Guest Lecturers

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Guest Lecturers2018-09-27T00:54:06+00:00

The Executive Committee selects distinguished academics, experts and practitioners as guest speakers for the MEIG Programme. The following list is designed for the MEIG Programme; it is indicative and subject to changes.

Mr. Amr Aljowaily is currently Minister Plenipotentiary of the Permanent Mission of Egypt to the United Nations in New York and a Visiting Faculty with UNITAR’s Multilateral Diplomacy Programme. His diplomatic postings have included Geneva and Washington, DC.

At the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, he served as Director of UN Affairs, member of the cabinets of the Minister and First Undersecretary and the departments of multilateral political and economic issues. He was Vice Chair of the General Assembly’s First Committee in 2011, Chair of WTO’s Committee on Information Technology Agreement and of the Global System of Trade Preferences Negotiating Group on Market Access (2007). Amr was twice Coordinator of the African Group to UNCTAD and the ITU, as well as Coordinator of International Relations at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology from 2001 to 2003.

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Dr. John Antonakis, de nationalité Suisse, Hellénique, et Sud-Africaine, est Professeur de Comportement Organisationnel à la Faculté des Hautes Études Commerciales de l’Université de Lausanne où il a été vice doyen. Il a obtenu son doctorat en Gestion d’Entreprise et Sciences des Décisions à Walden University (avec spécialisation en leadership) et a réalisé un post-doctorat en psychologie à Yale University (avec spécialisation en développement du leadership). Il recherche actuellement comment mesurer et développer le leadership, ainsi que les problèmes du pouvoir, et la personnalité.

Un conférencier dynamique, John Antonakis anime régulièrement des ateliers pour cadres. Il est fréquemment invité par des organisations privées ou publiques, à travers plusieurs secteurs et dans plusieurs pays. Ses clients sont notamment des banques (p. e., Banque Cantonale de Genève, Crédit Suisse, GE Money Bank), des organisations gouvernementales (p. e., Commission Européenne, Département Fédéral de la Finance, Département Fédéral des Affaires Etrangères), des organisations internationales (p.e., CICR, ONU), des organisations privées (p. e., Eli Lilly, Firmenich, Friends Provident, Gunnebo, KempinskiHotels, Swisscom) et organisations athlétiques (p.e., Association Européenne d’Athlétisme, Fédération Internationale de Tennis de Table).

Ses publications sont diverses et incluent des articles scientifiques dans des revues prestigieuses telles que Science, Harvard Business Review, Psychological Science, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Operations Management, Personality and Individual Differences parmi plusieurs autres. Il a publié deux livres, The nature of leadership et Being there when you are not: Leadership through strategy, systems, and structure. Le Professeur Antonakis est rédacteur adjoint de la revue Leadership Quarterly et Organizational Research Methods. Il est membre du comité éditorial de revues internationales telles que l’Academy of Management Review et leJournal of Management. Il est membre des associations professionnelles suivantes : Association for Psychological Science, et Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, parmi d’autres. Les recherches du Prof. Antonakis sont citées très souvent dans la presse ainsi qu’à la radio et à la télévision en Suisse et dans le monde entier.

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Dr Céline Bauloz is Senior Fellow at the Global Migration Centre, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and Visiting Lecturer at the Refugee Law Initiative, University of London. She is also Migration Law Specialist at the International Organization for Migration and Managing Editor of the Refugee Survey Quarterly (Oxford University Press). She has regularly served as consultant for international and non-governmental organizations and previously worked as Visiting Professor at the University of Bocconi in Milan, Italy, and Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA.

Mr. Miguel R. Bautista has over two decades of experience in economic and multilateral affairs. At UNCTAD, he is tasked with facilitating the smooth functioning of the group system in the intergovernmental machinery, including by contributing to consensus-building on key global development issues.

Before joining UNCTAD, Miguel served at the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations in Geneva and in New York. He also served as Philippine Consul in New York, and as Head of Political Section at the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh.

Miguel is also a regular contributor for UNITAR in the areas of diplomatic skills training and development, multilateral diplomacy and conference management. Mr. Bautista has been awarded the Order of Rizal (Philippines), the Order of Bernardo O’Higgins (Chile) and the Order of Rio Branco (Brazil). He has also been decorated for his service in the reserve of the Philippine Coast Guard where he currently holds the rank of Captain and where he earned the Outstanding Achievement, Merit, and Search and Rescue medals.

Ms Benkirane Leila  was born and raised in Casablanca, Morocco, where she attended French schools and obtained her Law degree from the Law University of Casablanca.

She joined the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs in 1982 and spent most of her career in that Office.  She was first assigned to the Treaty Section and moved, in 1989, as part of her career development to the Office of the Legal Counsel.  Her key competencies in the UN Office of Legal Affairs relate essentially to Treaty Law as well as International Law and International Peace and Security.

