Our Governing Board

The International School of Geneva is a not-for-profit Foundation established under Swiss law. Its manner of governance is laid down in a Charter and Regulations approved by the Federal Department of Home affairs.

Our Governing Board

The Governing Board of the Foundation consists of twelve elected members, one member appointed by the Federal Council, two members appointed by the Canton of Geneva, and one member appointed by the Canton of Vaud. The Board also exercises its powers of co-option, for example by inviting the United Nations to nominate a representative.

Elected members are chosen by an electorate that consists of parents, members of staff, former members of staff, and former students. Votes are cast either by electronic ballot or at the Consultative General Assembly of the Foundation that is held each year in May.

The Board is the guardian of the School’s mission. This stewardship involves ensuring that the Foundation has a well-developed strategy which is aligned with this mission, responsive to external conditions and to the expectations of its stakeholders, is realistically costed and will ensure the organisation’s continued success; ensuring that the necessary structure, function, policy, controls and information are in place to enable the effective, secure and sustainable operation of the Foundation; accountability for the financial well-being of the school, including capital assets, operating budgets and fundraising.

Board committees

Much of the work of the Board is conducted through committees, most of which also include parent members of the Campus Advisory Bodies and members of the teaching staff.  These committees include an Executive Committee and committees responsible for Finance, Strategic Planning, Nominations (elections), Bursaries, and Policy, Risk and Procedures.

Members 2016-2017

Melaye Ras-Work
Chairperson
Melaye Ras-Work is an Ethiopian citizen and speaks English, French, Amharic and Spanish. She grew up in Geneva and is...
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Melaye Ras-Work is an Ethiopian citizen and speaks English, French, Amharic and Spanish. She grew up in Geneva and is an alumna of the International School of Geneva having completed her primary and secondary schooling at Pregny and LGB respectively.

She spent the initial part of her career working in information technology before joining A.T. Kearney management consulting in their London office. In 2000, she co-founded Efficio Consulting, a leading European boutique consultancy focused on strategic procurement. The firm is now the leading European specialist in its field with clients across Europe and the US. She is now focused on consolidating Efficio’s market presence in France and Switzerland.

She completed her undergraduate studies at Brown University (USA) and obtained an MBA from INSEAD (France). She lived and worked in London until 2009 when she moved back to Geneva with her family. She is married and has two children at Campus des Nations.

Melaye is the Chairperson of the Governing Board since September 2015.

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David Ogden
Vice Chairman
David Ogden is an American citizen and has lived in the Geneva area since 1997. He worked for the US...
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David Ogden is an American citizen and has lived in the Geneva area since 1997.

He worked for the US Government on international environmental issues for ten years before joining the United Nations to serve as coordinator of negotiations of an environmental chemical treaty.  He is currently responsible for the management of the governing body meetings of three global environmental treaties. 

He served for several years as a board member and chairman of a Geneva-based non-governmental organization promoting awareness in teenagers of social justice issues and providing opportunities for them to get involved projects to serve others, locally and abroad.

He is married and has three children. One of them is at La Châtaigneraie and two that have graduated from Ecolint.

Mr Ogden is the Vice-Chairperson of the Board, a member of the Executive Committee, the Chairperson of the Policy, Risk and Procedures Committee and a member of the Bursary Committee.

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Mark Poole
Treasurer
Mark Poole is a UK national who has lived in Geneva since 1998. He was educated at schools in London...
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Mark Poole is a UK national who has lived in Geneva since 1998.

He was educated at schools in London and the University of Bristol.

He is a Chartered Accountant with over twenty years of financial and commercial experience gained whilst working for the Virgin Group with whom he acted as Group Finance Director for ten years.  He served as a Non-Executive Director for numerous companies in the Group. Following semi-retirement at the end of 2011, he serves as a non-executive director on a number of company boards and continues to act as a Special Adviser to Virgin Group

He is married with two children, aged 17 and 20, both of whom have been educated at LGB throughout their childhood.  

Mark has been co-opted for an additional two-year mandate (2015-2017) and he is the Board Treasurer, a member of the Executive Committee, the Chair of the Finance Committee and a member (ex officio) of the Strategic Planning Committee.

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Bernie Armstrong
Secretary
Bernie Armstrong is a US and Swiss citizen, residing in Geneva since 1993. Bernie is an experienced family office and...
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Bernie Armstrong is a US and Swiss citizen, residing in Geneva since 1993.

Bernie is an experienced family office and investment executive whose career has included management positions in a single family office, international bank-affiliated family offices, a business start-up, private banking, asset management and direct investing.

