The programme allows participants to experience the world of multilateralism through direct interaction with diplomats, negotiators and activists and through visits to prominent international organisations located in Geneva.

Guest speakers in 2017 included:

Eric Degila


Firstly trained as a Diplomat, Dr Dêlidji Eric DEGILA is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, a Visiting Professor of African Politics at Waseda University in Japan, and an Associate Professor at ENA Benin, of which he is himself a graduate. He usually lectures on issues related to foreign policy and diplomacy, Africa in contemporary international relations, international security, conflict studies, international criminal justice and the geopolitics of the contemporary world. He is also a lecturer at Sciences Po Lyon and associate lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University Jean Moulin Lyon 3, from which he holds a PhD in Political Science. He also holds a Masters in International Security and Defense from University Pierre Mendes and Jean Moulin in France obtained in 2005. Dr. Degila currently conducts a research on the role of Africa in contemporary global governance, particularly in the framework of the United Nations and other major multi-stakeholders fora. Dr. Degila is also an active member of the Global South Caucus of the International Studies Association, in which he currently leads the African Initiative, a platform dedicated to scholars around the world who have an interest for African issues.

Beris Gwynne


Ms. Gwynne began her career working as a diplomat in the Australian Foreign Service, serving in Vietnam, Poland, Mexico and Nauru before joining Australia's International Development Agency (AusAID). In 1994, Beris took leave of absence to take up a senior position with World Vision Australia, deciding 1997 to pursue her interests in policy relevant research, evidence based advocacy and innovation in development cooperation and humanitarian assistance in the not-for-profit sector.  She appointed Executive Director of a privately funded development think-tank in Brisbane, Australia, in 2000, leaving Australia in 2006 to take up senior positions with The Global Water Partnership in Stockholm, then with World Vision International (WVI), serving as WVI Vice-President for Global Accountability (2008-14) and as  Representative to the UN and director of WVI’s office in Geneva (from 2011 until January 2016.

Ms. Gwynne holds a Graduate Diploma in International Law from the Australian National University and a Master's in International Relations (specialising in International Law and Human Rights) from Deakin University. She is a Senior Associate of the Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development (CSEND) and affiliated with The Relational Thinking Network.   Incitāre was established in January 2016 as a platform for collaboration to promote the use of strategic foresight (future thinking) to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, incentivising high impact multi-stakeholder partnerships through closer attention to measures of transformation.

Oliver Jütersonke


Dr. Oliver Jütersonke has a doctorate from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, a Diplôme d’Etudes Superieures (DES) from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Politics with First Class Honours from the University of Exeter. Before becoming Head of Research for the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) in 2008, he worked for six years at the Programme for Strategic and International Security Studies (PSIS). Dr. Jütersonke teaches Epistemology and Methods for the Graduate Institute's MIA programme, as well as graduate-level seminars and diplomatic training sessions on peacebuilding, urban violence and the responsibility to protect. Since 2007, he has also been a post-doctoral research fellow at the Zurich University Centre for Ethics (ZUCE). His main research interests are the changing notions of sovereignty in international law and politics, peace-building and the security-development nexus, social and spatical dynamics of urbanization and the history of International Relations. He is the author of Morgenthau, Law and Realims (Cambridge University Press 2010) and various publications on urban violence, aid effectiveness, post-conflict peace-building and security.

Khalid Koser


Dr Khalid Koser is Executive Director of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund and Associate Fellow at Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). Dr Koser is also Non-Resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, Associate Fellow at Chatham House, Research Associate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Non-Resident Fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney and extraordinary Professor in Conflict, Peace and Security in the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences at the University of Maastricht. He is also chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Migration, and editor of the Journal of Refugee Studies. Dr Koser is a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Katia Papagianni


Katia Papagianni’s work focuses on the design of peace processes and, more specifically, on national dialogues and constitution-making processes. At HD, she has supported peace processes in several countries, including Liberia, Libya, Syria, Myanmar, the Philippines and Ukraine. She was seconded by HD to the United Nations in Yemen as an expert on national dialogue processes and, in that capacity, shared comparative insights on the preparation and structure of national dialogue efforts. Before joining HD, she worked for the National Democratic Institute, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human rights, and the UN Development Programme. Her experience includes work in Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iraq. She holds a doctorate in political science from Columbia University, New York, a Master's degree in Public Administration from Princeton University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University. She has taught on peace- and state-building at Columbia University and the Graduate Institute, Geneva.

Cécile Molinier


Cécile Molinier joined the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 1992 from the UN Secretariat where she had held several positions in Conference Services, the Staff Union, the Department of Management, and as Special Assistant to the Director General for Development and International Economic Cooperation. Before joining the United Nations, she lectured in French at Smith College in Massachusetts and taught English in France. Her first assignment in UNDP was as Deputy Resident Representative in Tunisia followed by Resident Coordinator/Resident Representative assignments in Sao Tome and Principe, Togo, and Mauritania respectively. She was reassigned as Director to the UNDP Office in Geneva in August 2007. As UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative at country level, Ms. Molinier contributed to the achievement of national development objectives in strategic areas such as community based management of natural resources in Tunisia, environmental protection, poverty reduction and capacity development in Sao Tomé and Principe, mobilization against HIVAIDS in Togo, support to democratic transition and human rights in Mauritania. At Headquarters level, until her retirement in October 2012, she was instrumental in promoting the UN reform agenda and UNDP corporate priorities by developing innovative partnerships with non-traditional partners such as sub-national authorities, the academic community, civil society organizations and the private sector. Since retirement, she has been lecturing on global development issues and strategic management at academic institutions. Cecile Molinier holds both Bachelor and Masters of Arts degrees in English from the Sorbonne in Paris, a Masters degree in English Literature from Queen Mary College, London University and an MBA (Organisational Behaviour) from Pace University in New York. She is proficient in several languages such as French, English, German, Spanish and Portuguese.

Cornis Van der Lugt


Cornelis T. van der Lugt is Geneva-based consultant and former UN manager with a unique experience of public and private sector management. He is also Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for Corporate Governance at Stellenbosch University Business School in South Africa.  His over twenty years’ experience in the environmental field at international level includes extensive research in the field of International Political Economy, focusing on the environment and the role of business and industry. He received his Ph.D. in International Relations at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, in 1998. His doctoral studies involved scholarship research on the EU at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Germany) and the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden (Netherlands) Following this he gained experience as multilateral diplomat in international negotiations under the UN agreements on climate change and ozone depletion during the late 1990s. From 2000 – 2011 he served as manager in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), responsible for business collaboration and the UN Global Compact. In 2008 he completed an Executive MBA at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris, France. He publishes interdisciplinary research in the fields of Global Governance and International Business Management.