Testimonials

 

Pic Cecile cropped long.jpg   Cécile Duprez-Naudy, Switzerland

Title: Global Advocacy Lead, Néstle SA
Nationality: France

"The course is unique in how it provides a framework, from issue management to crisis management to engaging with stakeholders that mixes academic teaching, case studies and tips in a concrete way"

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Cécile Duprez-Naudy is currently working as Global Advocacy Lead for Néstle SA in Vevey. Having held a number of public affairs roles at Néstle SA, she now provides guidance and leadership on the scaling up of the global Advocacy strategy. Cécile has a Master in European Studies from the Catholic Institute of Paris. Before joining Néstle ten years ago, she worked as Senior Account Manager for European Public Policy Advisors in Belgium.
     
Luca Gobbo   Luca Gobbo
Conference of Cantonal Governments, Switzerland


Title: Policy Officer
Nationality: Switzerland

"I joined the Advocacy programme because the content and the teaching methods are varied and of very high quality. Paired with the Graduate Institute's international reputation and the ideal setting in International Geneva this program offers great practical and theoretical knowledge on the world of advocacy."

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Luca Gobbo grew up as a son of a Swiss diplomat and has lived, studied and worked in several countries across the world. Holding a B.A in International Relations from the University of Geneva and a M.A in European Studies from LUISS School of Government in Rome he currently works as policy officer in the foreign policy division the Conference of cantonal governments (CCG) in Berne, Switzerland where he is responsible for different dossiers, such as human rights and or specific EU-Swiss bilateral agreements. Previously he worked as diplomatic intern at the Swiss embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay, and the Delegation of the European Union to Switzerland and Liechtenstein in Berne. Next to his professional obligations he currently works as Programme Manager for the Swiss foreign policy think-tank foraus. From 2013-2015 he served as board member and later as President of Switzerland’s pro-European youth organization, young european swiss. He is a member of the WEF Global Shapers Community Berne Hub and fluently speaks five languages.
     
Evmorfia_Tsantekidou.jpg   Morfoula Tsantekidou
Hellenic Petroleum, Greece

Title:  Group Strategic Planning & Business Development, Group International Government Affairs
Nationality:  Greece

"I joined the Advocacy Programme to enhance the competences needed to make an impact in international advocacy while being exposed to a state-of-the-art academic environment. Ultimately, it turned out to be much more than the above. It is a transformation; short in duration but strong in its footprint. It is a change of mindset. A holistic approach embracing practical tools, case studies and distilled professional experience enabling immediate implementation but mostly establishing thereby a new vision of what advocacy is”

 

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Morfoula Tsantekidou has been working for the last four years in Hellenic Petroleum International Government Affairs, a Division of Group Strategic Planning & Business Development. She is the Vice-Chair of Energy & Climate Issue Group in FuelsEurope.

Her duties and interests are focusing on advocacy at the national and EU levels, and include development and management of well-established relationships with government bodies, proactive engagement with stakeholders, quantification of relevant risk assessment and evaluation of regulatory issues to prioritize outreach efforts aligned with strategic priorities.

She has a significant industrial experience in production planning and distribution (head of the Department) in Hellenic Petroleum subsidiary specialized in polypropylene film production.

She is an MBA graduate of SDA Bocconi School of Management. She holds an MSc in Management from University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece as well as an MSc in European Studies from Athens University of Economics & Business.

     
Picture_Cropped_Ba Tafsir.jpg   Tafsir Ba
Communications Consultant, Switzerland


Nationality: Switzerland

"The advocacy programme modules are highly practical - the programme reflects the real advocacy and communication challenges faced at the professional level. I have already used some concepts we discussed in class for a current client's international campaign"

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I am a Swiss born citizen with Senegalese origins. I feel even more of a world citizen as I experienced diversity in cultures and approaches first-hand. I am forever marked with this interesting North-South dichotomy of hot and cold and I inject it in whatever I do. Even when it comes to my interests, I am passionate about music, philosophy, cinema, business and marketing. On the professional level I have been working for multinationals for more than 10 years in marketing, finance and logistics. I am now an independent consultant focused on corporate communications and advocacy in the public and private sector.