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


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


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

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

Arbez Jean-Max

Marketing and Sales


Executive program on Management & Business, HEC University, Geneva
Course on Management & Computer Data Mgt, Webster University, Geneva

Course on English language & American studies, Columbia University, New-York
International M.Sc., Ecole Supérieure d'Informatique (ESI/SUPINFO International University), Paris
Computer Science Engineer, Ecole Supérieure d'Informatique (ESI/SUPINFO International University), Paris


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


Ph.D. Political Science, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva
Master in International Relations & Political Science, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva
B.A Sciences Po, Lyon, France

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


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


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



Juris Doctor in Law (magna cum laude), Cleveland State University Law School
LL.M. in International and Comparative Law (with distinction), Georgetown University Law Center
B.A. English Literature and Language (cum laude), Barat College


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



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

Matriculation in Science

Cellich Claude

Vice-President for External Relations


D.B.A. h.c. Davenport University, USA
M.A., M.B.A., University of Detroit, USA

B.A. Detroit Institute of Technology, USA


Harvard trained negotiator.
Former UN senior administrator.
Co-author of Global Business Negotiations and International Trade Promotion.

Chambers Lucas

Media and Communication


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



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


Ph.D. Geopolics, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Postgraduate Degrees in European Studies and Philosophy, University of Geneva
M.A. Political Science, University of Toulouse, France
B.A. Political Science, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada



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 

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 


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



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

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

Drevon Jérôme

International Relations


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

Jérôme 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. Jérôme 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


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.

Goodwin Guy


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


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


PMP and ITIL certified
Ph.D. Computer Science, EGE University, Izmir, Turkey
M.Sc. Computer Science, EGE University, Izmir, Turkey

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



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

Hilale Narjis

Marketing / Management
Moroccan and Swiss 

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


High Performance Leadership Program, IMD, Lausanne
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


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


CIPE Certification in private entrepreneurship initiation and business administration, Prizren, Kosovo
M.B.A., International University in Geneva (IUG)
B.B.A., Finance concentration, International University in Geneva (IUG)


Business Operation Analysis, UNICEF, Geneva

Finance & Admin Officer at MBV, Lausanne

Jovanovic Goran

International Relations, Political Communication


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


Professional Diploma in Marketing, Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), UK
M.Sc. Education in Social Science and Economy, Moscow Pedagogical State University, Russia
B.Sc. Social Science, Moscow Pedagogical State University, Russia


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. 

Kritskiy Vsevolod

International Relations


Ph.D. in International History – IHEID, Geneva, Switzerland
Master in International Affairs – IHEID, Geneva, Switzerland
Bachelor in History with honours – Warwick University, Coventry, UK


His experience includes being a Visiting Scholar at Harriman Institute, Columbia University, New York, USA. He also has been Teaching Assistant for Interdisciplinary Masters programs at Graduate Institute of Geneva and Mentor at Smith College International, Geneva, Switzerland

Leiglon Eric



Ph.D. graduated in Technical Science, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
MBA MASPALA graduated Specialization “Procurement, Purchasing & Supply Chain », HEC Geneva
Master graduated « Ingénieur EPF in Physic » from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne


Eric has extensive experience in Supply Chain Management and has been responsible for managing Supply Chain Operations (from sourcing, production to logistics) with multinationals, mainly in pharmaceutical and luxury industries, at senior management positions.
Eric has also taught at several academies: GSEM-Geneva, EPFL-Lausanne and AFTRAL-Paris.

Liouka Ioanna

International Business


Ph.D. University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
M.B.A, INSEAD, France
B.Sc. Athens University, Greece


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

Monkelbaan Joachim

International Relations
Dutch and German


PhD in governance for sustainable development - University of Geneva
Masters in International Law and Economics – World Trade Institute
Masters in European Law and Languages – Maastricht University



Dr. Monkelbaan is Representative for Sustainable and Just Economic Systems at the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) in Geneva. Previously he worked with organizations such as UN Environment (Economics and Trade Branch), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), WHO, and Climate-KIC. He was a team leader for several Sustainability Impact Assessments of trade agreements for the European Commission (DG Trade). He did postdoctoral research at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and at the Institute for Developing Economies (IDE) in Tokyo, Japan. 

Neufeld Nora

International Relations


Ph.D. law, University of Vienna
M.A. law, University of Vienna, Austria


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.

Pauletto Christian

Digital Diplomacy
Trade and Investment Promotion Strategies



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


Master in International Marketing – Bocconi University, Milan
Bachelor in Business Administration – 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 


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​
Ph.D. and M.A., 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


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


Senior Executive programs at Stanford, INSEAD, and London Business School
DiplM, MCIM, The Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK
B.Sc., Economics, Athens University, Greece


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



M.Sc. University of Geneva, Switzerland
B.A. Economics, State University of Moscow, Russia


Chartered Certified Accountant, UK.

Management position at SITA.

Sernova Elena


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

DBA  current candidate of Doctorate, Plymouth University-UK
MMB Master of Money & Banking, American University of Beirut (AUB)- Lebanon

B.Sc. Economics & Accounting, University of Jordan

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


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:  


Triacca Luca

Communication and Management


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 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


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 Dadelszen Helen



Post-Graduate Diploma in Business and Administration, in Human Resource Management, Massey University, New Zealand
Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), University of Cambridge


Helen has been a manager and trainer with over 20 years of international and cross-cultur

al experience in events, NGOs and people management. She is the founder of Present Potential, a presentation training company and holds the Vice-President ship of the International Toastmasters Club of Nyon.

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

LIM Wai Mun

Director of Professional Doctorates
Associate Professor of Service Management, University of Plymouth, UK


PhD Business Management, University of Plymouth, UK
MBA, University of Leicester, UK
BA Economics and Sociology, National University of Singapore
EdD, Cambridge University, UK (anticipated 2022)



As an Associate Professor at the University of Plymouth, Wai Mun lectures in Business Strategy, Research Methods and e-Strategies. While she is widely published, her primary research interests lie in the fields of service quality and technology use/adoption. To keep up with the rapid advancement in the field, she has recently completed a Professional Certificate in Data Science: Data into Insights, awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. 

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