Bernie began his banking career with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York and has worked for HSBC, Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse.  Prior to pursuing a career in finance, Bernie worked as an architect at the New York office of Skidmore Owings and Merrill. Bernie holds an MBA in marketing and finance from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and a bachelor of architecture from Syracuse University.

He has lived in Italy and the US before moving to Geneva.  He is married and both of his children attend ISG.

Bernie has been elected to the Governing Board for the period of 2013 – 2017. He is the Secretary of the Board, a member of the Executive Committee and the Finance Committee.

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Arthur Wood
Board Member
Arthur Wood is British. Educated at LSE, SDA Bocconi School of Management, HEC France married to a Norwegian, trained by...
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Arthur Wood is British. Educated at LSE, SDA Bocconi School of Management, HEC France married to a Norwegian, trained by the Americans and worked for the Germans. He has also lived in numerous parts of the world. Formerly a main stream banker (Merrill, Coutts, Kleinworts), having also worked in the US for Ashoka – the world’s largest supporter of Social Entrepreneurs running one of their global programmes. He is now the Founder partner of a Social Finance intermediary called Total Impact Advisors, specialising in creating innovative financial and new legal mechanisms to drive capital to social causes.

Arthur Wood therefore has a substantive experience of both the disciplines of the “for profit” world married to the challenges of raising and deploying capital in support of social causes as diverse as Agriculture to education to sanitation to Youth reoffending.

He has three children enrolled at La Châtaigneraie and his wife works for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees here in Geneva.

Arthur has been elected to the Governing Board for the period 2012-2016 and he is the Chairperson of the Strategic Planning Committee.

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Burton Melnick
Board Member
A retired Ecolint English teacher, Burton Melnick grew up in Boston, attended the Boston Latin School and Harvard College, and...
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A retired Ecolint English teacher, Burton Melnick grew up in Boston, attended the Boston Latin School and Harvard College, and came to France in 1962 as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Strasbourg. Before arriving at Ecolint in 1968, he taught at the Lycée Carnot in Paris, earned a master’s degree in Theatre at Tulane University, and taught for a year at the American College in Switzerland.

While at Ecolint (1968-2017) he prepared a doctorate in English at the University of Lausanne and taught evening courses for several years at Webster University in Geneva. He serves on the editorial boards of two scholarly reviews, and continues to do scholarly work himself in literature and related subjects.

Burton has been coopted to the Governing Board for a two year mandate (2015-2017).

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Diane Bédat
Board Member
Diane Bédat grew up in Geneva, and completed all her education here, leaving school with a Maturité Fédérale and then...
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Diane Bédat grew up in Geneva, and completed all her education here, leaving school with a Maturité Fédérale and then obtained a degree in Economic and Social Science from the University of Geneva. 

She worked with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Geneva and then with Ernst&Young as an external auditor for the division of international auditing and accounting for small- and medium-sized Swiss companies. 

Co-founder and co-proprietor of red8world.com since 2009, she is head of administration and accounts for this watch-making company.

She is married and has five children. Three of them are at La Grande Boissière and the other ones graduated in 2009 and 2015 respectively.

Diane has been re-elected to the Governing Board for the period of 2014-2018. She is a member of the Executive Committee and the Chairperson of the Committee on Nominations.

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Emanuela Dose Sarfatis
Board Member
A qualified lawyer, Emanuela Dose Sarfatis was in charge of the legal service of a private bank in Lausanne and...
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A qualified lawyer, Emanuela Dose Sarfatis was in charge of the legal service of a private bank in Lausanne and served on the municipal council of her commune before starting to work with the State of Geneva in 1994.

A member of the senior management team for Economic Promotion Service at the Geneva Département de la sécurité et de l’économie (DSE), Emanuela Dose Sarfatis has also been nominated by the Geneva State Council as a member of the Board of Directors of various institutions supporting companies, such as the "Fondation d'aide aux entreprises (FAE)", the "Coopérative romande de cautionnement en faveur des PME (CRC-PME)", the Geneva Foundation for Technological Innovation (FONGIT), and the business incubator Eclosion SA. She is also a member of the Supervisory Council for the labour market (CSME), of the tripartite committee on working permits, of the Interprofessional Council for education and training (CIF), and of the committee of the association Capitalproximité.

Mrs Dose Sarfatis has been a member of the Governing Board since 2009 has the representative of the Département de la sécurité et de l’économie (DSE). She is also a member of the Arbitration Committee for 2015-2016.

