Support the Institute

We wish to thank alumni, friends of the Institute, collaborators, parents, who have shown support, regardless of the nature or amount.

As friends and alumni of the Graduate Institute, you can contribute to its development and show your support in various ways:

  • By getting involved in alumni chapter activities
  • By offering to represent the Institute at student fairs
  • By renting or providing accommodation to our students
  • By offering internships or jobs to our students

Individually or collectively, you can make a donation to fund:

  • Excellence Scholarships (5,000 Swiss francs) to attract an outstanding student to the Institute
  • Housing Scholarships (10,000 Swiss francs) to provide one year’s rent for a student at our student residences
  • Full Scholarships (20,000 Swiss francs) to support a student for one year 
  • Prizes (about 5,000 Swiss francs) to reward an execptional master’s dissertation or PhD thesis 

You can discuss these different options with the Director of the Institute:

We value your support, no matter the amount!

Supporting Foundations


There are two foundations that support the Graduate Institute, share its values and are committed to its success. Those foundations enjoy non-profit status, so donations made to them are tax-exempt to varying degrees, depending on national legislation.


The “Fondation pour l’étude des relations internationales en Suisse” (Foundation for the Study of International Relations in Switzerland, FERIS) was established in 1957 by Jacques Freymond to raise funding that is managed independently from the Institute but in the Institute’s interests.

FERIS' Foundation Board is chaired by Maria Cattaui and is comprised of five co-opted members  (Jean Keller, Jean-Pierre Roth, Marie Owens Thomsen, Ghislaine Weder and Jürg Witmer), the Institute's Director (Philippe Burrin - with no voting rights), two representatives from the Institute’s Foundation Board (Beth Krasna and Charles Beer), as well as one member of the Alumni Association Committee (Jason Shellaby).

Maria Cattaui



Maria Livanos Cattaui was Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce from 1996 to 2005. Previously, she worked with the World Economic Forum in Geneva for nearly two decades. She rose to become Managing Director, responsible for the annual meeting in Davos, which she was instrumental in building up into the world’s foremost gathering of leaders. She currently serves as a board member of several nonprofit organisations, including the Global Board of the Open Society Foundations, the International Crisis Group and the Institute of International Education. She graduated with honors from Harvard University and holds an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from York University, Toronto.

Jean Keller 



Jean Keller joined Quaero Capital SA in February 2011 as CEO and partner. He started his career in 1988 at Barings Asset Management in London and Hong Kong. Then, he spent 11 years assuming various responsibilities within the Lombard Odier group in Geneva, New York and London. From 2002 to 2004, he was CEO of LODH Asset Management LTD in London and a member of the group’s Management Committee. From 2005 to 2011, he was CEO of 3A (Alternative Asset Advisors). Jean Keller holds a Degree in International Relations from the Institute and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, with a major in Finance.

Marie Owens Thomsen



An experienced economist and strategist, Marie Owens Thomsen has been Global Head of Investment Intelligence for Indosuez Wealth Management since 2011. For more than 20 years, she worked as a strategist and chief economist for major international banking groups. Marie holds an MBA from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and a PhD in International Economics from the Graduate Institute, Geneva. She is now Chief Economist for IATA.

Jean-Pierre Roth



Jean-Pierre Roth joined the Swiss National Bank (SNB) in 1979 and worked in various sectors of the bank in Zurich and Bern. On 1 May 1996, the Federal Council appointed him Vice-Chairman of the Governing Board and Chairman (Governor) on 1 January 2001. Jean-Pierre Roth was Swiss Governor of the International Monetary Fund. From 1 March 2006 to the end of February 2009, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements in Basel. He retired from the SNB on 31 December 2009. Jean-Pierre Roth is now member of the Boards of Directors of Swatch Group and MKS (Switzerland) and acts as Vice-President of the Arab Bank (Switzerland). He is also board member of several Swiss foundations. Jean-Pierre Roth completed his doctorate in economics at the Graduate Institute. In 2009, he was awarded an honorary PhD in Economics by the University of Neuchâtel.

Ghislaine Weder 



Ghislaine Weder joined Nestlé in 2013 where she is since 2015 Head of Economics and International Relations. Formerly, she was Senior Economist at the European Free Trade Association), Consultant for the International Monetary Fund in Geneva, and Senior Manager (Asia) at the World Economic Forum. Ghislaine Weder currently serves as member of Business at OECD and Steering Board member of the 2030 Water Resources Group and is member of several advisory/research groups on international trade and investment. She holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) from the University of Oxford, an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a PhD in International Economics from the Graduate Institute.

