Guest speakers


The Geneva School of Diplomacy & International Relations is committed to bridging the gap between theory and practice in the field of International Relations. In addition to GSD’s international relations courses given by our renowned faculty, serving Ambassadors and other members of the diplomatic neighbourhood, representatives from the International Organisations as well as high-level experts on cutting edge issues are regularly invited to share their invaluable knowledge and experience with the students.

The Issues & Challenges Lectures of Spring 2017
If you would like to join the lecture(s), please send us an email to events@genevadiplomacy.com and we will make sure a place is reserved for you. Download the overview here.

  • Wednesday 8 February 2017 (2 – 4 pm): Mr. Michael Moller, Director General of the UNOG on ‘Today’s Global Challenges and the role of the UN
  • Wednesday 22 February 2017 (2 – 4 pm): Mr. Michel Jarraud, Secretary General Emeritus of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) on ‘Implementing the Paris climate agreement: the governance challenge’
  • Tuesday 28 February 2017 (12.30 – 2 pm): Mr. Maurizio Bona, Advisor to the Director-General of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) on ‘Science for Peace in Diplomacy’
  • Wednesday 8 March 2017 (2 – 4 pm): Ms. Maria Luz Vega Ruiz, Coordinator of the Future of Work Initiative, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) about ‘ILO at its centenary: time to discuss the Future of Work’
  • Friday 10 March 2017 (13.30 -3pm): Mr. Nick Sacha, Professor at SUMAS about Sustainable Development Goals
  • Wednesday 22 March 2017 (2 – 4 pm): Mr. Xavier Colin, Editorial Producer & Presenter, Geopolitics Magazine, RTS & TV5Monde about ‘Media and Current Geopolitical Challenges’
  • Tuesday 28 March (12h30 – 14h00 pm): Mr. Jan Hoffmann, Chief, Trade Logistics Branch Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD about ‘Trade Facilitation and Development: Implications of the TFA’
  • Friday 31 March 2017 (1.30 – 3 pm): Mr. Luis Enrique Chavez Basagoitia, Ambassador of Peru about ‘“Indigenous people Rights in Latin America”
  • Wednesday 19 April 2017 (2 – 4 pm): H.E. Mr. Andrés FRANCO, Deputy Director, Private Sector Engagement, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) about: “Are Business Contributions Over-rated for Social Change?”
  • Tuesday 25 April 2017 (12.30-2 pm): Ms. Laura Fähndrich, Head of Programme Development & Director ad interim about ‘NGO Management Association’
  • Tuesday 2 May 2017 (12h30 – 14h00): Mr. Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on  ‘Intellectual Property and the Knowledge Economy”
  • Friday 5 May 2017 (13h30 –  15h00) (NOTE, before scheduled on 5 April, now 5 May): Mr. Florian Vernay, Global Communications Director, Home Care at Unilever about ‘Business and Sustainable Development: Case study of Unilever’
  • Tuesday 16 May 2017 (12.30-2 pm) Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of GAVI The Vaccine Alliance


The Issues & Challenges Lectures schedule of Fall 2016
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An overview of some of our previous guest speakers and their discussion topics:

Archbishop Silvano M. TOMASI, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva The Diplomatic Role of the Holy See in International Arena
Mr. Miguel CAMACHO, Programme Adviser at The International Trade Centre’s (ITC) Women and Trade Programme Women’s Economic Empowerment
Mr. Juan Pablo CARDENAL, Journalist & Writer, Former Correspondent in China and Front line Researcher on China’s Global Reach China goes global: Opportunities and Challenges
Mr. Naoufel DRIDI, Operation Logistics Officer, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) The Political and Logistical Challenges of Humanitarian Operations: the Médecins Sans Frontières experience
Mr. Paulo CAVALERI, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Lawyer An Overview of International Disaster Law: Perspective from the International Federation of the Red Cross
Ms. Gordana JERGER, The World Food Programme (WFP), Geneva Office, Director Ending Hunger in our Lifetime
Amb. Nazhat Mameem KHAN, Ambassador of Fiji to the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva Legal and Policy Planning for the Vulnerable and Climate Change
Mr. Jini Sebakunzi, R20-Regions of Climate Action, East Africa Program Manager Transition from private sector to NGO; discovering challenges of International Development
Mr. Dmitry Godunov, UNCTAD, Division on Technology and Logistics Practical Tips for the Aspiring Diplomats
Mr. Nicholas Krohley, Founder & CEO of Subaltern Research Services Shi’ite militarism in Iraq, and the regional influence of Iran
Judge Mauro Politi, Member of the UN Human Rights Committee; former Judge of the International Criminal Court Recent Activities of the Human Rights Committee
Dr. Burkhard Varnholt, CIO of Bank Julius Bär; Founder of “Kids of Africa” Thoughts about leadership in a changing global economy
Mr. Bohdan Nahajlo, Independent International Political and Humanitarian Affairs Specialist; former Chief of the UN DPA Team in Ukraine; former senior policy adviser for the UNHCR The Ukrainian Crisis: Challenges and Lessons
Mr. Stefan Ziegler, Training Consultant and Humanitarian Practitioner Learning Alliance – A tool for networking
Dr. Olga Khazova, UN CRC expert; Professor at the Institute of State & Law, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia Children Rights and Some of the Emerging Challenges
Dr. Bo Viktor Nylund, Senior Advisor – Corporate Social Responsibility at UNICEF The state responsibility to protect children’s rights, and the corporate responsibility to respect and support children’s rights in the context of business activities
Dr. Joseph Marques, Visiting Research Fellow, Brazil Institute at King’s College in London Update on Latin America: Domestic Pressures, Regional Relations and International Challenges
Mr. Babak Ali Naraghi, Head of the Health Care in Danger Project at the Directorate of Operations, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Health Care in Danger
Judge Mauro Politi, Representative of Italy in the UN Human Rights Committee; Former Judge of the International Criminal Court Human Rights and the International Criminal Court
Christina Kokkinakis, Minister Counsellor, Head of Political Section – Human Rights, EU Permanent Delegation to the UN in Geneva EUs human rights policy after the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon in the context of the Human Rights Council (HRC)
Mr. Dougal Thomson, Director of Communications & Programmes at International Publishers Association Media in the 21st Century
Ms. Lisa Simeone, GMPA Secretary, Lecturer in the College and Residential Fellow, Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture; Doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology University of Chicago Migration from African continent to the USA
Dr. Jean-Michel Pasteels, Independent researcher and consultant Projections of Labour Force at the horizon 2030: Economic Consequences
Mr. Julien Navier, UNHCR, Division of External Relations Diplomacy, foreign affairs and social development through International Organizations and private sector collaborative outreach
Mr. Remo Lalli, UN CEB- Secretary, High Level Commitee on Management, Director Management Reform and Business Practices in the UN System
Dr. Imène Ajala, International Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights, Project Manager Internet and Human Rights
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