DAS Commodity Trading BLOCK




Program duration

September 2020 - July 2021

Registration deadline

31 May 2020


Blended learning
36 ECTS credits
192 Teaching hours
96 Distance teaching hours
Modules can be followed individually


Registration fees: CHF 350.- (not refundable)

Tuition fees: CHF 16000.-


University of Geneva


Prof. Marcelo OLARREAGA, Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM), University of Geneva and Dr. Stéphane GRABER


Benoît MOGET, University of Geneva


+41 (0)22 379 81 06

Registration opening: End of January 2020


  • Gain a solid understanding of commodities markets and trading transactions
  • Explore trading technology trends and innovation
  • Master all aspects of risk management in trading
  • Analyze the financing of trading activities
  • Look into sustainability challenges & legal aspects


Professional looking to develop and acquire new skills in the commodity trading field, or looking to make a career change


12 modules:

  • Basics of Commodity Trading and World Trade Flows
  • Trading Transactions
  • Shipping, Logistics and Transport
  • Risk Management, Tools and Derivatives
  • Information Systems and Innovation (online)
  • Trade Finance Banking Instruments
  • Market Intelligence
  • Commodity Trading Simulation (online)
  • Commodity Financing and Treasury
  • Asset Management Investments & Structuration
  • Organisation, Sustainability & Responsibility (online)
  • Compliance and Legal Aspects (online)

Programme calendar


Swiss Trading and Shipping Association (STSA)
The Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) in Commodity Trading was created in 2008 by the University of Geneva in collaboration with the Swiss Trading and Shipping Association (STSA). It builds on the insights of industry experts and is continuously updated. This programme enables participants to be competitive in a fast evolving environment and benefits from the proximity of Geneva’s global commodity trading hub.


12 modules set up in 4 blocks of 2 modules over 6 consecutive days each + 4 online modules
This unique program in collaboration with the Swiss Trading and Shipping Association (STSA) and the major companies in Commodity trading addresses a specific need: training professionals for careers in commodity trading through a 360 degrees vision of the industry.

Admission criteria

  •  A university degree or equivalent
  •  A minimum of 3 years of professional experience
  •  Proficiency in English is required

Number of participants

Limited seats


Swiss Trading and Shipping Association (STSA)
  • Olle Ostensson, Consultant specialized in assessment of government policies with respect to the commodities sector, France
  • John Keane, Managing partner, Petroconsult Sàrl
  • Alexander Volkov, Head of shipping operations and marine claims, Mercuria Energy Trading SA
  • Carine Albertini-Jadot, Operations manager and business process & technology expert, Trafigura
  • Stéphanie Trabia, Consultant in energy markets, Geneva
  • Gustavo Wolf, Global head of market risk and middle office, Louis Dreyfus Company
  • Paula Freire, Global head of applications and regional IT head EMEA, APAC and China, COFCO International
  • Pierre Theze, Head documentary credit, Banque cantonale vaudoise
  • Philippine de Villèle, Director of Berry Palmer & Lyle Ltd., BPL GLobal
  • Stefan Meulemans, independent meteorological advisor, Brussels
  • Pierre-Edouard Dolhen, Head of EMEA Derivatives Middle Office, Louis Dreyfus Company Suisse S.A.
  • Guillaume de La Ville, Owner at Commodity Finance Guillaume de La Ville, Geneva
  • Prof. Judith Schrempf-Stirling, Associate Professor of Responsible Management, GSEM, University of Geneva
  • Philippe Berta, Head Coordination - Legal Trade Finance, BCV - Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, Geneva

"After working for a few years in the commodity trading area, I was looking to strengthen and expand my knowledge further in that field. This course fulfilled my expectations by providing a solid foundation in trading. There is a good balance between theory and practice. Experienced speakers also contribute to its success. We could leverage the nice atmosphere among the group of students to manage the workload, which is quite intensive. Participants come from different sectors of the industry enhancing the network. I would definitively recommend this course to anyone wishing to make a career in the trading industry." Amaury Burdet, Risk Management Group, Cargill International SA

"Expand My Knowledge"
"Enlarging The Understanding"
"An Invaluable Experience"
"A Major Benefit"
"A Valuable Network"
"An Amazing Programme"
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