In 2017, our guest speakers include:

Jérôme Duberry


Jérôme Duberry is Research Associate at the Programme for the Study of International Governance and Post-Doc Researcher at the Centre de Compétences Dusan Sidjanski en Etudes Européennes. His research activities revolve around the contemporary transformations of society and international institutions in a process of adaptation to the emergence of new technologies. He is particularly interested in innovative public and private governance systems, and examines how information and communication technologies influence global multi-stakeholder decision-making processes. He also works with innovative marketers, PR leaders, and HR professionals to bring the power of digital technologies to their organization. He holds a PhD (Sobresaliente Cum Laude) in International Relations from the University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), and two MA degrees in International Relations from the University of Geneva /IHEID , and in Diplomacy from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Escuela Diplomatica de Madrid).

Josep A. Garí


Josep-Antoni Garí is a UN professional and diplomat, currently serving as senior policy advisor for sustainable development at UNDP. He received a Ph.D. in Political Ecology from the University of Oxford and had a career stint in academia. Dr. Garí has worked for over 15 years in international cooperation for sustainable development, including the World Bank, FAO, the Inter-American Development Bank and UNDP. He has also served in multilateral diplomacy for agriculture and the environment, playing an active role in the negotiations for the International Seed Treaty and the Congo forest & climate agreement. He was programme manager for Haiti at the Inter-American Development Bank, chief of the UNDP Environmental Finance Unit for West & Central Africa, leader of various UN missions for rural recovery, and the first Africa coordinator for UN-REDD. He has also served on the managing board of various international programmes, as well as on the FAO Subcommittee on Ethics in Food and Agriculture. Regarding academia, Dr. Garí was Marie Curie Fellow and tutor at Oxford, associate lecturer at the ESADE business & law school, and visiting professor at FLACSO/Ecuador. He currently contributes as a guest lecturer on green diplomacy and serves on the editorial board of the UN Society of Writers.

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.

Khalid Koser


Dr Khalid Koser is Executive Director of the Secretariat of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF). 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).

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.

Shahrzad Tadjbakhsh

Shahrzad Tadjbakhsh is Chief, Universal Periodic Review Branch, Human Rights Council and Mechanisms Division, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva.

Cornis Van der Lugt


Cornelis Van der Lugt is a Geneva-based consultant, researcher and former multilateral diplomat with over twenty years’ experience in the environmental field at international level. He has worked with the United Nations and business in the field of corporate social responsibility, covering notably green marketing, greening supply chains, corporate climate strategy and reporting. He was one of the contributing authors to “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Business’ report (Earthscan 2011), the ‘Green Economy Report’ (UNEP 2011) and ‘Business Case for a Green Economy’ report (UNEP 2012) of the United Nations Environment Programme as well as the ‘Nature in Performance’ (WRI 2012) corporate ecosystems guide by the World Resource Institute. He holds a PhD in International Relations (EU) and Masters in Business Administration from the Haute Ecole de Commerce (HEC, Paris). He is Senior Research Fellow of Stellenbosch University Business School (Cape Town) and and Senior Associate of Utopies Consulting (Paris).