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 2019-2020

Konstantin Koudriaev
Chairperson
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. He was the treasurer of the Board (2017-2019) and he is currently the Chairperson of the Governing Board (2019-2020).

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Nicolas Winssinger
Vice-Chairperson
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 and he is the Vice-Chairperson of the Board and the president of the Strategic Planning Committee.

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Diane Bédat
Diane Bédat
Treasurer
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. Two of them are in the Secondary School at La Grande Boissière and the other ones graduated in 2009, 2015 and 2018 respectively. 

Diane has been re-elected to the Governing Board for the period of 2014-2018 and she has been co-opted for a two-year mandate (2018-2020). She was the Secretary of the Governing Board (2018-2019) and she is the current treasurer (2019-2020) and a member of the Finance Committee.

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Rebekah Thomas
Secretary
Rebekah Thomas is Technical Officer for Human Rights in the Gender, Equity and Human Rights Team at the World Health...
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Rebekah Thomas is Technical Officer for Human Rights in the Gender, Equity and Human Rights Team at the World Health Organization. Rebekah has a Degree in Law and French and Masters in International Human Rights Law and has been working in the fields of international migration, HIV and health policy and programming for over a decade to promote the practical application of human rights and gender responsive programming. 

She has held positions at the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS at both Headquarters and regional level, where she was Human Rights and Gender Advisor for the regional office in Panamá, before taking up a position at WHO to support human rights mainstreaming in 2014. Rebekah is a member of the WHO Guideline Review Committee, the WHO Ethics Consultation Service, and the WHO Bulletin Editorial Board. She is also Associate Editor at the BMC International Health and Human Rights journal.

She is the mother of one daughter in Year 5 and one son in Year 3 at Campus des Nations.

Rebekah has been elected to the Board of Ecolint for the period 2018-2022. She is a the Secretary of the Governing Board.
 

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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. Hans later served as the Chief Financial Officer of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG).   In February 2018 he was appointed to his current position as the Controller and Director, Division of Financial Administration and Management at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). 

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 in primary at La Grande Boissière.

Hans has been nominated as the representative of the United Nations for a second two-year mandate (2017 – 2019). He is a member of the Finance Committee.

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Nicolas Bindschedler
Nicolas Bindschedler
Board member
Nicolas Bindschedler is Deputy Secretary General of the Département de l’instruction publique, de la formation et de la jeunesse (DIP)...
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Nicolas Bindschedler is Deputy Secretary General of the Département de l’instruction publique, de la formation et de la jeunesse (DIP) of the Canton of Geneva since 2018. As part of his mandate, he ensures the follow-up of files related to compulsory education. He is also the DIP delegate for inter-cantonal affairs. As such, he is a member of the Conference of Secretaries General of French-speaking Switzerland and Ticino (CIIP) and, within the framework of the CDIP, he sits on the Swiss Conference of Secretaries General of the Departments of Public Education.
 
Nicolas Bindschedler graduated with a teaching diploma from the l'Ecole normale cantonale de Fribourg in 1998. He then successfully completed a diploma in classical singing from the Haute école de musique de Genève in 2006. In 2011 he obtained an advanced degree in administration et gestion d'institutions de formation from the HEP Vaud, IDHEAP, IFFP and IUFE.
 
He is married and has 2 children who attend the Geneva public school.
 
Nicolas Bindschedler has taught for several years in primary schools before taking over the management of schools for 8 years. As a Director of the Direction générale de l'enseignement obligatoire (general management of compulsory education) between 2015 and 2018, he managed various strategic projects related to inclusive education.

He has been nominated by the Canton of Geneva as from September 2019.

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René Bujard
Board member
René is a Swiss citizen, born and raised in Geneva. Together with his British wife Fiona, they have lived in...
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René is a Swiss citizen, born and raised in Geneva. Together with his British wife Fiona, they have lived in Belgium, Singapore, Switzerland, and the UK. They have two daughters who have studied at La Châtaigneraie, one of whom is now at Durham University in the UK and the other one an IB candidate for 2020.

 

Professionally, René is the Human Resources Director for the Pharmaceutical business unit at Galderma SA. Prior to that, he was the Global Human Resources Director for Oxfam International, a large non-governmental organization fighting poverty and inequality. He also had a 24-year career in Human Resources at Procter & Gamble, which he represented at the Groupement des Entreprises Multinationales (GEM) in Geneva between 1996 and 2002. He is passionate about diversity and inclusion to enable people to bring their full selves to work so that they “use all their energy to perform instead of wasting some to conform.”

