Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Not to be confused with the similarly-named Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations.
Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Former names
The Graduate Institute of International Studies (1927–2007)
Type Semi-private
Established 1927[1]
Director Philippe Burrin
Academic staff
66 professors, 12 lecturers, 37 visiting[2]
Students 838 (78% international)[2]
Location Geneva, Switzerland
Campus Urban
Working languages English and French
Nickname The Graduate Institute, IHEID, HEI
Affiliations Europaeum, APSIA, EUA, ECUR, EADI, AUF

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (French: Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement, abbreviated IHEID or the Graduate Institute Geneva) is a post-graduate university located in Geneva, Switzerland.[3]

In academic and professional circles, the school is considered one of Europe's most prestigious institutions.[4][5][6] The institution counts ambassadors, foreign ministers, heads of state, one UN Secretary-General (Kofi Annan), seven Nobel prize recipients, and one Pulitzer Prize winner among its alumni, current and former faculty.[7] The school is a full member of the APSIA, a group of the world's top schools in international affairs, and is accredited by the Swiss government as an independent academic institution.[8]

Founded in 1927, the Graduate Institute is continental Europe's oldest school of international relations and was the first university dedicated solely to the study of international affairs. It offered one of the first doctoral programs in international relations in the world. In 2008, the Graduate Institute absorbed the Graduate Institute of Development Studies, a smaller post-graduate institution also based in Geneva founded in 1961. The merger resulted in the current Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.[9]

Today the school is a small, highly selective institution with about 800 graduate students from over 100 countries. International students make nearly 80% of the student body, the school is officially bilingual English-French institution, however majority of classes are in English.[2] Its campuses are located blocks from the United Nations headquarters in Europe with Maison de la Paix acting as the primary seat of learning.[10][11] It runs joint degree programmes with Harvard Kennedy School and Yale University.[12]


The Villa Barton campus on the shores of Lake Geneva.

The Graduate Institute of International Studies was co-founded in 1927 by two scholar–diplomats working for the League of Nations Secretariat: the Swiss William Rappard, Director of the Mandates Section, and the Frenchman Paul Mantoux, Director of the Political Section.[13] A bilingual institution like the League, it was to train personnel for the nascent international organization.[13] Its co-founder, Rappard, served as Director from 1928 to 1955.[13]

Earlier logo of the Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI)

The Institute's original mandate was based on a close working relationship with both the League of Nations and the International Labour Organization. It was agreed that in exchange for training staff and delegates, the Institute would receive intellectual resources and diplomatic expertise (guest lecturers, etc.) from the aforementioned organizations. According to its statutes, the Graduate Institute was "an institution intended to provide students of all nations the means of undertaking and pursuing international studies, most notably of a historic, judicial, economic, political and social nature."

The institute managed to attract a number of eminent faculty and lecturers, particularly from countries mired in oppressive Nazi regimes, e.g., Hans Wehberg and Georges Scelle for law, Maurice Bourquin for diplomatic history, and the rising young Swiss jurist, Paul Guggenheim. Indeed, it is said that William Rappard had observed, ironically, that the two men to whom the Institute owed its greatest debt were Mussolini and Hitler. Subsequently more noted scholars would join the Institute's faculty. Hans Kelsen, the well-known theorist and philosopher of law, Guglielmo Ferrero, Italian historian, and Carl Burckhardt, scholar and diplomat all called the Graduate Institute home. Other arrivals, similarly seeking refuge from dictatorships, included the eminent free market economy historian, Ludwig von Mises, and another economist, Wilhelm Ropke, who greatly influenced German postwar liberal economic policy as well as the development of the theory of a social market system.[14]

After a number of years, the Institute had developed a system whereby cours temporaires were given by prominent intellectuals on a week, semester, or yearlong basis. These cours temporaires were the intellectual showcase of the Institute, attracting such names as Raymond Aron, René Cassin, Luigi Einaudi, John Kenneth Galbraith, G. P. Gooch, Gottfried Haberler, Friedrich von Hayek, Hersch Lauterpacht, Lord McNair, Gunnar Myrdal,[15] Harold Nicolson, Philip Noel Baker, Pierre Renouvin, Lionel Robbins, Jean de Salis, Count Carlo Sforza, Jacob Viner, and Martin Wight.

