Mr. Henry PeterProfessor at UNIGE’s Faculty of Law and Head of the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy

Henry Peter is a full Professor at the Faculty of Law and Head of the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy of the University of Geneva (GCP). Before taking that responsibility, he was head of the Faculty of Law’s commercial law department between 2006 and 2017. For more than 25 years, his teaching and many publications (more than 120) focused on the structure and governance of companies, as well as on their social responsibility. In 2014 he launched the "Philanthropy Series" at the University of Geneva. He is a member of several organisations dealing with governance and ethical issues, and sits on several boards of directors of private companies and on foundations boards. Because of his expertise, he is often called upon to act as a member of public or association bodies (e.g., Swiss Takeover Board, Sanctions Commission of the SIX Swiss Exchange, disciplinary chamber in charge of doping cases of the Swiss Olympic Association, Audit Committee of the University of Geneva, Ethics Committee of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile), or as arbitrator in commercial or sporting disputes. You can find his detailed bio here.

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Mrs. Mara De Monte, Executive Director, Geneva Centre for Philanthropy

Mara De Monte has close to 20 years of professional experience in multicultural settings, advising on corporate social responsibility, innovation, international development, and impact evaluation across a range of social issues. She has in-depth knowledge and experience of the philanthropic sector in which she has been active as consultant or donor advisor for more than a decade, providing bespoke support to (U)HNWIs and grant-making foundations.

Until July 2019 she was Senior Philanthropy Advisor at the private bank Lombard Odier, facilitating the bank’s and its clients' philanthropic engagements. She previously counselled clients on partnership building and impact evaluation, first at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Milan, London and Mumbai and later at Dalberg Advisors in New York and Geneva.

Mara is also a founding member and president of the board of Mission Zero Academy (MiZA), spin-off of Zero Waste Europe, supporting zero waste strategies and circular economy implementation bottom-up across Europe. Mara holds an MBA from the Columbia Business School. She received her Master in Management of International Institutions from the Bocconi University.

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Mrs. Sémia Bey, Project Manager, Geneva Centre for Philanthropy

Sémia Bey holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Law from the University of Neuchâtel and a MS/LLM in Law and International Management from HEC Paris, France. Over the last ten years, she has worked in several for-profit, non-profit and academic organisations in Switzerland, France and the United States. She is presently a project manager for the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy.

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Mrs. Pauline Guédon, Administrative Assistant, Geneva Centre for Philanthropy

Pauline Guédon holds a Bachelor and "Maîtrise" in English Language and Literature from the University of Nantes, France, and an "Maîtrise" in French as a Foreign Language (FFL) from the University of Rennes, France. She has worked as an administrative assistant and teacher of FFE in different organisations in Switzerland and in Europe.

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Mrs. Anne-Françoise Ritter, in charge of publications, Geneva Centre for Philanthropy

Trained in Civilization and Linguistics (Paris Sorbonne/Strasbourg Université M. Bloch), Anne-Françoise Ritter has acquired a rich experience in the world of publishing and editing. For many years she was editor of the monthly magazine "Expert Focus" at Expertsuisse, Zurich and is currently a lecturer in French at the University of Zurich and ETHZ.

For any questions related to this project, please contact Mrs. Sémia Bey at: Semia.Bey(at), or Mrs. Mara De Monte at: Mara.DeMonte(at)


You can also address your inquiries to:

Geneva Centre for Philanthropy

Uni Dufour

24, rue du Général-Dufour

CH-1211 Genève 4

Tél. + 41 22 379 76 18

E: gcphilanthropy(at)