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)



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.

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.

Jacques de Werra 
is vice-rector of the University of Geneva (where he is in charge - among different projects - of the University's digital strategy www.unige.ch/digital) and 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 (www.internetlaw-geneva.ch) and co-leads the WIPO - University of Geneva summer school on intellectual property.

University of Geneva Students
Ten 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 etu.unige.ch e-mail address at least five working days prior to the event; the e-mail should be sent to conversations(at)unige.ch.

Contact conversations(at)unige.ch