The Centre


The Geneva Centre for Philanthropy has been created within the University of Geneva and operates under the responsibility of the rectorate. It functions autonomously and has its own staff. The centre’s activities are supervised by a strategy committee with representatives from the university and partner foundations. The centre also has a scientific committee, largely for academic purposes.


The Geneva Centre for Philanthropy is headed by Professor Henry Peter, Director, who is supported by Mara De Monte, Executive director.


Strategy Committee

The Strategy Committee is responsible for supporting the Centre's strategic development.

The members of the Committee are: for the Faculty of Law, Prof. Bénédict Foex, its Dean; for the Faculty of Economics and Management (GSEM), Prof. Rajna Gibson, Deputy Director of the GFRI; for the Faculty of Psychology, Prof. David Sander, Director of CISA; for the Faculty of Theology, Prof. François Dermange; for the Faculty of Humanities, Prof. Prof. Jan Blanc; for the Edmond de Rothschild foundations, Firoz Ladak, CEO; for the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation, Marc Maugué, Secretary General; for the Leenaards Foundation, Peter Brey, Director; for the Lombard Odier Foundation, Dr. Maximilian Martin, Global Head of Philanthropy; for the Perspectives Foundation of Swiss Life, Monika von Orelli, Deputy Director; for the Fondation de France, Axelle Davezac, CEO, and Maja Spanu, Head of Philanthropy and International Affairs; Prof. Henry Peter for the Centre for Philanthropy. The committee is chaired by Yves Flückiger, Rector of the University.


Scientific Committee                                                                                       

The committee consists of 11 university academics with internationally-recognised skills in the field of philanthropy. Members are drawn from UNIGE and similar academic institutions abroad.

The committee is responsible for contributing to discussions on — and ensuring the coherence of — the centre's activities, in particular regarding research and teaching.