The Distinguished Fellows

Under the patronage of Mr Kofi Annan


The Graduate Institute is honoured and pleased that prominent personalities who have played and still play an important role in the international arena have accepted the status of Distinguished Fellows. In that quality, they will participate in our intellectual life, help us with their advice and network, and contribute to our outreach.

The circle of Distinguished Fellows is placed under the patronage of Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and alumnus of the Graduate Institute.


Ruth Dreifuss

After a long trade union career, Ruth Dreifuss was Federal Councilor and then the first woman President of the Swiss Confederation. Now, Ruth Dreifuss is active in several organisations, notably the Global Commission on Drug Policy and the International Commission against the Death Penalty (full biography).


Francis Gurry

Francis Gurry is Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization. He chairs the UN High-Level Committee on Management, which reports to the UN Chief Executives Board, and is responsible for ensuring coordination in administrative and management areas across the UN System (full biography).

Rita E. Hauser

An international lawyer, Rita Hauser is a former senior partner at the New York law firm, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan and served on the US President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. Known for her public service and philanthropic work, she chairs the International Peace Institute, the Advisory Board of the International Crisis Group and the Hauser Foundation (full biography).


Jakob Kellenberger

After having served as Secretary of State at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Jakob Kellenberger was elected President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, a position that he held until 2012. He is currently a visiting professor at the Graduate Institute, Geneva (full biography).


Pascal Lamy

Pascal Lamy served for two consecutive terms, from 2005 to 2013, as General Director of the World Trade Organization (WTO). He was Chief of Staff for the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors from 1985 to 1994 and European Trade Commissioner from 1999-2004. In-between he was CEO of Credit Lyonnais (full biography).

Jenö Staehelin

Jenö Staehelin was Ambassador of Switzerland in many countries, notably in Japan, before being nominated Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York.  He served as a member of the International Committee of the Red Cross and is currently a member of the board of the Kofi Annan Foundation (full biography).