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Rogier Van Den Berg, INP'18
UN Habitat, Kenya

Title:  Programme Manager, Urban Planning and Design Lab
Nationality: Holland

“The best thing about the INP programme is the people and the backgrounds of the people that it attracts. The fact that participants come from such different backgrounds says a lot about the course. It cuts across disciplines and attracts people from all sectors, providing you with the methodologies to shift between disciplines and professional expertise and enabling you to provide direction for change. This is highly valuable, because you need these skills in dealing with complexity, in times of transition and in times of uncertainty. Don't think too long before you embark on the INP programme. Once you're here you'll know that this time of reflection is extremely valuable for the future.”

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Rogier van den Berg has worked over 16 years as an architect, urban planner, consultant, academic and United Nations Staff Member. He has broad experience and knowledge in 'making cities' and advises national governments, city leaders and private sector parties internationally in planning processes, projects and design.

Currently he is Programme Manager of the Urban Planning and Design Lab at UN-Habitat in Nairobi. He set up this integrative facility within UN-Habitat in 2014. Now the Lab operates in 50 cities in 40 countries.

Previously he was director of an awarded architecture and design office, Zandbelt & vandenBerg and SmartCityStudio in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He has always combined his practice with positions in academics. He has been Head of the Department of Urbanism at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture and lecturer at Delft University of Technology among others.


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Ivan Ng, INP'18
Johnson & Johnson, Singapore

Title:  General Manager and Director, Asia Pacific Region
Nationality: Singapore

“I work in a transnational company with multiple stakeholders, global, regional and local and multi-functional teams from marketing, supply-chain, sales, legal and more. The INP programme has taught me how to navigate around this internal complexity towards a common consensus in multi-stakeholder environments.”

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Ivan Ng is a Singaporean, with 13 years of working experience across MNCs Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Johnson & Johnson, as well as having founded and started 2 start-up companies.  The experiences were spanned across all markets in the Asia Pacific region.

Currently working as General Manager & Director for Johnson & Johnson Asia Pacific, he oversees merger & acquisition Business Development, e-commerce and Go-To-Market operational excellence of 16 markets in Asia Pacific.  


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Catherine Thompson INP'18, World Meteorological Organisation, Switzerland

Title:  Senior Secretary
Nationality: Switzerland

“The teachers were really dynamic and available for any questions we had. You must find the time to take the INP programme, in my life it's one of the most fulfilling things I've ever done. ”

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Catherine Thompson recently joined the Climate Risk Early Warning Systems (CREWS) initiative that is being implemented by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). In 2015, she was recruited by the Communication and Public Affairs team of the WMO and began a professional reconversion in the International Organization Community. Prior to this experience, she pursued a career in the contemporary art world, working for several prestigious galleries in New York and Geneva, including Lehmann Maupin and Skopia, as well as working for Art International, a London based art fair held in Istanbul. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Modern and Contemporary Art at the New School University in New York.


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Kevin Osborne INP'18, Switzerland

Title:  Development Consultant
Nationality: USA

“I appreciated every aspect of the INP programme. I'm already feeling like what I learned is going to have continued application in my work today and in the years to come”

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Kevin Osborne is a seasoned director with nine years of experience managing multi-million dollar humanitarian initiatives in Haiti, Burkina Faso and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Most recently, Kevin served as country director of Search for Common Ground, the world’s largest dedicated peacebuilding NGO, in the DRC. Kevin enjoys program management, conflict transformation, strategy, and diplomacy.


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Mathuros Chantanayingyong, INP'15
World Economic Forum
Geneva, Switzerland

Title:  Head of Media and Member of the Executive Committee
Nationality: Thailand

“The INP has been hugely beneficial to my work. It allowed me not only to broaden my knowledge, but also a chance to think and study outside of my daily work environment. It challenged my opinions and gave me the ability to read ‘behind the headlines’, by examining current affairs and global events in a much deeper way. Thanks to the program I met and became friends with many wonderful people from across the world.”

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Ms. Mathuros Chantanayingyong (also known as Fon) is a Senior Director and Head of Media at the World Economic Forum.  Fon joined the Forum in 1998 from Thailand’s oldest law firm, Tilleke & Gibbins where she worked from 1989 to 1997.  Fon was the first full-time Asian member of staff at the Forum.  She started with the Forum’s Asia Team and was asked to join its Communications Team. 

Since 1998, Fon has represented the Forum in over 40 countries directing global communications and public engagement. She works closely with its corporate members as well as politicians, IOs and NGOs and regularly attends Forum meetings worldwide. She also developed the broadcasting concept for all Forum activities, resulting in over 40 co-hosted broadcasts each year, with top TV networks around the globe.

In 2000-2001, Fon was a Media Adviser to the WHO on Public Hearings for the Tobacco Free Initiative and Worth Health Day.  Since 2012, she has also been a guest lecturer on media relations for the University of Geneva’s IOMBA program.