IHEID's later logo at Villa Barton's main gate.

Another cours temporaire professor, Montagu Burton Professor of International Relations at Oxford University, Sir Alfred Zimmern, left a particularly lasting mark on the Institute. As early as 1924, while serving on the staff of the International Council for intellectual Cooperation in Paris, Zimmern began organizing international affairs summer schools under the auspices of the University of Geneva, 'Zimmern schools', as they became known. The initiative operated in parallel with the early planning for the launch of the Graduate Institute and the experience acquired by the former helped to shape the latter.[14]

Despite its small size, (before the 1980s the faculty never exceeded 25 members), the Institute boasts four faculty members who have received Nobel Prizes for economics - Gunnar Myrdal, Friedrich von Hayek, Maurice Allais, and Robert Mundell. Three alumni have been Nobel laureates.

For a period of almost thirty years (1927–1954) the school was funded predominantly through the support of the Rockefeller Foundation. Since then the Canton of Geneva and the Swiss Federal Council bear most of the costs associated with the Institute. This transfer of financial responsibility coincided with the 1955 arrival of William Rappard's successor as Director of the Institute, Lausanne historian Jacques Freymond. Freymond inaugurated a period of great expansion, increasing the range of subjects taught and the number of both students and faculty, a process that continued well after his retirement in 1978. Under Freymond's tenure, the Graduate Institute hosted many international colloquia that discussed preconditions for east-west negotiations, relations with China and its rising influence in world affairs, European integration, techniques and results of politico-socioeconomic forecasting (the famous early Club of Rome reports, and the Futuribles project led by Bertrand de Jouvenel), the causes and possible antidotes to terrorism, Pugwash Conference concerns and much more. Freymond's term also saw many landmark publications, including the Treatise on international law by Professor Paul Guggenheim and the six-volume compilation of historical documents relating to the Communist International.[14]

The parallel history of the Graduate Institute of Development Studies (French: Institut universitaire d’études du développement, IUED) also involves Freymond, who founded the institution in 1961 as the Institut Africain de Genève, or African Institute of Geneva. The Graduate Institute of Development Studies was among the pioneer institutions in Europe to develop the scholarly field of sustainable development. The school was also known for the critical view of many of its professors on development aid, as well as for its journal, the Cahiers de l'IUED[16] It was at the center of a huge international network.

Recent merger

In 2008, the Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI), absorbed the Graduate Institute of Development Studies (IUED), to create the current Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID).


Admission to the Graduate Institute's study programmes is highly competitive, with only 14% of applicants attending the Graduate Institute in 2014.[17] The Institute awards its own degrees.[18] It does not award undergraduate degrees.


In Foreign Policy's 2014 [4] Inside the Ivory Tower ranking of best international relations schools in the world, the Graduate Institute was one of five non-U.S. universities—with LSE, Oxford, Cambridge and Sciences Po Paris—to be included for best master's programs for policy career in international relations. In 2012, The Graduate Institute was listed among the Foreign Policy Association's "Top 50 International Affairs Graduate Programs." [19] The LLM in international dispute settlement, offered jointly with the University of Geneva, was ranked second worldwide according to a 2012 survey of law firms conducted by the Global Arbitration Review.[20]

Degree programs

Master of Arts in International Affairs (MIA)

The MIA program begins with a rigorous foundation in quantitative and qualitative methods and in the disciplines of the Institute. Interdisciplinary courses follow in three thematic tracks: Global and Regional integration; Security and Peace-building; and Civil Society and Transnational Issues. All students undertake independent interdisciplinary research towards a dissertation. Applied Research Seminars expose them to stakeholders beyond academia and develop skills to design and execute research projects in partnership with them. Specialized, interactive, hands-on workshops help enhance professional skills, while internships for credit allow students to develop work skills and experience.

