MAS International Organizations MBA (IO-MBA)




Program duration

27 August 2020 - 16 June 2021

Registration deadline



90 ECTS credits
576 Teaching hours
Modules can be followed individually


CHF 39'500.-


University of Geneva


Prof. Marcelo OLARREAGA, Geneva school of Economics and Management (GSEM), University of Geneva


Rose ACHEAMPONG, University of Geneva


+41 (0)22 379 89 71
Our mission is to educate and empower a new generation of change-makers who will play influential roles in the international community responding to social and economic challenges.


  • Master advanced management skills and practices applicable to intergovernmental, public and non-profit organizations
  • Strengthen your leadership and team management skills and learn to apply intercultural negotiation techniques
  • Gain project management skills within the international development context and set up innovative solutions
  • Explore risk analysis and decision-making mechanisms specific to international institutions and cope with international challenges
  • Bridge the gap between corporate business and international cooperation and examine out-of-the box approaches
  • Access an extensive network of professionals and build strategic connections in a competitive international environment


IO-MBA is designed for professionals who work for – or aspire to work for – IOs, NGOs, NPOs or Social Enterprise in managerial positions as well as professionals from the private sector looking for a career shift.
It is also addressed to professionals commited to the implementation of the sustainable development goals, social responsibility, and sustainability.


IO-MBA can be attended as a full time or part time program. The full time program, which consists of 24 modules, runs over one academic year, from end of August to June. The part time program allows students to complete the 24 modules over 3 to 5 years and it can be started at any time during the academic year.

24 modules divided into 3 pillars :   

  1. MBA Foundations (8 modules)
  2. Management and administration of IOs and no-profit organizations (4 modules)
  3. Leading and managing IOs and no-profit organizations (12 modules)

For the complete list of modules, please click on “detailed program”

Master Thesis:

  • Full-time participants: based on a 3-month internship, consultancy, or project within an IO or an NGO
  • Part-time participants: within the current place of work


Double degree programs with prestigious universities such as Georgetown University, Washington D.C. • MGIMO (Moscow Institute of International Relations) • Pittsburgh University • National University of Singapore • Yonsei University, South Korea • Various collaborations with international and non-governmental organizations


The IO-MBA is fully accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).
International Organizations MBA Programme at the University of Geneva
Located in the heart of Geneva, in proximity to the United Nations and other prestigious international institutions, the IO-MBA offers a multidisciplinary curriculum framed by the sustainable development goals - their implementation by multiple stakeholder, and the challenges and opportunities that they represent. Taught by an international faculty from leading universities around the world and practitioners from IOs and NGOs, the program connects the organizations’ context with contemporary management tools and techniques. We provide access to international organizations, federations, and non-governmental organisations in Geneva and expose students to the latest theoretical and applied knowledge combined with state-of-the-art teaching methodologies. Through a vibrant and active IO-MBA Alumni Association, students have access to a network of over 450 alumni working in diverse sectors in international development and cooperation,including business, government, NGOs and social enterprise.


Through 8 core modules, students will acquire the fundamentals knowledge and skills of business administration and management. These modules are shared with the Executive MBA (EMBA) program. IO-MBA students will have the opportunity to exchange and benefit from the experience of students enrolled in the EMBA program.

All modules are taught in "block" format - they take place over three days from morning to evening. Classes generally take place Monday through Wednesday, or Thursday through Saturday. Each module corresponds to 3 ECTS and consists of 24 hours of teaching and learning in class. For each hour of in-class learning, students should expect one-hour of individual work (pre-course readings, group work, final assignments).

  • CM1      Business Economics
  • CM2      Management Accounting
  • CM3*    Organization Design
  • CM4      Responsible Leadership
  • CM5      Risk Management / Operations
  • CM6      Self-leadership
  • CM7*    Strategic Management
  • CM8      Strategic Thinking, Decision Making, and Communication

* blended learning


With the following four modules, student will learn and apply the conceptual frameworks and tools needed to lead and management international organizations and organizations in the no-profit sector at large. These modules combine traditional MBA topics with the specific application to IOs and NPOs contexts, challenges, and specificities.

