Executive Winter School

The Geneva School of Diplomacy Executive Winter School is designed for busy and motivated professionals from the public and private sectors. The programme of our Winter Course focuses on ‘The Core Skills for the Leaders of Tomorrow’. Every edition we try to establish an interactive and attractive programme around relevant issues. The Executive Winter School 2018 will take place from Monday 12 to Friday 16 February 2018. To have an impression of the type of courses offered during the Winter Course, please see our 2017 programme below.

The Winter School at the Geneva School of Diplomacy (GSD) offers a unique exposure to the world of International Relations and the driving actors within. Participants will enjoy the flexibility of a programme that combines specialised lectures and practical skills courses. We provide professionals with the opportunity to meet other (prominent) actors in the field and gain insight into the real work taking place in international organisations based in Geneva.

After successful completion of the Winter School you will receive a certificate of completion and earn European Credit Transfer System (ECTS): 4 credits.

For any additional information you may need, please contact us via: winterschool@genevadiplomacy.ch.

Program February 2017 ‘Core Skills for the Leaders of Tomorrow’

This Diplomatic Training Programme is an intensive 1 week training focused on the development of diplomatic and leadership skills. The programme for 2018 will be uploaded once more details are available.

Programme content February 2017:

  • What is a leader? Case study: Gorbachev as a leader, by Prof. Alexander Likhotal
  • Policy scenarios, by Amb. Dr. Sameh Aboul Enein
  • Crisis Management, by Dr. Nicolas Mueller
  • Change Management, by Prof. Andreas Wettstein
  • Advanced Seminar on Time Management, by Amb. Dr. Benoit Girardin
  • Role of Etiquette and Protocol in Diplomatic Leadership, by Amb. Bertrand Louis
  • Protocol at United Nations, by Amb. Bertrand Louis
  • Essential soft skills for leading projects & teams, by Prof. Dana Walden
  • Workshop: Essential Skills for Future Diplomats: Rhetoric and Eloquence – the Art of Public Speaking and Persuasion, by Prof. Antony Hequet
  • Human advocacy in Conflict Resolution, by Prof. Stefan Ziegler
  • Protocol at UNOG, by Amb. Bertrand Louis
  • Swiss and Geneva Protocol, by Amb. Bertrand Louis
  • Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges, by Amb. Bertrand Louis
  • Etiquette and official correspondence, by Amb. Bertrand Louis
  • Negotiations Techniques: Simulation, by Amb. Dr. Sameh Aboul Enein


  • Monday 12 – Friday 16 February 2018 (1 week, full time)


The price for the full time executive winter course is: CHF 1’500*
(* registration fee of CHF 100,- not included)


You can already register for the Executive Winter School 2018 by completing the online application form.
For more information, please send us an email to: winterschool@genevadiplomacy.ch.


Payments can be made by using the following bank details:
Account’s holder:  Geneva School of Diplomacy & International Relations
Address:  Château de Penthes, Chemin de l’Impératrice 18,
1292 Pregny /Switzerland
Name of the bank: UBS SA
Address of the bank: 1260 NYON / SWITZERLAND
Account #:   22855816401Q
IBAN: CH460022822855816401Q
Reference: Candidate’s name + course reference “Winter School 2018”

Payments through Paypal are accepted but are subject to commission depending on the countries.
Any financial matters should be addressed to: accounts@genevadiplomacy.ch.

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