Master of Arts in Development Studies (MDEV)

The Master of Arts in Development Studies is the Institute’s oldest interdisciplinary program. It aims to equip students aspiring to careers in development with the theoretical, policy, and practical skills to tackle the great development challenges of our time. MDEV combines training in quantitative and qualitative methods with disciplinary courses in Anthropology/Sociology, Economics, History, and Law, and a unique interdisciplinary approach to three critical areas: Conflict and Peace-building; Development and Sustainability; and Human and Social Development.

Disciplinary Master of Arts (MA)

Each of the Graduate Institute's five academic departments—International Relations & Political Science; International History; International Law; International Economics; and Anthropology & Sociology of Development—offers a disciplinary MA. It is a two-year program and students are expected to write a master's thesis.

The International Economics programme offers rigor.

Master of Law in International Law (LL.M.)

The LL.M. was introduced in 2012. Students have the opportunity to discuss legal problems in tutorials, develop their professional skills in practical workshops and write an LL.M. paper on a topic within their specialty stream. Moreover, LL.M. participants undertake real legal work for a client as part of a law clinic.

Doctorate (PhD)

PhD students specialize in one disciplinary field. PhD candidates who wish to carry out bi-disciplinary research choose a main discipline (a major) and a second discipline (a minor).

Executive masters

Executive education programs include masters in International Negotiation and Policy-Making, Development Policies and Practices, International Oil and Gas Leadership.


The Graduate Institute has established joint or dual degree programs with: the MPA program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government; the LL.M. in Global Health Law program at the Georgetown University's Law Center; the BA program at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs; the BA program at Peking University; the BA program at Smith College; the BA program at the University of Hong Kong, and with the University of Geneva's LL.M. program in International Dispute Settlement, LL.M. program in International Humanitarian Law, Master's program of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Action and Master's in Asian Studies.

Apart from the dual/joint degree programs, students also have the option to spend an exchange semester at Georgetown Law School, Harvard Law School, Michigan Law School, UCLA School of Law, Boston University School of Law, Yale University, the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, School of International Service at American University in Washington D.C., the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, Wellesley College, Sciences Po Paris - Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Bocconi University in Italy, Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli in Italy, the Graduate School of International Studies at Seoul National University, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies at Waseda University, University of Hong Kong, Tsinghua University, Fudan University, Peking University, KIMEP University, Gadjah Mada University, the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, University of Malaya, the American University in Cairo, Boğaziçi University in Turkey, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, El Colegio de México, the University of Ghana, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Stellenbosch University, as well as the University of St. Gallen and ETH Zürich in Switzerland.

Furthermore, the Graduate Institute is an active member of the following associations and academic networks:


The construction of the Maison de la paix ("House of Peace").
The Villa Moynier campus

The Campus de la paix is a network of buildings extending from Place des Nations (the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva) to the shores of Lake Geneva, spanning two public parks -- Parc Barton and Parc Moynier.

Maison de la paix

The Graduate Institute's main campus is the Maison de la paix ("House of Peace"), which opened in 2013.[21] The Maison de la Paix is a 38,000 meter-square glass building distributed into six connected sections. It contains the Davis Library, which holds 350,000 books about social sciences, journals and annual publications, making it one of Europe's richest libraries in the fields of development and international relations. It is named after two Institute alumni—Ambassador Shelby Cullom Davis and his wife Kathryn Davis, following the Davis' $10 million donation to the Institute.[22] The neighboring Picciotto Student Residence was completed in 2012 and provides 135 apartments for students and visiting professors.

