Environmental Governance & Policy-Making

Navigate Environmental Governance and Influence the Policy Outcome


Make an impact and contribute to solving some of today's most pressing environmental challenges

Who is this programme for?

Senior executives and mid-career leaders from all sectors and backgrounds who want to

  • Make a positive contribution to some of the world's most pressing environmental challenges and leading-edge international debates
  • Reinvent their professional path and make a tangible impact
  • Easily navigate the complexities of environmental governance and manage multi-stakeholder settings
  • Join the Graduate Institute network of 18'000 alumni, and 110 nationalities from all 5 continents for ExecEd only


Programme highlights

5 leadership skills

Strategic foresight | Systems thinking | Multidimensional negotiation | Advocacy | Influence

5 focus areas

Global environmental governance | Food | Water | Climate change | Energy

2 degrees

Upgrade from the Executive Certificate to an Executive Master

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Our network


Academia | Governments | Business | NGOs | Scientific experts

The 2018 edition of ENV welcomed more than 40 speakers from all over the world!

Guest speakers have included:

  • Peter White, COO, World Business Council For Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • Michel Jarraud, former Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
  • John Ingram, Food Systems Programme Leader, Environmental Change Institute, University Of Oxford
  • Gerald Midgley, Director of the Centre for System Studies, University of Hull, UK
  • Peter Wooders, Group Director Energy, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
  • Bertrand Gacon, Head of Impact, Banque Lombard Odier
  • Martha Rojas-Urrego, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention
  • János Pásztor, Former United Nations Assistant Secretary General on Climate Change, UN
  • Steven Stone, Chief, Economy And Trade Branch, UNEP
  • Pablo Salas, Centre Fellow, Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG)
  • Christophe Lecureuil, Executive Director, European Centre for Public Affairs

Alumni network

17'000+ Graduate Institute alumni | 110 nationalities for ExEd alumni alone

ENV alumni come from all sectors, continents and backgrounds:

  • Deputy Director, Office of the Environment - Canton of Geneva, CH
  • Head of Environmental Policy and Sustainable Productivity, Syngenta, CH
  • Regional Advisor- International Committee of the Red Cross, Sri Lanka
  • Senior Analyst- Secretary to the Treasury (Climate Change division), New Zealand
  • Operations Analyst- World Bank, USA
  • Coordinator of the Water and Habitat Programme- International Committee of the Red Cross, Mali
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist- ILO, CH
  • Project Manager & Strategy Analyst - Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, CH
  • Associate Environmental Affairs Officer, UNECE, CH
  • Technical Officer- WHO, CH
  • Sustainability Risk Specialist- Credit Suisse, CH
  • Director, Global and Regional Policy and Head, Policy & External Relations Cluster, WWF International, CH
  • Senior Policy Officer - ICUN, CH
  • Project Manager- UNDP, Somali
  • Economic Research & Statistic Division - WTO, CH

See what our participants have to say about the programme



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Valérie d'Hoedt Meyer


Director of Academic Development, Executive Education



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.


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Jorge E. Viñuales


Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy, University of Cambridge & Adjunct Professor of International Law, Graduate Institute



Jorge E. Viñuales is the Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge and the Director of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG). Previously, he held the Pictet Chair of International Environmental Law at the Graduate Institute. He is a specialist in public international law, particularly as it concerns the regulation of the environment, foreign investment and energy. He has published widely in his areas of specialisation and in public international law at large, including most recently The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2015), International Environmental Law (Cambridge University Press, 2015, with P.-M. Dupuy), The Foundations of International Investment Law (Oxford University Press, 2014, co-edited with Z. Douglas and J. Pauwelyn) and Foreign Investment and the Environment in International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2012 and 2015). Professor Viñuales has wide experience as a practitioner. He regularly advises companies, governments, international organisations and non-governmental organisations in matters concerning international law.