The Patron

The Geneva Challenge owes its initiative and patronage to the generous vision of Ambassador Staehelin with the support of late Kofi Annan who was the High Patron of the contest. 

The Advancing Development Goals Contest is a worthy and important initiative and will encourage and inspire young students to be key agents for development and peace. I wish it every success.
Kofi Annan

Jenö C.A. Staehelin

Founder, donor and Head of the Jury of the Advancing Development Goals contests

Jeno C.A. Staehelin

 

 

 

The Geneva Challenge owes its initiative and patronage to the generous vision of Ambassador Staehelin, who believes in the participation of talented young minds in framing and implementing an international development agenda. Ambassador Staehelin built an impressive career in the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs, having served as the former Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN in New York. Among other achievements and activities, he is also the former President of the Executive Board of UNICEF and an honorary member of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).