In addition to serving as the Institute's main campus, the Maison de la paix also houses policy centres and advocacy groups with close ties to the Institute such as the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining, Interpeace, the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Gulf Research Center.[21]

Historic villas

Another section of the campus are two historic villas situated by Lake Geneva, Villa Barton and Villa Moynier. Villa Barton served as the Institute's main campus for most of the school's history. It now mostly houses administrative staff. Villa Moynier, created in 2001 and which opened in October 2009, houses the Institute-based Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. The building holds a symbolic significance as it was originally owned by Gustave Moynier, co-founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and subsequently used by the League of Nations and as the headquarters of the ICRC between 1933 and 1946.

Campus expansion

Expansion projects include the construction of the Portail des Nations (or Gate of Nations) near the Palace of Nations. The new building will house a series of conference rooms for students and host exhibitions on the role of Geneva in world affairs.[23] The school has also partnered with the University of Geneva to open a center for international cooperation at the historic Castle of Penthes.[24]


The Institute's research activities are conducted both at fundamental and applied levels with the objective of bringing analysis to international actors, private or public, of main contemporary issues. These research activities are conducted by the faculty of the Institute, as part of their individual work, or by interdisciplinary teams within centres and programmes whose activity focus on these main fields:

Furthermore, IHEID is home to the Swiss Chair of Human Rights, the Curt Gasteyger Chair in International Security and Conflict Studies, the André Hoffmann Chair in Environmental Economics, the Pictet Chair in Environmental International Law, the Pictet Chair in Finance and Development, the Yves Oltramare Chair on Politics and Religion, and the Swiss Chair of International Humanitarian Law.

Programmes and research centres

The centres and programmes of the Institute distribute analysis and research that contributes to the analysis of international organisations headquartered in Geneva:

Affiliated programmes and initiatives


Refugee Survey Quarterly
Published by Oxford University Press and based at the Graduate Institute, the Refugee Survey Quarterly is a peer-reviewed journal focusing on the challenges of forced migration from multidisciplinary and policy-oriented perspectives.
Journal of International Dispute Settlement
Established by the Graduate Institute and the University of Geneva in 2010, the JIDS is dedicated to international law with commercial, economic and financial implications. It is published by Oxford University Press.
International Development Policy
A peer-reviewed e-journal that promotes cutting-edge research and policy debates on global development.
European Journal of Development Research
The European Journal of Development Research is a co-publication of the Graduate Institute and the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes with a multi-disciplinary focus.
Medicine Anthropology Theory
Medicine Anthropology Theory is an open-access journal that publishes scholarly articles, essays, reviews, and reports related to medical anthropology and science and technology studies.
Relations Internationales
Relations Internationales publishes research on international relations history ranging from the end of the 19th century to recent history.


Historian Philippe Burrin, Director of the Graduate Institute since 2004

IHEID is constituted as a Swiss private law foundation, Fondation pour les hautes études internationales et du développement, sharing a convention with the University of Geneva.[25] This is a particular organizational form, because IHEID is constituted as a foundation of private law fulfilling a public purpose. In addition, the political responsibility for the Institute shared between the Swiss Confederation and the Canton of Geneva. Usually in Switzerland, it is the responsibility of the Cantons to run public universities, except for the Federal Institutes of Technology (ETHZ and EPFL). IHEID is therefore something like a hybrid institution, in-between the two standard categories.[26]

Foundation Board

The Foundation Board is the administrative body of the Institute. It assembles academics, politicians, people of public life and practitioners. Jacques Forster (Vice President of the ICRC) is President of the Board. The vice-president is Isabelle Werenfels (senior researcher at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs). The Board includes among others: Carlos Lopes, currently UN Under Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, Julia Marton-Lefèvre (former Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature), Joëlle Kuntz (journalist), and Yves Mény (president emeritus of the European University Institute in Florence).[9]


The Institute is headed by Philippe Burrin and his deputy Elisabeth Prügl.