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Hans Baritt
Board Member
Hans Baritt is an American citizen who has lived in the Geneva area since 2002. Hans is an experienced finance...
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Hans Baritt is an American citizen who has lived in the Geneva area since 2002.  

Hans is an experienced finance professional whose 20 year career has included management positions in public accounting, the automotive industry and the United Nations System. 

Hans began his career in Chicago in 1995 working for Arthur Andersen before moving to Chrysler and later to Mercedes-Benz Headquarters in Germany. In 2002 he took up a position in Finance at the World Health Organization and eventually became the Chief Accountant. While at WHO he served as a participant elected member of the United Nations Joint Pension Board.  Since 2012 he has been the Chief Financial Officer of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). 

Hans received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and later went on to graduate from the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program in Vallendar, Germany.

He is married and has two young daughters.  The eldest is a student at La Grande Boissière and the youngest is already looking forward to her first day at La Grande Villa. 

Hans has been co-opted as the new representative of the United Nations for a two-year mandate (2015 – 2017). He is a member of the Finance Committee.

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Jeremy Lack
Board Member
Jeremy Lack is an independent lawyer and mediator specialized in dispute resolution, Intellectual Property, and corporate matters, including governance issues...
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Jeremy Lack is an independent lawyer and mediator specialized in dispute resolution, Intellectual Property, and corporate matters, including governance issues. He is a JAMS International Panellist and a mediator certified by the International Mediation Institute (IMI).  He is also counsel to Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer LLP in New York, a door tenant with Quadrant Chambers in London, and an advisor to Charles Russell LLP in Geneva.

Jeremy also teaches at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and the University of Geneva (Haute Ecole de Commerce). Jeremy is an English Barrister and a US attorney (New York and USPTO), and is registered with the Geneva bar as a foreign attorney. After graduating from Ecolint (LGB) in 1984, Jeremy studied law and physiological sciences at Lincoln College, Oxford.  He received graduate diplomas in European competition law and comparative copyright laws from King’s College in London and has lived and worked in France, England and the United States.

Jeremy has been re-elected to the Governing Board of the Foundation of the International School of Geneva for the period 2013-2017. He is a member of the Policy, Risk and Procedures Committee, the Bursary Committee and the Commision d’arbitrage.

Before he joined the Board, he was a member of the LGB Campus Development Group from 2007 to 2009. Jeremy has Swiss, British, Israeli and US citizenships. His two daughters graduated from Ecolint in 2013 and 2015 respectively.

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Laragh Gollogly
Laragh Gollogly
Board Member
Laragh Gollogly MD MPH, works at the World Health Organization in Geneva, where she coordinates WHO Press and is Editor-in-Chief...
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Laragh Gollogly MD MPH, works at the World Health Organization in Geneva, where she coordinates WHO Press and is Editor-in-Chief of its Bulletin. Dr Gollogly completed medical training in Belgium and was a surgical resident in Oxford, prior to becoming a senior editor for The Lancet in London.

Laragh has worked in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nicaragua and Cambodia and travelled extensively with work; teaching doctors in many different settings how to design and publish their research.

She has one daughter in primary and another in secondary at La Châtaigneraie.

Laragh has been elected to the Ecolint board for the 2014-2018 term. She is a member of the Bursary Committee.

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Laurence Collins
Board Member
Laurence Collins, a Swiss citizen born in Geneva, is currently working for Anouk Foundation. Its mission is to paint "therapeutic...
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Laurence Collins, a Swiss citizen born in Geneva, is currently working for Anouk Foundation. Its mission is to paint "therapeutic " murals in institutions (hospitals, orphanages, nursing homes, psychiatric centres), where adults or children have to spend time away from home to promote their well-being, improve their stay and accelerate their recovery.

Laurence is married and has four children studying at LGB. She studied in Geneva and has a degree in Biology from the University of Geneva. She went on to get a Masters in Biology at the Hong Kong University and a Masters in Bio Informatics at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatique ( in collaboration with EPFL). She has worked in the field of molecular biology in Geneva.

Laurence spent nine years between Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai. She speaks French, English and Mandarin.

Laurence returned to Geneva in 2012 and has been the PTA Primary English representative at LGB.

Laurence has been elected to the Governing Board for the period of 2015 – 2019. She is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee.

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Lionel Eperon
Board Member
Born on 22 March 1971, Lionel Eperon, whose home town is Pizy (Vaud), holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science...
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Born on 22 March 1971, Lionel Eperon, whose home town is Pizy (Vaud), holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Lausanne University (1994) and a Master’s degree in public administration from the IDHEAP (best Master’s award in 1998). During an internship in the Federal Department for Foreign Affairs in 1991 he developed an interest in the public domain, which has been the constant guide in his professional development ever since. As editor of "l'Année politique suisse" (The Swiss Political Year) from 1994 to 1998, he perfected his knowledge of Swiss public institutions and politics. 

