F. Hoffmann La Roche, Switzerland
Title: Head of Brand and Reputation management
"The Graduate Institute's approach to Advocacy is highly practical. From the first module, I was able to benefit from tools, tactics and fabulous team exchanges to foster my strategic advocacy planning skills."
Dr. Ursula Fischler-Strasak, born in Tyrol/Austria, is currently working as Senior Manager for Brand and Reputation with F. Hoffmann La Roche in Basel. With her core competencies in Business Development and Integrated Sustainability Management, she contributes to a long-term, stakeholder oriented engagement strategy. Ursula studied International Business Management and graduated at Innsbruck University in 2007. Before joining Roche 3 years ago, she worked in New York, Dublin, Ludwigshafen, Paris, Tokyo, Innsbruck and various industries.
Conference of Cantonal Governments, Switzerland
Title: Policy Officer
"I joined the Advocacy programme because the content and the teaching methods are varied and of very high quality. Paired with the Graduate Institute's international reputation and the ideal setting in International Geneva this program offers great practical and theoretical knowledge on the world of advocacy."
Luca Gobbo grew up as a son of a Swiss diplomat and has lived, studied and worked in several countries across the world. Holding a B.A in International Relations from the University of Geneva and a M.A in European Studies from LUISS School of Government in Rome he currently works as policy officer in the foreign policy division the Conference of cantonal governments (CCG) in Berne, Switzerland where he is responsible for different dossiers, such as human rights and or specific EU-Swiss bilateral agreements. Previously he worked as diplomatic intern at the Swiss embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay, and the Delegation of the European Union to Switzerland and Liechtenstein in Berne. Next to his professional obligations he currently works as Programme Manager for the Swiss foreign policy think-tank foraus. From 2013-2015 he served as board member and later as President of Switzerland’s pro-European youth organization, young european swiss. He is a member of the WEF Global Shapers Community Berne Hub and fluently speaks five languages.
Hellenic Petroleum, Greece
Title: Group Strategic Planning & Business Development, Group International Government Affairs
"I joined the Advocacy Programme to enhance the competences needed to make an impact in international advocacy while being exposed to a state-of-the-art academic environment. Ultimately, it turned out to be much more than the above. It is a transformation; short in duration but strong in its footprint. It is a change of mindset. A holistic approach embracing practical tools, case studies and distilled professional experience enabling immediate implementation but mostly establishing thereby a new vision of what advocacy is”
Morfoula Tsantekidou has been working for the last four years in Hellenic Petroleum International Government Affairs, a Division of Group Strategic Planning & Business Development. She is the Vice-Chair of Energy & Climate Issue Group in FuelsEurope.
Her duties and interests are focusing on advocacy at the national and EU levels, and include development and management of well-established relationships with government bodies, proactive engagement with stakeholders, quantification of relevant risk assessment and evaluation of regulatory issues to prioritize outreach efforts aligned with strategic priorities.
Communications Consultant, Switzerland
"The advocacy programme modules are highly practical - the programme reflects the real advocacy and communication challenges faced at the professional level. I have already used some concepts we discussed in class for a current client's international campaign"
I am a Swiss born citizen with Senegalese origins. I feel even more of a world citizen as I experienced diversity in cultures and approaches first-hand. I am forever marked with this interesting North-South dichotomy of hot and cold and I inject it in whatever I do. Even when it comes to my interests, I am passionate about music, philosophy, cinema, business and marketing. On the professional level I have been working for multinationals for more than 10 years in marketing, finance and logistics. I am now an independent consultant focused on corporate communications and advocacy in the public and private sector.