All modules are taught in "block" format - they take place over three days from morning to evening. Classes generally take place Monday through Wednesday, or Thursday through Saturday. Each module corresponds to 3 ECTS and consists of 24 hours of teaching and learning in class. For each hour of in-class learning, students should expect one-hour of individual work (pre-course readings, group work, final assignments).

  • IO-C1    Performance and Resource Management
  • IO-C2    Sustainable Finance
  • IO-C3    Human Resource Management
  • IO-C4    Advocacy and Fundraising


These 12 classes equip students with the knowledge and skills that enable them to start or boost their career in international organizations and the no-profit sector at large. This group of modules was specifically conceived to provide students with the tools to harness the challenges that IOs and no-profit organizations are faced with.

All modules are taught in "block" format - they take place over three days from morning to evening. Classes generally take place Monday through Wednesday, or Thursday through Saturday. Each module corresponds to 3 ECTS and consists of 24 hours of teaching and learning in class. For each hour of in-class learning, students should expect one-hour of individual work (pre-course readings, group work, final assignments).

  • IO-C5    Governance, Leadership and Change in the UN System
  • IO-C6    Practice of International Relations
  • IO-C7    International Law
  • IO-C8    International Trade
  • IO-C9    Designing Development Projects
  • IO-C10  Managing Complex Operations
  • IO-C11  Managing Across Cultures
  • IO-C12  Cross-sector Partnerships
  • IO-C13  Global Strategy and Innovation
  • IO-C14  Change Management
  • IO-C15  Conflict Resolution in Business and Politics
  • IO-C16  Social Entrepreneurship


Our Career services provide students with the skills, tools and know-how to succeed in a competitive international environment. They include:

  • Individual coaching session
  • Individual career advice sessions
  • Networking skills workshop
  • Application materials workshop
  • Interview skills workshop


CM1     Business Economics

Faculty: Prof. Marcelo Olarreaga, Professor of Economics at the University of Geneva

The course acquaints students with the main principles of Economics that will help them to understand the macroeconomic environment in which businesses are immersed. The course first analyzes the main mechanisms of a market economy. Participants become familiar with specific factors that can influence the behavior of consumers or producers in a particular market and the ways the market balance is affected by flawed competition. They also learn to use the data needed to predict the likely evolution of the economic environment.

CM2     Management Accounting

Faculty: Antonio Vegezzi, Capital Italia Fund and Università della Svizzera Italiana

The course is designed to expose students to the theory and practice of selecting and analyzing financial and managerial accounting information for decision-making, planning, directing and controlling purposes. It focuses on the understanding and questioning of accounting numbers and of underlying assumptions behind those numbers, and on the need to integrate accounting reports with nonfinancial performance measures and effective tools of analysis.

CM3*   Organization Design

Faculty: Prof. Dr. Markus Menz, Professor of Strategic Management at the Geneva School of Economics and Management, University of Geneva

In this course, students will analyze various management options to meet the organizational challenges in contemporary businesses. They will go through classical approaches as well as more contemporary approaches are explored in pursuit of the best suited organizational processes. The course deals with the overall organization, structures, decision-making mechanisms, coordination, communication, the contingency factors as well as their impact on the merit of an organization. Management structures and operations are studied both at the unit level and at the level of the company as a whole.

CM4     Responsible Leadership

Faculty: to be announced

In this course, students will learn how to interact with stakeholders around a shared goal, leading a dialogue that takes place in the organization and outside and that is based on values and principles of ethics.

CM5     Risk Management / Operations

Faculty: to be announced

This course is has to parts: 1) Risk Management (1.5 ECTS) and 2) Operations

Risk Management: this part of the course addresses the implementation of coherent and practical risk management approaches in services organizations. Topics covered include: corporate perception of risk, understanding business risks, enterprise risk management, the risk management process, understanding business risks through simulation models, risk control & ownership, operational risk, strategic risk and sustainable development and the role of risk managers today. Several case studies and guest speakers are leveraged to illustrate the practical implementation of risk management in international organizations. The emphasis of the unit will not be on the quantitative aspects of risk management, but on an understanding of basic principles and skills required by risk managers today.

