02 October 2019

Sandrine Cina to Receive Young Alumna Award

Ms Cina is a startup founder, a MassChallenge Finalist and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. She has also participated as a speaker at Davos and TEDx. She earned her Master in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute in 2011, after serving as a consultant to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Sandrine Cina will receive the Young Alumna award at the Alumni Reunion gala dinner on 2 November.

Because of her passion for change, Ms Cina launched Be You Network in 2010, a Swiss organisation dedicated to helping people create a world where gender norms no longer define “who we can be, who we can love and what we can achieve”. Since its creation, whether in the fields of training, audiovisual, technology or art, 150,000 people have taken action in 50+ cities around the world. 

In 2019, Ms Cina created a new venture called BØWIE: the first incubator dedicated to impactful projects in the gender field. BØWIE is a way of joining forces and supporting all those who want to create the world in which they aspire to live. She is also Founder and CEO of Includeed, a diversity and inclusion consultancy and innovative solution provider. 

In 2016, the Graduate Institute Alumni Association Committee created the Alumni Awards to honour the outstanding achievements of the Institute's alumni. The Awards are divided into four categories:

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

Not all awards are given every year. After consulting with the 19,200 members of the alumni community, winners are selected by Committee members through a vote. Nominated alumni that have not yet been chosen remain on a list of potential awardees for the upcoming years. This year, we have the pleasure of welcoming all of the Alumni Award recipients at the Alumni Reunion gala dinner in Geneva on 2 November at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

The Young Alumna award recognises the outstanding achievements of a young person in his/her field, whether through their professional experience or community service. The recipient must be 40 years or under at the time of nomination.