International University in Geneva

The IUG faculty draw on their passion for teaching and their extensive experience in the public and private sectors providing our students with an outstanding educational experience.

The insights gained from their research contribute to a high standard of education to form future international leaders in business and politics.

Aggarwal Surabhi

Academic Dean
Social Psychology / Communications


B.A. Psychology, University of Delhi, India
M.A. Social Work, University of Delhi, India
M.A. Media, Communications and Advertising, University of Leicester, UK
Ph.D. Social Work, University of Delhi, India

Former Associate Professor at University of Delhi teaching Psychology, social research and gender studies
Considerable research in the areas of psychology and women issues.

Apostolov Mario

International Relations
Bulgarian/Swiss - Adjunct


M.A. International Relations, Moscow State Institute of International Relations
D.E.S. International Relations, University of Geneva
Ph.D. International Relations, University of Geneva


Mr. Apostolov is working as a Regional Adviser at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Arbez Jean-Max

Marketing and Sales
French - Adjunct


Computer Science Engineer, Ecole Supérieure d'Informatique (ESI/SUPINFO International University), Paris

International M.Sc., Ecole Supérieure d'Informatique (ESI/SUPINFO International University), Paris

Course on English language & American studies, Columbia University, New-York

Course on Management & Computer Data Mgt, Webster University, Geneva

Executive program on Management & Business, HEC University, Geneva

In 1996 Mr. Arbez took the role of HP Swiss romande Branch Office Manager and after General Manager for HP Swiss romande in 2000 and of the new HP (HP + Compaq merge) in 2002. He took in 2009 the management of the Global 1000 Major Accounts organisation in Zurich. He is CEO and founder of Boost (Suisse) SA, an IT company launched in 2010.

Baillat Aline

Department Head, International Relations Programs
International Relations


B.A Sciences Po, Lyon, France
Master in International Relations & Political Science, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva
Ph.D. Political Science, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva
Held research positions in various institutions such as the Global Policy Forum, New York City; WaterLex, Geneva; IUHEID; Institute Kurt Bösch, Sion, Switzerland. Author in the field of global environmental governance, international water law and policy, hydropolitics, water markets and climate change.

Benain Pierre-Yves

Business Policy
French - Adjunct


M.Sc. Engineering, National Institute of Applied Sciences, France

E.M.B.A. International University in Geneva

Marketing and Strategic Planning with multinationals such as Siemens and SITA


Pierre-Yves holds a master degree in Telecommunications & IT engineering and an MBA from International University in Geneva. He worked for international corporations like Siemens, Equant, SITA, SITAONAIR and accumulated over 20 years international experience in air transport IT & Communications in various management position from strategic technical planning, product management, product marketing, business development, program management and innovation. 


Borgeon Michel

International Relations / E-Commerce
French - Professor


M.A., Ph.D., University of La Sorbonne, France

Over 25 years of experience in trade promotion with the International Trade Centre, UNCTAD / WTO

Catliota Donna

American - Professor


B.A. English Literature and Language (cum laude), Barat College

LL.M. in International and Comparative Law (with distinction), Georgetown University Law Center

Juris Doctor in Law (magna cum laude), Cleveland State University Law School


Ms Catliota was engaged in private practice for over 10 years with law firms in the United States, before moving to the public sector, where she has served as legal counsel with the US Department of State (Office of the Legal Advisor); the United Nations Compensation Commission; and the World Health Organization and as General Counsel for the Millennium Foundation.

Cattani Carlo Federico

Swiss/Italian - Professor


Matriculation in Science
Faculty of Physics, University of Rome
Faculty of Economics, University of Rome
Diploma from the International Centre of Tourism Studies (World Tourism Organisation)
Ph.D. Economy and Commerce, Rome

Cellich Claude

Vice-President for External Relations
American - Professor


B.A. Detroit Institute of Technology, USA

M.A., M.B.A., University of Detroit, USA

D.B.A. h.c. Davenport University, USA

Harvard trained negotiator

Former UN senior administrator


Co-author of Global Business Negotiations and International Trade Promotion

Chambers Lucas

Media and Communication
Swiss/Canadian - Lecturer


Diploma in Broadcast Journalism, Concordia University, Canada
B.Sc. Communication, University of British Columbia, Canada

Mr. Lucas Chambers has worked as journalist and producer for major broadcasting organizations such CBC, IDRC and Swiss Broadcasting Corporation. Founder and director of Smart Cuts.


