UNIGE-UNOG: conversations with academia

university of geneva - united nations office at geneva conversations with academia

The project
"UNIGE-UNOG Conversations with Academia" is a series of lectures at the UN Library by University of Geneva Scholars followed by a discussion with UN professionals.

Background and Purpose
This project aims at reinforcing the constructive dialogue between UN experts and University of Geneva scholars and at jointly creating an informal knowledge network by connecting UNIGE scholars to UN experts on specific topics.

Four sessions per year are organised jointly between the United Nations Office at Geneva and the University of Geneva at the Palais des Nations.

1st session - October 5th 2018 - Global Digital Governance: what role for Geneva

Director General of the United Nations Office at Geneva Michael Møller and Professor Jacques de Werra, Vice-Rector of the University of Geneva have officially launched this joint initiative on October 5th 2018 at the Palais des Nations.

Professor Jacques de Werra has then given a lecture on global digital governance.


Director General Michael Møller (UNOG), Professor Jacques de Werra (UNIGE), Thomas Neufing (UNOG)

2nd session | February 28th 2019 | The Power of Intrapreneurship and Innovation for International Organizations

Prof. Tina Ambos (University of Geneva), Katherine Milligan (former Head of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum), Corinne Momal-Vanian (Director of the Division of Conference Management at UNOG), Francesco Pisano, (Director of the UN Library)

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3rd session | March 7th 2019 | Leading sustainability transitions: the example of sustainable infrastructures

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Dr. Alexandre Hedjazi (University of Geneva), Ms. Gulnara Roll (UNECE), Mr. Rowan Palmer (UN Environment)

4rd session | May 21st 2019 | Composite indicators, a tool to measure progress towards the SDGs

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Evita Sisene (UNECE), Carsten Boldsen (UNECE), Stefan Sperlich (UNIGE)

5th session | 13th November 2019 | Sustainable Organizations and Communities


Sharing of best practices on sustainability

6th session | 8th October 2020 | Swiss Data Cube

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Ms. Niverte Noberasco (UNOG), Ms. Monica Patry (UNIGE), Prof. Pascal Peduzzi (UNIGE), Dr. Gregory Giuliani (UNIGE), Dr. Claudia Röösli (UZH), Ms. Natalie Alexander (UNOG)



Tina C. Ambos is Professor of International Management and serves as the Director of the Institute of Management and as the Academic Director of the International Organizations MBA. She received a Venia Docendi (Habilitation) and a Ph.D. from WU Vienna. Tina’s research and teaching interests include global strategic management and innovation in the context of multinational corporations, technology start-ups and international (non-for-profit) organizations.

Gregory Giuliani is Head of the Digital Earth Unit at GRID-Geneva and Senior Lecturer in Earth Observations at the University of Geneva


Alexandre B. Hedjazi is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Geneva, where 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.


Pascal Peduzzi is the Director of GRID-Geneva at the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), a team of 20 scientists who are transforming data into information to support decision-making processes. He holds a PhD and an MSc in Environmental Sciences, with specialization in remote sensing and GIS. He is coordinating the implementation of the World Environment Situation Room, a data platform for monitoring the state of the earth environment?. As a part-time professor at the University of Geneva, Pascal Peduzzi teaches courses on environmental sciences, modelling disaster risk, as well as on sustainable development.

Stefan Sperlich is
professor of statistics and econometrics at the University of Geneva. He holds a PhD in economics from the Humboldt University of Berlin. His research interests range from nonparametric statistics over small area statistics to empirical economics, in particular impact evaluation methods. He has been working as a consultant for several institutions, participated in development programs, is cofounder of the research center 'Poverty, Equity and Growth in Developing Countries’ at the University of Göttingen, and is research fellow at the Center for Evaluation and Development in Mannheim. He published in top ranked scientific journals and was awarded with the Koopmans econometric theory prize.

Jacques de Werra
is professor of law (intellectual property and contract law). He holds a doctorate in law from the University of Lausanne and a Master's degree in Law (LLM) from Columbia Law School and was admitted to the bar in both Geneva and New York.
Prof. de Werra was a Faculty Fellow/Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and has held visiting professor positions at various universities, including Stanford Law School, Nagoya University and City University of Hong Kong. He has launched a summer school on Internet law at the University of Geneva ( and co-leads the WIPO - University of Geneva summer school on intellectual property.

University of Geneva Students
Thirty seats are reserved at each event for University of Geneva students. This is on a first-come served basis. If you are interested in participating, please send an e-mail with your e-mail address at least five working days prior to the event; the e-mail should be sent to conversations(at)
The first 30 students who have registered will receive an e-mail of confirmation and a link to sign up on the United Nations dedicated website.

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University of Geneva students at the UN Library