2019/2020 Edition



GEPP.Exec trains professionals with a global perspective on sustainability. It provides in-depth knowledge on global policies, transnational dependencies and large-scale synergies. 

The objective of GEPP.Exec is to empower professionals with a robust and broad training programme able to bridge the common gap between scientific knowledge and professional expertise related to core environmental themes. The modules provide an intensive immersion in the latest political and scientific issues on the global environmental agenda. They link scientific knowledge and practical negotiation techniques relevant to the development and implementation of both legal and voluntary international agreements.

Beyond enlarging each participant’s knowledge base, GEPP is designed to enhance concrete decision-making, problem-solving and negotiation skills.







GEPP.Exec takes place in Geneva over 10 days of intensive training and networking, bringing participants in direct contact with key nodes of global sustainability policymaking and the people who design and implement those policies.







University of Geneva 

United Nations Environment

Harvard University's Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure






Full: CHF 4'800.– 

Full without weekend fieldtrip: CHF 4'300.– 

Early bird: CHF 4'600.– 

Early bird without weekend fieldtrip:CHF 4'100.–

Scholarships are available on merit basis.

Participants must cater for their own accommodation and meals.  





Alexandre Hedjazi, GEPP director

Matteo Tarantino, GEPP associate director


GEPP.Exec is articulated around nine cross-cutting thematic clusters


  1. Global dynamics of sustainable devdesign-thinking-sticky-notes.jpgelopment (SDGs, Agenda2030, New Urban Agenda)
  2. Circular economy and financial tools for sustainability
  3. Ethical dimensions of sustainability.
  4. Understanding complexity: global sustainability nexuses.
  5. Overcoming the data challenge: benchmarking, decision-making and monitoring solutions
  6. Environmental diplomacy and institutional governance.
  7. Integrated risk assessment, analysis and management
  8. Sustainable spaces and infrastructures.
  9. Standards, norms and shared frameworks


Participants will walk away with nine core skills

  1. Capacity and techniques to negotiate in bilateral and multilateral contexts and to drive and manage  participatory decision-making processes.
  2. Promoting and managing innovative Public-Private Partnerships for sustainability goals 
  3. Addressing core challenges for organisations, nature and humans.
  4. Ability to anticipate and govern the consequences of global sustainability changes in local, national and international contexts. 
  5. Understanding and employing effectively sustainability-related data and indicators.
  6. Identifying conflicting positions and possible solutions in complex situations.
  7. Designing, implementing and monitoring integrated win-win cross-sectoral initiatives.
  8. Maximizing nature-based solutions in addressing sustainability challenges and promoting well-being.
  9. Implementing evidence-based policymaking for sustainability. 


Learning Methods
  • Expert-driven knowledge sharing through interactive seminars, debates and debriefings.
  • Case study analyses & hands-on simulations.
  • Negotiation and deliberation techniques.
  • Illustration of Best Practices and testimonies. 
  • Collective thinking and practice.

GEPP.Exec Module Coordinators



Alexandre Babak Hedjazi

University of Geneva


Module: Global Sustainability Agendas in Transition


Dr. Alexandre Hedjazi has received a doctoral degree in Urban Planning from University of Grenoble in France and a Ph.D from School of Public Affairs – University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

Dr. Hedjazi's started his research career on the financing of urban infrastructures and Public-Private Governance which contributed to the final document of OECD's Conference for Partnership in the XXI Century. In 1997, Dr. Hedjazi joined UCLA to conduct research on regional development and security where among many courses and seminars he lectured on Regionalization and Energy Security at the UCLA Global Studies program.

Since joining the University of Geneva in 2007, he has taught many courses on comparative politics, and organized multiple seminar series on the Caspian Sea, Regionalization and Urban development bringing scholars and practitioner to explore and discuss the nexus of development, security and the environment. Bridging his academic research and his knowledge of Central Asia and the Caucasus, his latest work concerns the impact of emerging economic and political insecurities on regional cooperation and development.


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Spiro Pollalis

Harvard University


Module: Sustainable Infrastructures & Cities


Since 1986, Prof. Pollalis is Professor of Design, Technology and Management at the Harvard Design School. Prof. Pollalis is an expert in sustainability and in planning large sustainable projects. At Harvard University, he is the Director of the “Zofnass Program for the Sustainability of Infrastructure” and the Principal Investigator of the project “Sustainable Urbanism on the Arab Gulf.” He is also the co-chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Singapore-ETH Switzerland Centre for Global Environmental Sustainability. He has taught as a visiting professor at the ETH-Zurich, TU-Delft and the University of Stuttgart.

The Zofnass Program at Harvard, under the direction of Prof. Pollalis has created the Envision® sustainability rating system for infrastructure, now administered by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, in Washington DC. 

In his private practice, Prof. Pollalis has been the chief planner of the new DHA City Karachi for 600,000 people, which is under construction, the LDA City in Lahore, and the redevelopment of the former Athens airport. 

Prof. Pollalis received his Master’s and PhD from MIT (1979, 1982) and his MBA in high technology from Northeastern University (1985). He has an honorary Master’s degree in Architecture from Harvard (1994). 



Daniele Gerundino

University Of Geneva, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa


Module: Quality Infrastructures and SDGs 


Daniele Gerundino is Academic Fellow of the University of Geneva (CH), Professional Affiliate of Scuola Superiore di Sant’Anna (Pisa, Italy) and an independent consultant. 