Operations: The fundamentals of Operations are present in any working environment, be it manufacturing industries, service compnies or no-profit organizations. In this course, participants will learn how to plan and manage resources to ensure organizations operate at the highest efficiency possible. This includes learning about forecasting, supply chain and quality management, and it will make students apply process related measures such as cycle time, capacity, throughput, and lead time.

CM6     Self-leadership

Faculty: Maria Schmitt, independent consultant

The objective of IOMBA learning journey is to support the participants achieve their career development goals. This module will enable them to gain a better understanding of their own drivers and plan their future career in a positive way. It will help participants answer the following two questions:

  1. What’s the next consistent step after having completed the MBA?
  2. How to influence one’s environment to achieve one’s objectives?

By exploring and applying the concepts of self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-efficacy, participants will appraise their personal assets and build their personal brand. This awareness will allow them to clarify their professional identity and focus on the strengths that enable them to make a difference.

CM7*   Strategic Management

Faculty: Prof. Dr. Thomas Straub, Professor of International Management at the Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM)

This course deals with the craft of strategy – that is, how to analyze a company’s environment, how to select the right strategy, and how to construct the organizational context to implement the chosen strategy.  We will address the following main areas:

  • Competitive Strategy: Strategic Analysis and Strategy Development
  • Corporate Strategy: Growth Objectives, Growth Paths, and Growth Modes
  • Strategy Execution: Organization and Leadership

As an outcome of this course, participants are expected to acquire knowledge, skills, and sensitivities that will help them manage effectively in a business environment. Since virtually all organizations have to deal with strategic management in one form or another, this course is intended for students interested in pursuing general management positions in almost any type of organization.

CM8     Strategic Thinking, Decision Making, and Communication

Facutly: Prof. Dr. Martin J. Eppler, Professor of Media and Communication Management at the University of St. Gallen

The course focuses on the key elements needed to improve strategy development and strategy implementation and analyses frequent strategizing mistakes. 
Particular emphasis will be laid on communication issues in advancing strategy, as they have a major impact on the way strategies are both developed and executed.
The course also aims to familiarize students with the benefits and potential risks of different visual methods of strategizing.

IO-C1   Performance and Resource Management

Faculty: to be announced

The course examines the constituent elements and boundaries of NPOs, their embedded incentive systems, and challenges to manage NPOs for results. It also provides the students the tools and analytical framework for an assessment of a NPO of their choice. 

IO-C2   Sustainable Finance

Faculty: Prof. Dr. Philipp Krüger, Responsible Finance & Junior Chair, Swiss Finance Institute University of Geneva, GSEM, University of Geneva

In this three-day course, we will study the increasingly important issues of sustainability and the environment in the context of finance and investments. On the first day, we will start by reviewing basic finance concepts. For example, we will learn about financial securities, asset classes, the financial system, financial institutions, and about the important role that financial institutions and markets play in intermediating between providers and demanders of capital. The second and third day will be dedicated more specifically to sustainable finance. We will start by reviewing the concept of sustainable development and study how it is operationalized in finance and investments. In particular, we will examine key Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues and how such issues are typically defined and quantified. On the third day, we will focus more specifically on environmental issues. As such, we will start by reviewing climate related issues in the context of finance. For instance, we will learn about initiatives aimed at increasing transparency with respect to climate risks in financial markets.

IO-C3   Human Resource Management

Faculty: Prof. Christ Brewster, Professor of International Human Resource Management at Henley Business School, University of Reading, United Kingdom

As the forces of competition, limited resources and performance improvement have entered the no-profit sector, the need for human resource management has become fundamental in no-profit management. With this course, students will gain insight into the key principles, policies, and practices of human resource management in international and non-profit organizations.

IO-C4   Advocacy and Fundraising

Faculty: to be announced

The ability of IOs and no-profits to make a lasting impact depends largely on their ability to continued backing for the changes they try to impress on society. With this course, participants will learn how to develop an advocacy strategy based on the problem that mission-driven organizations set out to solve, identifying the right tactics and evaluating advocacy efforts. The second part of this course focuses on fundraising. Students will understand the different sources of funding, how to establish a strong organization profile in the eyes of funders, and create a fundraising strategy.