In 2003, Ms. Benkirane moved to United Nations Office at Geneva where she performed managerial roles as Chef de Cabinet of the Office of the Director-General and later, as Director of the Publishing Service of the Division of Conferences Management until she retired in March 2013.

While Ms. Benkirane’s experience with the UN combines both substantive and managerial work, it is pertinent to note that she spent most of her career, 20 years, working with the UN Office of Legal Affairs where she acquired a substantive and vast knowledge on various legal issues such as the following:

Researches and analyses on questions relating to Treaty Law and preparation of studies on succession of States, declarations and reservations made by Member States to Treaties deposited with the UN Secretary-General; review of the final clauses of draft international agreements and provided advice with respect to the formalities concerning their adoption and entry into force pursuant to Article 102 of the UN Charter;

Interpretation of the UN Charter, rules of international public law, UN Security Council resolutions, Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the UN and other international instruments;

Legal advice on issues arising from UN operations and the use of force in the context of peacekeeping and governance powers of the UN as well as review of the rules of engagements of each UN operation with a military component;

Negotiation of numerous agreements on the status of UN operations in territories over which such operations are deployed as well as neighboring countries providing logistical facilities;

Legal Advisory role in several UN peace operations such as in Cambodia, Haiti, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Middle East (for the confirmation of the withdrawal of Israel from Lebanon), Kosovo and Afghanistan;

Lectures and teaching courses on international law, peace and security, as representative of the UN Office of Legal Affairs, or upon invitation, at several governmental institutions and international law academies, such as on: (i) the Legal Aspects and Framework of UN Peace Operations, (ii) the use of force in self-defense and under Chapter VII of the UN Charter,  (iii) Legal Perspective on the Management of UN Peace Operations, and (iv) Issues relating to the mandates of UN Peace Operations.

Ms Benkirane’s experience with the UN Office at Geneva was essentially Managerial.

As Chef de Cabinet, she managed the Office of the Director General by overseeing the proper implementation of UN policies as well as projects between UNOG and the host country; fulfilled representational functions by organizing and attending meetings and speaking engagements on behalf of the Director-General; and by maintaining liaison with civil society.  As Chief of the Publishing Service of the Division of Conference Management, she oversaw the proper implementation of the work programme of the Service by directing, managing and coordinating the work of four Sections of the Service (Editing, Printing, Distribution and Information Technology); administering the human, financial and material resources of the Service and formulating general policies concerning the operations of the four sections and their relationship with other Services, UN bodies and Agencies.

Ms Benkirane retired recently from the United Nations and continues, as Senior Consultant, to lecture and teach courses on international law, peace and security, at various institutions and international law academies.

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Frederic BERNARD dedicated his doctoral dissertation to the relationship between the rule of law and the fight against terrorism (“L’Etat de droit face au terrorisme”, Geneva 2010; in French). He has since published several articles on the subject, in particular in the review Terrorism and Political Violence. In 2010, he conducted research as a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, on the topic of judicial review and the constitutional role of supreme courts (“Constitutional Review, Individual Rights, and the Transparency Requirement,” 4 Regent Journal of Law and Public Policy (2012) 141-180. He is senior lecturer at the University of Geneva and admitted to the Geneva Bar.

Master of International Relations, Sciences Po Paris; Diploma of Political Science, Freie Universität, Berlin; Undergraduate Studies, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; 2006-2010, Advisor to Rolf Hempelmann, Member of Parliament; 2010-2013 Head of Energy Policy, 50Hertz Transmission GmbH; Since 2013, with World Economic Forum, managing relations with the EU institutions, Germany, and the Visegrad group; lead of the Digital Europe project; United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) fellowship Alumni (2012); Global Leadership Fellowship Alumni of the World Economic Forum (2013-2016).

Former Cadet of Saint-Cyr (1970/1972), Brig. Gen. J-C Brantschen graduated from the French War College and the Joint Defence College in Paris. He also graduated from the University of Paris II Sorbonne (Master in International Relations) and later spent most of his career in Parachutist units.

All along his career, he had to deal with operational postings which led him in various areas of the world such as Lebanon and African countries (Gabon, Chad, DRC –former Zaïre-, CAR, ICR, Togo, Benin…) and in 1999 in East Timor as Commander of the French Contingent within INTERFET.

In 1992-1994, Brig. Gen. J-C Brantschen was the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Parachutist Marine Infantry Battalion (2° RPIMa). Before finishing his career as Chief of the NATO J7 Exercises Division at ACO/SHAPE in Mons, Belgium, his previous assignment was Commanding Officer of the French Land Special Forces Brigade.

He retired in 2006 and began a second career as a senior consultant for various firms such as EADS, Thales, the French DGA (MoD’s General Directorate for military equipments programs) and also for the ICC (International Criminal Court) regarding the security of their Field Operations Offices in Africa.

William Chemaly is a Senior Advisor at UNHCR’s Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) task team with focus on operational design of the CRRF, its strategic monitoring and UN partnerships.