Kofi Annan: alumnus, former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace prize recipient
Mohamed ElBaradei: alumnus, former IAEA Director-General and Nobel Peace prize recipient
Micheline Calmy-Rey: alumna, former Swiss foreign minister and President of the Swiss Federal Council in 2007 and 2011
Patricia Espinosa: alumna and Secretary Executive for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Hans-Gert Pöttering: alumnus and former European Parliament president (2007–9)
Hernando de Soto Polar: alumnus, Peruvian economist and ILD President
Saul Friedländer: alumnus and award-winning Israeli historian
Jakob Kellenberger: alumnus, former ICRC president
Carlos Fuentes: alumnus, acclaimed writer

Nobel laureates

Heads of state

Cabinet and government members

  • Delia Albert — former Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines.
  • Lourdes Aranda Bezaury — Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico.
  • Youssouf Bakayoko (Certificate 1971) — Foreign Minister of Côte d'Ivoire and Ambassador.
  • David Bakradze (1998) — Chairman of the Georgian Parliament and former Foreign Affairs Minister.
  • Sibusiso Bengu (PhD 1974) — former Minister of Education of South Africa.
  • István Bibó (PhD 1935) — former Minister of State of Hungary.
  • Martin Coiteux (PhD) — Minister responsible for Government Administration of Quebec, Chair of the Treasury Board of Quebec.
  • Joseph Cuthbert — Minister of Education, Culture, External Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago (1971–1986).
  • Patricia Espinosa (DEA 1987) — Secretary Executive for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and former Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico.
  • Abul Fateh (Fellow 1962-1963) — first Foreign Minister of Bangladesh.
  • He Yafei (DEA 1987) — Assistant Foreign Minister of China.
  • Manouchehr Ganji (PhD 1960) — Iranian human rights activist and former Education Minister.
  • Rubén González Sosa (DEA) — Ambassador (1957-), Under-Secretary of Foreign Affairs (1971–76), and Acting Foreign Minister of Mexico (inter. 1970-75).[27]
  • Bonaya Godana (PhD 1982) — Foreign Minister of Kenya between 1998-2001.
  • Parker T. Hart (Certificate 1936) — Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs.
  • Jafar Hassan (PhD 2000) — Jordanian Minister of Planning and International Cooperation between 2009–2013.
  • Annemarie Huber-Hotz (1975) — Federal Chancellor of Switzerland between 2000 and 2007.
  • Sandra Kalniete (1995) — Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia between 2002 and 2004, current member of the European Parliament.
  • Patti Londono Jaramillo — Deputy Foreign Minister of Colombia, Vice-Minister of Multilateral Affairs between 2010-2013.
  • Paul Joseph James Martin — Foreign Minister of Canada between 1963 and 1968.
  • Yōichi Masuzoe — Governor of Tokyo, former Japanese Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare (2007-9) and former member of the Japanese House of Councillors.
  • Omer Tshiunza Mbiye (DEA 1967) — former Minister of Economy of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Robert McFarlane (Licence) — United States National Security Advisor between 1983 and 1985.
  • Teodor Meleșcanu (PhD 1973) — Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania, former Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service and former Minister of Defense.
  • Ram Niwas Mirdha — former Cabinet Minister in India.
  • Kamel Morjane(DEA 1976) — former Defence Minister and Foreign Minister of Tunisia between 2005 and 2011.
  • Saïd Ben Mustapha — Foreign Minister of Tunisia between 1997–1999.
  • Kristiina Ojuland (1992) — former Foreign Minister of Estonia and current member of the European Parliament.
  • Andrzej Olechowski — former Minister of Finance and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland.
  • Marco Piccinini — Minister of Finance and Economy of Monaco.
  • Francisco Rivadeneira (1995) — Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Integration of Ecuador.
  • Haroldo Rodas (DEA) — Foreign Minister of Guatemala.
  • Shri Shumsher K. Sheriff — Secretary-General of the upper house of the Parliament of India.
  • André Simonazzi (Licence 1992) — Vice Chancellor of the Swiss Federal Council.
  • Albert Tevoedjre — former Minister of Information of Benin.
  • Ton That Thien (PhD 1963) — former Cabinet Minister and public intellectual in Vietnam.
  • Omar Touray (DEA 1992, PhD 1995) — former Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Gambia.
  • Joseph Tsang Mang Kin — former Minister of Arts and Culture of Mauritius and poet.