IO-C5   Governance, Leadership and Change in the UN System

Faculty: Dr. Bruce Jenks

The course provides a conceptual framework and an empirical basis for examining governance, leadership and change in the United Nations system. Students explore the specific characteristics of global governance and intergovernmental decision-making, emphasizing both conceptual and practical aspects. Students are acquainted with core management challenges through active participation in practical case studies drawn from actual experience. By reviewing the concept of leadership in the UN and delving into different styles of leadership and the practice of leadership in global governance, students are enabled to analyze and critically assess current debates relating to global governance.

IO-C6   Practice of International Relations

Faculty: Dr. Sebastian Buckup, World Economic Forum and Dr. Stephan Mergenthaler, World Economic Forum

The growing intensity, and velocity of global interactions requires new approaches to studying the practice of international relations.  Three questions will guide through the course as a red thread:

  • What are the big shifts that characterize the global context?
  • How do these shifts affect global cooperation?
  • Why does this matter for impact International Organizations?

At completion of this course, participants will be able to systematically analyse drivers transforming the international system as well as their implications for global cooperation.

This course combines theory and case study practice to make sense of an increasingly complex global actor and issue landscape.

The course is based on highly interactive and participatory group learning and puts an emphasis on presentation and discussion skills.

IO-C7   International Law

Faculty: Dr. Drazen Petrovic, International Labour Organization (ILO)

This course focuses on the effects that international law has on the creation and functioning of international intergovernmental organizations. It deals with how IOs operate in this system of law, as well as with their influence on the legal aspect of international relations. The emerging role of NGOs and their impact on intergovernmental organizations is also considered.

IO-C8   International Trade

Faculty: Prof. Simon J. Evenett, International Trade and Economic Development, University of St. Gallen

The aim of this course is to provide participants with a general framework to understand Globalization. This course explores the changes and consequences of Globalization on economy, society and politics, for both developed and developing countries and also the impact of government policies at the national and international levels when firms compete in global markets. What do we know about the effects of globalization on economic growth, income inequality, and poverty? What’s the impact of industrial, investment, competition and trade policies on firm’s productivity and growth? How does it affect workers? When is government intervention necessary? When is the government intervention the most efficient? Is there a need for policy coordination at the international level through International Governmental Organizations for instance? How can Non-Governmental Organizations and civil society react?

IO-C9   Designing Development Projects

Faculty: Karen Iles, independent consultant

This course provides an overview of the international development landscape and how different approaches to delivering development assistance have evolved through time while combining theoretical knowledge with practical hands-on training. Using detailed case studies of existing and hypothetical projects, the course explores essential tools for planning and implementing development projects.

IO-C10 Managing Complex Operations

Faculty: Susanna Swann, Head of Strategic Project, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

What does it take to lead operations in a no-profit organization? In this course, students learn how to analyse the context in which a an organization operates. Then, they will practice conceptual frameworks and tools used by IOs and NPOs. And they will be able to assess the extent to which an organization is fulfilling its strategy, vision, and mission.

Exchanges with practitioners with years of experience in leadership and management positions will enable students to appraise the challenges and rewards of being an NPO leader.

IO-C11 Managing Across Cultures

Faculty: to be announced

To gain a sound grasp of the challenges inherent in managing across cultures. We begin by analyzing the importance and relevance of culture in management practice and then go on to explore methods for understanding culture, and develop a framework for cultural analysis (national, corporate, functional, etc.). We examine the impact of culture on strategy, structure, and human resource management, and we evaluate different approaches to managing cultural differences and examine the role of managers and organizations in a global economy.

IO-C12 Cross-sector Partnerships

Faculty: Dr. Valérie Federico-Weinzierl, Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance and University of Geneva

Cross-sector partnerships are increasingly becoming mainstream in areas where societal actors detect own boundaries, sense efficiency gains through collaboration, or recognize opportunities behind interdependencies. This course explains the global evolution of partnerships and the manifold types that emerged, it zooms-in on the management of partnerships, and provides guidelines as to when partnerships can and should be utilized. At the heart of the course, study-groups together with the actual partnership managers critically study, analyze, and compare a suite of globally successful partnerships.