Chemaly brings a practitioner’s perspective with his hands-on work in several humanitarian and development response operations, incl. Lebanon, Uganda, Kenya, Afghanistan, Burundi, Colombia, DR Congo, Haiti, Serbia and Yemen.

For the last two years Chemaly served as OCHA’s Deputy Regional Head for the Syria Crisis where he focused on harmonising the humanitarian response for people in Syria from Damascus, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.

Previously, Chemaly served as Representative of the Danish Refugee Council in Geneva prior to which he founded the Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS) and headed its team for several years. Before JIPS years, he served in operations with CARE international, OHCHR, ILO and UNHCR.

Général Yves de Kermabon a occupé divers postes supérieurs de commandement et de gestion entre 2004 et  2013. Ces positions incluent de nombreuses missions dans les opérations au Tchad et en République centrafricaine avec l’armée française, au Cambodge avec les Nations Unies, en ex-Yougoslavie avec la FORPRONU et l’IFOR et au Kosovo avec la KFOR. Il a également été directeur des ressources humaines de l’armée française, conseiller militaire du Cabinet du Ministre de la Défense français et professeur à l’École de guerre.

After a successful career as a BBC correspondent (London, Brussels and Geneva) and spokeswoman for the UN and WWF International, Claire has worked for the past 7 years as a trainer, coach and video producer. Founder of ClearViewMedia, she is passionate about helping individuals, organizations and companies better communicate what they do.

A communications expert, Claire delivers courses and provides coaching on how to handle the media and generate positive coverage, deliver an effective media interview and present with impact.

Her experience as a top class journalist and spokeswoman puts her in a unique position as a trainer as she understands the realities of public relations and the media. Claire has trained public relations experts as well as at CEO and senior management level all over the world.

Working with some of Switzerland’s best cameramen and video-editors, Claire produces videos for websites, conferences and broadcast for the UN, ICRC, EC and a number of multinational companies.
She also moderates debates and conferences and does video voice-overs.

English mother-tongue, Claire speaks fluent French and German, and conversational Spanish.

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Victoria Donaldson is Chief Legal Officer at the WTO Appellate Body Secretariat. Before joining the WTO in 1999, she practiced trade and competition law in Brussels and served as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada. Victoria is a member of the faculty of the World Trade Institute in Berne, where she has taught courses on WTO dispute settlement and on subsidies and countervailing measures. She has been a Visiting WTO Fellow at the University of Adelaide, and has lectured at the University of Melbourne Law School, the National Law University in Jodhpur, and the Universidad Externado in Bogotá. She frequently serves as a judge for university moot court competitions relating to international trade law. Victoria holds an LL.M. degree from Harvard University, an LL.B. from the University of British Columbia, B.A. and M.A. degrees in law from the University of Oxford, and an A.B. in International Relations from Stanford University, and is a Solicitor of the Law Society of England & Wales and a Member of the New York Bar.

Tania Dussey-Cavassini combines 27 years of hands on experience in global health, diplomacy, business consulting, executive education and law enforcement, with strong exposure to companies ranging from global services, life sciences, consumer products to heavy industries.

Until July 2017, Tania was Vice-Director General of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (Ministry of Health) and Swiss Ambassador for Global Health, in charge of international affairs. As member of the Executive Team, she influenced the decisions on Swiss Public Health and co-led the Office (580 people). As Ambassador for Global Health, she advised the Director General and Federal Councillor Alain Berset (currently President of Switzerland) on Global Health issues. She led the international affairs team of the Office, as well as cross-functional inter-ministerial teams. She was responsible for the implementation of the “Swiss Foreign Health Policy”, which provides an inter-ministerial framework for a coherent approach to health matters globally.

From 2006 to 2012, Tania worked at IMD, ranked #1 worldwide by the FT in Executive Education. As Director of Partnership Programs, she was responsible for generating over 60% of IMD’s total annual revenues, developing IMD’s custom programs for multinational companies, designing transformational learning and development initiatives that blend capability building with business impact. Since 2010, she is also an adviser to the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Parallel to her official functions, Tania coaches women executives in career transitioning and leadership.

Prior to these activities, Tania held diplomatic assignments in Paris, Bern, Moscow and Geneva (1996-2006). She started her career in 1991 as a lawyer working in the realm of international criminal matters and extraditions proceedings.

Tania is a Harvard University Fellow, Cambridge, USA (2012-2013). She was educated in management at IMD (2006), in law at the University of Lausanne (1989), and music at the University of Music Lausanne (1988), Switzerland. She is a certified coach with The Actor’s Institute, New York (2010). She is proficient in French, English, German, Swiss German and Italian. She has average knowledge of Spanish, and basic knowledge of Russian.

