Design the Future of Global Governance

Do you already know how you are going to change the world? This virtual team and project-based experience will help you develop the right mindset and skills needed to imagine the future of global governance. Based at the heart of international Geneva, and drawing on a large community of innovation experts, our ambition is to create leaders and teams who imagine and build the future of global governance with foresight across multiple innovation horizons.

We invite you to learn from our community of innovation practitioners and international negotiation experts from the:

  • · United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
  • · Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
  • · International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  • · civil society organizations (World Wide Fund for Nature, Youth for Climate)
  • · and large tech companies such as Microsoft

They will share with you case studies and stories of accelerating and scaling change in their communities towards a positive future.

Since innovation is a skill to be practiced and a muscle to be exercised, you will practice the tactics and tools taught in our classes, and then apply your ideas and energy into world-changing impact. This year, we challenge you to imagine the future of international negotiations:

  1. What will they look like?
  2. How to build innovative forms of negotiations?
  3. Who will be the actors involved?
  4. What technology will they use?
  5. Who will design the negotiation process?
  6. And most importantly, how to significantly and fairly include the most affected stakeholders?

Why foresight, innovation and technology?

Foresight is about futuring and trend finding. It is also about having a view of the future: a vision of knowing what the future could hold and why. An increasing number of international organizations develop innovative bottom-up practices to find disruptive solutions to global issues such as international migration, humanitarian aid, and global health. They apply foresight to identify weak signals and capitalize on the opportunities they portend, as well as prepare contingency plans for adverse scenarios. They do so with digital technologies and the participation of a number of stakeholders with different views and perspectives.


Our program has three parts:

Days 1 - 3:

Learn from innovation practitioners and international negotiations experts:

  •     - Learning with innovation (OCHA)
  •     - Bottom up innovation in international organization (UNAIDS)
  •     - AI for good (ITU)
  •     - Prediction and modeling with artificial intelligence (Geneva Science Policy Interface)
  •     - Social media and digital advocacy (Swiss Youth for Climate)
  •     - Design Justice and inclusive participation (University of Geneva)
  •     - Civil society and multi-stakeholder governance (UPF)
  •     -Tech companies and multi-stakeholder negotiations (Microsoft)

 Day 3 - 5:

  • 2-day Bootcamp: practice the innovation and foresight tactics and tools to imagine the future of international negotiations.

Day 5:

  • Present your disruptive ideas and solutions to a panel of experts from international Geneva.


Target Audience:

This summer school is tailored towards undergraduate, graduate and PhD students from all around the world who want to learn more from - and network with - foresight, innovation and digital technology experts in international Geneva.


Course credits

The equivalent of 3 ECTS credits can be obtained (to be validated by the home university) upon submission of a paper.

Students of the Summer School will receive a certificate for completing the summer school if they meet the compulsory attendance requirements. Please note that this is not an official University of Geneva transcript, as Geneva Summer School courses are not accredited University of Geneva courses. It is the students’ responsibility to validate the course for credit at their home university before commencing the Summer School, as specified in the Geneva Summer School Regulations.

Early Bird, 28 February 2021: CHF 590*

Final Deadline, 15 May 2021: CHF 790*

Special price for UNIGE students: CHF 250*

*Including 100 CHF non refundable administrative fees


Dr. Jérôme Duberry

Jérôme Duberry is a Research Fellow at the Dusan Sidjanski Centre of Excellence in European Studies, Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva. His research activities focus on innovative forms of participation in policy-making, and more particularly on how civil society can benefit the most from digital technologies, including artificial intelligence.

He is a certified Design Thinking facilitator (Amsterdam Design Thinking Academy) and a professional Coach (Coaching Services). Prior to his academic career, Jérôme developed digital communication strategies for the MarCom department of public and private organizations.



Anne-Sophie Allegre, Lead, Digital Learning and Innovation at United Nations OCHA.

Anne-Sophie is an innovative learning manager with 16+ years of experience designing, leading and evaluating learning solutions, to empower learners to drive their own learning and shape the world we wish to live in.

Jean-Yves Art, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships at Microsoft.

Jean-Yves’ responsibilities include the management of the Company's relationship with international organizations as well as the World Economic Forum on policy topics that are relevant to the Company's business activities but also all fields related to the Company's business and corporate responsibility priorities.

Jerome Duberry, Senior Researcher and Lecturer, University of Geneva

Vanessa Hanifa, Head of foresight at the Technical School of Commerce, Geneva.

Vanessa is a foresight expert and the Head of the foresight program (MSc in Business Administration) at the Haute Ecole de Gestion Genève. She will lead and coach the foresight and innovation practice.

Juan Miguel de la Joya, Digital Strategy for Al for Good, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Juan is an engineer specializing in computer graphics, computational physics, computer vision, and machine learning. He leads the team that roadmaps, engineers, and creates tech communications to explain how AI can help us build a better world.

Pradeep Kakkattil, Director, Office of Innovation at UNAIDS.

Pradeep is a global health and innovations leader at UNAIDS. Intrapreneur - co-founder of Health Innovation Exchange (HIEx), a unique platform connecting political leadership with innovators and investors for healthcare access which over last 2 years has facilitated over US200m in investments


Caitlin Kraft Buchman, Founder Women at the Table.

Caitlin is a global advocate and founder of Women at the Table, a growing, global non-profit based in Geneva – and the first organization to focus on systems change by helping feminists gain influence in sectors that have key structural impact: technology, economy, democratic governance, and sustainability. 

Thomas Maillard, Open Geneva and Senior Researcher and Lecturer, University of Geneva.

Thomas’ research focuses on collective intelligence, human dynamics, social wearables, and cybersecurity. He is the President of Open Geneva, a non-profit whose mission is to promote and stimulate open innovation in Greater Geneva by bringing innovators together, bringing their ideas to life, communicating about their projects and supporting their development.

Gianluca Misuraca, Rapporteur United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Digital Government.

Gianluca is the author of the Whitepaper “Governing the Algorithms: Perils and powers of AI in the public sector", Digital Future Society. He is also a Senior Researcher at the Milan Polytechnic University. He was a Senior Scientist at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Seville, where, he led research in the areas of Digital Governance and Social Innovation.

Uday Nagaraju, Founder, AI Policy Labs | Co-Founder & Executive President, Global Policy Insights.

Uday is the head of AI Policy Labs, a global initiative dedicated to exploring the role of Artificial Intelligence and emerging technologies in policy-making, implementation, and governance. Their mission is to explore the efficient utilization of AI & Emerging Technologies for Public Goods and Social Good.

Anne de Riedmatten, Head of Office, Swiss Mission to the United Nations.

Prior to leading the Office of Humanitarian Affairs at the Swiss Mission in Geneva, Anne worked for various humanitarian organizations in the field. She has an excellent knowledge of international Geneva, its actors, processes, and customs, and offers a Swiss perspective on international negotiations and Geneva's role as a hub for global governance.

Maxime Stauffer, Science-policy Officer at GSPI & CEO at Simon Institute for Longterm Governance

Maxime is the founder of several think-tanks and non-profits that aim at fostering innovative and ethical governance ethical digital practices, including Simon Institute for Long-term Governance, Effective Altruism Geneva, and Social Complexity Lab. At GSPI, he contributes to bridge the gap between scientific engagement with global governance actors to facilitate the emergence of effective policy.