Advocacy in International Affairs

Influence the influencers


Develop the analytical, strategic and communication skills you need to drive public opinion and to influence and persuade decision makers on current global issues.


Who is this programme for?

Mid to senior level practitioners from private, public and NGO sectors working or aspiring to work in the fields of:

  • Advocacy and public affairs
  • Communication
  • Fundraising and campaigning
  • Project management



  • Module 1: April 19-27, 2018
  • Module 2: June 7-15, 2018
  • Module 3: (Master Only) Aug 13 - Oct 5, 2018 (part-time online)
  • Module 4: (Master Only) Oct 9-19, 2018


Application process

  • Applications should be submitted online.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the course is filled.
  • Apply now


Programme Highlights


Strategic communication | Narrative development | Thought leadership | Integrated engagement | Advocacy


Strategy | Global issues | Multilateral system | Hybrid actors | International framework


The programme is designed in a flexible format providing you with the potential option to upgrade from an Executive Certificate to an Executive Master

Download the brochure for more information.



Executive Certificate degree

By learning how to strategically plan and execute an international advocacy campaign from A to Z, you leave the programme with the confidence, capacity and connections to influence the international agenda.

  • Earn a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) worth 15 ECTS.
  • Peer-to-peer learning experiences in a small class setting and an inspirational learning environment
  • Access to influential thinkers with diverse experience and expertise
  • Career counselling and benefits of the alumni network

Executive Master degree

Enhance even further your ability to design high impact advocacy strategies for your institution and clients, by connecting the knowledge and skills acquired during the Executive Certificate with a broader practical understanding of global governance and policy-making.

  • Earn a Diploma of Advanced Study (DAS) worth 30 ECTS
  • An expanded peer group with diverse professional backgrounds
  • Develop deeper expertise in global policy-making
  • Added credential of an Executive Master degree


Our Community



Join an impressive and diverse alumni network of:

  • 17'000 Graduate Institute alumni
  • 110 nationalities for ExEd alumni alone
  • 100 alumni of the Advocacy in International Affairs Programme

Alumni of the Advocacy in International Affairs Programme come from all regions, sectors and backgrounds. Entering its seventh year, join a growing community of advocacy experts and practitioners, including:

  • Head of Brand and Reputation management, F. Hoffmann La Roche
  • Global Advocacy Lead, Nestlé SA
  • Senior External Relations Officer, UNHCR
  • Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste to the UN
  • Attorney, BDO Bahamas
  • Journalist, Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS)

Here's what a few have to say about the programme:




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Faculty and Staff

Advocacy in International Affairs is jointly taught by expert practitioners who regularly advise global companies and international organisations and academic thought-leaders exploring pressing global issues. It provides a unique and holistic perspective on advocacy in the multilateral world, led by course leaders who are at your disposal for advice and support.


Davide Rodogno


Full CV accessible here

Associate professor (2011-2014) and full professor since 2014 at the Graduate Institute, Dr Rodogno serves as Head of the International History Department (2014-2017). His doctoral thesis was published in English as Fascism’s European Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2006).


Lukasz Bochenek


Lukasz is Managing Director of Leidar Switzerland. He develops effective engagement strategies, processes and measurement frameworks for multi-national companies, NGOs and SMEs. In addition, he leads Leidar’s Netnograph project – a joint venture with Tree Intelligence which uncovers networks of influence between stakeholders and influencers.


Guillemette Carlucci


Ms. Carlucci has been managing executive education programmes for clients from corporations, governments and international institutions for the past 9 years.


Lifelong learning

We regularly convene events to update our community on the latest findings from research and practice and to provide networking opportunities. Recent events include:

Fake News: the role of confirmation bias in a post-truth world | Wednesday 14 June 2017, 18:30 - 20:00


Accreditation, diploma recognition


The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is an institution of higher education, accredited by the Swiss government. Consequently, our degrees are recognised both at the national level and internationally. Further information about the Graduate Institute's accreditation is available here.

Furthermore, the Executive Education department is quality certified by the Swiss certification label, EduQua. Further information here.