Alumni Reunion 2020


On 8 September 2020, we were pleased to welcome the 384 of you who joined us online and the more than 50 present in-person in the Ivan Pictet Auditorium for our first ever hybrid Alumni Reunion.

The Reunion was recorded so that you may watch it if you missed it, or watch it again.

2020 Alumni Reunion

After the Alumni Association’s brief general assembly, Marie-Laure Salles, Director of the Institute, shared her vision going forward. Her first public appearance as director was followed by a roundtable, the participants of which discussed the effects of COVID-19 on the systems and politics of tomorrow. During this panel, Marie-Laure Salles spoke and was  joined by Co-director of the Global Health Centre and Visiting Lecturer,  Suerie Moon, Professor Nico Krisch, and Professor Shalini Randeria, who joined us virtually from Vienna. Together, they shared their views on the places of both the Institute and of the world in the highly unfamiliar pandemic context, which has quickly become the new normal. Each spoke of new opportunities to seize, challenges to meet and futures to imagine for our Institute, but also the importance of keeping the doors to multilateralism open.

On another note, typically, we begin fundraising for the Alumni Scholarship during the annual reunion, however this year’s circumstances did not allow us to launch the campaign. This is why your support this year is more important than ever.

To contribute to the Scholarship.

Finally, we invite you to test your knowledge of the Graduate Institute with a 20-question history quiz, which is available in both English and French (quiz in english / quiz in french). More than 400 of you have already played and learned a great deal about your alma mater.

We hope to see you on 11 September 2021 for our next Alumni Reunion! It is always a great pleasure to see classmates reunite and celebrate their nostalgic moments from the Graduate Institute.

Carine Leu-Bonvin
Head of Alumni Relations & Professional Networks