 

René holds a Master degree in Commercial and Industrial Sciences from the University of Geneva. He also studied at a liberal arts college in the US and spent two years of his early P&G career in Cincinnati, USA. René has been elected to the Governing Board for the period 2019-2023.

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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.

Deputy Director General of the senior management team for Economic Development, research and innovation 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 a member of the Finance Committee and the Commission d’Arbitrage.

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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. M. Eperon was made head of the SPECo  (the service in charge of the economic promotion) of the State of Vaud on 1st July 2007. In February 2018, he was made head of the DGEP (Direction générale de l’enseignement postobligatoire) in charge of the Professional training and high school teaching in the State of Vaud. 

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Burku Gökay
Board Member
Burcu Gökay is a Swiss and Turkish citizen. She holds a degree in management from HEC Lausanne and a master’s...
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Burcu Gökay is a Swiss and Turkish citizen.

She holds a degree in management from HEC Lausanne and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from EPFL.
She lives in Geneva since 1998.
Besides a career in financing and mentoring early stage startups in sustainable economy, she recently started a new activity in interior design within IG Kitchen Design in Geneva.
She speaks French, English, Turkish, German and Italian, with knowledge of Greek and Spanish.

She has three kids at LGB and her eldest daughter graduated in 2018.

Burcu was elected to the Board of Ecolint for the period 2017-2021. She is a member of the Finance Committee.

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Andrea Lucard
Board member
Andrea Lucard is an American and British citizen resident in Geneva since 2006. Her two children, Gideon and Ulysses graduated...
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Andrea Lucard is an American and British citizen resident in Geneva since 2006. Her two children, Gideon and Ulysses graduated from La Grande Boissière in 2019 and 2017 respectively.
 
Andrea is the Executive Vice-President for Corporate Affairs at Medicines for Malaria Venture, a Swiss Foundation that discovers, develops and delivers high quality, low-cost malaria medicines for the malaria endemic world. From 2006-2010 she was the Director of Development for the International Baccalaureate Organization, and prior to that the Director of Development for Colorado College in the United States.
 
Her bachelor degree is in art history from Oberlin College, and her Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing is from Warren Wilson College. 
 
Andrea was elected to the Governing Board for the period of 2019 – 2023.
 

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Jean-Paul Monchau
Board member
Jean-Paul Monchau is a French diplomat who has devoted his career to working for the Quai d’Orsay. After studying law...
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Jean-Paul Monchau is a French diplomat who has devoted his career to working for the Quai d’Orsay.
 
After studying law and obtaining a degree in public administration, he joined the French Foreign Ministry and was foreign official in Greece, Liberia and the United States.
 
Appointed ambassador in 2001, Jean-Paul Monchau has represented France in Zambia, Malawi, Costa Rica, Benin, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Prior to this, he was Consul in Geneva from 1988 to 1993, during which time his daughter Juliette was a student at La Grande Boissière and his wife Françoise taught on the same campus.
 
Now retired, Jean-Paul Monchau nonetheless maintains a keen interest in international relations, namely the Franco-Swiss one, and devotes part of his time to various regional and local activities. He is convinced that investing in education is the best safeguard for the future of individuals and peoples alike.

He has been elected to the Governing Board for the period of 2018-2022. He is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee.

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Marietta Muwanga-Ssevume
Board member
Marietta Senkatuka Muwanga-Ssevume has been living in Geneva since 2018 and is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Director of...
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Marietta Senkatuka Muwanga-Ssevume has been living in Geneva since 2018 and is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Director of IT at the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), where she leads the digital transformation efforts of the organisation, and manages the IOM’s information management and information technology portfolio.
 
Prior to joining IOM, Marietta held leadership roles at the World Bank Group in Washington DC, for major UN initiatives including UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP), as well as ICT strategy and Transformation roles for the United Nations peacekeeping efforts in Sudan and the DR Congo.
She is passionate about empowering and engaging young people especially girls and women and has spent the past twenty years working in post conflict locations to make a positive difference in the lives of communities by leveraging technology and innovation for development.
 
Born and raised in Uganda, Marietta holds a degree in Statistics and Applied Economics from Makerere University in Kampala and a Master’s degree in Information Systems from the London School of Economic and Political Science in the United Kingdom. She is fluent in English, French and Luganda.
 
