Programme Overview

Design the Future of Global Governance

Next edition in summer 2022. Dates to be confirmed.


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.


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.



 Days 1-3: Learn from innovation practitioners and international negotiations experts from:

  • United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  • Nonprofits (Women at the Table, AI Policy Lab, Open Geneva, Diplo Foundation
  • Large tech companies (Microsoft)


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


Days 3-5: During this 2-day Bootcamp, you will practice the innovation and foresight tactics and tools to imagine the future of international negotiations. 


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.

Participants 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 2022: CHF 590*

Final Deadline, 30 Apr 2022: 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.

Katharina Hone, Director of Research, Diplo Foundation.

Dr Katharina (Kat) E Höne researches, writes, and teaches on a number of issues in the area of diplomacy, global governance, and the impact of technology on international relations. Over the last years, she has focused on research at the intersection of diplomacy and technology.

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.

Melissa Kiehl, Innovation Advisor, Extended Reality at ICRC

Melissa is Innovation Advisor, Extended Reality (Technological Awareness & Planning) at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). She excels in providing evidence-based analysis and strategic planning, concise writing and team building. Specific sectors of expertise include extended reality/immersive technology, public relations and resource mobilization.

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.

Mima Stojanovic, Innovation Facilitation Team's Portfolio Manager at ICRC

Mima is Innovation Facilitation Team's Portfolio Manager at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). She will offer us an overview of innovation at the ICRC. Mima has great insight into the place of innovation in a humanitarian institution and is an expert on the innovation cycle.

Akshaya, University of Surrey, UK (Summer School 2021)

“The best part about this course was the age and professional diversity of the cohort - and everyone across the cohort took away invaluable knowledge about determining the future.”

Cindy, University of Geneva (Summer School 2021)

“Looking for an insightful, dynamic and challenging summer school experience? A week filled with high-level speakers and a diverse cohort of participants from all around the world makes thinking outside the box (& about the future) amazingly refreshing and educative. Many thanks for the organization, can definitely recommend!”

Diandra, Women at The Table (Summer School 2021)        

“This course provided a fresh perspective on AI innovation and foresighting for the future. It was amazing to be surrounded with so many students and professionals with such diverse experiences and background. The speakers, students and workshops created a wonderful environment that facilitated learning and teamwork.”

Elizaveta, Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) (Summer School 2021)

“The lineup of speakers was great. It is not very often that one gets a chance to interact and asks questions to experts from ICRC, Microsoft, UN OCHA and other organizations. The topic of digital governance is discussed from various perspectives, with great focus also on topics of artificial intelligence and foresight, all delivered by specialists in the field. I would like to thank the organizers for such an experience.”

Fedor, National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), Russia (Summer School 2021)

“I was finally able to work and learn from an international team of highly qualified specialists, special thanks to Jerome for the high level of organization and goodwill.”

John, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) (Summer School 2021)

“This course has provided new insight toward the future and bring us pictures on how technology could be used to assist international negotiation in the future.”

Keshav, Bulan Institute of Peace (Summer School 2021)    

“It was a pleasure to take a week of highly engaging seminars and activities to begin thinking about what the future of governance will look like. Strongly recommended for anyone who aims to contribute to global governance in the short and long-term future.”

Mario, European Centre for Electoral Support, Portugal (Summer School 2021)

“A multi-disciplinary and hands-on approach made the course very interesting and useful to open up and stimulating new perspectives.”

Naman, AI Policy Labs, UK (Summer School 2021)  

“The different perspectives of the speakers blew each one of our minds! & you get a chance to meet & work with a diverse cohort.”

Oliver, University of Geneva (Summer School 2021)

“A highly refreshing experience suited for every person in quest of deep professional knowledge.”

Sarfaraz, Government of Telangana, India (Summer School 2021)

“The course helped me get an understanding of foresight in an institutional setting and learn about a structured approach to think about the future. The hands-on exercise was interesting and helped to put the theoretical learnings to practice. It was a good learning experience.”

Thomas, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) (Summer School 2021)  

“A worthwhile week with fantastic speakers. Highly recommended to those who want to think about different futures.”