After a short spell as scientific advisor to the IDHEAP on communal politics between 1998 and 1999, M. Eperon joined the Vaud State Administration in 1999.  He served as Secretary for Federal and Intercantonal Affairs from 1999 to 2001, then as Lobbyist for the State of Vaud with the Federal authorities from 2004 to 2007, using his knowledge of institutional and political mechanisms to coordinate and defend the interests of Vaud with the Confederation and with other cantons.  

Fervent about public economics, as Assistant Secretary General of the Département de l'économie from 2001 to 2004, he was notably responsible for handling the file of the BCV (Banque Cantonale Vaudoise) during the crisis which shook the bank at that time. Lionel Eperon was made head of the SELT (the Service for Economy, Lodgings and Tourism) of the Canton de Vaud in July 2007, which became the  SPECo  (the Service for Promotion of the Economy and Commerce) in January 2012.

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Maureen Montgomery
Board Member
Maureen Montgomery is a US citizen, residing in Geneva since 2005. Maureen is an experienced human resources executive whose career...
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Maureen Montgomery is a US citizen, residing in Geneva since 2005.

Maureen is an experienced human resources executive whose career has included a variety of management positions in supply chain management and human resources globally with Procter & Gamble.

Maureen began her career with Procter & Gamble in 1988 in Baltimore, Maryland and has worked with them in North Carolina and Ohio prior to coming to Switzerland.  Maureen has a Master’s in Special Education from the University of Phoenix, and a bachelor of science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia.

She has lived in the US before moving to Geneva. She is married and has three children. The youngest is enrolled in Campus des Nations, her middle son who just graduated from Campus des Nations, is studying biology at the University of Vermont, and her oldest son, who also graduated from Campus des Nations, is studying industrial engineering at Northeastern University in Boston.

Maureen has been co-opted for a two year mandate (2014-2016) and she is a member of the Committee on Nominations.

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Pascal Emery
Board Member
Pascal Emery is Swiss and has lived in Geneva since 1974. He is married and has three grown-up children. His...
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Pascal Emery is Swiss and has lived in Geneva since 1974.  He is married and has three grown-up children. 

His schooling took place in Valais and he obtained his Maturité fédérale, classical branch, at the Collège de Sion in 1974 before continuing his higher education in Literature at the University of Geneva.  He obtained his Master there in 1979.

A teaching career followed and he moved on to a post as teacher representative within the school’s management and then Dean before being nominated head of the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Malagnou in 1997. One year later this school became the Collège et Ecole de commerce Emilie-Gourd.

As Director of an educational establishment encompassing both high school and professional programmes, he was chairman of the Conseil de coordination des Ecoles de commerce de Genève from 1998 to 2000 and then of the Conférence des directrices et directeurs du Collège de Genève from 2010 to 2012.

Pascal Emery took early retirement at the end of 2013, in order to avoid any potential conflict of interest when his wife, in her capacity as Conseillère d’Etat, took over responsibility for the Département de l’instruction publique, de la culture et du sport (DIP). 

Having supported five development aid projects with students from his school (two projects in Senegal in 2000 and 2003 and then three further projects in Benin in 2012, 2013 and 2015) Pascal Emery decided to devote part of his time as a volunteer, and through the channel of Zedega, a not-for-profit organisation of which he is the co-founder,  to the support of secondary school management teams and to the in-service training of teachers in Benin which he now visits two to three times per year. 

Pascal Emery is also an associate judge, specialising in matters of education at the Minors Tribunal of the Canton of Geneva.

He has been a member of the Governing Board of the International School of Geneva since 2010, initially as the representative of the Département de l’instruction publique, de la culture et du sport and then as representative of the Confédération suisse since 2014. He is a member of the Commission d’Arbitrage.

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Philip Moss
Board Member
Philip Moss is a US and Australian citizen, residing in Geneva since 2002. Philip considers himself a Kiwi having grown...
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Philip Moss is a US and Australian citizen, residing in Geneva since 2002. Philip considers himself a Kiwi having grown up in New Zealand but has lived and studied in a number of countries.

Philip is an investment executive and advisor to startup companies and policy makers focusing on cleantech innovation, climate change and sustainable investment. Philip began his career in the financial sector before joining the United Nations Environment Programme to work on sustainability issues with banks and insurers. He has continued in roles focused on business and the environment, most notably with the UAE's clean energy initiative Masdar. In 2011 he founded Mana Ventures, an advisory business for cleantech SMEs.