Gerundino has been until January 2018 Assistant-Secretary General of ISO and Director of the ISO Academy, the ISO department in charge of training, technical assistance, research and education at the ISO Central Secretariat, Geneva (Switzerland). Part of the senior management team of ISO since 1998, he has served from 1998 to 2014 as Secretary of the ISO Council Standing Committee on Strategy (and, since 2015, to its successor, the Council Strategy and Policy Committee). 

Prior to joining ISO, Gerundino was co-founder and Managing Director of a privately-owned company providing decision support and strategic planning services to high-technology industries. 

Gerundino has a Laurea in Physics from the University of Milano, Italy (Specialization and thesis in Quantum Field Theory). 

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Oshani Perera

International Institute for Sustainable Development


Module: Sustainable Finance & SDG


Oshani Perera leads IISD’s work on public procurement and infrastructure finance. She advises policy-makers on planning, procuring and financing sustainable infrastructure. She also works with them to develop innovative solutions to share risks between public and private counterparts. She serves on the OECD Expert Groups on Public Procurement, Green Finance and Long Term Finance, and on the B20 Task Force on Infrastructure Finance. 

Oshani also works on expanding the use and scope of the Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) tool developed by IISD and the MAVA Foundation.

Before joining IISD, Oshani worked with McKinsey & Company on foreign direct investment and with KMPG Sustainability Services on sustainability reporting and the advancement of corporate social responsibility.

Oshani holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in business administration from Cornell University, United States, and the University of St Gallen, Switzerland. She also holds a Master of Science (MSc) in natural resource management from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, as well as an MSc in environment technology from the Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, United Kingdom. She is an Associate of Trinity College London in Music and Drama.

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Marcia Hale

University of North Carolina Greensboro


Module: Conflict Transformation


Marcia Rosalie Hale, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at University of North Carolina Greensboro. 

A background in international development and urban studies grounds her analyses in natural resources with emphasis on cities within the Mediterranean climate region and issues around global environmental change, water, and environmental justice. Marcia is currently exploring the dynamics and healing of trauma, with interest in building findings into our social, political, economic and resource systems.

Her ongoing research is concerned with public water and nonviolent movement-building in Cape Town, South Africa, and migration in Barcelona, Spain, as well as environmental justice issues in North Carolina. Marcia has history as a practicing mediator in both restorative justice and family processes within communities across the southern California region.



Pedro Neves

 École des Ponts ParisTech, GlobalSolutions4You


Module: Localising the SDGs


Pedro Neves has been responsible for generating Development Policies based on Sustainable Development, designing and implementing Infrastructure Investment Plans, originating, managing and delivering over USD 10 billion in infrastructure asset deals in over 80 countries in Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia. He  more than 25 years of field experience operating and managing projects and special purpose vehicles (SPV’s) in the design, development and exploitation phases.

Pedro also has over 15 years’ experience working with the public sector (United Nations, central and local governments, and state owned entities) designing and implementing policies for public sector investment have given him a unique perspective on public interest that has been key in originating deals and developing People-First PPPs throughout the world. 

Pedro has been lecturing at ESAI on Business Development Strategy since 2001 and is the founder of the discipline Cities of the Future, and an MBA on Urban Renewal for which he has lectured on Sustainable and Urban Development and Urban Renewal Business since 2010. Started lecturing Financing Innovation at theEcole Nationale des Ponts et Chausses, Paris Tech at the Advanced Master in Infrastructure Project Finance in 2019. 



Roderick Lawrence

University of Geneva


Module: Trandisciplinarity with Nexus Thinking 


Roderick Lawrence graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the University of Adelaide (Australia) with First Class Honours. He has a Master Degree from the University of Cambridge (England) and a Doctorate of Science from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale, Lausanne, (Switzerland). In 1999 he was nominated Professor in the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences at the University of Geneva. He was promoted to Honorary Professor in October 2015.

He currently is also Honorary Adjunct Professor at the University of Adelaide (2017-2020), and Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI) at the National University of Malaysia (UKM). He was Visiting Professor at the Institute for Global Health at the United Nations University (UNU-IIGH) from 2014 to 2016. He was founding Director of the Certificate for Advanced Studies in Sustainable Development at the University of Geneva from 2003 until 2016, and Director of the Global Environmental Policy Program (GEPP) from 2010 until 2016.



Saraly Andrade de Sà

University of Geneva


Module: Green Finance


Saraly is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Environmental Sciences (ISE – UNIGE). Her main research fields are in Environmental and Resource Economics, Agricultural Economics, Development Economics and Applied Econometrics. On top of her research, she has been teaching Environmental and Climate Change Economics at several universities since 2011.


Matteo Tarantino

University of Geneva, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano


Module: Data for SDGs


Matteo Tarantino, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the Università Cattolica di Milano, and a lecturer at the University of Geneva. As sociologist of technology, his research focuses on the nexus between data and sustainability. Prof. Tarantino has worked extensively on sustainability data in the People's Republic of China. His latest international research project focuses on urban data management. He has collaborated with UNECE and UN Environment.

Throughout his career, prof. Tarantino has designed and taught course of the topics of urban sustainability, data management, information and communication systems and intercultural communication. 

He acts as GEPP deputy director.