Josée Laporte '16
International Labour Organisation
, Switzerland

Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist
Nationality: Canada

"The speakers and methodologies selected allowed us to look at environmental governance from a multi-dimensional perspective. The diversity of the participants coming from different backgrounds and fields of expertise contributed to create an enabling environment for a number of fruitful debates. I would like to congratulate the Graduate Institute for a well-balanced programme, taking into account the imperatives of an assignment in an international organization and permitting to combine work and training successfully."

Josée Laporte is currently Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist for the Multinational Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement Unit of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). She provides technical support on engaging with the private sector for the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on decent work and social challenges. Josée backstops initiatives in a number of African countries. She develops global tools and facilitates training for national stakeholders on issues such as multinational enterprises and development to promote the application of the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy.
  Abdul Qadir Rafiq '16
UNDP Somalia

Project Manager
Nationality: Pakistan

“The programme is intensely structured with insight on key global environmental challenges and approaches for sustainable development. Cross learning from the participants and the resource persons makes it a very interesting and unique programme!”

With 26 years of career progression, Abdul has worked and substantially interfaced with the international development organisations, UN conventions secretariats, global funds, government institutions, national and international NGOs, inter-governmental organisation, private sector, research organisations, academia and grass roots community based organisations.


In his current assignment in Somalia and previous assignments with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), he has gained diversified experience and successfully managed integrated programmes both at the policy as well as communities level in the context of Sustainable Development and Millennium Development Goals.

  Jenitha Badul '16
National Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa

Senior Policy Advisor: Greening Programmes and Fund
Nationality: South Africa

"I have used the knowledge gained from having attended the Executive Certificate in Environmental Governance on a daily basis at work and when engaging with stakeholders within the space of green economy, sustainable development and related matters. Insights shared in the programme are immeasurable."

Jenitha Badul is a member of Senior Management at the Department of Environmental Affairs. She has been with the Department since February 2003. Most of Jenitha’s professional experience has been related to green economy project planning and implementation. Her work spans across spheres of government, i.e., national, provincial and local government levels; in addition to collaborating with international UN and country donor partners. Jenitha has also provided guidance and has been responsible for the coordination of event greening programmes for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the UNFCCC COP 17 meeting, respectively. She is currently responsible for the coordination of the National Green Fund Programme.
Romano 290.jpg   Romano De Vivo '15
Syngenta, Switzerland

Head Environmental Policy and Sustainable Productivity
Nationality: Italy   "The Executive Certificate in Environmental Governance is the latest gem of a series of executive education programs engaging international organizations, NGOs, governments and multinational companies in the development of creative thinking on today's challenges. An unprecedented opportunity to dive deep into global environmental governance!"  
Romano has more than 10 years of experience with Syngenta and is currently its Head of Environmental Policy and Sustainable Productivity. In this role he holds both a global and a regional responsibility for communicating the company’s contribution to sustainable agriculture and for managing relationships with a broad range of stakeholders.
Nataliya 175.jpg   Natalyia Nikiforova '15
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Switzerland

  Environmental Affairs Officer
Nationality: Russia

"This course is an inspiring and great place to be!"  
Nataliya works as Environmental Affairs Officer with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Over the past five years Nataliya has been working on issues related to international water law, particularly in the field of transboundary water management.
Feryel Gadhoum pic 131.jpg   Feryel Gadhoum '15
Veolia, France

Project manager
Nationality: France   "A very rich and rewarding training, with very good high-level speakers and constructive exchanges with participants coming from all horizons! I loved doing it!"  
Feryel is a project manager at Veolia’s Communications direction. She is in charge of communication analysis and strategy as well as content production related to all activities for the world leader in water, waste and energy management.
Chun Yuen Wong pic.jpg   Chun Yuen Wong '15
WWF International, Switzerland

Nationality: Hong Kong

"An excellent opportunity to engage and network with practitioners from diverse sectors and backgrounds. The programme provided valuable insights into the cross-cutting linkages of environmental issues, as well as their interface with international policy and global governance. Highly recommended for anyone seeking to engage at the international level and advance the sustainability agenda!"

Chun is a researcher on global and regional policy at WWF International. In this capacity he acts as the science-policy interface, and provides a radar function to identify new trends and opportunities to support WWF’s advocacy work aimed at high level decision-makers.


Sonia Pena ENV '17, Policy Officer, IUCN

Donna Williams ENV '17, Regional Advisor, ICRC