Collins Keith

American - Adjunct


M.Sc. Journalism, Columbia University, Graduate School of Business, New York

MBA, Columbia University, Graduate School of Business, New York

Senior communications professional with long experience managing strategic communications, including writing, editing, media relations, internal communications, marketing communications and web communications for non-profit organizations, corporations and universities

Csurgai Gyula

Geopolitical Analysis / Geoeconomics
Swiss/Canadian - Adjunct


B.A. Political Science, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

M.A. Political Science, University of Toulouse, France

Postgraduate Degrees in European Studies and Philosophy, University of Geneva

Ph.D. Geopolics, University of Geneva, Switzerland


Co-founder of the Geneva Institute of Geopolitical Studies

Academic Director of the Multilateral Diplomacy Program of the School for International Training.

Published several books and artices in geopolitics, geoeconomics and economic intelligence.

Debbich Yazid

French / Tunisian - Adjunct

DBA, Audencia and Toulouse Business school
Master in International economics, University Paris X Nanterre and Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Cachan
Bachelor in Economics, University Paris X Nanterre
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certified


Dr. Debbich has worked several years as consultant and project manager before holding global positions in the fields of quality and continuous improvement within FMCG companies such as Nestlé and Givaudan.

Dincic Dejan

Information Technology
Swiss / Serbian - Adjunct


M.A. in Online and Distance Education, The Open University, UK
Information Technology Engineer, Business and Informatics School, Belgrade, Yugoslavia


Dejan Dincic is a digital transformation and online learning specialist, based in Geneva. Formerly the technical director of DiploFoundation, he now lectures and provides strategic advice for Diplo, and works as a consultant for international organisations, development NGOs, and UN agencies. He is a sought-after trainer and facilitator who brings topic knowledge, technical expertise, and effective training methodologies to events and workshops.

With a professional and academic background in online and distance education and information technologies, Dejan has more than twenty years of experience in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, as well as in academia.

Dolivo Jean

Swiss - Adjunct


Licence in Mathematics, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
M.Sc. Physics, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
M.Sc. Computer Science, University of California at Berkeley, USA
M.B.A., INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France

Former senior manager with Hewlett-Packard Europe
Executive Coaching and Project Management

Drevon Jérôme

International Relations
Swiss - Adjunct


Ph.D in International Relations, Durham University, Durham, UK
M.A. in International Affairs, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva, Switzerland

Jerome Drevon is a Research Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) who is particularly interested in the study of civil wars, contentious politics, and political violence. His research has engaged with the study of (mostly Islamist) non-state armed groups from the meso-level, including institutional, organisational, and networking perspectives. Jerome obtained his doctorate in Durham University before completing two post-doctoral positions at the universities of Manchester and Oxford. He has undertaken field research and lived in several Middle Eastern countries, including Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Turkey, and worked for NGOs and research centres before his doctoral studies.

Filippova Ekaterina

Media and Communication
Russian - Adjunct


Master of Arts in Media and Communication (MA-MC), International University in Geneva, Switzerland
American BBA Degree (dual major) in Business Management & Hotel, Restaurant and Resort Management, Northwood University, HIM Campus, Switzerland


Communication professional with 12 years of internal, external and marketing communication experience.
Geneva Communicators Network board member.
Founder of eKat Communication, digital communication agency.
Frequent speaker and trainer on social media and communication.

Frankl Thomas

Department Head, Master's Programs
Management / Business Strategy


M.A. and Ph.D, University of Munich, Germany
Int. commercial law certificates: University of Geneva, American University in Cairo (AUC)

Over 15 years in strategic management positions at Texas Instruments, Intel, ITU Telecom, SITA
Currently Managing Partner at ADP SA, Meyrin and Principal, Brixton Capital, San Diego

Goldschmid Patricia C.

Communications/ E-Commerce
Canadian/Swiss - Adjunct


B.A. Hons, German, Business Administration, Spanish, University of Toronto, Canada
M.Sc. in Communications, University of Lugano, Switzerland, and UCLA Anderson School of Management, California, USA

Former Director of Communications and Media Relations, IFPMA, Switzerland

Goodwin Guy

British - Lecturer

B.Sc. with Honours in Business Studies, Bradford University, England
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Has held senior positions in Finance at several multinationals in Geneva Switzerland including the position of CFO at the World Economic Forum (WEF)


Gransart Annick

Human Resources
French - Adjunct


Postgraduate (DEA) in Anglo-Saxon Civilization and Literature, Paris X University, France


Human Resources Professional offering over fifteen years of generalist experience, with people management responsibilities, in multinational and matrix environments.