Philip is actively involved with global initiatives to address climate change including the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the Global Cleantech Cluster Association, and the Green School Alliance.

Philip holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and Bachelor degrees in Applied Statistics and Economics from North Carolina State University. He speaks English and moderate French and is married with two children, one of which is a student at Campus des Nations.

Philip has been elected to the Governing Board for the period of 2014 – 2018. He is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee

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Susanne Scherrer
Board Member
Of Swiss origin, Susanne Scherrer completed her studies in Geneva. She obtained a first degree in literature, then a Masters...
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Of Swiss origin, Susanne Scherrer completed her studies in Geneva. She obtained a first degree in literature, then a Masters in European Studies (Institutions, Law and Societies concentration) from the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva.

Susanne is currently coordinator of the bilingual maturité programme and Principal of the Collège et Ecole de Commerce Emilie Gourd in Geneva. She is responsible, among other things, for the organization of school exchanges with secondary age children, summer language programmes and teacher exchange programmes.

In 2015 Susanne founded her own business which is active in the field of international language programmes for students and teachers, as well in summer camps.

Of German mother tongue, Susanne also speaks fluent French and English and has a good grasp of Greek as well as rudimentary Italian.

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Konstantin Koudriaev
Board Member
Konstantin Koudriaev is the Head of Business Development and Mergers & Acquisitions at COFCO Agri Ltd., a leading global agricultural...
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Konstantin Koudriaev is the Head of Business Development and Mergers & Acquisitions at COFCO Agri Ltd., a leading global agricultural commodities company, since 2014. Prior to that, he was based in London, where he was Vice President at Morgan Stanley after becoming Managing Director at Goldman Sachs & Co.

Born in Russia, Konstantin first moved to Geneva in 1993 and completed his studies at the department of Social and Economic Sciences at HEC University of Geneva. He later received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Analytical Finance and Accounting at the University of Chicago in the United States.

Before his career in finance, Konstantin was a professional athlete. He represented the Soviet Union and Russia as a member of the National Team in fin swimming, winning 15 World Championship gold medals over a span of almost 10 years, and setting several world records. He received Russia's highest athletic award of Merited Master of Sports, and a graduate degree in teaching and coaching from the Moscow Central State Institute of Sport. 

Konstantin is a Russian, Swiss and British citizen, and is fluent in Russian, French and English. Two of his three children are currently pupils at Ecolint’s LGB Campus.  His wife, Camilla, is an Ecolint alumna.

Konstantin has been elected to the Governing Board of the Foundation of the International School of Geneva for the period 2016-2020.

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Chitra Subrahmanian
Board Member
Chitra Subrahmanian is a psychotherapist and educator living and working in the Geneva area since 2000. She is married with...
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Chitra Subrahmanian is a psychotherapist and educator living and working in the Geneva area since 2000. She is married with a daughter at La Chat.

Born and raised in India, Chitra pursued higher education in the United States, earning a Master’s degree in Counselor Education from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, and a Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University, Indiana. 

She is fluent in English, Tamil, Hindi and German and conversant in French.

For the past fifteen years, she has taught Psychology and Counseling to undergraduates and graduates, respectively, at Webster University Geneva and also runs a private practice in Geneva, specializing in Psychotherapy for individuals, Couples and Families.

Chitra has been elected to the board for the period 2016-2020.

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Nicolas Winssinger
Board Member
Nicolas WINSSINGER is professor at the university of Geneva in the department of organic chemistry. His research interests lie at...
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Nicolas WINSSINGER is professor at the university of Geneva in the department of organic chemistry. His research interests lie at the crossroad of molecular sciences and life science. Nicolas has received several awards for his scientific work. He also serves on the board of three scholarly scientific journals as well as the board of the Swiss Chemical Society. He has over 100 publications in scientific journals and is an inventor on 15 patents. He grew up in Europe (Brussels and Rome), obtained his bachelor from Tufts University and his PhD from Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California.

Nicolas is married to Sofia who is Spanish and also works in research at the University of Geneva. They have two kids attending la Châtaigneraie.

Nicolas has been elected to the Governing Board for the period 2016-2020.

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Staff observers

Name School
Mr Jan Dijkstra  La Châtaigneraie
Mrs Josephine Hamani La Grande Boissière
Mrs Amanda Weber Campus des Nations

Management

Name Position
Mrs Vicky Tuck Directrice générale
Mr Laurent Falvert Directeur financier