IO-C13 Global Strategy and Innovation

Faculty: Prof. Dr. Tina Ambos,

Organizations – for-profit or non-for-profit ones – need to develop innovation strategies. This course aims at developing strategic thinking for innovation in a global context. We introduce you to the domain of global strategy, ensure you gain understanding of the processes of strategy analysis and formulation, and then apply them in a global setting.

The course blends input sessions with tools and frameworks as well as interactive discussions and assignments. We will work on a case study in real-time and interact with the organization’s management.

IO-C14  Change Management

Faculty: Prof. Dr. Achim Schmitt, Professor of Strategic Management, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

The course is designed to give the participants a sound grasp of complex organizational change management and organizational design. The challenges managers are facing today in view of continuous change require them to be familiar with the basic concepts as well as the pitfalls of organizational change. As current or future managers, participants need to be able to disseminate best practices and effective strategies to plan and implement change management projects successfully. Furthermore, they are responsible for strategic resources such as knowledge in order to create and maintain a learning organization. The idea of the course is that participants will discover theories and practice by analyzing and teaching the main insights themselves. This will happen through intense case discussions that typically start with a brief theoretical introduction of Prof. Probst, followed by a case presentation of the participants that links theoretical and practical insights, a subsequent in-class discussion, and a more intensive debate in smaller focus groups.

IO-C15 Conflict Resolution in Business and Politics

Faculty: Robert Weibel, The Centre for European Negotiation and Decision-making (CENAD)

Increasing interdependence within and between societies inevitably leads to conflicts of interest. A dominant way to overcome these obstacles is the new disciplines of conflict resolution and negotiation. After setting the stage with theories of conflict and cooperation, this course covers structural and dynamic issues of negotiation processes. It combines analytical and practical techniques with discussion of real-world examples from business and political conflicts at international level.

IO-C16 Social Entrepreneurship

Faculty: Katherine Milligan, Head of Gender and Diversity at Bamboo Capital Partners

Social entrepreneurship refers to the practice of combining innovation, opportunity and resourcefulness to address some of our most challenging social, economic and environmental problems. While social entrepreneurship is generally focused on the creation and growth of new ventures, social innovation is a broader concept that applies these same principles wherever our career paths take us, in the public, commercial, academic or citizen sector. This course will examine the evolution of the practice of entrepreneurship that focuses on transforming systems and practices that affect communities and ecosystems and the growing number of entities that are supporting its disruptive potential.

Learning outcomes

  • Develop your leadership and management skills and increase your team or organization performance
  • Practice risk analysis and decision-making mechanisms
  • Acquire project management skills and set up innovative solutions
  • Apply fundamental concepts of change management to complex organizational settings
  • Outline key factors for successful global partnerships contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Admission criteria

  • Bachelor degree
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience
  • International exposure
  • For applicants with less than 5 years working experience: GMAT or GRE – 500 points

The detailed application process is available here.

Number of participants

Max. 25 participants

Detailed fees

For more details about the educational fees and living expenses in Geneva (for non-residents), please click here.

The program offers some scholarship opportunities. For more details, please click here.


The IO-MBA program and the University of Geneva have introduced a scholarship program with the objective to encourage and facilitate the participation of candidates coming from abroad to Geneva, candidates coming from low and middle income countries as well as candidates working in nonprofit organizations.


The IO-MBA offers students to take the program as part of a double degree with prestigious international universities. Generally speaking, double degree students from the below institutions come to the IO-MBA in their second year of study: Georgetown University – McCourt School of Public Policy Yonsei University - The Graduate School of International Studies University of Pittsburgh – Graduate School of Public and International Affairs MGIMO - Moscow State Institute of International Relations National University of Singapore - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

An exemplary list of IO-MBA professors and lecturers:

Susanna Swann

Susanna is Strategic Project Head, SI - Governance and Planning Administration at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). From 2013 to January 2017, Susanna was Deputy Director General at Médecins Sans Frontières Switzerland. Previously, Susanna spent 17 years with the International Committee of the Red Cross, followed by a bridge year leading a global HR project for an international private company. Before her time with the ICRC, Susanna worked as a financial analyst in the corporate sector for 3 years. Susanna has a Master’s Degree in Mathematics (1st Class) from Oxford University (UK).

