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Executive Education, Graduate Institute
 

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A hub for innovation: Geneva and Switzerland are home to many organisations active in development issues. They welcome hundreds of non-governmental and international organisations, as well as numerous headquarters of leading multinational companies, creating the perfect microcosm for research and innovation. Executive Education builds upon these assets and equips its participants with the tools and knowledge to develop a mind-set for visionary and adaptive leadership.

A highly diverse community: Diversity is our mantra. With our network of 17'000 alumni coming from all sectors and backgrounds, 110 nationalities for Executive Education alumni alone, and an equally diverse community of speakers, we propose a unique platform for inspiring exchanges and networking opportunities.

A well-established reputation: The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is an institution of research and postgraduate education dedicated to the study of world affairs since 1927. We endeavour to develop creative thinking on the major challenges of our time, foster global responsibility and advance respect for diversity. More info


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Bruno Medroa
Tel.: +41 22 908 62 53
dpp@graduateinstitute.ch
http://dpp.graduateinstitute.ch/

 

 


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Faculty

 

Alexandre D. Freire
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Programme Director
alexandre.freire@graduateinstitute.ch
Areas of expertise
Educational transformations with a special focus on skills development, internationalization of education, social inequalities, education employment relations, educational choices and dropouts in emerging countries such as Vietnam and Indonesia
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Dr  Dormeier Freire is Senior lecturer at the Graduate Institute and Director of the Executive Master in Development Policies and Practices (DPP). Dr Dormeier Freire earned a PhD in Development Studies at the University of Geneva. As a sociologist, he is mainly working on educational transformations with a special focus on skills development, internationalization of education, social inequalities, education employment relations, educational choices and dropouts in emerging countries such as Vietnam and Indonesia.

He is currently working on family role in educational and training choices in Southeast Asia and on dropouts school returnees. His fields of expertise are: Methods in social sciences; Governance, decentralization, state-society relations (Indonesia, Vietnam); Knowledge society, internationalization of higher education, skills development and social inequalities (Vietnam, Indonesia). He teaches mainly on Methods, Research Design, Governance and Internationalization of education. Dr. Dormeier Freire is a member and former scientific collaborator of the Working Group for International Cooperation in Skills Development and NORRAG (Network for Policy Research, Review and Advice on Education and Training). He is a scientific board member of IRED (Institute for Research on Educational Development, Vietnam).

 

Valérie D'Hoedt Meyer
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Director of Academic Development, Executive Education
valerie.dhoedt-meyer@graduateinstitute.ch
Areas of expertise
Methodologies and skills fostering societal innovation, including foresight; processes of global governance, with a specific focus on environmental governance
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Valérie D’Hoedt Meyer is Director of Academic Development for the Executive Education of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.  She is in charge with the development of innovative programmes and pedagogical tools, as well as the building of academic partnerships for Executive Education. She has developed and organised programmes and seminars for a wide array of stakeholders including governments, civil society and the private sector. Valérie is practicing and teaching a number of methodologies and skills fostering societal innovation, including foresight. Her research and teaching concentrate on processes of global governance, with a specific focus on environmental governance. On the latter, Valérie also holds the position of Programme Director of the Executive Certificate in Environmental Governance offered by the Graduate Institute.

Before joining Executive Education, she was Research and Training Officer at the Centre for Applied Studies in International Negotiations (CASIN), Geneva, Switzerland. Valérie started her career as Legal Advisor for the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs before joining the European Space Agency office in the Netherlands in the same capacity.

She holds an LL.M. in European and International Law from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London and a B.A. in law from Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium.

 

Cédric Dupont
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Professor, International Relations / Political Science
Director of Executive Education
cedric.dupont@graduateinstitute.ch
Areas of expertise
International political economy with a focus on trade and monetary integration processes and related governance issues; analysis of strategic interactions between actors; multilateral diplomacy and international negotiation; trade policies and law (WTO)
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Cédric Dupont is Director of Executive Education at the Graduate Institute. He is a Senior Research Fellow of the Berkeley Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Study Center (BASC) at the University of California at Berkeley and an Associate Editor for Europe of the journal Business and Politics. He is a specialist of international political economy with a focus on trade and monetary integration processes and related governance issues, as well as in the analysis of strategic interactions between actors (with use of game theory).

His ongoing research projects focus on the one hand on the institutional design of pan-regional integration groupings (such as APEC and FTAA), and on the other hand on the working of the WTO as a political system, with specific analysis of the questions of legitimacy and efficiency. He also leads a collaborative project with NGOs in Geneva and Oxford University to advance research and policy dialogue on trade, global economic governance and developing countries.

