The Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies was created in its present form in 2008 by an agreement between The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) and the University of Geneva (UNIGE).

The Supervisory Committee

It is the general supervisory body. The Rector of UNIGE and the Director of IHEID sit on the Committee. The Committee’s main tasks are:

  • Nominate the president of the centre’s Board of Directors on the basis of a recommendation from the board;
  • Monitor the application of the strategy proposed by the board, and ensure that it falls within the framework of the general strategy of the University and the IHEID;
  • Approve the annual budget and accounts in addition to the annual report.

The Board of Directors

It is the strategic governing body. It is composed of representatives from UNIGE, IHEID and several humanitarian organizations. In addition, two eminent individuals are co-opted to serve on the board. Its tasks are:

  • Guide and monitor the centre’s strategy;
  • Identify, orient and ensure the implementation and internal oversight of teaching, research and other activities in order to achieve the Centre’s objectives;
  • Develop and transmit course regulations to the competent authorities and oversee their application;
  • Deal with conflicts involving students through a Mediation Commission established within the Board.

Current Members of the Board of Directors:

Prof. Karl Blanchet

Prof. Karl Blanchet

Designation: Director & Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva

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Prof. Alessandro Monsutti

Prof. Alessandro Monsutti

Designation: President, Professor of Anthropology and Sociology IHEID

Prof Davide Rodogno

Prof Davide Rodogno

Designation: Professor of International History at IHEID

Prof François Dermange

Prof François Dermange

Designation: Professor of Ethics at the University of Geneva

Prof Marco Sassòli

Prof Marco Sassòli

Designation: Professor of international law at the Faculty of law of the University of Geneva

Prof Markus Stoffel

Prof Markus Stoffel

Designation: Professor at the Section of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Mr William Empson

Mr William Empson

Designation: Head of Learning & Development, Médecins Sans Frontières

Ms Mary Werntz

Ms Mary Werntz

Designation: Deputy director of operations for the International Committee of the Red Cross

Mr Philippe Besson

Mr Philippe Besson

Designation: Head of Multilateral Division, Swiss Humanitarian Aid at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

Prof Germain Poizat

Prof Germain Poizat

Designation: Professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences

Prof Stéphanie Dagron

Prof Stéphanie Dagron

Designation: Professor of Law at the University of Geneva

Prof Simon Hug

Prof Simon Hug

Designation: Professor in the Department of political science and international relations