publications are listed below.

 

Peer-reviewed work

 

Books:

Redaelli C. (2021) Intervention in Civil Wars: Effectiveness, Legitimacy, and Human Rights, Hart Publishing.

Articles:

Redaelli C. (2023) ‘Targeting Drug Lords: Challenges the IHL between Lege Lata and Lege Ferenda’ Co-authored with Carlos Arevalo International Review of the Red Cross 923.

 

Redaelli C. (2022) ‘Military Intervention on Request in Jus ad Bellum and Jus in Bello and the Question of Recognition of Governments’, Goettingen Journal of International Law 12 (1).

 

Mégret, F. and Redaelli, C. (2022) ‘The Crime of Aggression as a Violation of the Rights of One’s Own Population’ Journal on the Use of Force and International Law 9.

 

Redaelli C. (2022) ‘Revolution’, Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law, Oxford University Press.

 

Redaelli C. (2020) ‘The Human Dimension of Peace and Aggression’ 96 International Law Studies 603.

 

Other publications:

 Redaelli C. (2021)‘Aggregating Intensity in Non-international Armed Conflicts’ ICRC Humanitarian Law and Policy Blog

 

Redaelli C. (2020)‘The US Elections, Alleged Fraud, and International Law’ Opinio Juris

 

Redaelli C. (2020)‘Towards the Recognition of a Right to Remedial Rebellion in International Law?’ Dhaka Law Review

 

Redaelli C. (2019) ‘Venezuela and the Role of Domestic Constitutional Order in International Law’ Opinio Juris

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Her most recent publications are listed below.

 

Peer-reviewed work

 

Book chapters:

Rehfeld, K.M., Moser, M., Günther, M. (2023). ‘Nutzen von People Analytics im Personalmarketing.’ In Lucas, C., Schuster, G. (eds) Innovatives und digitales Marketing in der Praxis. Wiesbaden: Springer Gabler.

 

Günther, M., Moser, M., Rehfeld, K.M. (2022). ‘Optimierung des Workforce Managements durch den Einsatz von People Analytics.’ In: Hastenteufel, J., Weber, S., Röhm, T. (eds) Digitale Transformation im Controlling. Wiesbaden: Springer Gabler.

 

Articles :

 

Moser, M. / Rehfeld, K. (2022): ‘KI im Rekruiting – Breitenbefragung zu Emotionen,  Ansichten und Erwartungen.’ IU Internationale Hochschule 2022.

 

Rehfeld. K. (2022) ‘What is new about New Work?IUG Business Review 2022.

 

 

 

Yan Jessie

Yan Jessie


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.

Tarazi Nawal

Tarazi Nawal

 

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

Doctor of Business, University of Plymouth (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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

His most recent publications are listed below:

 

Peer-reviewed work

 

Books:

Tsourakis, N. (2022). Machine Learning Techniques for Text: Apply modern techniques with Python for text processing, dimensionality reduction, classification, and evaluation. Packt Publishing.

 

Articles:

Ormaechea Grijalba, L., Tsourakis, N. (2023) ‘Extracting sentence simplification pairs from French comparable corpora using a two-step filtering method.’ In: Proceedings of the 8th Swiss Text Analytics Conference 2023 (SwissText). Neuchâtel.

 

Tsourakis, N., Baur, C., & Rayner, M. (2020). ‘Constructing Knowledge-Based Feedback in the Context of an Interactive Spoken CALL Application.’ International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching 7(3).

 

Chapters in edited volumes and articles in conference proceedings:

 

Akhlaghi, E., Auðunardóttir, I. I., Bączkowska, A., Bédi, B., Beedar, ..., Tsourakis, N. & Yao, C. (2022). ‘Using the LARA Little Prince to compare human and TTS audio quality.’ In Proceedings of the 13th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference.

 

Akhlaghi, E., Bączkowska, A., Berthelsen, H., Bédi, B., Chua, C., Cucchiarini, C., ..., Tsourakis, N. & Yao15, C. (2021). ‘Assessing the quality of TTS audio in the LARA learning-by-reading platform.’ CALL and professionalisation: short papers from EUROCALL 2021.

 

Bouillon, P., Gerlach, J., Mutal, J., Tsourakis, N., & Spechbach, H. (2021). ‘A speech-enabled fixed-phrase translator for healthcare accessibility. ’ In Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on NLP for Positive Impact.

 

Tsourakis, N., Troqe, R., Gerlach, J., Bouillon, P., & Spechbach, H. (2020). ‘An albanian text-to-speech system for the Babeldr medical speech translator.’ In Digital Personalized Health and Medicine. IOS Press.

 

 

 

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.

 

Her most recent publications are listed below:

 

Peer reviewed work

 

Books :

 

Baillat, A. (2010). International Trade in Water Rights: The Next Step? IAW Publishing, London.

 

Book chapters:

Baillat, A. (2017). ‘International Investment Agreements and Water Resources Management.’ In J. Chaisse (Ed.), The Regulation of the Global Water Services Market. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

 

Articles :


Baillat, A (2013). ‘Le Forum Mondial de l’eau face aux enjeux de la gouvernance mondiale de l’eau.’ Annuaire Français des Relations Internationales, Volume XIV. Centre Thucydide : Paris.  

 

Baillat, A. (2005). ‘Power Asymmetries Along International Watercourses - Hydropolitics in the Himalayan Kingdoms’ Journal of Political Science, Vol VIII. Prithwi Narayan Campus, Tribhuvan University: Pokhara, Nepal.

 

 

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.

 

Dogan Guven has recently authored several press publications on the importance of data analysis.  

 

Guven D. (2022) ‘The new world of work: Rising importance of Data’ International School Parent Magazine, Spring 2022 edition.

 

Guven D. (2022) ‘Upskilling your career with a professional doctorate degree’ UN Today magazine – September 2022 edition. https://untoday.org/upskilling-your-career-with-a-professional-doctorate-degree/

 

Guven D. (2022) ‘The new world of work: Rising importance of Data’ DIVA International Diplomat Magazine – 2022 edition.

 

 

Cellich Claude

Cellich Claude

 

Vice-President for External Relations
Chair of Research

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.

 

Dr. Cellich’s most recent publications are listed below:

Books

Cellich, C. (2021) Creative Solutions to Global Business Negotiations, Third Edition, BEP.
 

Borgeon, M.  and Cellich, C. (2020) Global Trade Strategies: Interacting with Trade Institutions and Businesses, BEP

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 

 

 

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