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 2017-2018

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 a été réélue pour un deuxième mandat de quatre ans pour la période de 2014-2018. Elle a été Vice-présidente pendant deux ans et elle est actuellement la Présidente du Conseil de Fondation depuis septembre 2015.

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David Ogden
Vice-Chairperson
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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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 in Year 2 at La Grande Boissière and the youngest is in reception at La Grande Villa. 

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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Diane Bédat
Diane Bédat
Secretary
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 the Secretary of the Governing Board and is a member of the Executive Committee and the Finance 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. Three of them are studying at La Grande Boissière and the eldest one graduated in June 2016. 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 and of the Policy, Risk and Procedures Committee.

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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 also a member of the Commission d'Arbitrage.

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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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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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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 and works at Capital Growth SA, a financial company she co-founded in 2003, where she is in charge of developing clean-tech start-ups. 
Prior to that, she has been active in drinking water treatment industry.
She speaks French, English, Turkish, German and Italian, with knowledge of Greek and Spanish.

She has three kids at LGB and a younger daughter who is to start in 2018

Burcu was elected to the Board of Ecolint for four years (2017-2021). She is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and the Committee on Nominations.
 

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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 two daughters in Secondary School 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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Konstantin Koudriaev
Treasurer
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. Since 1st September 2017, he is the Treasurer of the Governing Board, a member of the Executive Committee, the Chairperson (ex Officio) of the Finance Committee and a member (ex Officio) of the Strategic Planning Committee.

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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 in Year 13, her middle son who graduated from Campus des Nations in 2014, 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 second two-year mandate (2016-2018) and she is the Chairperson of the Committee on Nominations.

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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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Christophe Roux
Board Member
Christophe Roux is a Swiss and French citizen. He studied in France law, history and political science. He first worked...
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Christophe Roux is a Swiss and French citizen. He studied in France law, history and political science. He first worked in a court in Paris.

But after two years he changed direction and started pedagogical studies in order to become a primary teacher. He is graduated from the Institut de Formation Psycho-Pédagogique of Paris.

He first taught in Paris but it is in Geneva at the International School of Geneva that he spent most of his career: 33 years from 1981 to 2014. He is now retired and is currently an independent pedagogical consultant in the field of art teaching.

His two major contributions at Ecolint were the «ecolint.ch» web site which he was the first webmaster and a special program for teaching art history aimed to 8 - 12 years old children. The program is called «musée des enfants».

He is married to Pascale, a medical doctor at the Geneva Hospital and professor of Immunology at the Geneva university medical faculty. They have two young adults sons, both former students of Ecolint.

Christophe Roux has been co-opted for 2 years (2017-2019) as a Board Member nominated by the staff. He is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee.

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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 four years (2017-2021). He is a member of the Bursary Committee and the Commission d'arbitrage.
 

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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.

Susanne has been nominated to the Governing Board of the International School of Geneva for the period of 2014-2018 as the representative of the Département de l'instruction publique de la culture et du sport. She is also a member of the Committee on Nominations.

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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 board for the period 2016-2020 and she is a member of the Policy, Risk and Procedures Committee.

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Jamie Williamson
Board member
Jamie Williamson, a British citizen, has been based in Geneva since 2012, where he works for the International Committee of...
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Jamie Williamson, a British citizen, has been based in Geneva since 2012, where he works for the International Committee of the Red Cross.

In his present capacity with the ICRC, with a team of over 60 delegates worldwide, he is 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 has previously served as the ICRC’s Legal Adviser for Common Law Countries, 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. From 2005, as regional legal adviser based in Pretoria, South Africa, Jamie Williamson assisted State authorities and international organisations in southern and eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean on the implementation of international humanitarian law, international criminal law and weapons treaties.
 
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 a member of the Policy, Risk and Procedures Committee.
 

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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 and he is the Chairperson of the Strategic Planning Committee.

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Staff observers

Name School
Mr Jan Dijkstra  La Châtaigneraie
Mr Tim Wallace La Grande Boissière
To be elected Campus des Nations

Management

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