Professor Dupont has significant experience teaching mid-career and senior professionals, both in our degree programmes and customised programmes in Executive Education, with clients ranging from public sector (Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency, national ministries of foreign affairs, etc) to multinationals and private foundations.

 

Daniel Fino
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Consultant and ex director of the DPP programme
danielefino2@gmail.com
Areas of expertise
Strategic management of development projects and programs, governance of public and private Institutions, methods of applied social sciences, functioning of the aid system, reinforcement/refinancing of micro finance institutions
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Master in Socio - Economy of the University of Bern, Master in Public Administration of IDHEAP, University of Lausanne.

Daniele Fino has been a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies since 1980. His areas of expertise are international cooperation and the management of aid. He always had a close interest in the problems of Africa, Latin America, Asia and several Balkan states; he has undertaken medium- and short-term missions on different continents. Since 2003, he has been managing both DFD and IMAS executive education program, which gave place in 2012 to the DPP programme. He was also responsible for managing several important international development cooperation projects and mandates (evaluation, institutional support, training, ...) on behalf of the Swiss Confederation and other institutions. During eight years (2000-2008) he was Deputy Director of Administration & Finance at the Institute. Daniele Fino is a socio-economist by training from the University of Berne; he also has a Master in Public Administration from IDHEAP in Lausanne. Since 2013 he is retired but continues to teach occasionally and executes mandates as an independent consultant. His interests are focused on aid systems, strategic management of development institutions, the role of international cooperation in microfinance, and the emergency aid-development continuum. Daniele Fino has always approached development issues from a theoretical and conceptual perspective, linking them to socio-economic and institutional conditions in countries and among less privileged populations.

Daniele Fino is an elected Member of the Communal Parliament of the City of Onex, participating on local development issues in Swiss context. He speaks fluently French, German, Italian and English.

 

Sophie Huber Kodbaye
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Director of the Centre for Continuing and Distance Education, University of Geneva
sophie.huber@unige.ch
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Sophie Huber Kodbaye is Director of the Centre for Continuing and Distance Education at the University of Geneva and the former Director of the Executive Master in International Negotiation and Policy Making at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, where she was also Deputy Director of the Executive Education Department.

 

Yves Lagier
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Managing Director at InterCultural Consulting, Geneva
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Areas of expertise
Cross-cultural training, leveraging intercultural differences, intercultural management and negotiations, international mobility
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Yves has been involved in training managers and expatriates during the past 25 years. Prior to this, he worked for many years as a United Nations and NGO consultant in Africa, Asia and the Middle-East. He holds a degree in political science form the University of Grenoble and an MA in international relations from the University of Denver (USA).

 

Lucette Quarteron
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Executive coach and trainer on Leadership and Communication
info@tekoa.ch
Areas of expertise
Leadership and communication for government and business organizations, improving skills in leadership, participative management, intercultural communication, conflict resolution, public speaking. Individual and group coaching for executives
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Lucette Quarteron is a specialist in communication and management training, executive coaching, and strategic advice. The subjects of the seminars, among other things, are: Improving your communication skills, managing conflicts, knowing the art of saying no, speaking in public when presenting your project, mastering the art of questioning, sharing a vision and leading into actions, enhancing managerial and leadership skills, and managing your time.

Lucette also is involved in a variety of international projects from public to private organizations, such as: teaching communications to diplomats, to Swiss government representatives, and to federal judges, and creating exchange programs between Chinese tribunals and European tribunals.  She coaches and leads seminars in communications and management to executives and managers of private companies involved in environmental issues, territorial development, Swiss watch making, information technology, architecture, building construction and public transportation.  (Ecotec, Itecor, CITEC, CSD Ingénieurs Conseils SA, Dubois-Depraz, Chemin de Fer Fédéraux-CFF, etc.).

Prior to founding Tekoa, Lucette held top managerial positions in France and the United States in a variety of sectors including the media and telecommunications (France Telecom Group).  She holds degrees from Regent University-Virginia (MA in Communication & Arts), from Institut Supérieur de Gestion-Paris (International MBA including workshops in New York, London, Tokyo and Paris), from Paris-X University (MA in International Economics). She is a certified coach of ICF and followed several training including Vincent Lenhardt’s Transformance Pro Institute and SolutionSurf.