Tania currently serves on the Board of Directors of the HERE-Geneva Foundation (Humanitarian Exchange and Research Centre). She is member of the Advisory Board of The Women’s Brain Project, promoting gender-based research. In 2016, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter appointed her as a member of the Federal Commission of admission for the Swiss Diplomatic Corps.

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Former Ambassador of Switzerland, retired since one year, Mr. Dunant has begun his diplomatic career in 1976, after 2 years in a private bank in Geneva.

As a trainee, he was posted in Warsaw, besides Bern and Geneva. He then was sent to Kinshasa, as Deputy Head of mission and came back to Bern 3 years later, to held the desk of the political bilateral relations with the subsaharian African continent. In 1985, he was transferred to Ottawa, as Deputy Head of mission, then to Paris, responsible for political and press affairs. In 1994, he took over the post of DHM, Head of the Host country division, at the Swiss mission in Geneva, with the title Ambassador from 1996. He was named Ambassador to Pakistan in 2000 and in the same function in Afghanistan in 2002. From 2005 to 2008, he was Ambassador in Morocco.

From 2009 up to his retirement, he was Director of the Geneva Welcome Center, in charge of facilitating the integration of the diplomatic newcomers (more than 1’500 every year) in Geneva.

Since October 2016, Jerome is the primary ICVA focal point on topics and issues related to forced displacement. He also leads on ICVA’s work promoting civil society engagement in the development of a “Refugee Compact”.

Jerome’s expertise on humanitarian affairs and forced displacement developed through 10 years of academic research and 3 years of experience with the United Nations at headquarters and field level. Before joining the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), he acted as Protection and Reporting Officer at UNHCR in Geneva and as Executive Assistant to the UNHCR Representative in Yemen. He was also involved in the coordination of Swiss NGOs’ engagement with the GFMD in 2011-2012 and the 2013 High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development. Jerome holds a PhD in International Relations and History. He has published in various outlets, including the Refugee Survey Quarterly, Global Governance, and the Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies.

Marco Fugazza is an Economist at the United Nation Conference for Trade and Development. Before his current position, he was an Economist at the French Ministry of Labour. He also worked as a Consultant for the World Bank and the ILO. His research focuses on issues related to international trade and development.

His work has dealt with the determinants of export performance, south-south trade, non-tariff barriers, the political economy of trade agreements and the informal sector in labour markets. He has authored several publications in the field of international trade and economic development. He holds a PhD in Economics from the European University Institute and a Master in International Economics from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

Mr. El Haddad has more than fifteen years of experience in international affairs acquired in both the public and private sectors. He is currently the Head of the Multilateral Diplomacy Programme of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

As such, he provides leadership to UNITAR in the development of training programs in the area of current political issues, diplomacy and negotiations at the international, regional and national level. He is the key interlocutor between UNITAR and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the 193 Member States of the United Nations and the Executive Directors of world renowned international organizations, universities and academic institutions.

Mr. El Haddad has developed face to face and on-line curricula that educate the participants to understand the dynamics of international politics, the impact of cross-cultural negotiations on solving global issues. Tailored made to the needs of the participants, these curricula develop their ability to manage real-world organizations. Most recently, he has developed and led training programs in the realms of climate change, sustainable development, United Nations reform, human rights and peace and security.

Mr. El Haddad has dual citizenships, Switzerland and Lebanon. He is fluent in Arabic, English and French and holds a “Diplôme D’études Approfondies” (DEA) and a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Economic and European Law from the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne.


Cynthia Gervais is an Expert of 20 years of experience in international cooperation with a specialization in the UN Charter and treaty-based human rights mechanisms. She is among the leading practitioners with in depth knowledge of the work and functioning of the Human Rights Council and of its Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

Ms Gervais regularly collaborates with the UN and other international organizations including: The OHCHR, UNITAR, the Francophonie (OIF), the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI). She also contributes to the work of academic institutions and think tank such as the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and the Universal Rights Group.

She designs and facilitates policy, knowledge sharing and capacity development initiatives and provides technical assistance and advisory to governments, including at the highest levels. She also has extensive experience in working with NHRIs and civil society and in facilitating national dialogues on the follow up to international human rights obligations.

Her most recent assignments include as Expert Consultant with the OHCHR where for over a year, from 2015 to 2016, she provided advisory, designed and supported the implementation of the face to face and online training and capacity development programmes at the core of the Council mandated Voluntary Trust Fund to Support the Participation of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Work of the Human Rights Council. She also acted as Expert Resource Person for the UN human rights system component of UNITAR’s 2015-2016 Executive Diploma in Diplomatic Practice. From 2013 to 2015, she was posted as Human Rights Adviser in the Permanent Delegation of the Commonwealth to the UN in Geneva, Commonwealth Small States Office.

Cynthia Gervais has a Bachelor of Laws, LL.B. (1996) and a Bachelor of Political Science, B.A. (1992) from Université Laval (Quebec), Canada.

