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 Executive Winter School 2018 will take place from Monday 12 to Friday 16 February 2018. The programme will focus on ‘The Core Skills for the Leaders of Tomorrow’. To have an impression of the type of courses offered during the Winter Course, please see our 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 2018 ‘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.

Programme content Monday 12 – Friday 16 February 2018:

  • Leadership & Diplomacy, Dr. Colum de Sales Murphy (GSD founder and president)
  • Core Leadership Skills, by Prof. Dana Walden
  • What is a leader? Case study: Gorbachev as a leader, by Prof. Alexander Likhotal
  • Change Management: Process, by Prof. Andreas Wettstein
  • Change Management: Strategy, by Prof. Andreas Wettstein
  • Humanitarian Advocacy in Conflict Resolution: Framework & Tools, by Prof. Stefan Ziegler
  • Humanitarian Advocacy in Conflict Resolution: Strategies & Implementation, by Prof. Stefan Ziegler
  • Personal Branding Strategy, by Prof. Dana Walden
  • Managing Cultural Differences in Diplomatic Practice: Challenges, by. Prof. Diego Gilardoni
  • Managing Cultural Differences in Diplomatic Practice: Strategies, by. Prof. Diego Gilardoni
  • Role of Etiquette and Protocol in Diplomatic Leadership, by Amb. Bertrand Louis
  • Protocol at United Nations and Protocol at UNOG, by Amb. Bertrand Louis
  • Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges, by Amb. Bertrand Louis

Download the full programme schedule. 


  • Monday 12 – Friday 16 February 2018 (1 week, full time). Classes take place from 09.15 am to 17.15 pm.


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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