International Negotiation and Policy-Making

Negotiate and take decisions in a complex world


Sharpen your leadership, negotiation and decision-making skills

Who is this programme for?

Professionals in or aspiring to leadership positions in all sectors (international organisations, private sector, governments, non-governmental organisations) who wish to:

  • Sharpen their negotiation and communication skills in international contexts.
  • Learn how to take decisions in complex, unstable environments.
  • Acquire a deep knowledge of geopolitical landscape and international affairs.
  • Reinvent their professional path and make a tangible impact for their organisations and their career.
  • Join the Graduate Institute network of 18'000+ alumni (110 nationalities from 5 continents for Executive Education alumni alone)

Programme highlights

Leadership skills

Multi-level negotiations |  Decision-making in complex environments | Multi-stakeholder engagement

Focus areas

Global governance | Policy analysis | International negotiation


Executive Master in International Negotiation & Policy-Making (Diploma of Advanced Studies, 30 ECTS)

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Stephanie Hofmann


Professor in the Department of International Relations/Political Science, Graduate Institute, Geneva



Stephanie Hofmann is Co-Director of the Executive Master in International Negotiation and Policy-Making programme, Professor in the Department of International Relations/Political Science, Deputy Director of the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding, and Advisory Faculty for the Programme for the Study of International Governance at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. Prior to arriving at the Graduate Institute, she was a Jean Monnet fellow at the European University Institute (Italy) and a visiting research fellow at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (Germany). She has worked and published on issues such as european security, international organisations (especially the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization), international norms and networks. Her current research focuses on regime complexes and burden sharing between international organisations.




Grégoire Mallard


Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute, Geneva.



Grégoire Mallard is Co-Director of the Executive Master in International Negotiation and Policy-Making programme and Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. After earning his PhD at Princeton University in 2008, Dr. Mallard was Assistant Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University for five years. He is the author of Fallout: Nuclear Diplomacy in an Age of Global Fracture (University of Chicago Press, 2014) and co-editor of Contractual Knowledge: One Hundred Years of Legal Experimentation in Global Markets (Cambridge University Press 2016), and Global Science and National Sovereignty: Studies in Historical Sociology of Science (Routledge 2008). His forthcoming book, Sovereign Exchanges: Gifts, Trusts, Reparations and Other Fetishes of International Solidarity (Cambridge University Press 2018), deals with the relations between international law and anthropology in the twentieth century. In 2016, he was the recipient of an ERC starting grant (2017-2022) for his new project titled Bombs, Banks and Sanctions.



Academia | Government | Business | NGOs

The 2018-19 edition of the INP welcomed more than 20 faculty and guest speakers to teach in the programme, including:

  • Christophe Lecureuil, Executive Director of the European Centre for Public Affairs & Founder, CLC Consultant
  • Jon Worth, EU training consultant
  • Kamelia Kemileva, Special Project Manager & former adviser of the United Nations Human Rights Council President
  • Nicholas Niggli, Deputy Secretary General, Republic and State of Geneva, Department of Security
  • Robert Weibel, Founder, Center for European Negotiation and Decision-Making (CENAD)
  • Sascha Wolff, Co-founder & partner, Dark Horse Innovation
  • Soledad Leal Campos, Consultant, former Deputy Permanent Representative of Mexico to the WTO


Alumni network

18'000+ Graduate Institute alumni | 110 nationalities for ExEd alumni alone

INP alumni work in all sectors and continents with wide range of professional backgrounds:

  • First Secretary, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations, New York, USA
  • Minister, Embassy of Columbia, Switzerland
  • Deputy Director, HR, ICRC, Switzerland
  • Protection Team Leader, ICRC, India
  • Programme Manager, UN Habitat, Kenya
  • Programme Officer, UNHCR, Turkey
  • Deputy Head of Media, WEF, Switzerland
  • Senior Advisor - Vice President, Santander Bank, Switzerland
  • Principal International Auditor, Coca Cola, Kenya
  • General Manager & Director, Johnson & Johnson, Singapore
  • Managing Director, Nile Drilling & Services Co., South Sudan
  • Independent Consultant, International Sports Federations, Switzerland

See what participants have to say about the programme