International Relations Office - University of Geneva

Pierre Willa is the Director of the International Relations Office at the University of Geneva. A Swiss diplomat with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Willa held diplomatic posts in New York (United Nations) and in Bern, where he was in charge of Russia and the Central Asia region.

He has held the Direction of the International Relations Office at the University of Geneva since 2007, and during his tenure has significantly promoted internationalization and global studies at the University of Geneva through institutional agreements, research collaborations and innovative programming. Dr. Willa holds an MA in European Studies Economics and a PhD in Political Sciences and International Relations from the University of Geneva.

Academic Director - Geneva Summer Schools

Alexandre Babak Hedjazi has received a doctoral degree in Urban Planning from University of Grenoble in France and a Ph.D from School of Public Affairs – University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Hedjazi's started his research career on the financing of urban infrastructures and Public-Private Governance which contributed to the final document of OECD's Conference for Partnership in the XXI Century. In 1997, Dr. Hedjazi joined UCLA to conduct research on regional development and security where among many courses and seminars he lectured on Regionalization and Energy Security at the UCLA Global Studies program.

Since joining the University of Geneva in 2007, he has taught many courses on comparative politics, and organized multiple seminar series on the Caspian Sea, Regionalization and Urban development bringing scholars and practitioner to explore and discuss the nexus of development, security and the environment. Bridging his academic research and his knowledge of Central Asia and the Caucasus, his latest work concerns the impact of emerging economic and political insecurities on regional cooperation and development.

Manager - Geneva Summer Schools

Christa Lang holds a MA in International Relations from the Graduate Institute, Geneva, with a specialization in human rights and humanitarian affairs. She worked for the International Organization of Migration (Angola), at the UN Human Rights Council and for Peace Brigades International (Colombia) before joining the International Relations Office (IRO) in 2012.

At the IRO she manages the Geneva Summer Schools and is in charge of the EuroScholars and GenevaScholars Programmes, as well as bilateral agreements with partner institutions.

Assistant - Geneva Summer Schools

Dina Wahba worked as budget management assistant in a european organization based in Geneva, and as HR project assistant and SharePoint Web project assistant in a multinational company.

She joined the International Relations Office in September 2015 and is in change of the administrative support for the Geneva Summer Schools.

Assistant / Human Ressources and Accounting - Geneva Summer Schools

Laura Ben Alaya joined the International Affairs Office in March 2015. She is in charge of the Geneva Summer Schools finances and Human Resources.