Ms Elisabeth Tuerk is Chief of the Section on International Investment Agreements (IIAs) in UNCTAD’s Division on Investment and Enterprise (DIAE). She leads the Section’s work across the three pillars of UNCTAD activities: research and analysis, capacity-building and consensus-building.

The IIA Section seeks to help countries to participate as effectively as possible in international investment rulemaking, with a view to strengthening the sustainable development dimension of II As. In 2015, the Section was instrumental in developing UNCTAD’s “Roadmap for IIA Reform”, which identifies reform objectives, areas and solutions, outlines a common roadmap for the reform process, and invites countries to use an action menu to define their own, individual roadmaps for IIA reform. The Section also developed “UNCTAD’s Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development”, now available in its 2015 update, which helps policymakers design “new generation” investment policies that place inclusive growth and sustainable development at the heart of efforts to attract and benefit from investment.

Ms Tuerk conceptualizes the IIA Section’s analytical and research work (including the Series on Issues in IIAs (Sequels) and the Series on International Investment Policies for Development, the databases on IIAs (“IIA Navigator” and investor-State dispute settlement cases) and coordinates the Section’s contribution to other UNCTAD products, such as the joint UNCTAD/OECD monitoring of G20 countries’ investment policy changes and the annual World Investment Report (WIR). Ms Tuerk also leads the Section’s technical assistance and capacity-building work and the organization of IIA-related aspects of UNCTAD’s intergovernmental events, in particular the biennial World

Investment Forum (WIF).

In her previous UNCTAD assignment, Ms Tuerk worked as an Economic Affairs Officer at UNCTAD’s Trade Negotiations and Commercial Diplomacy Branch (TNCDB) in UNCTAD’s Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities. In this function, she was engaged in policy analysis of and technical assistance for multilateral and regional trade negotiations, with a focus on trade in services.

Prior to joining UNCTAD, Ms Tuerk worked a staff attorney for the Trade and Investment Program of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL, Geneva). She holds a Magistra Degree in Law and a Magistra Degree in International Management from the Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria as well as a Masters Degree (MILE, Masters of International Law and Economics) from the World Trade Institute (WTI) in Bern, Switzerland.

Ms Tuerk is author or co-author of numerous articles on trade in services, investment and development. She has participated as a speaker in numerous academic and policy events on issues related to the interface between trade, investment and sustainable development. She also has extensive experience with training programs for policy makers and other stakeholders. Ms Tuerk is a national of Austria.

Walter B. Gyger est né le 3 novembre 1946, marié et père de trois enfants. Il est gradué de l’Université de St. Galle et a écrit une thèse de doctorat sur l’intégration européenne. L’Université de l’Académie de l’éducation de La Fédération de Russie lui a octroyé le titre de Docteur honoris causa.

1974, Walter B. Gyger est entré au service diplomatique de la Suisse. Après sa formation à la Centrale et un stage à l’Ambassade de Suisse à Téhéran, il fut nommé, en 1977, Chef adjoint de la Délégation suisse près l’Association européenne de libre échange. En 1980, il fut nommé à la Délégation suisse près l’OCDE à Paris et en 1985 Chef de la division des affaires économique et commerciale de l’Ambassade de Suisse en République fédérale de l’Allemagne.

En 1987, le Conseil fédérale suisse nomma Walter B. Gyger Chef de division au Département fédéral des Affaires étrangère avec le titre de Ministre. En 1991 il fut nommé Ambassadeur de Suisse au Sénégal, Gambie, Mali, Guinée Bissau et Cap Vert avec résidence à Dakar. De 1995 à 1999, il fut Chef de la Mission Suisse auprès de l’Office des Nations Unies et des autres Organisations internationales à Genève.

En 1999, le Conseil fédérale suisse nomma Walter B. Gyger Ambassadeur de Suisse en Inde, Bangladesh, Népal et Bhutan avec résidence à Delhi et en 2004, Ambassadeur de Suisse en Turquie et temporairement à la République d’Azerbaïdjan. De 2009 jusqu’à sa retraite fin 2011, il fut Ambassadeur de Suisse dans la Fédération de Russie.

Depuis sa retraite, Walter B. Gyger est membres dans les Conseil de plusieurs fondations non lucratives, active dans le domaine humanitaire. Comme Conseiller politique du Département fédéral des Affaires étrangères il est chargé ponctuellement avec des missions spécifiques à l’étranger.

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Mehran Gul is a Project Lead with the Digital Transformation Initiative at the World Economic Forum in Geneva. He previously served as a National Expert at the United National Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). He received his graduate degree in International Relations from Yale where he was a Fulbright scholar. He has been a Fox Fellow at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum, and a regional fellow with the Acumen Fund.

Frédéric Jouhaud is a Lieutenant colonel of the Army, operational expert in planning and conduct of operations, consultant in defense and security in business and co-founder of MARS analogies.

