Programme Overview

Leadership for Sustainability Transition

Boost your sustainability career skillset with a 10-days intensive experience into becoming a more resilient and effective agent of sustainable transition.

We train both the hard and soft skills equipping you with tools and mythologies to consciously navigate and master local as well as national and international dynamics of change. With the your new readings of sustainability goals and elements of change you will be able to clearly define your vision and goals while engaging others in your vision.

This workshop will help you build your tool-kit at three levels by combining:

  • A solid exploration of effective response mechanisms to change and needed policy frameworks,
  • A practical perspective based on ongoing projects and best practices in Switzerland and beyond,
  • A deeper dive into the self-leadership skills necessary to aspire and engage your community.

 You will Learn cutting-edge solutions for designing, implementing and monitoring sustainability transitions at the Local, National and International Level.

You will Boost your expertise into the role of infrastructures (Grey and Green Infrastructures ) and new strategies such as Nature-Based Solutions to meet sustainability goals while reinforcing societal and systemic resilience.

You will Transform data into a dynamic changemaking tool. By improving or bootstrapping your sustainability data management skills from collection to disclosure.

You will Powerfully manage multiple interactions between various stakeholders (Municipalities and local governments, National governments, International Organisations) in developing new solutions within a 2022 Post-Pandemic Recovery Scenario.

Finally, you will Enhance your inner leadership, alignment to your own purpose and capacity for transformative communication. So that you can bring to life unique visions that fit the impact you want to have in this field.

Enjoy focused knowledge packages provided by guest experts from UN and non UN International Organisations, State and City of Geneva Network with International Organisations, professionals and experts.






Professionals : CHF 1’600

External students : CHF 1’300

UNIGE students : CHF 250


Dr. Matteo Tarantino
Institute for Environmental Sciences
University of Geneva

Dr. Alexandre Hedjazi
Institute for Environmental Sciences
University of Geneva

Some highlights of the Summer School:

Stephan Mergenthaler from the World Economic Forum will provide you with the unique perspective of one of the world’s most influential Public-Private Partnership international organisation and organiser of the Davos Summit the knowledge needed for acting meaningfully in the field of

Gulnara Roll from the UNECE and Hossein Fadaei from UN-EMG will teach you all there is to know about sustainable housing and its relationship with data. This is an even more urgent area of intervention in a post-COVID world.

Spiro Pollalis from Harvard University will bring you a lifetime of knowledge about sustainable infrastructures, developed as the director of the Zofnass Program on Sustainable Infrastructures at Harvard.


All times are in Geneva time (CET). All sessions will be provided via the Zoom software. Access to recordings of sessions will be provided to students for the duration of the Summer School.

The schedule is from the 2020 session of the Summer School. The 2021 Schedule will come soon.