Guven Dogan

Director of Doctorate Programs
Information Technology


B.Sc. Computer Science and Engineering, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

M.Sc. Computer Science, EGE University, Izmir, Turkey

Ph.D. Computer Science, EGE University, Izmir, Turkey

PMP and ITIL certified.


Mr. Guven has more than 17 years of experience in business/IT and global IT leadership.

Hilale Narjis

Marketing / Management
Moroccan and Swiss - Adjunct

B.A. in Economics and Management, University of Nantes, France
Master in Management, Audencia Business School, Nantes, France


Mrs. Hilale is an author, consultant and TEDx Speaker. She has 15 years global expertise in Marketing, Strategy and Insights, working for major FMCG multinationals and UN organizations (P&G, Shell, Vivendi, JTI, Firmenich, SingTel, WIPO). She is the author of the book « Woman’s Essentials Box for the Corporate World ».  


Holt Paige

Media and Communication
American/French - Adjunct


Bachelor of Arts, International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and St. Louis University in France, Orléans
Executive MBA, International Management, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa, International University in Geneva
Non-Executive Directors Diploma, Financial Times, London
High Performance Leadership Program, IMD, Lausanne


Paige Holt is the Chief Operating Officer for CNNMoney Switzerland. From 2013 to 2016, she was Secretary General for the News Department of the RTS (the French-speaking branch of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, SSR-SRG). From 2007 to 2013, she was Deputy Director of World Radio Switzerland, a national public service media serving the English-language community of Switzerland.

Hyseni Valon

Information Technology
Albanian/Kosovo - Lecturer


B.B.A., Finance concentration, International University in Geneva (IUG)

M.B.A., International University in Geneva (IUG)

CIPE Certification in private entrepreneurship initiation and business administration, Prizren, Kosovo


Business Operation Analysis, UNICEF, Geneva

Finance & Admin Officer at MBV, Lausanne

Jovanovic Goran

International Relations, Political Communication
Swiss/Serbian - Professor


B.A. Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Graduate Certificate, Development Studies, IUED, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Graduate Diploma, American Studies, Smith College (MA), USA

D.E.S. Ph.D., International Relations, IUHEI, University of Geneva, Switzerland


Academic Director of the Banking, Finance and Social Responsibility program at the School for International Training. Visiting Professor at the universities in Afghanistan, Caribbean, Greece, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, etc. Widely published in international relations and political communication.
Previously: International Relations Department Head at the IUG (2007-2011); Scientific Director at the Audiovisual Unit, IUHEI, Geneva, Switzerland (2000-2005).


Klepova Oksana

Marketing Strategy / International Brand Management / Innovation

Russian – Lecturer
B.Sc. Social Science, Moscow Pedagogical State University, Russia

M.Sc. Education in Social Science and Economy, Moscow Pedagogical State University, Russia

Professional Diploma in Marketing, Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), UK


Mrs. Klepova is a marketing executive with 20 years of experience in portfolio strategy, brand building, consumer insights and product innovation in FMCG multinational companies (Philip Morris International, Nestle). For the last 10 years, she had been in a global marketing leadership position. The area of her expertise marries both existing brand portfolio management and new brand creation. She also brings diverse product & packaging development experience and true consumer centricity. In 2019, Mrs. Klepova founded a young company “Grow & Glow Sàrl” specializing in complementary education mainly for children. 

Liouka Ioanna

International Business
Greek - Associate Professor


B.Sc. Athens University, Greece

M.B.A, INSEAD, France

Ph.D. University of Glasgow, United Kingdom


Former Senior consultant with Deloitte and Touche. Research Associate with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Mari Alex

Italian - Adjunct


B.A. in Corporate Communication, Marketing & Advertising, Libera Università Maria Ss. Assunta (LUMSA), Rome, Italy

M.Sc. in Communication and Economics, Major in Marketing; University of Lugano (USI), Lugano, Switzerland

Founder & Creative Director of BrandMate App (Geneva, Switzerland)

Lecturer of Digital Marketing at Master Mediaset in Marketing & Digital Communication (Milan, Italy)

Former Marketing Manager at Procter & Gamble, WPP and Telecom Italia

Neufeld Nora

International Relations
Austrian - Adjunct


M.A. law, University of Vienna, Austria

Ph.D. law, University of Vienna

A lawyer with the World Trade Organization (WTO), Dr. Neufeld looks after the negotiations on a new multilateral agreement on Trade Facilitation. Before joining the WTO, Ms. Neufeld worked for the UN where she held various responsibilities in the areas of commercial diplomacy and trade-related research.

