Meet our Alumni

The Graduate Institute alumni community is globally present and in nearly every career sector.

Alumni Relations & Career Services keeps the Graduate Institute alumni and friends connected while raising annual funds to meet the evolving and primary needs of the Institute. Alumni Relations and Career Services can help you make the most of this valuable resource.

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A selection of prominent Alumni

Kofi Annan (1938 – 2018)

7th UN Secretary-General (1996-2006)

Nobel Peace Prize (2001)

Micheline Calmy-Rey

Foreign Minister of Switzerland (2003-2011)

 Philipp Hildebrand

Vice-President of BlackRock

President of the Swiss National Bank (2010-2012)

Jakob Kellenberger

President of the ICRC (1998-2012)

State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Political Director (1992-1999)

Distinguished Graduates

Thanks to our rigorous selection process, our students are among the best and brightest with many of them going on to influential positions in their chosen careers. Below is a selection of illustrious men and women who have studied at the Institute:

  • Kofi Annan, 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations (1996-2006)
  • Shara L. Aranoff, Chairman of the US International Trade Commission (2005-2012)
  • Micheline Calmy-Rey, Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (2003-2011)
  • Jean-Marc Duvoisin, Director-General of Nespresso
  • Carlos Fuentes, Mexican Novelist and Essayist (1928-2012)
  • Philipp Hildebrand, Vice Chairman of BlackRock
  • Leonid Hurwicz, Nobel Prize in Economics  (2007)
  • Nobuyuki Idei, President of Sony Corporation (2003-2005)
  • Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Jean-François de Saussure, Director-General of Caran d’Ache
  • Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft
  • Hernando de Soto, President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy

Young success Stories

Alumnus Kobayabashi
The variety of thematic and regional expertise offered at the Graduate Institute is a great asset.
Kazushige Kobayashi
Master in International Affairs
The opportunity to frequently access the Career Services web page enabled me to apply and secure a position at Sidley Austin LLP.
Regina Addo
Master in Development Studies
The Graduate Institute instilled confidence in my abilities to solve problems, research and learn.
William Knechtel
Master in International Relations/Political Science
I found an internship offer […] through the Career Services Newsletter. After a few months, I was offered my first job contract in an organisation.
Alexandra Tokareva
Master in International Affairs