Foundation Board


President of the Foundation Board

Beth Krasna




Beth Krasna has been a member of the Board of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology Domain since 2003, was vice-president in 2018 and president ad interim from May 2019-January 2020, she was President of the Board’s Audit Committee from 2008-2019. She is also vice-president of the Board of Directors of Symbiotics SA, president of the Boards of Directors of Ethos Services SA and Xsensio SA. Ms. Krasna is also a member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences. She has a degree in chemical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and an MBA from the Sloan School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).



Vice-President of the Foundation Board

Charles Beer




Charles Beer served for over 10 years on Geneva’s cantonal government as Minister of Public Education and Minister of Culture and Sports, and was elected its President in 2007 and 2013. Having trained as a social worker, he was Director of the Actions Unia trade union between 1988 and 2003. Currently President of Pro Helvetia, Charles Beer also chairs the Fondation pour l'animation socio-culturelle du canton de Genève (FASe) and the Fondation Partage. He is also a lecturer at the Haute école de gestion (HEG)







Tamar Manuelyan Atinc has been a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution since 2013. She has over 30 years of experience in the analysis and implementation of development policies and programmes. She was the World Bank’s Vice-President for Human Development, working to advance country policy and programmes to foster human development, reduce poverty and improve economic management. Her recent research focuses primarily on scaling up early childhood development, social impact bonds and data and accountability for better education outcomes.



Christine Beerli




Christine Beerli is a former member of the Legislative Assembly of the Canton of Bern and of the Upper House of the Swiss Parliament (1991 to 2003), where she chaired the Foreign Affairs Committee and then the Committee for Social Security and Health. She chaired the caucus of the Free Democratic Party (PRD) in Switzerland’s Federal Assembly and also served on committees dealing with security policy and economic and legal affairs. A former director of the School of Engineering and Information Technology at the Bern University of Applied Sciences, since 1 January 2006, she has headed Swissmedic, the Swiss supervisory authority for therapeutic products. She was Vice-President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) until March 2018.


François Bellanger





François Bellanger is both a practising lawyer and a professor at the University of Geneva.

With 20 years experience as a practising lawyer, his main specialization is in the areas of public law, real estate, contract law and litigation.

His classes at the University of Geneva cover various areas of public law, in particular the law of construction, public procurement and the civil service, administrative procedure and disputes relating to both Cantonal and Federal Public Law.

François Bellanger has been the President of the Bar School governing board, attached to the law faculty of the University of Geneva, since January 2011.

Alessandro Curioni

CURIONI Alessandro

Alessandro Curioni is an IBM Fellow, Vice President of IBM Europe and Africa and Director of the IBM Research Lab in Zurich, Switzerland. On top of being responsible for IBM corporate research in Europe and Africa, he leads IBM global research in Security and the Future of Computing. Dr Curioni is an internationally recognised leader in the area of high-performance computing and computational science, where his innovative thinking and seminal contributions have helped solve some of the most complex scientific and technological problems in healthcare, aerospace, consumer goods and electronics. His research interests now include AI, Big Data and novel compute paradigms, such as neuromorphic and quantum computing. Alessandro Curioni received his undergraduate degree in Theoretical Chemistry and his PhD from Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy. He is active in several scientific and technical advisory boards and is a member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences.



Carlos Lopes




Carlos Lopes is currently Professor at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, University of Cape Town and Visiting Professor at Sciences Po, Paris. He has served the United Nations in senior positions for over 25 years, including Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe and Brazil, Head of Development Policy at UNDP, Director of Political Affairs for Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Executive Director for UNITAR and the UN System Staff College. Between 2012 and 2016 he was UN Under Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa. He has taught in several universities as guest professor and is a member of about 10 academic and Foundations boards. Mr Lopes is widely published and has appeared several times in the lists of most influential Africans. He holds a PhD in History from University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and has been awarded Doctorates Honoris Causa from University Candido Mendes in Rio de Janeiro, Hawassa University in Ethiopia and Polytechnic University in Mozambique.



Jacques Marcovitch




Jacques Marcovitch is Professor of Management and International Affairs at the University of São Paulo in Brazil and a member of the Global Agenda Council for the Future of Latin America at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Geneva. His past appointments include Rector of the University of São Paulo, President of Electric Utilities of the State of São Paulo and Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of São Paulo. His research and publications focus on environmental challenges, entrepreneurship and Latin America.


Elettra Ronchi

Elettra Ronchi

Elettra Ronchi, PhD, MPP, is Head of Unit in the Division for Digital Economy Policy at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, where she coordinates work on privacy, risk management and data governance. She has more than 25 years of experience as international policy analyst, evaluating the instruments available to governments to improve the public benefits from investments in health, science and technology. She is currently leading the organisation’s work on Children in the Digital Environment, Data Ethics, and the review of the OECD Guidelines on the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data. A related stream of work under her team involves the development of international principles on access and sharing of data. Since 2006 she has also contributed to the organisation’s work on digital health, including the development of the 2016 OECD Council Recommendation on Health Data Governance. Elettra Ronchi started her policy career in 1993 as consultant for the United Nations Development Programme, before which she held academic research and teaching positions in the United States and France.


Read the communications from the Foundation Board of the Geneva Graduate Institute.