Academic Steering Commitee

The Academic Steering Committee of the Geneva Challenge is a young, enthusiastic and competent interdisciplinary group of professors.  Their main task is to read and evaluate all the contest submissions and check them for compliance with the substantial criteria including, their academic quality and the innovative potential of the solutions presented.

Prof. Martina Viarengo (Chair)





Martina Viarengo is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Economics. She is also Faculty Associate at the Harvard University Center for International Development, at Harvard’s Women and Public Policy Program, a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Women's Empowerment and a member of the International Growth Centre in London. Prior to joining the Graduate Institute's faculty, Professor Viarengo was an economist at the Centre for Economic Performance of the London School of Economics and a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. Professor Viarengo is a specialist in applied microeconomics and development.


Prof. Graziella Moraes Silva

Graziella Moraes Silva




Graziella Moraes Silva is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology of Development. Between 2011 and 2016 she worked in the Department of Sociology of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil and is still affiliated with their Graduate Programme in Sociology and Anthropology (PPGSA) and the Interdisciplinary Network for the Study of Inequality (NIED).  Dr Moraes Silva earned her PhD and master’s degrees in sociology at Harvard University. She works at the intersection between inequality studies and cultural sociology.  Her current research projects focus on comparative race relations and the elite’s perceptions of poverty and inequality. Her courses have focused on the sociology of inequalities, race and ethnic relations, and political sociology.


Prof. Anne Saab

Anne Saab




Anne Saab is Assistant Professor in International Law. She holds a PhD in International Law from the London School of Economics (LSE) and an LL.M. in Public International Law from King’s College London. Dr Saab has taught and conducted research at LSE, Leiden University and the University of Amsterdam. Her areas of expertise include public international law, climate change and agriculture.



Nicole Bourbonnais




Dr. Nicole Bourbonnais is an Assistant Professor of International History with a focus on global population politics, reproductive rights, and transnational activism in the twentieth century. Her first book, Birth Control in the Decolonizing Caribbean: Reproductive Politics and Practice on Four Islands, 1930-1970 (Cambridge University Press, 2016) explores how family planning campaigns in Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, and Bermuda intersected with the politics of nationalism and working class women’s efforts to control their reproductive lives in the early to mid twentieth century.  Her next major project, The Gospel of Birth Control: Prophets, Patients, and the Transnational Family Planning Movement, will expand outward from the Caribbean to explore the transnational networks that linked together birth control campaigns, family planning activists, and reproductive rights movements across the globe from the 1920s onwards.