Mr Kaweh has pursued his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics on the rise of cosmopolitanism and the political and sociological effects of globalization on the nation-state, after obtaining his Master of Arts (MA) in International Relations and Conflict Resolution from the University of Kent, as well as the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees in Political Science and Economics from the University of Toronto. In addition he recently obtained also an executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the HEC University of Lausanne in 2014.

Mr Kaweh is a certified United Nations (UN) Trainer and Coach, and he is furthermore a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Coach, as well as with the Leadership Style Analysis (LSA). He has been trained as a Mediator in both Paris and London. He is also an active member at the IAF (International Association for Facilitators).

Mr Kaweh has published in academic journals on the topic of globalization and cosmopolitanism (between 1999-2004), gave numerous academic papers and workshops at the International Studies Association and contributed a substantial chapter in an academic book on Cosmopolitanism.

Mr Kaweh has worked with more than 40 companies and organisations and delivered services in more than 35 countries, facilitating numerous retreats, workshops and team-building events with both with the private and public sector, including more than twenty (20) UN and international agencies (e.g. OHCHR, UNITAR, WHO, WTO, UNODC, UNDP, etc) and a wide number of Swiss and Multi-National Corporations (e.g. Patek Philippe, Nestlé, Swissmetal, Firmenich, etc).

Before creating the foundations of Nexus Consulting five years ago and as an independent consultant, Mr Kaweh had worked for more than three years with Dynargie Switzerland SA, an international Training and Consulting Firm. Previously, he was also Senior Consultant with Andersen Business Consulting, providing services in process optimization, change management and people management. As a Programme Officer at the UN in Geneva, he facilitated large-scale workshops between NGOs and governmental authorities at UN Summits and preparatory conferences. He was also a University Lecturer for several years at four different universities in London, Paris and Geneva in the field of International Relations and Management.

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Dr. Alain Pekar Lempereur is the Alan B. Slifka Chair Professor at Brandeis University and the director of the Graduate Programs in Coexistence and Conflict at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. He is an associated faculty and a member of the Executive Committee of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.

He has been a consultant for UNITAR since 1997, and was a UNITAR Senior Special Fellow. He also conducted missions for OECD, UNDP, WHO, and the European Commission, including an extensive involvement in leadership and reconciliation programs in Burundi and in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and in the International Dialogue for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding. He was the founder of the Negotiators of the World programs and of Irene at Essec; where he was the mediation and negotiation chair professor. He was also a visiting professor at Harvard, Mannheim, and CIIM, and the creator and coordinator of negotiation teaching at Ena, the French administration school.

He coauthored The First Move. A Negotiator’s Companion (2010) and Méthode de médiation (2008), which were published in many languages. He also edited La Négociation (2004); Négociations européennes (2008), and Le Leadership responsable (2009). His current research is devoted to responsible negotiation and leadership.

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Mr. Jérôme L’host is a dedicated Senior Consultant based in Geneva and Moscow, working internationally with both the Private and the Public Sectors.

Mr. L’host attended the University of Savoie where he studied Public Administration & Economics (AES). He later specialized in Marketing at the Plus-Values Institute in Paris. Mr. L’host is a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Coach, a UN-certified Coach and Trainer, as well as a Synaps-certified, and LSA (Leadership Style Analysis) Coach.

Over the last sixteen years, he has performed numerous presentations and motivational speeches for HEC Geneva, EPFL Chair of Entrepreneurship, Nestlé, Association pour le Progrès du Management and the Swiss-French Chamber of Commerce. Prior to establishing himself as an Independent Consultant in 2009, Mr. L’host was a European Board Member and the Country Manager of both Switzerland and Russia for Dynargie Switzerland SA (International Training & Consulting group), with whom he worked for thirteen years.

Mr. L’host has managed more than 40 large-scale international projects in more than 30 different countries.

He is the Founder and General Manager of The November Company, a Training & Consulting Group.

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S. E. M. Alain Le Roy, de nationalité française, a été Secrétaire général adjoint aux opérations de maintien de la paix de l’ONU du 30 juin 2008 au 12 août 2011. M. Le Roy a auparavant occupé le poste de Conseiller référendaire à la Cour des comptes et assumé, de septembre 2007 à juin 2008, les fonctions d’Ambassadeur chargé du projet de l’Union pour la Méditerranée (UPM) auprès de l’Élysée. S. E. M. Alain Le Roy a également été Coordonnateur national du Pacte de stabilité pour l’Europe du Sud-est, au sein du ministère français des Affaires étrangères. Il a aussi œuvré en tant que Représentant spécial de l’Union européenne en ex-République yougoslave de Macédoine. De juillet 1999 à juillet 2000, M. Le Roy a été Administrateur régional de la région ouest au Kosovo pour l’ONU et en 1995, il a été Coordonnateur spécial adjoint de l’ONU à Sarajevo.

Mr. Bertrand Louis is a former Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva, while acting as head of the Host Country Division at the Swiss mission.