Members of parliament and public servants

United Nations and international organisations

Public policy



  • María Teresa Infante Caffi (PhD) — Ambassador of Chile to the Netherlands.
  • Walid Abdel Nasser — Ambassador of Egypt to the United Nations Office in Geneva.
  • Imran N. Hosein - Islamic Scholar-specialist in Islamic Eschatology; Foreign Service Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Ochieng’ Adala — Ambassador of Kenya, Executive Director of the Africa Peace Forum.
  • William M. Bellamy (Certificate) — Ret. US Ambassador.
  • Térence Billeter (DEA) — Former counselor of the Swiss Embassy to China.
  • Jean-Marc Boulgaris (1970) — Former Swiss Ambassador to Colombia and Denmark.
  • Linus von Castelmur (1992) — Ambassador of Switzerland to India.
  • Shelby Cullom Davis (PhD 1934) — US Ambassador to Switzerland between 1969 and 1975 and philanthropist.'
  • Jean-Jacques de Dardel (PhD) — Swiss Ambassador to Belgium and NATO, then to France, now to China.
  • Jean-Pierre Gontard (DEA 1967) — Swiss diplomat and peace mediator.
  • Elyes Ghariani — Tunisian Ambassador to Germany.
  • Erwin Hofer (1976) — Swiss Ambassador to Russia.
  • María Teresa Infante (PhD 1980) — Chilean Ambassador to the Netherlands.
  • Claude Heller (DEA) — Ambassador of Mexico to the United Nations.
  • Tamara Kunanayakam (DEA 1982) — Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office in Geneva; Chairperson-Rapporteur of the United Nations Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on the Right to Development, Human Rights Council.
  • A.H.M. Moniruzzaman (Certificate '89) — Ambassador of Bangladesh to Belgium, Switzerland, and Luxembourg.
  • Robert G. Neumann (1937) — American Ambassador and politician.
  • François Nordmann (DEA 1972) — Swiss Ambassador to France.
  • Assad Omer — Ambassador of Afghanistan to France.
  • Marcial Perez Chiriboga (PhD 1965) — Former Ambassador of Venezuela to the US.
  • Michael Reiterer (1985) — Ambassador of the European Commission to Switzerland.
  • Oswaldo de Rivero — Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations in New York.
  • Guillaume Scheurer — Ambassador of Switzerland to Ukraine.
  • Zalman Shoval (DEA) — Former Israeli Ambassador to the US.
  • Luis Solari Tudela — Ambassador of Peru to the United Kingdom.
  • Mohamed Ibrahim Shaker (PhD 1975) — Egyptian Ambassador.
  • Gérard Stoudmann — Swiss Ambassador and former director of the Geneva Center for Security Policy.
  • Nazmul Quaunine — Ambassador of Bangladesh to the United Kingdom.
  • Nikolaos Vamvounakis (Diploma 1975) — Greek Ambassador in Bangkok and Non-resident Ambassador to Singapore, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.
  • Christian Wenaweser — Ambassador of Liechtenstein to the United Nations.