 

Véronique Schoeffel
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Expert in the field of intercultural communication
vero-nobuntu@bluewin.ch
Areas of expertise
Intercultural communication, intercultural competence as a key to sustainable development, intercultural competence and management, inter-religious dialogue
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Diploma of translator at the University in Geneva, Master in intercultural relations at Antioch University (USA), in partnership with Intercultural Communication Institute (Portland, USA), MAS in inter-religious dialogue at Salzburg University (Austria).
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Alain Sigg
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Consultant
alainsigg@gmx.ch
Areas of expertise
Conflict resolution with a special focus on international political mediation, democratisation, with a special focus on electoral processes, education and capacity building, human rights, transitional justice and constitution making in countries of democratic transition
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Senior lecturer at the Graduate Institute, member of the Swiss expert pool for civilian peacebuilding, Department of Foreign Affairs. Academic background: Comparative literature (University of Geneva), Pedagogy (State of Geneva), International Human Rights Law / Criminal Law (International Criminal Tribunal, ICTY/R, The Hague), Dealing with the past (Truth and Reconciliation Commission, South Africa).

 

Claudy Vouhé
Claudy Vouhé   L’Etre Egale, Policy officer
claudy.vouhe@gmail.com
Areas of expertise
Gender and development
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Claudy Vouhé has worked in the field of "Gender and Development" since the late 1980s. She is the co-founder of the French-speaking international network Gender in Action, of which she was the president from 2009 to 2014. She is also actively involved in advocacy at international, national and local level. She describes herself as a 'feminist expert in gender' and collaborates with research centers, universities, international and national agencies and NGOs. She is a trainer and author of many tools and texts on mainstreaming gender equality in development planning.

 

Visiting Lecturers 2017-2018

 

Patrick Belser
Senior Economist, International Labour Organization (ILO)

Rafael Diez de Medina
Director and Chief Statistician, International Labour Organization (ILO)

Françoise Grange Omokaro
Lecturer, Anthropology and Sociology of Development, Graduate Institute

Rosemarie Lausselet
Gender Consultant

Cécile Molinier
Former Director UNDP Office in Geneva

Medet Tiulegenov
Assistant Professor, American University of Central Asia

Patrica Torres
GeTrex, University of Geneva

Filippo Veglio
Managing Director, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

  

Academic and administrative staff

 

Alexandre D. Freire
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Programme Director
alexandre.freire@graduateinstitute.ch
Areas of expertise
Educational transformations with a special focus on skills development, internationalization of education, social inequalities, education employment relations, educational choices and dropouts in emerging countries such as Vietnam and Indonesia
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Dr  Dormeier Freire is Senior lecturer at the Graduate Institute and Director of the Executive Master in Development Policies and Practices (DPP). Dr Dormeier Freire earned a PhD in Development Studies at the University of Geneva. As a sociologist, he is mainly working on educational transformations with a special focus on skills development, internationalization of education, social inequalities, education employment relations, educational choices and dropouts in emerging countries such as Vietnam and Indonesia.

He is currently working on family role in educational and training choices in Southeast Asia and on dropouts school returnees. His fields of expertise are: Methods in social sciences; Governance, decentralization, state-society relations (Indonesia, Vietnam); Knowledge society, internationalization of higher education, skills development and social inequalities (Vietnam, Indonesia). He teaches mainly on Methods, Research Design, Governance and Internationalization of education. Dr. Dormeier Freire is a member and former scientific collaborator of the Working Group for International Cooperation in Skills Development and NORRAG (Network for Policy Research, Review and Advice on Education and Training). He is a scientific board member of IRED (Institute for Research on Educational Development, Vietnam).

 

Matteo Guidotti
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Regional Academic Coordinator for English-speaking Africa
matteo.guidotti@graduateinstitute.ch
Areas of expertise
Public governance, public administration reforms, institutional building and programme and policy evaluation
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Matteo Guidotti holds a PhD in Political Sciences from the University of Geneva. He is by training an economist and a political scientist, both degrees gained at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He has a Master in Public Administration and Policy Evaluation (University of Geneva), as well as an Executive Master in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute.

Matteo Guidotti started his professional career as a researcher at the Laboratory of Applied Economics (LEA - University of Geneva) and he then worked as a management consultant with Ernst & Young Consulting in the Public Sector Unit. Since 2005, he has been working as an independent consultant for central and local governments, and for development agencies (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, World Bank, European Commission, etc.), as well as for local and international NGOs in Europe, Southeast and Central Asia, and North Africa. His main areas of competences are public governance, public administration reforms, institutional building and programme and policy evaluation.