He started his career in the diplomatic service in 1979 and has held various postings, including Deputy Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations Environment Program in Nairobi NEP and Deputy Chief of Protocol of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in Berne.

He was Ambassador to Cuba, Jamaica and Haïti and until recently to Morocco.

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Mr. Hamid Mamdouh is the Director of the Trade in Services division of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which is part of the Organization responsible for servicing the WTO Council for Trade in Services which oversees the implementation of the General Agreement of Trade in Services (GATS). Prior to this position he served as a senior counsellor in the Services Division, and Secretary of the WTO Council for Trade in Services during which his responsibilities included legal matters relating to the drafting of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). Other prior posts include Assistant to Deputy Director-General of the GATT and legal advisor on GATT dispute settlement, as well as a member of Diplomatic Service of Egypt. Mr. Mamdouh also lectures in law post-graduate programmes in the University of Zurich, Switzerland, as well as the Law School at the University of Amsterdam.
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Erwan Marteil, born 1970, French citizen. Graduated from the Institute d’études politiques de Paris, University Paris-I Pantheon Sorbonne (DESS Cooperation and Development) and University Paris-II Pantheon Assas (DEA Droit public économique). Permanent official (administrator) of the European Commission since 1996, served in Brussels (DG Environment, DG Competition), in 2007 in EU Delegation to Afghanistan (justice, home affairs, governance),  in 2009 in EU Delegation to Turkey (justice, home affairs, migration, civils society). Since 2014, works at the EU mission to UN in Geneva as asylum/migration counsellor.

Mr. Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu holds an MBA in Finance and Investments as well as a Master’s in European Studies and International Affairs. He has over 15 years of experience in finance, economic development, environmental work and diplomacy.

He sits on the Board of the Green Climate Fund, on the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism, as well as on the Governing Board of the African Risk Capacity Agency. As a delegate of the Democratic Republic of Congo, he has attended all UN Climate Conferences since 2007. He was elected Chair of the African Group of Negotiators in the UNFCCC process at COP15, in Copenhagen, in December 2009 and remained in that capacity until COP17 in South Africa, in December 2011. Previously, Tosi worked as an advisor to the Congolese Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for 4 years (2003-2007) and as a consultant at the World Bank in Washington DC from 2000 to 2003.

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A graduate of McGill University (Montreal) in Management and of Carleton University (Ottawa) in International Affairs, Nicolas Newhouse began his career in the private sector, as a Business Systems Analyst in financial software development between Melbourne and Toronto. He then joined the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs (now Global Affairs Canada), completing assignments in London and Pretoria and conducting evaluation missions throughout Southeast Asia. He was posted to Beirut as Canadian Consul in Lebanon from 2008 to 2011, managing service delivery to a large community of Canadian citizens in a volatile political environment.

He has been working for the United Nations since 2012, principally in the Middle East and Sub-saharan Africa, with a focus on economic and social development as well as peace and security issues. Currently in the Office of the Executive-Secretary (Under-Secretary-General) of the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) in Beirut, Mr. Newhouse provides strategic communications and policy advice to senior management. In this capacity, he manages the planning and organization of Model UN Conferences, and leads outreach efforts to under-represented member States in the region, familiarizing citizens of these countries with the UN and promoting international civil service careers. A national of the United Kingdom and Canada, Mr. Newhouse was raised in Valencia, Spain, and speaks Spanish, French, English, Arabic and German. He can be reached by e-mail at

Michele Pekar is Executive Director of Co-Dev, Inc. France and USA, a consulting firm specializing in negotiation, mediation, facilitation and leadership. She is a senior negotiation trainer who has taught for the last 15 years courses and seminars in negotiation, leadership, team building in undergraduate, graduate and executive programs (ENA Strasbourg, ENPC Paris Tech, ESSEC-Paris, Kedge Business School, Mannheim University, Oxford University, University of Corsica), in corporate executive education and in international organizations such as UNITAR. She was trained in negotiation at Harvard and is the editor of the bestseller: The First Move: A Negotiator’s Companion. Lempereur, A. and A. Colson. Chichester: Wiley, 2010.

Michele started her career in politics as a legislative aide for the President of the Wisconsin State Senate from 1988-1990. During that time, she worked on various legislative bills and served as a liaison between the senator, public, and the press.

Michele has worked in annual and major gifts fundraising at Harvard University from 1990-1995. Notably, she has worked for the deputy director of major gifts and was responsible for coordinating fundraising activities for high-level donors. She participated in The University Campaign to raise $2.1 billion.

From 1996-2011, she was the director of international development at ESSEC Business School – Paris & Singapore. As a senior executive of the school, she developed international public relations and marketing strategies and managed a team engaged in diverse international activities. For over ten years Michele developed, negotiated, and managed the international program portfolio and built double-degree programs through sponsorship with companies.

