Academic Steering Committee

The Academic Steering Committee of the Geneva Challenge is a young, enthusiastic and competent interdisciplinary group of professors.  Their main task is to read and evaluate all the contest submissions and check them for compliance with the substantial criteria including, their academic quality and the innovative potential of the solutions presented.

Meet our Academic Steering Committee:


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Prof. Martina Viarengo (Chair)

Martina Viarengo is an associate professor in the Department of International Economics. She is faculty associate at the Harvard University Center for International Development, at Harvard’s Women and Public Policy Program, a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Women's Empowerment and a member of the International Growth Centre in London. Prior to joining the Graduate Institute's faculty, Professor Viarengo was an economist at the Centre for Economic Performance of the London School of Economics and a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. Professor Viarengo is a specialist in applied microeconomics and development.




Prof. Graziella Moraes Silva

Graziella Moraes Silva is assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology of Development. Between 2011 and 2016 she was at the Department of Sociology of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil and is still affiliated to the Graduate Program in Sociology and Anthropology (PPGSA) and to the Interdisciplinary Network for the Study of Inequality (NIED) at the same university.  Dr. Moraes Silva earned her PhD and Master’s degrees in sociology at Harvard University. She works at the intersection between inequality studies and cultural sociology.  Her current research projects focus on comparative race relations and elite’s perceptions of poverty and inequality. Her courses have focused on the sociology of inequalities, race and ethnic relations, and political sociology.



Prof. Filipe Calvão

Filipe Calvão is an anthropologist and assistant professor in Anthropology and Sociology of Development at the Graduate Institute, Geneva (PhD U. Chicago). Professor Calvão’s current research examines the political economy and ecology of mineral extraction in postcolonial Africa. He has taught on resource extraction in the global economy, the anthropology of labor and corporations, social theory, and is currently preparing a book on diamond mining in Angola.