Osakwe Chiedu

International Trade
Nigerian - Professor


MA,Ph.D. International Relations, New York University (NYU), USA.

Former Director of the Accessions Division at the World Trade Organization (WTO), former Director of the Technical Cooperation Division at WTO; Ambassador in situ by nomination of the President of Nigeria; Director-General of the Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations (NOTN). Distinguished Professor for International Trade at IUG.

Pauletto Christian

Digital Diplomacy
Trade and Investment Promotion Strategies

Swiss - Adjunct


Dipl. Ing. ETHZ, Swiss Institute of Technology, Zurich
Certificate in Teaching, Swiss Institute of Technology, Zurich
D.E.S. International Economy, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva
D.E.S. International Law, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva


A career negotiator, Mr. Pauletto had several assignments with the Swiss government, including at the Mission of Switzerland to the EU in Brussels. Former Swiss chief negotiator for trade in services and electronic commerce. Former Executive Director of IDEAS Centre in Geneva.

Pedrazzini Andrea

Digital Marketing
Italian – Adjunct


Bachelor in Business Administration – Bocconi University, Milan

Master in International Marketing – Bocconi University, Milan

Andrea Pedrazzini is the CEO of Publicis Communications Switzerland. He joined Publicis Groupe after working on the client side, where he led the brand strategy for the healthcare company Medtronic EMEA and previously worked in management positions in FMCG for Galbani and Unilever

Ramoul Khairedine

International Relations
Swiss / Algerian - Adjunct


M.A. Diplomacy and International Relations, Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Algeria.


Mr. Ramoul joined the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in 2006 and has been working since then in the Trade Negotiations and Commercial Diplomacy Branch, Division on International Trade in goods and services. 
Before joining UNCTAD, he was a career diplomat (1988-2006). In this context, he evolved in the Multilateral Diplomacy in particular in the area of Development.
He held the position of Deputy director for the Cooperation with Funds and Programmes, and Specialized Agencies of the UN System, in the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1996-2000).
He served as a Counselor to the Permanent Missions of Algeria to the UN in New York (1992-1996) and Geneva (2000-2004).


Rehfeld Katharina-Maria

Environmental Politics​
German - Adjunct
M.A. and Ph.D, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
Senior Scientist at EPFL - École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne.

Katharina has over 14 years professional experience in international corporations as well as academic institutions. She currently holds a research position at EPFL and joined IUG in spring 2018. From 2004 until 2016 Katharina lived in China and worked for organizations such as the German Delegation of Industry & Commerce, Allianz Insurance and Tongji University Shanghai.
She is an accredited Coach (Int. Coaching Federation) and a Hogan Assessment Practitioner.

Rigual Christelle

International Relations
French - Associate


Ph.D. in International Relations/Political Science, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

M.A. in International Relations/Political Science, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
B.A. in Political Science, University of Lausanne.

Dr. Christelle Rigual is a political scientist focusing on the global governance of security in International Relations. She currently coordinates a 6-year SNSF research project on Gender, Conflict, and Peacebuilding at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, where she previously held various lecturing and research positions. She published on the arms control framework, the global arms trade and illicit proliferation of small arms and light weapons.

Santantoniou John

Marketing, Strategy
Swiss/Greek - Executive in Residence


B.Sc., Economics, Athens University, Greece

DiplM, MCIM, The Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK

Senior Executive programs at Stanford, INSEAD, and London Business School

Over 20 years of senior Marketing positions with Colgate-Palmolive and Hewlett Packard

Over 10 years as CEO-Europe for Energizer and Invensys Controls

Currently advising Private Equities and Investment Banks (TowerBrooks Capital)

Savitch Pavel

Russian - Adjunct


B.A. Economics, State University of Moscow, Russia

M.Sc. University of Geneva, Switzerland

Chartered Certified Accountant, UK

Management position at SITA

Sernova Elena

Russian- Adjunct

PhD in Management, Finance, University of California in Los Angeles, USA
Diploma in Banking, London School of Economics, UK

BA, MSc in Math with Distinction, PhD in Math (incomplete), Moscow State University, Russia
Dr.Sernova worked in JPMorgan(UK) fixed income trading desk, was doing portfolio optimization and equity research for asset management funds, and developed online MBA and postgraduate classes in Finance. She teaches multiple courses in Finance, Business Math and Statistics on graduate and undergraduate level, along with preparation for CFA, CIIA, CAIA and FRM certifications. Dr. Sernova research interests include commodity trading, alternative investments and portfolio allocation, and machine learning.