She is married and has three children who attend La Grande Boissière. She was elected to the Board of Ecolint for three years for the period 2019 2022.
 

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Andrew Ryan
Board Member
Andy Ryan spent 15 years as an Ecolint student: 2 pre-school years at Pregny-Rigot, and then the full 13 years...
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Andy Ryan spent 15 years as an Ecolint student: 2 pre-school years at Pregny-Rigot, and then the full 13 years at La Châtaigneraie, where he represented the School in 3 sports and obtained 44 points on the IB. After reading Geography at Cambridge University, he joined JP Morgan Chase’s private banking team in Geneva, before being posted by the bank to its New York headquarters.
 
Andy left the financial work in 2009 to dedicate himself to technology entrepreneurship, and is currently founder of a venture-backed online travel business that has a team spread across 6 countries and users in 150+ countries. He is chairman of the board of this company, and also sits on the board of an Argentine company focused on promoting entrepreneurship there.
 
His parents are both retired Ecolint teachers, and his nephew and niece are currently enrolled at La Châtaigneraie.

He was elected to the Board of Ecolint for the period of 2017-2021. He is a member of the Bursary Committee and the Commission d'arbitrage.

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Christopher Strebel
Board member
Christopher Strebel works at the World Health Organization in Geneva where he leads the online content team and is the...
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Christopher Strebel works at the World Health Organization in Geneva where he leads the online content team and is the Editor-in-Chief of the headquarters’ website. He currently is the business lead for the international roll-out of the organization’s new web software and is the communications focal point for the department of Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Prior to WHO he worked in UNESCO’s education sector as the administrator of the IBE website and on improving ICTs in Education.  He was in charge of the training and communications for the GigaPan Project that combined web and robotic technology to connect schools around the world.

Christopher worked in web technologies in New York, consulting for a number of companies before moving into technology entrepreneurship and becoming a founding member and CIO of a start-up venture.

He is a citizen of Switzerland, South Africa and the United States.

Christopher and his partner both attended La Châtaigneraie and their daughter currently attends Campus des Nations. He is a graduate of Cornell University BA and New York University MS.

He has been elected to the Board of Ecolint for the period of 2018-2022. He is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee.

 

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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 Châtaigneraie.

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 Governing Board for the period of 2016-2020 and she is the Chairperson of the Policy, Risk and Procedures Committee and a member of the Nominations Committee.

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Jamie Williamson
Board member
Jamie Williamson, a British citizen, has been based in Geneva since 2012, where he works as the Executive Director of...
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Jamie Williamson, a British citizen, has been based in Geneva since 2012, where he works as the Executive Director of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers' Association, an international multi-stakeholder initiative, which regulates and monitors the activities of private security companies operating in complex and hostile environments worldwide.

Jamie Williamson previously served with the International Committee of the Red Cross, in numerous capacities, most recently, where, managing over 60 delegates worldwide, he was responsible for the strategic orientation and implementation of core ICRC programs, advising and training State and non-State arms carriers, including multinational forces and private military and security contractors, on International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law. Jamie Williamson worked also as the ICRC’s Legal Adviser for Common Law Countries in Geneva and Southern Africa, and, from 2008 to 2011, he was the ICRC Legal Adviser for the Washington D.C. Delegation, providing legal support for ICRC activities in the U.S. and Canada, with particular focus on Guantanamo and military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
 
Before joining the ICRC, Jamie Williamson was with the UN ad hoc international criminal tribunals in Tanzania and the Netherlands, and the Special Court for Sierra Leone, working on the first international judgments on the crimes of genocide, at trial and appellate level. He has published numerous papers on repression of war crimes, international justice, and challenges to international humanitarian law in contemporary armed conflicts.

Jamie Williamson is on the Faculty of the Human Rights Academy at American University, Washington D.C. and was a Visiting Professor of Law at New England School of Law, in Boston.

He is married, and has one daughter, who attends Nations.

He was elected to the Board of Ecolint for four years (2017-2021). He is the Chairperson of the Committee on Nominations.

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Staff observers

Name School
Mrs Mary Eileen Marie La Châtaigneraie
Mr Tim Wallace La Grande Boissière
Mrs Kathryn Concannon Campus des Nations

Management

Name Position
Dr David Hawley Director General
Mr Laurent Falvert Finance Director