Dr. Bruce Jenks

Dr. Jenks is a visiting Professor at the University of Geneva’s International Organisation MBA program and has been an adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs since 2010. He currently serves as Senior Advisor at the Dag Hammarskjold Foundation. In 2013 Dr. Jenks was appointed by the Secretary-General to be a member of the Council of the University for Peace which elected him as Vice-President. He has been actively engaged with UN reform initiatives since 2013. In 2017 Dr. Jenks was appointed by the Deputy Secretary General to be a member of the Reference Group which assisted her in the UN Development system reform process. Dr. Jenks has a PHD from Oxford University, an MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA from Cambridge University. He has been a guest speaker at universities and conferences in over 50 countries and has authored numerous articles and policy papers.

Prof. Dr. Tina Ambos

Prof. Dr. Tina Ambos is Professor of International Management at the Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM). Tina’s research and teaching interests include knowledge management, innovation and strategic management of the multinational corporation and of international organisations. During her career, she has worked with several multinational corporations as well as entrepreneurial technology firms on case studies, research and consulting projects. Tina Ambos has taught MBA and executive development programs on a variety of topics, such as International Management, Knowledge Management, Strategy Development, and Competitive Analysis in internationally accredited programs in a number of European countries. 2010-2013 she served as the Academic Director of the LIMAK Austrian Business School Global Executive MBA.

Dr. Sebastian Buckup

Sebastian Buckup is Head of Programming and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum. In his role Sebastian oversees the editorial direction of the Forum’s Global and Regional summits. Before joining the Forum, Sebastian gained experience with the International Labour Organization in Geneva, the UNDP Office of Development Studies in New York, as well as the private sector. His research interests include the social, economic, and geopolitical implications of globalization and technological change, as well as cross-sector responses to global challenges. Sebastian holds a Master and a Doctorate in economics from Witten/Herdecke University (Germany), and a Master in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics.

Dr. Stephan Mergenthaler

Stephan Mergenthaler is Head of Knowledge Networks and Analysis and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum. His research interests include learning in international organizations, new models of governance, and EU integration. His publications include The New World of UN Peace Operations: Learning to Build Peace? (Oxford University Press 2011) as well as several World Economic Forum reports and commentary in international media such as the International New York Times, FT Beyond Bricks, Caixin, among others. He holds an M.Sc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics, a Master of International Affairs from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) as well as a PhD in International Relations from Humboldt University Berlin. He was a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum as well as a visiting fellow at George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs in Washington DC and Beijing University’s School of International Studies.

Dr. Valerie Weinzierl

Dr. Weinzierl research and work focuses on the role of business in society (including all aspects of business engagement), multi‐stakeholder collaborations and Cross‐Sector Partnerships (CSPs), as well as on anti‐corruption engagement of the corporate sector. In particular, she works on the engagement of society in Germany, the United Nations and business, as well as on practical implementation mechanisms for corporate global citizenship, e.g. strategic engagement of multi‐national corporations to address the most pressing global issues in partnership with government and civil society. Dr. Weinzierl holds a PhD from the Freie Universität Berlin.

Robert Weibel

Executive Director Founder of the Centre for European Negotiation and Decision‐Making (CENAD), Brussels, Robert has focused exclusively on the t raining, coaching, mentoring and counselling of practitioners involved in diplomatic, international, institutional and business negotiation processes, mediation / conflict resolution, chairing / presidency and crisis management issues since 1986. He has taught at a number of universities and training institutes such as the Diplomatische Akademie, Wien, the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva, and was a Visiting Associate Professor at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) from 1994 until 1997.

Katherine Milligan

Katherine is the Head of Gender and Diversity at Bamboo Capital Partners. She teaches graduate-level courses on social entrepreneurship at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the University of Geneva in Switzerland and is the author of over 17 publications, articles, and blogs published by International Institute of Economics, Stanford Social Innovation Review, MIT journal Innovations, Forum Agenda, and the Harvard Business School. From 2012 - 2018, she was the Executive Director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the sister organization of the World Economic Forum, which supports the largest community of late-stage social entrepreneurs in the world. Katherine received her B.A. from Dartmouth College and her Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University where she was the recipient of the Pforzheimer Scholarship for Excellence in Non-Profit Management. 