 

Phan Nguyen
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Regional Academic Coordinator for Southeast Asia
phan.nguyen@graduateinstitute.ch
Areas of expertise
Water and climate change, environmental governance and climate-resilient development
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Dr Phan Nguyen is a water and climate change specialist with more than 20 years of experience working with intergovernmental organizations, international academic institutes and governmental agencies. Dr Phan is currently working for the Graduate Institute as the DPP Academic Coordinator and Head of Southeast Asia Region. In the last five years, she worked for the Mekong River Commission, heading its Climate Change and Adaptation Initiative (2011-2016) and its Environment Programme (Jan-May 2012, October 2015-December 2016). By training, she has a Doctor of Engineering in Water Resource Development. Phan teaches environmental governance and climate-resilient development. She has led many consultancy projects for the WB, ADB, UNDP, FAO, SNV, GIZ etc. on topics related to environmental safeguards, policy analyses, investment and financing for renewable energy, urban development and climate change, and project evaluation.

 

 

Dominique Rossier
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Regional Academic Coordinator for French-speaking Africa
dominique.rossier@graduateinstitute.ch
Areas of expertise
Governance and international cooperation, with special focus on Africa, and the drafting and implementation of land-use and water management policies
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Law degree from the University of Geneva, Diploma in town and country planning from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich (ETHZ) and Master in Development Studie from the Graduate Institute

Dominique Rossier has been a member of the teaching faculty since 1997. Her fields of expertise deal with governance and international cooperation, with special focus on Africa, and the drafting and implementation of land-use and water management policies. She spent 10 years working in Mali and Cape Verde, in support of the national and communal urban development departments.

She is a member of the technical commission of the Fédération Genevoise de Coopération (FGC) and of the African division of Terre des Hommes Suisse. She has been the DPP Regional Academic Coordinator for French-speaking Africa since 2003, spending each year several weeks in Western Africa for the monitoring of the training.

 

Hanan Salama
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Regional Academic Coordinator for Central Asia & Caucasus
hanan.salama@graduateinstitute.ch
Areas of expertise
Humanitarian affairs, international relations and international public law
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Hanan Salama holds a Master's degree in International Administration from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Before being in charge of the Central Asia & Caucasus region, she covered the region of Southeast Asia. She is a development practitioner, having worked in the specific areas of Disaster Risk Reduction in the education sector and improving education management with UNESCO in Viet Nam. She has an expertise in humanitarian affairs, international relations and international public law, having worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva. She has also worked as a project development and evaluation consultant for the International Rescue Committee in Ivory Coast.

 

Liliana Soler
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liliana.soler@graduateinstitute.ch
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Public planning and management
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Degree in Political Sciences (Geneva and Lausanne Universities, 2000), Master in Development Studies (University of Geneva and Graduate Institute, 1994), Certificate in development and animation of training systems (Geneva University, 2011)

For some 10 years, Liliana Soler was active in public planning and management in Colombia. Among other responsibilities, she managed the planning department in the town of San José de Cucuta; implemented a pilote programme for participatory planning which brought together social organisations and municipal administrations in the department of North of Santander.

For several years, she worked as a scientific collaborator on a mandate from the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, aiming at facilitating the Colombian peace process. She has been the DPP Regional Academic Coordinator for Latin America since 2003.

 

Bruno Medroa
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Programme Officer
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Bruno MEDROA holds a Bachelor's degree in international relations from UNIGE (University of Geneva), and a Master's degree in European Affairs from the UNIGE Global Studies Institute. He spent two years in Brussels with the Swiss Mission to NATO, then at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He then worked in Geneva as project coordinator for the International Organization of Employers and later as a project assistant for sustainable development initiatives at WIPO.

 

 

Stéphanie Roy Michael
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Promotion & Alumni Officer
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Stéphanie Roy Michael holds a diploma in management and administration. Before joining the Graduate Institute in 2007, she has been working for 13 years in the field of humanitarian aid and development, first as a field-based Administrator for the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross), respectively in Burundi, Rwanda, Jordan and Sudan, then as a development projects Finance Officer for a private Geneva-based foundation. During this last assignement, she conducted several field missions in Africa and Eastern Europe.

Prior to enter the ICRC, Stéphanie also had two years of work experience in a multinational company, in charge of the customer service for South America and the Caribbean Islands.

 

Rhiana Fullan
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Programme Assistant
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Rhiana holds a Bachelor in International Relations and Spanish from the University of Exeter and is a Master Candidate in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute. Before joining the Graduate Institute, she worked as a practitioner in the field of development, notably with a public-private partnership on emergency preparedness and disaster risk reduction, and on rural development projects in northern Patagonia, with a focus on sustainable tourism.