Programme Overview

Design the Future of Global Governance

Do you already know how you are going to change the world?

This program gives you the tools and mindset to be future-ready and co-create a bright and sustainable future.

Uncertain times offer exciting opportunities to contribute to present and future global transformations. An increasing number of organizations, social movements and communities adopt innovative bottom-up practices to find disruptive solutions to local and global issues such as public health and climate change. Futuring (aka foresight) consists in preparing the future by appropriately influencing the present. It is also about having a view of the future: a vision of knowing what the future could hold and why. It can inform various stages of policymaking to avoid worst-case scenarios and help organizations, social movements,  communities, and individuals be future-ready and thrive sustainably.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the European Commission, and Save the Children are among the numerous actors that use foresight to identify mega trends, weak signals, wild cards, and build scenarios of the future. They apply foresight to capitalize on the opportunities weak signals portend, as well as prepare contingency plans for adverse scenarios. They do this through creative and innovative forms of collaboration and governance that involve a number of stakeholders with different views and perspectives.

Based at the heart of international Geneva, and drawing on a large community of innovation and foresight experts, this program aims to create leaders and teams who will drive global change across multiple innovation horizons. Join our network of innovation and foresight practitioners!


The program has two parts.

Learning with experts: The first part of this program offers a discussion with experts from the International Geneva. They will share with you case studies and stories of accelerating and scaling change in their communities and organizations towards a positive future.

Futuring bootcamp: The second part adopts a hands-on approach to learning. You will learn mindset and tools by practicing foresight. In small groups, you will respond to a challenge and then present your scenarios to a panel of experts. This will allow you to put into practice the knowledge and ideas from the first part of the program, while adopting foresight methodologies that will be useful later in your professional and academic career.


After this session, participants shall:

  • Have acquired a futuring toolbox constituted of a variety of foresight methodologies and tools;
  • Understand the relevance of a foresight approach to inform policymaking and innovation; 
  • Have acquired knowledge and understanding of different innovation practices within organizations, and communities;
  • Be able to assume leadership responsibility in managing a foresight creative process;  
  • Contribute to build resilient, inclusive, sustainable, and future-proof organizations and communities.


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 - innovation and foresight 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.



Professionals : CHF 1,000

External students : CHF 800

UNIGE students : CHF 200


NEW! Register for the "Course + Accommodation Package"!

Participants choosing the package, can register through us for housing at the Cité universitaire de Genève. Please thorougly read our instructions before filling in the application form.

Please note that only a limited number of rooms are available for that course. All applications are handled on a first come first served basis and assignments will be subject to availability.

Professionals (course + accommodation): CHF 1,336

External students (course + accommodation) : CHF 1,136


Dr. Jérôme Duberry

Jérôme Duberry is trained foresight and design thinking facilitator. He is also a Research Fellow at the Dusan Sidjanski Centre of Excellence in European Studies, Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva, and at the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy, Graduate Institute. 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. In his latest book (June 2022), he explores how artificial intelligence transforms the citizen-government relations.



Anne-Sophie Allegre, Learning Operations Officer @ World Health Organization

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.

Elisabeth (Lizzie) Crudgington, Collaboration and Learning Facilitator @ Bright Green Learning

Lizzie helps people design and run meaningful, engaging, collaborative processes and learning experiences. My niche is with clients working to shape healthier and more resilient societies, more sustainable landscapes, responsible supply chains and planet-conscious policies.

Dr. Jérôme Duberry, Senior Researcher and Lecturer @ University of Geneva 

Vanessa Hanifa, Head of foresight @ University of Applied Science (HES-GE), 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.

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 of Women@TheTable

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. 

Dr. Christine Lutringer, Executive Director @ AHCD, Geneva Graduate Institute

Christine is executive director and senior researcher at the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. She is in charge of research projects on local democracy, citizenship and civic activism. Her work explores democratic practices in the context of the mobilization of new social and political actors. In particular it examines social movements and their influence on democratic politics and policymaking at the local level.

Dr. Thomas Maillard, Open Geneva and Senior Researcher @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.

Dr. Gianluca Misuraca, Founder @ Inspiring futures

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.

Dr. Maxime Stauffer, Science-policy Officer @ GSPI

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.


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Location: Uni Mail, Bd du Pont d'Arve 40, 1205 Geneva - First Basement Floor (-1) - Room MS030

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.”