The Distinguished Fellows

The Graduate Institute is honoured and pleased that prominent personalities who have played and still play an important role in the international arena have accepted the status of Distinguished Fellows. In that quality, they will participate in our intellectual life, help us with their advice and network, and contribute to our outreach.

Peter Maurer

Peter Maurer

Senior Distinguished Fellow
As President of the International Committee of the Red Cross since 2012, Mr Maurer has a unique exposure to humanitarian and legal concerns in today's main armed conflicts. Mr Maurer has a long diplomatic career including to serve as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in Switzerland and as the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York.



After a long trade union career, Ruth Dreifuss was Federal Councilor and then the first woman President of the Swiss Confederation. Now, Ruth Dreifuss is active in several organisations, notably the Global Commission on Drug Policy and the International Commission against the Death Penalty.



Francis Gurry is Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization. He chairs the UN High-Level Committee on Management, which reports to the UN Chief Executives Board, and is responsible for ensuring coordination in administrative and management areas across the UN System.

rita e. hauser


An international lawyer, Rita Hauser is a former senior partner at the New York law firm, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan and served on the US President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. Known for her public service and philanthropic work, she chairs the International Peace Institute, the Advisory Board of the International Crisis Group and the Hauser Foundation.




After having served as Secretary of State at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Jakob Kellenberger was elected President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, a position that he held until 2012. He is currently a visiting professor at the Graduate Institute, Geneva.

pascal lamy


Pascal Lamy served for two consecutive terms, from 2005 to 2013, as General Director of the World Trade Organization (WTO). He was Chief of Staff for the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors, from 1985 to 1994, and European Trade Commissioner from 1999-2004. In between, he was CEO of Credit Lyonnais.

jenö staehelin


Jenö Staehelin was Ambassador of Switzerland in many countries, notably in Japan, before being nominated Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York.  He served as a member of the International Committee of the Red Cross and is currently a member of the board of the Kofi Annan Foundation.