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Jegarasasingam Anandakumar, INP'15
Bank for International Settlements
Basel, Switzerland

Title: Credit Risk Manager
Nationality:  Sri Lanka
 
“You could read a book about negotiation and you could master the relevant topics and grasp the relevant theories and concepts, but this programme gives you the opportunity to actually do simulations and role-plays where you can test these theories. That’s where the challenge starts because human interaction is something that you can’t gain by reading a book. The quality of the participants, apart from the top notch faculty and experts, from a broad background of countries, gender and professional backgrounds, meant that there was fertile ground of interaction that we found very challenging and meant that we were able to learn a lot from each other.”
 
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Jegarasasingam Anandakumar (Kumar) is a Credit Risk Manager at the Bank for International Settlements, a Basel-based international organisation which serves as a bank for central banks. Previously, Kumar was the Head of Financial Institution & Sovereign Ratings at MARC, a Malaysia-based credit rating agency and has also analysed Asia-Pacific banks for Fitch Ratings (a big three credit rating agency) from their Singapore and Colombo offices.

Early in his career he worked in Sri Lanka as a bank regulator and as a commercial banker. Kumar holds a BA in Economics (First Class), a MA in Economics and a MBA. He enjoys exploring foreign cultures, hiking and culinary experiments, which as he describes, come occasionally with disastrous consequences.

Kumar was nominated by his classmates to represent the cohort at the INP graduation (see testimonial video, recorded on the occasion of the ceremony).

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Azim Wardak, INP'15
Head of India Affairs at Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.


Former Diplomat at Afghanistan Permanent Mission to UNOG.
Nationality: Afghan

"The INP Program reflects the real, solid and practical skills of negotiation as well as policy making according to my expectation, I have already benefited those concepts and theories, we discussed and learn in class in my job tenure in Geneva as well as here in the capital Kabul."    

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Mohammad Azim Wardak completed Bachelors in Law and Political Science at Kabul University 2004-2007, in 2008 he joined The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as desk officer for Trade, Transit and WTO in the Directorate General for Economic Co-operations. During his work at MoFA he studied one year program for the political diplomacy at the Institute of Diplomacy of Ministry of foreign Affairs, in Oct 2010 he joined the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP) and he studied International Training Course (ITC) in Security Policy (October 2010 – June 2011), after successfully completion of ITC in Security policy at GCSP, he returned to MoFA and again started his work at the Trade, Transit and WTO desk, Mr Wardak joined the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the UNOG in November 2013 in the position of second secretary, and is now Head of India Affairs at Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Matthew Colburn, INP'17
Ministry of Labor, Executive Yuan in Taiwan


Title: Asia Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) Working Group Member, Consultant
Nationality: USA

“The INP course is great value in enriching the perspectives you need to build good negotiation skills and to be able to negotiate successfully. The diversity of instructors coming from so many different academic and work backgrounds offers you a more comprehensive explanation of the processes that you need. As a participant you have the ability to interact with people from all over the world with different political and cultural backgrounds and you begin to see how you can negotiate with them and work with them for success.”

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Matthew Colburn promotes policy into action for improved health. He has work experience in NGO’s, Governments, Medical and Educational Systems across many diverse countries and cultures.
Educated in Medical Sciences at Southern Adventist University and Community Health Education from Portland State University, his on the ground experiences with individuals surviving extreme health disparity drives him to ensure the vulnerable benefit from policy. He has done Community Health Education, HIV/AIDS and TB Prevention together with Health System Review among countries within Southern and Eastern Africa, Immigrant/Refugee Wellness Center Development in the U.S., and Health Sustainability for remote populations during conflict in Nagaland India. Before moving to Geneva as a Mission delegate’s spouse he held the position as an Educator and Consultant on Asia Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) Project
Concept Note development for the Workforce Development Agency of the Ministry of Labor, Executive Yuan in Taiwan.

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Linda Ristagno, INP'17
IATA
Geneva, Switzerland


Title: Manager Cargo Border Management
Nationality: Italy

“Negotiation is something I do in my everyday work, but before I was doing it without knowing the process and how to really negotiate effectively. Now I understand how, and I have the skills to do it. The instructors are very knowledgeable. It’s amazing to see all those people that are willing to transfer and share their knowledge. We’re next door to the WTO and close the UN, you really feel part of International Geneva.”

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Linda Ristagno is Manager Cargo Border Management in IATA Geneva and her main activity domain is aviation security. Linda joined IATA in September 2010 to lead two important projects for the industry: the Advanced Electronic Air Cargo Information (ACI) and the electronic Consignment Security Declaration (e-CSD) that she leads to become an IATA Standard.
Linda is currently responsible to advocate IATA’s positions towards international regulatory bodies to further strengthen the supply chain and ensure that aviation security measures are put in place for the benefits of the industry.
Linda has recently gained the role of PM to the EU Research and Innovation Program called Eurosky.
Linda lives in Geneva where she enjoys challenges and continues embracing changes in her life, along with her husband and her two daughters..

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