Academic Steering Commitee

The Academic Steering Committee of the Geneva Challenge is a young, enthusiastic and competent interdisciplinary group of professors.  Their main task is to read and evaluate all the contest submissions and check them for compliance with the substantial criteria including, their academic quality and the innovative potential of the solutions presented.

Prof. Martina Viarengo (Chair)





Martina Viarengo is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Economics. She is also Faculty Associate at the Harvard University Center for International Development, at Harvard’s Women and Public Policy Program, a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Women's Empowerment and a member of the International Growth Centre in London. Prior to joining the Graduate Institute's faculty, Professor Viarengo was an economist at the Centre for Economic Performance of the London School of Economics and a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. Professor Viarengo is a specialist in applied microeconomics and development.


Prof. Aditya Bharadwaj


Aditya Bharadwaj joined the Graduate Institute as Research Professor of Anthropology and Sociology in January 2013. He completed doctoral research at the University of Bristol and post-doctoral fellowship at Cardiff University before joining University of Edinburgh where he taught and researched for over seven years. His research uncovers the local and global dimensions underscoring the production, utilisation and circulation of biomedicine and biotechnologies. Through this work he is examining the emerging face of India’s tryst with biotechnologies in a globalised research system.

Prof. Aidan RUSSELL


Aidan Russell is Associated Professor in International History and Politics at the Institute and completed his DPhil in History at Oxford University in 2013. Prior to his arrival in Geneva he was elected to a Title A research fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge. He works on issues of truth, trust and authority, violence and memory, space and mobility, and decolonisation and the postcolony, with a particular interest in the Great Lakes region of Africa..

Prof. Anne Saab

Anne Saab




Anne Saab is Assistant Professor in International Law. She holds a PhD in International Law from the London School of Economics (LSE) and an LL.M. in Public International Law from King’s College London. Dr Saab has taught and conducted research at LSE, Leiden University and the University of Amsterdam. Her areas of expertise include public international law, climate change and agriculture.