International Negotiation and Policy-Making

Understand World Issues from a Negotiator's Perspective



Sharpen your leadership, negotiation and decision-making skills

Who is this programme for?

Mid-career professionals in or aspiring to leadership positions in international organisations, diplomatic missions, public administrations, non-governmental organisations and the private sector who wish to:

  • Become skilled negotiators in international settings
  • Develop a mastery of strategic decision tools for policy-making and analysis
  • Gain leading-edge insights into the prevailing trends, policy issues and actors shaping the global governance agenda
  • Reinvent their professional path and make a tangible impact for their organisations and their career
  • Join the Graduate Institute network of 18'000 alumni, which includes 110 nationalities from all 5 continents for ExecEd alumni alone


Programme highlights

Leadership skills

Multi-level negotiation | Policy analysis | Navigating complex decision-making | Strategic foresight | Multi-stakeholder engagement

Focus areas

Global governance in Geneva and beyond | Policy-making | International negotiation | International mediation


Executive Master in International Negotiation & Policy-Making (Diploma of Advanced Studies | 30 ECTS)

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Stephanie Hofmann


Professor in the Department of International Relations/Political Science, Graduate Institute, Geneva



Stephanie Hofmann is Co-Director of the Executive Master in International Negotiation and Policy-Making programme, Professor in the Department of International Relations/Political Science, Deputy Director of the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding, and Advisory Faculty for the Programme for the Study of International Governance at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. Prior to arriving at the Graduate Institute, she was a Jean Monnet fellow at the European University Institute (Italy) and a visiting research fellow at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (Germany). She has worked and published on issues such as european security, international organisations (especially the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization), international norms and networks. Her current research focuses on regime complexes and burden sharing between international organisations.




Grégoire Mallard


Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute, Geneva.



Grégoire Mallard is Co-Director of the Executive Master in International Negotiation and Policy-Making programme and Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. After earning his PhD at Princeton University in 2008, Dr. Mallard was Assistant Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University for five years. He is the author of Fallout: Nuclear Diplomacy in an Age of Global Fracture (University of Chicago Press, 2014) and co-editor of Contractual Knowledge: One Hundred Years of Legal Experimentation in Global Markets (Cambridge University Press 2016), and Global Science and National Sovereignty: Studies in Historical Sociology of Science (Routledge 2008). His forthcoming book, Sovereign Exchanges: Gifts, Trusts, Reparations and Other Fetishes of International Solidarity (Cambridge University Press 2018), deals with the relations between international law and anthropology in the twentieth century. In 2016, he was the recipient of an ERC starting grant (2017-2022) for his new project titled Bombs, Banks and Sanctions.


Academia | Government | Business | NGOs

The 2017-18 edition of the INP welcomed more than 20 speakers and trainers to teach in the programme, including:

  • Parijat Baijal, Specialist, Public Health and M&E, The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
  • Thomas J. Biersteker, Professor of International Relations/Political Science, Curt Gasteyger Chair in International Security & Conflict Studies
  • Dr Moritz Gekeler, founder & CEO, Dolaborate GmbH
  • Soledad Leal Campos, consultant, former Mexican multilateral trade and investment negotiator, former Deputy Permanent Representative to the WTO
  • Nicholas Niggli, Director General, Economic Development, Research & Innovation, Republic & Canton of Geneva
  • Robert J. Weibel, Founder, Center for European Negotiation and Decision-Making (CENAD)
  • Jon Worth, EU training consultant


Alumni network

18'000+ Graduate Institute alumni | 110 nationalities for ExEd alumni alone

INP alumni work in all sectors and continents with wide range of professional backgrounds:

  • First Secretary, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations, New York, USA
  • Minister, Embassy of Columbia, Switzerland
  • Deputy Director, HR, ICRC, Switzerland
  • Protection Team Leader, ICRC, India
  • Programme Manager, UN Habitat, Kenya
  • Programme Officer, UNHCR, Turkey
  • Deputy Head of Media, WEF, Switzerland
  • Senior Advisor - Vice President, Santander Bank, Switzerland
  • Principal International Auditor, Coca Cola, Kenya
  • General Manager & Director, Johnson & Johnson, Singapore
  • Managing Director, Nile Drilling & Services Co., South Sudan
  • Independent Consultant, International Sports Federations, Switzerland

See whar our participants have to say about the programme


               Fon Chantanayingyong

“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.”

Fon Chantanayingyong INP'15, Head of Media, World Economic Forum