Prof. Chris Brewster

Chris Brewster is Professor of International Human Resource Management at Henley Business School, University of Reading, in the UK. He had substantial experience as a practitioner and gained his doctorate from the LSE before becoming an academic. He researches in the field of international and comparative HRM; and has published more than twenty five books and well over two hundred articles. He has taught in many countries around the world. In 2006 Chris was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Vaasa, Finland.

Dr. Karen Iles

Dr. Karen Iles is an independent consultant. She specializes in capacity building, learning and change processes that are both strategic and rooted in the reality in which people work, and help make a real difference to the lives of people living in poverty. With over 30 years’ experience, Karen has worked with diverse stakeholders including UN agencies, NGOs, civil society, CBOs, donor organisations, governments, public-private partnerships, consultancy firms, global and regional bodies/networks, universities, research institutes - from small scale initiatives to large multi-donor, multi-stakeholder programs targeting millions of people. Karen has worked in 27 countries in Africa, Asia, Central America and Europe, and with cross-sector teams spanning disciplines such as agriculture and livestock value chains, smallholder farming, animal health services, livelihoods, governance, forest restoration & protection, micro-finance, youth entrepreneurship, cash & food transfers, reproductive health and HIV&AIDS.

Dr. Drazen Petrovic

Dražen Petrović is Registrar of the Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organization. He joined the ILO in 2001, in the Office of the Legal Adviser, where his last function was the ILO Principal Legal Officer. Before joining the ILO, he worked for the United Nations Compensation Commission and the Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Commission for the former Yugoslavia. Prior to coming to Geneva, he thought international public law at the Geneva University Law School. He has also rich experience collaborating with other international organizations belonging to the UN system.
Mr Petrovic holds a Ph.D. degree in international public law from the University of Geneva, LL.M from the European University Institute, Florence, and the University of Belgrade, as well as LL.B. from Sarajevo University Law School. In parallel to his career of international civil servant, he has been giving courses in international law at the University of Geneva.

Life is full of many small surprises and a few very big ones! My IO-MBA experience is proving to be one of the biggest and best. 

Read Melissa (Daeun) Baek's full testimonial

I came to IO-MBA with five years of experience working in trade for development programs in Canada and abroad. IO-MBA has been one of the best decisions and most enriching experiences of my life. IO-MBA has come at a pivotal moment in my career, allowing me to grow as a professional and to fullfil a lifelong dream of working for the United Nations. After completing the IO-MBA, I worked on trade and labour issues at the International Labour Organization, to support global initiatives that improve working conditions in developing countries. (Katherine McGregor, 2016-2017 participant and currently working at qa egional Analyst at Mastercard Foundation)

With four years’ experience in a senior management position, I chose IO-MBA for its reputation, renowned faculty, and unique program that was recommended by a college friend and IO-MBA alumni. IO-MBA has allowed me to understand global issues and bridge the gap in international organization management. There is no other MBA in the world that provides the same proximity of experience and knowledge to international organizations that IO-MBA provides. After the IO-MBA, I worked at the World Economic Forum as a Project Manager on Global Health and Healhcare (Jennette Leung, 2015-2016 participant and currently wortking at TELUS on Home Health Monitoring as a Product Manager)

I chose the IO-MBA program because I was looking for an MBA program that would give me a lot of flexibility in terms of future employment. IO-MBA, with its dual focus on both private-sector business practice and international development management, was a great fit. Its strengths were (and are) the almost unparalleled access it grants students to practitioners through professors and guest speakers (as well as its location in Geneva), the quality of its professors, and the breadth and relevance of its content – very few programs, to my knowledge, give their students the range of skills that IO-MBA does. I believe that my employers have benefited from my IO-MBA experience because I have a wide range of skills that enable me to work independently on numerous projects in a number of areas – training in project management allows me to monitor and direct my own work, while my background in finance enables me to set and understand budgets and analyze financial information, while the courses in development projects gives me the skills needed to evaluate development projects and proposals. After the IO-MBA, I worked as a consultant for GAVI on Coverage and Equity (Colin Paterson, 2013-2014 participant and currently working as Corporate Programme Manager at Save the Children UK)

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