Private sector

  • Ralph D. Crosby Jr. (DEA 1976) — CEO of Airbus Group Inc. (formerly EADS North America) between 2002 and 2009.
  • Jean-Marc Duvoisin (DEA 1985) — CEO of Nespresso.
  • Nobuyuki Idei (did not graduate) — Founder and CEO of Quantum Leaps Corporation, Chairman and Group CEO of Sony Corporation between 1999 and 2005.
  • Andras Fehervary (DES 1994) — Head of Government and Public Affairs Europe at Novartis.
  • Daniel Jaeggi — Co-founder of Mercuria Energy Group.
  • Martin Kupka — Chief economist of Československá obchodní banka.
  • Rick Gilmore (PhD 1971) — President/CEO of the GIC Group and Council on Foreign Relations scholar.
  • Philipp Hildebrand (DEA 1990) — Vice President of BlackRock and former President of the Swiss National Bank.
  • Léon Lambert — Prominent Belgian banker.
  • Lynn Forester de Rothschild (Fellow 1978-1979) — CEO of E.L. Rothschild.
  • Yan Lan (PhD 1993) — Managing Director of Lazard China.
  • Frank Melloul (Licence 1999) — CEO of i24news.
  • Christopher Murphy-Ives (DES 1990) — Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Latin America and Canada at Hewlett-Packard.
  • Rudolf Ramsauer — Senior Vice-President and Corporate Communications Director of Nestlé.
  • Brad Smith (DEA 1984) — President of Microsoft.
  • Rafael Tiago Juk Benke — Global Head of Corporate Affairs of Brazilian multinational Vale.
  • G. Richard Thoman — American businessman who was President and CEO of Xerox Corporation.
  • Jurg Witmer — Chairman of the board of directors of Givaudan.
  • Bernard Zen-Ruffinen — President of Europe, Middle East and Africa at Korn Ferry International.
  • Carl Zimmerer — Founder and CEO of InterFinanz.

Writers and journalists


Prominent faculty



  • Jean-Louis Arcand — Professor of International Economics, Director of the Centre for Finance and Development
  • Richard Baldwin — Professor of International Economics.
  • Jean-François Bayart — Prominent Africanist, Yves Oltramar Professor of Religion and Politics.
  • José Manuel Barroso — Visiting professor, former President of the European Commission and former Prime Minister of Portugal.
  • Thomas J. Biersteker — Curt Gasteyger Professor of International Security, Council on Foreign Relations scholar and former director of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.
  • Andrew Clapham — Professor of International Law, former Representative of Amnesty International at the United Nations, and former Adviser on International Humanitarian Law to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Iraq.
  • Pierre-Marie Dupuy — Professor of International Law, whose Droit international public is "one of the best known French international law textbooks" according to the European Society of International Law.
  • Kemal Dervis — Professor of Economics, former head of the United Nations Development Programme and former Minister of Economic Affairs of Turkey.
  • Faisal Devji — Yves Oltramar Chair of Religion and Politics, noted historian of Islam.
  • Jakob Kellenberger — former president of the ICRC, professor of humanitarian action.
  • Ilona Kickbusch — Adjunct Professor, leading thinker in the fields of health promotion and global health.
  • Marcelo Kohen — Professor of International Law, scholar with experience practicing before the International Court of Justice.
  • Robert B. Koopman — Adjunct professor and chief economist of the World Trade Organization.
  • Nico Krisch — Professor of International Law specializing in constitutional theory, and global governance.
  • Keith Krause — Professor of International Relations, director of the Small Arms Survey.
  • Jussi Hanhimäki — Professor of International History, recipient of the 2002 Bernath Prize for his book The Flawed Architect: Henry Kissinger and American Foreign Policy.
  • Susanna Hecht — Professor of International History whose early work on the deforestation of the Amazon led to the founding of the subfield of political ecology.
  • Giacomo Luciani — Leading scholar on the geopolitics of energy.
  • Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou — Professor of International History, former Foreign Minister of Mauritania and acclaimed Al Qaeda specialist.
  • Nicolas Michel — Professor of International Law, former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel.
  • Alessandro Monsutti — Leading expert on the Hazaras.
  • Ugo Panizza — Pictet Professor of Development and Finance.
  • Joost Pauwelyn — Professor of International Law, famous scholar in WTO law and public international law.
  • Timothy Swanson — André Hoffmann Professor of Environmental Economics.
  • Jordi Tejel — Professor of International History specialized in Kurdish state-building and Syrian Kurds.
  • Jorge E. Viñuales — Adjunct professor of environmental law and Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge.
  • Charles Wyplosz — Professor of International Economics, regular columnist in the Financial Times, Le Monde, Libération, Le Figaro, Finanz und Wirtschaft, and Handelsblatt.

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