Michele has a Bachelor in Arts in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Master in Theological Studies from Harvard University where she studied world religions and ethnic conflict. She is currently part of the leadership and negotiation round table at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard.

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Raphaël Pouyé is an independent researcher and a member of the French network of research on Peace Operations (University of Montreal, Canada). He has been engaged in post-conflict reconstruction missions and participated with the United Nations and the European Union, in operations in East Timor, ex-Yougoslavia, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo for more than ten years. He has also taught at Sciences Po in Paris and has been consultant of the French Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence. From December 2007 to May 2009, he has been the political adviser to the EUFOR Chad-CAR operation.

Masoumeh Sahami holds a Master in Business Administration and has 30 years of service with the United Nations. She has extensive and varied work experience at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) along the three pillars of research, consensus-building and technical cooperation.

She has participated in extensive technical assistance activities in a range of developing countries, covering areas from trade and transport facilitation to mainstreaming gender in development strategies, microfinance and linkages between trade and poverty. She has worked closely with Bretton Woods institutions on development cooperation and participated in several joint missions with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. She has also worked with the United Nations Development Programme, International Trade Centre, World Trade Organization and Bretton Woods institutions as a board member of the Enhanced Integrated Framework.

In her last position, she worked closely with the President of the Trade and Development Board and UNCTAD member States on the organization and servicing of UNCTAD intergovernmental meetings and meetings of the regional groups including the Group of 77 and China. Furthermore, she was the secretary of UNCTAD XIII.

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Swiss citizen (Geneva), brought up in Iran, Brazil and Germany. Senior lecturer on International Negotiation and Policy-Making at The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.Member of the Swiss expert pool for Peace Building at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He worked, inter alia, for the UN-High Commissioner for Human Rights (Human Rights Monitor, Rwanda), for the Prosecutor of the UN International Criminal Tribunal (head of external relations, Kigali, Arusha, The Hague), for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa (mediator / investigator under the aegis of Archbishop Desmond Tutu), for the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina (head of Human Rights / Education department), for the inter-Congolese dialogue and peace talks (senior advisor to the African Union Mediator, then to the UN-Representative of the Secretary General, and later for the Delegation of the European Union in the Democratic Republic of Congo). During the inter-Congolese peace talks, he chaired as a mediator the Peace and Reconciliation Commission.

He was involved in democratisation/electoral processes in South Africa, Serbia, Guinea Bissau, Tunisia, Madagascar, Algeria, Nigeria, and Burundi.

He also worked for the Department of Education of the Canton of Geneva where, among others, he was in charge of the unit Genève internationale.
Academic background: comparative literature, international law.

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His Excellency Lars Tillfors has a dual nationality: Swedish and Swiss; and is a diplomat with a long experience of International Relations and Development Cooperation, United Nations diplomacy, external relations, interagency affairs and the running of governing bodies. His leadership style is totally results oriented, based on motivation, inspiration, cultural sensitivity, empathy and vision.

He started his career in Swedish International Development Authority in 1971 and is a Swedish diplomat since 1973, specializing in International Development Cooperation, United Nations and multilateral development issues. Then, he became an International Civil Servant in the World Health Organization between 1992 and 2008.

He has a solid experience of the International Affairs and Development Cooperation, United Nation’s system of organizations and its coordination activities both as a delegate and as a staff member, as well as a long experience of bilateral and intergovernmental development negotiations and governance of international organizations.

He also has field experience and professional experience from postings in many regions of the world, including Southern Africa, Japan, Europe and USA. Lars is proficient in running of international/ intergovernmental meetings and experienced in interagency affairs as well as managing contacts with Missions and Member States delegates before, during and after meetings. He also has a long experience in donor contacts and resource mobilization.

A career diplomat, Ambassador Terribile has served in the People’s Republic of China, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.  Ambassador Terribile also served as Director of Protocol and Consular Services for a number of years and held several different posts at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.  He is also a lecturer at the DiploFoundation and a visiting lecturer at the Mediterranean Academy for Mediterranean Studies, University of Malta. Mr Terribile is married to Mary nee Mercieca and has three children.
Ambassador Valentin Zellweger is head of the Directorate of Public International Law and  Legal  Advisor  of  the  Swiss  Foreign Ministry.  He started  his  professional  career  as  a  research assistant in international law at the University of Basel where he also submitted his doctoral thesis. He joined the Swiss Foreign Ministry in 1991. Mr. Zellweger has served  as a diplomat in Kenya and as a legal adviser to the Swiss Mission to the United Nations in  New  York.  He  was  representative  of  Switzerland  in  different  treaty  negotiations  and  a  member  of  the  Swiss  delegation  to  the  Rome  Conference  on  the  establishment  of  the International Criminal Court (ICC). Between 2003 and 2007, he served as Chef de Cabinet  of  the  first  President  of  the  ICC  in  The  Hague  during  the  setting  up  phase  of  the  newly  established Court.