Jürg Witmer



Jürg Witmer joined Hoffmann-La Roche in 1978 and subsequently held a number of positions including Legal Counsel, Assistant to the CEO, General Manager and China Project Manager of Roche Far East based in Hong Kong, Head of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at Roche headquarters in Basel, and General Manager of Roche Austria. From 1999 to 2005 he acted as CEO of the Givaudan Group in Vernier/Geneva and then as Chairman of the Board, a position from which he retired in 2017. From 2008 to 2012 he was also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Clariant AG, Basel. Jürg Witmer is currently Lead Independent Director of the Board of Syngenta and Non-executive Director of A. Menarini IFR, Florence, Italy. He has a degree in international studies from the Graduate Institute and a law degree from the University of Zurich.

Beth Krasna  

Representative of the Institute’s Foundation Board


Beth Krasna is Vice-President of the Institute’s Foundation Board. She has been a member of the Board of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology Domain since 2003 and President of the Board’s Audit Committee since 2008. She is also a member of the Boards of Directors at Bonnard & Gardel Holding, Coop, Raymond Weil and Symbiotics SA. Since May 2014, she has been CEO of the Roberto Giori Company Ltd. Beth 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.

Charles Beer 

Representative of the Institute’s Foundation Board


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 serves on the Foundation Boards of Partage and of Terre des hommes. He is also a lecturer at the Haute École de travail social in Genev.

Jason Shellaby 

Representative of the Alumni Committee


Jason Shellaby is Vice President of the Institute’s Alumni Committee. He is a Project Manager at the Novartis Foundation, Basel, since 2016. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Director and Director of External Relations at Village Health Works and was a Program Fellow at the Clinton Global Initiative. Jason Shellaby also worked at the World Economic Forum as a Project Associate in the Environmental Initiatives team. He holds a BA in International Relations from Tufts University, Boston, USA, and a Master in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute.

The Friends of the Graduate Institute, Geneva, Inc.

Created in 2010 to support the Institute’s projects, this foundation took over from FERIS America. Like its predecessor, its donations are tax-exempt (501 (c) (3) status).

Its Board of Trustees comprises:

  • Richard Thoman – Chair
  • Thomas Helbling
  • Heidi Hiebert
  • Paul Mathieu
  • Irene Miller
  • Brad Smith
  • Sherry Stephenson
  • Ethan Weisman
  • Marie-Laure Salles, Director of the Institute – ex officio member

Partner Foundations 


Pictet Foundation for Development

Ivan Pictet created the Pictet Foundation for Development with a capital of 25 million Swiss francs to support the creation of a space to present International Geneva and fund the establishment of the Graduate Institute’s Centre for Finance and Development and its three chairs (held by Professors Ugo Panizza, Yi Huang and Lore Vandewalle).

The Centre for Finance and Development aims to consolidate the Institute’s overlapping expertise in international finance, development economics and financial history and to raise awareness of this promising field.

Pierre du Bois Foundation for Contemporary History

The Pierre du Bois Foundation encourages and funds research into contemporary history, offering study scholarships and providing grants for research and publications. The annual Pierre du Bois Prize is awarded for the best thesis in international history defended at the Institute. Since 2018, the Foundation and the Institute have co-funded the Pierre du Bois Chair on Europe and the World, held by Professor Michael Goebel.

The Foundation was created to honour the memory of Pierre du Bois, former professor at the Graduate Institute, who passed away in June 2007.

Paul and Thomas Guggenheim Foundations

The Paul Guggenheim Foundation awards a prize to a first-time author in the field of international public law who has produced important, high-quality work.

The Thomas Guggenheim Foundation supports the history of economic thought by organising a biennial international symposium and awarding a prize recognising an exceptional piece of work, or body of work, in this field.

The International Center for Monetary and Banking Studies (ICMB)

The International Center for Monetary and Banking Studies aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas, information and research in the fields of international money, banking and finance. Its distinguishing feature is to bring together leaders from three fields: central banks, private banks and academia.

ICMB’s main activities are organising public lectures and an annual, international conference, whose findings are published. Charles Wyplosz, honorary professor at the Institute, led the ICMB for 20 years before handing over its leadership in 2018 to Professor Ugo Panizza.