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Entrepreneurship 101: How to Succeed?

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S11 and the FAB, Maison de la paix, Geneva & Online

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Dear students,

We invite you to join us for the Inspire Students Alumni Roundtable on how to succeed in entrepreneurship, either on webex or in room S11. Following the Inspire Students event, a networking coffee break will join panelists and students at the Fab.

About the Inspire Students series: The Alumni Office, in collaboration with Career Services and the GISA Professional Development Committee, is organizing a series of monthly thematic roundtables aimed at connecting current students and alumni of the Institute around shared interests and to share experiences.

Here are the panelists:


Baher Higazy and Basem Higazy

Baher Higazy (MDEV ‘20) and Basem Higazy (MIA ‘20) are co-founders of Consulto, a start-up building the world's first clinic specialized in Virtual Team-Based Care. Indeed they are deeply specialised in health as they obtained a medicine bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Global Health before studying at the Graduate Institute. Consulto was founded in 2022, and joined Geneus, an innovation initiator for life sciences entrepreneurs in Geneva.

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Savannah Dodd

Savannah Dodd (MANT ‘15) founded the Photography Ethics Centre, a social enterprise dedicated to raising awareness about the ethics of taking and sharing visual media, in 2017. After graduation, she worked in the non-profit sector before returning to academia. While undertaking PhD research in Anthropology at Queen’s University Belfast, Savannah was named as one of the UK’s most 100 inspirational female entrepreneurs in 2021.

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Silvia Ecclesia

Silvia Ecclesia (MIA ‘22) works at Impact Hub Geneva as a Social Innovation Lead and Executive Assistant. She started conducting a feasibility study for the opening of a future inclusive innovation space around the Sustainable Development Goals, technology and innovation during her studies as an intern and is now leading projects related to new technologies for supporting impact entrepreneurs for the Accelerate2030 program. Before that she took an internship at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

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Younes Zangiabadi

Younes Zangiabadi (MIA ‘20) is the co-founder and executive vice-president of the Institute for Peace & Diplomacy (IPD) where he is tasked with overseeing different projects and programs running at the Institute. Last year, after his graduation, Younes collaborated with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) as a Young Leader in Foreign and Defence Policy Fellow. Next year, Younes will be one of the main project managers for a joint diplomatic dialogue project to promote diplomatic engagement. It will reunite IPD, GSCP, and another Middle East-based think tank on the topic of collaboration between countries in the Middle East.

Do you have a question for the panel? Join us live or submit your questions ahead of time to alumni@graduateinstitute.ch

We hope that you will be able to join us for this exciting event, and keep an eye out for the next Inspire Students alumni roundtables coming soon!

Best wishes,

From Alumni Relations, Carine, Mete & Juliette
From Career Services, Aline