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 Jennifer Blanke and is comprised of four co-opted members (Aline Chabloz, Nicolas Mougeot, Pierre Pâris, Ghislaine Weder), the Institute's Director (Marie-Laure Salles - with no voting rights), two representatives from the Institute’s Foundation Board (Charles Beer and François Bellanger), as well as one member of the Alumni Association Committee (Jasmine Danzeisen).

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.

François Bellanger

Representative of the Institute’s Foundation Board





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.

Jennifer Blanke



Jennifer Blanke is former Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development of the African Development Bank, where she was responsible for strategy and lending in agriculture and agroindustry, water and sanitation, and education and healthcare, as well as the transversal themes of job creation and gender empowerment.

Prior to that she was Chief Economist at the World Economic Forum (WEF), overseeing economic research and analysis.

She has also worked as a management consultant in the banking and finance sector for Eurogroup Consulting in Paris, and was a member of the Canadian Government’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth. She holds a BA in International Relations from Hamilton College, a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a PhD in International Economics from the Geneva Graduate Institute.


Delegate for regional economic relations · Swiss National Bank, Lausanne



Jasmin Danzeisen 

Senior Manager, People & Organisation, PwC Switzerland



Nicolas Mougeot


Since 2019, Nicolas Mougeot has served as the  Head of Investment Strategy and Sustainability at CA Indosuez Wealth Management. He is also a member of the bank’s pension fund investment committee.

Prior to that, Mr Mougeot spent five years in Montreal, Quebec, as Head of Market Analysis and Portfolio Construction at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and Assistant Professor of Finance at the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University.

Mr Mougeot also spent 14 years in London and Paris in various research and strategy positions, including as Global Head of Equity Derivatives and Quantitative Research at Deutsche Bank, where he was ranked as the number one derivatives strategist by Institutional Investors.

Nicolas Mougeot has held teaching positions at Imperial College and La Faculté des hautes études commerciales (HEC) Lausanne, and holds a PhD in Finance from the Swiss Finance Institute. He also has an MSc in Banking and Finance from HEC Lausanne.



Pierre Pâris is an experienced banker. After completing a two-year mergers and acquisitions training programme in New York, Mr Pâris became a consultant for Bain & Company in London in 1984. In 1988, he was appointed CEO of Baring Brothers (France) and later elected Partner of the merchant bank Baring Brothers Co. Ltd. Following the Barings collapse in Singapore, Morgan Stanley appointed Mr Pâris as Managing Director and Co-head of Investment Banking for France in 1998.

He was then hired in early 2002 to serve as CEO of UBS Investment Bank (France) before being promoted in 2005 to Vice-Chairman of UBS Wealth Management, Western Europe, based in Geneva.

In 2009, out of an ambition to reshape his vision of private banking, he co-founded Banque Pâris Bertrand Sturdza, which later became known as Banque Pâris Bertrand; subsequently the bank merged in December 2021 with Rothschild & Co. Pierre Pâris is Executive Vice-Chairman of Rothschild & Co. Bank AG in Zurich and is a Director of the leading international vegetable food group Bonduelle SA, as well as of the Fondation Pâris. Mr Pâris is a graduate of EM Lyon and a holder of an MBA from the Wharton School in Philadelphia.

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.

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.