Experts

The programme allows participants to experience the world of multilateralism through direct interaction with diplomats, negotiators and activists and through visits to prominent international organisations located in Geneva.

Guest speakers in 2018 include:

 

Beris Gwynne

FOUNDER/MANAGING DIRECTOR, INCITARE

Ms. Gwynne began her career working as a diplomat in the Australian Foreign Service, serving in Vietnam, Poland, Mexico and Nauru before joining Australia's International Development Agency (AusAID). In 1994, Beris took a leave of absence to take up a senior position with World Vision Australia, deciding in 1997 to pursue her interests in policy relevant research, evidence based advocacy and innovation in development cooperation and humanitarian assistance in the not-for-profit sector.  She was appointed Executive Director of a privately funded development think-tank in Brisbane, Australia in 2000. In 2006 she took up senior positions with The Global Water Partnership in Stockholm, then with World Vision International (WVI), serving as WVI Vice-President for Global Accountability (2008-14) and as Representative to the UN and Director of WVI’s office in Geneva (from 2011 until January 2016).

Ms. Gwynne holds a Graduate Diploma in International Law from the Australian National University and a Masters in International Relations (specialising in International Law and Human Rights) from Deakin University. She is a Senior Associate of the Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development (CSEND) and affiliated with The Relational Thinking Network. Incitāre was established in January 2016 as a platform for collaboration to promote the use of strategic foresight (future thinking) to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, incentivising high impact multi-stakeholder partnerships through closer attention to measures of transformation.

 

Khalid Koser

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GLOBAL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND RESILIENCE FUND (GCERF)

Dr. Khalid Koser is Executive Director of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund and Associate Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). Dr. Koser is also Non-Resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, Associate Fellow at Chatham House, Research Associate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Non-Resident Fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney and Extraordinary Professor in Conflict, Peace and Security in the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences at the University of Maastricht. He is also chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Migration, and editor of the Journal of Refugee Studies. Dr. Koser is a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Katia Papagianni

DIRECTOR FOR POLICY AND MEDIATION SUPPORT AT THE CENTER FOR HUMANITARIAN DIALOGUE (HD), GENEVA

Katia Papagianni’s work focuses on the design of peace processes and, more specifically, on national dialogues and constitution-making processes. At HD, she has supported peace processes in several countries, including Liberia, Libya, Syria, Myanmar, the Philippines and Ukraine. She was seconded by HD to the United Nations in Yemen as an expert on national dialogue processes and, in that capacity, shared comparative insights on the preparation and structure of national dialogue efforts. Before joining HD, she worked for the National Democratic Institute, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human rights, and the UN Development Programme. Her experience includes work in Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iraq. She holds a doctorate in political science from Columbia University, New York, a Masters degree in Public Administration from Princeton University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University. She has taught on peace- and state-building at Columbia University and the Graduate Institute, Geneva.

Cécile Molinier

FORMER SENIOR UNDP OFFICIAL

Cécile Molinier joined the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 1992 from the UN Secretariat where she had held several positions in Conference Services, the Staff Union, the Department of Management, and as Special Assistant to the Director General for Development and International Economic Cooperation. Before joining the United Nations, she lectured in French at Smith College in Massachusetts and taught English in France. Her first assignment in UNDP was as Deputy Resident Representative in Tunisia followed by Resident Coordinator/Resident Representative assignments in Sao Tomé and Principe, Togo, and Mauritania respectively. She was reassigned as Director to the UNDP Office in Geneva in August 2007. As UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative at country level, Ms. Molinier contributed to the achievement of national development objectives in strategic areas such as community based management of natural resources in Tunisia, environmental protection, poverty reduction and capacity development in Sao Tomé and Principe, mobilization against HIVAIDS in Togo, support to democratic transition and human rights in Mauritania. At Headquarters level, until her retirement in October 2012, she was instrumental in promoting the UN reform agenda and UNDP corporate priorities by developing innovative partnerships with non-traditional partners such as sub-national authorities, the academic community, civil society organizations and the private sector. Since retirement, she has been lecturing on global development issues and strategic management at academic institutions. Cecile Molinier holds both Bachelor and Masters of Arts degrees in English from the Sorbonne in Paris, a Masters degree in English Literature from Queen Mary College, London University and an MBA (Organisational Behaviour) from Pace University in New York. She is proficient in several languages such as French, English, German, Spanish and Portuguese.