Tarazi Nawal

Department Head, Bachelor's Programs
Finance & Economics

B.Sc. Economics & Accounting, University of Jordan
MMB Master of Money & Banking, American University of Beirut (AUB)- Lebanon
DBA  current candidate of Doctorate, Plymouth University-UK
Over fifteen years’ experience handling senior executive positions at local & international financial institutions; seven years teaching and training experience in Swiss universities. Founder and Director of NWNT Consulting Sàrl, Geneva

Tartir Alaa

International Relations
Palestinian - Adjunct


Dr Alaa Tartir is a research associate at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP), and a visiting fellow at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology (ANSO), The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, Switzerland. He is also a program advisor at Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, and a visiting professor at Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA). Amongst other positions, Tartir was a post-doctoral fellow at The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) between 2016-17, a visiting scholar and lecturer (2015) at Utrecht University’s Department of History and Art History, The Netherlands, and was, between 2010 and 2015, a researcher in international development studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he earned his PhD. Alaa Tartir can be followed on Twitter @alaatartir and his publications can be accessed at:  


Tatam Andrew

Australian / British - Adjunct


Professor Andrew Tatam is working as the Business Partner Manager at a major Geneva based Health funding Organization. He earned a BA Computing in the UK and then focused on Business and Management Studies. His current focus is implementing new computing models in Cloud based environments and Service Management. He has extensive experience with the major innovative digital software platforms like Workday, ServiceNow, Office365, Adobe Sign and he has worked both in the private and public sector.  His experience has been with Vodafone, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, The United Nations and the German Stock Exchange and many major well known International Companies.

Treulier Svetlana Claire

Luxury Goods Management
Swiss and Russian - Adjunct


MBA at HEC Paris, France
MSc in Business Administration, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Professional background includes management positions with Ralph Lauren, Mercier – LVMH, Piaget – Richemont.


Triacca Luca

Communication and Management
Swiss - Adjunct


Ph.D in Communication Sciences (University of Lugano)
Master in Communication (University of Lugano)

He is founder and CEO of Your Interface SA, a full-service online marketing and communication agency. He is also Professor and former Scientific Director for the innovation and e-business area in the Master of International Management at Franklin University Switzerland, where he teaches “Digital communication strategies” and “Innovation Management”. Since 2017, he collaborates with IMD - Business School as external expert in digital transformation. 

Tsourakis Nikos

Information Technology
Greek - Adjunct


Ph.D. in Informatics, University of Geneva, Switzerland
M.Sc. in Electronic and Computer Engineering, Greece
B.Sc. in Electronic and Computer Engineering, Greece
Research associate on novel client-server architecture for cloud based computing at the University of Geneva. Extensive experience as software engineer at telecommunications companies. 


Von Werra Elizabeth

Finance and Banking
Swiss/Brazilian - Adjunct


MBA at INSEAD, France
CAIA Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst designation, USA
M. Sc.  Mechanical Engineering, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil 
Senior experience in banking and multinationals in operational management and risk control as well as wealth management with UBS bank in Switzerland.


Yan Jessie

Director, Global Partnership Development, Asia Pacific
International Business


M.Sc. in Business Enterprise, Oxford Brookes University, England
M.B.A, Oxford Brookes University, England, Executive Master in
Global Leadership, World Economic Forum (Switzerland) in
collaboration with Columbia University/ INSEAD/Wharton-
University of Pennsylvania/London Business School

Mission-oriented professional with 15+ years of Fortune 500 and
global non-profit experience. Held leadership roles in multi-national
businesses and private enterprises. Responsible for Public Private
Partnership (C-suite) and government relations; increased thought
leadership among partners; and, sustainability-focused corporate
strategy. Taught and served as a member of the Dean's Advisory
Board at Oxford Brookes University, Founder and Managing
Director of an educational consulting company.

Visiting Faculty

Howell Kerry E.

Corporate Governance and Ethics


B.Sc. in Economics, Cardiff University, England

P.G. Teaching Certificate, University of Cambridge, England

Ph.D. European Governance and Regulation (Politics and Economics), University of Bournemouth, England


Professor Howell holds the Chair of Governance at Plymouth University Graduate School of Management. He is the programme leader for the Graduate School of Management Professional Doctorate Programme and Post Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology.


White John



B.A. Psychology, University of Nottingham

M.Sc. Psychology, London School of Economics

Ph.D. Psychology, London School of Economics 

Trainer with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, UK, offering training in all aspects of communication, public affairs and measurement and evaluation in communication practice