Patrick Boehler '19


Patrick Boehler '19

Executive Editor responsible for Audience and Innovation at SWI, Switzerland

"Newsrooms are facing similar challenges and opportunities as the communications branches of companies, political parties, NGOs and international organisations do: how do we best reach, inform and engage audiences effectively as media consumption habits are changing and traditional power structures are eroding fast and amid an avalanche of “content.”

I took this course to learn best practices from other industries and find inspiration to better distribute journalism. I learned much more: I gained a new understanding of how the other side engages journalists and how that could be different. I’ve also gained a better understanding of how communication processes can be leveraged to benefit the interests of journalists, how other actors try to build trust and authority among stakeholders and communities and how to communicate effectively common narratives of purpose inside and outside an organisation.

Most importantly, I’ve learned why and how my role as a journalist can be far bigger than to just tell stories."

Patrick Boehler is the executive editor responsible for audience and innovation at SWI, the international service of the Swiss public broadcaster, and the managing editor of the Global Environmental Reporting Collective, an international group of journalists working to expose environmental crimes. He previously worked for the New York Times, the South China Morning Post and other publications in Asia, and taught at the University of Hong Kong. 

Cécile Duprez-Naudy


Cécile duprez-naudy '17

Head of Regulatory Affairs EMEA, Roquette, France

"The course is unique in how it provides a framework, from issue management to crisis management to engaging with stakeholders that mixes academic teaching, case studies and tips in a concrete way"

At the time of the programme, Cécile Duprez-Naudy was working as Global Advocacy Lead for Nestlé SA in Vevey. Having held a number of public affairs roles at Nestlé, she provided guidance and leadership on the scaling up of the global advocacy strategy. Cécile has a Master in European Studies from the Catholic Institute of Paris. Before joining Nestlé, she worked as Senior Account Manager for European Public Policy Advisors in Belgium.

Luca Gobbo '16


luca gobbo '16

Deputy Cantonal Information Officer, Swiss Foreign Ministry EDA, Switzerland

"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 diplomat and has lived in several countries across the world. Holding a Master in European Studies from LUISS School of Government in Rome, he worked as policy officer in the foreign policy division of the Conference of cantonal governments (CCG) in Switzerland where he was responsible for different dossiers, such as human rights and / or specific EU-Swiss bilateral agreements.

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Join an impressive and diverse alumni network of 18'000+ Graduate Institute alumni, 110 nationalities for Executive Education alumni alone, 100+ alumni of the Advocacy in International Affairs programme.

Alumni of the programme come from all regions, sectors and backgrounds. Entering its eigth year, join a growing community of advocacy experts and practitioners, including:

  • Communications Lead for TDR, World Health Organization

  • Global Advocacy Lead, Nestlé SA

  • Senior External Relations Officer, UNHCR

  • Head of Brand and Reputation management, F. Hoffmann La Roche

  • Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste to the UN

  • Communication manager, MSF  

  • Attorney, BDO Bahamas

  • Journalist, Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS)