Association Awards

To honour the outstanding achievements of Institute's alumni, the Association Committee created the Alumni Awards in eight categories.

  • Alumna / Alumnus of the Year
  • Young Alumna / Alumnus
  • Commitment to the Institute and Alumni Association
  • Lifetime Professional Achievement

New Awards 2021

  • Art & Culture
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Peace
  • Sustainability

Not all awards will be given every year. Laureates will be selected by members of the Committee by vote and will be invited to attend the awards ceremony and gala dinner of the Alumni Reunion in Geneva.

To nominate a fellow alumna / alumnus, please send your proposals before June 5th using the form below. Send any questions to alumni@graduateinstitute.ch.

Alumna / alumnus of the Year

Recognises the outstanding achievement of an alumna / alumnus in their field within the last year. Consideration is given to alumni who have won honours in their field or who have been recognised nationally or internationally.

Winner 2021

Signe Krogstrup ('98), Governor at Danmarks Nationalbank.

Winner 2020

Rafaël M. Grossi (PhD, '97), General Director for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Winner 2019

Julie Mélichar ('17), Citizen Mobilisation and Communication Officer at SOS MEDITERRANEE.

Winner 2016

Lora Pappa ('88), Founder and President of the Greek NGO METAdrasi-Action for Migration and Development.

Young Alumna / alumnus

Recognises the outstanding achievement of a young alumna / alumnus in their field, whether through professional achievement or community service. The recipient must be 40 years or under at the time of nomination.

Winner 2021

Felix Staehli ('08), co-founder of Impact Hub Genève and Lausanne.

Winner 2019

Sandrine Cina ('11), Founder and CEO of Be You Network.

Winner 2017

Samar Hasan ('07), Founder and CEO of Epiphany.

Winner 2016

Brindusa Burrows ('05), Founder & CEO of The Ground_Up Project.

Commitment to the Institute and Alumni Association

Recognises the extraordinary contributions to the advancement of the Institute and Alumni Association by an alumna / alumnus through their volunteerism, dedication, philanthropy and commitment to its values.

Winner 2019

Jenö Staehelin ('71), Swiss career diplomat and lawyer, First Swiss Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York (2002-2004)

Winner 2018

Paul Mathieu ('87), Advisor at the International Monetary Fund and President of the Institute Alumni Association.

Winner 2017

Jacques Moreillon ('71), former Director General and member of the Assembly Council of the ICRC, former President of the Institute Alumni Association.

Winner 2016

Michel Barde ('75), former member of the Board of Directors of the HEI Foundation and former President of the Association of HEI Alumni.

Lifetime Professional Achievement

Recognises an alumna / alumnus who has demonstrated excellence and achievement in their distinguished career; has demonstrated leadership in their profession; has made a positive contribution to the prestige, influence and reputation of the Institute; and exercises a strong positive influence within the community.

Winner 2021

Mervat Tallawy ('74), Egyptian diplomat and first woman to receive the prize. 

Winner 2019

Marcel Boisard ('77), Swiss intellectual and diplomat, Executive Director of UNITAR (1992-2007)

Winner 2018

Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf ('80), President of the International Court of Justice.

Winner 2017

Georges Abi-Saab ('67), Honorary Professor, International Law.

Art & Culture award

Recognises the achievements of an alumna / alumnus in the area of human culture and arts, with particular emphasis on contributions to respecting cultural diversity and enhancing inter-cultural dialogue.

Diversity, equity & Inclusion award

Recognises an alumna/ alumnus having made an outstanding contribution and demonstrated strong leadership in addressing inequalities and advancing the gender, diversity and inclusion agendas in the workplace and the community, serving as an inspiration to others.

Peace award

Recognises the achievement of an alumna / alumnus who has achieved an outstanding impact through their professional or personal journey in the area of justice, peace-making and peace-building, humanitarian response or human rights.

Sustainability Award

Recognises the outstanding achievement of an alumna / alumnus in the field of sustainability, with particular emphasis on achieving a significant impact, raising awareness and influencing change, who have won honours in their field or who have been recognised nationally or internationally. 

Winner 2021

Felix Staehli ('08), co-founder of Impact Hub Genève and Lausanne.