The Jury

Learn more about the jury members of the 2020 Geneva Challenge.

Jenö C.A. Staehelin (Chair)

Jeno C.A. Staehelin




Jenö Staehelin is the founder and patron of the Advancing Development Goals contest. He believes in the participation of talented young minds in framing and implementing an international development agenda. Ambassador Staehelin built an impressive career in the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs, having served as the former Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN in New York. He orchestrated the referendum by which the people and cantons of Switzerland approved the country's membership to the United Nations. Among other achievements and activities, he is also the former President of the Executive Board of UNICEF and an honorary member of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Florian Schatz





Florian Schatz is a development practitioner with a track record in the management and evaluation of international development projects. He has worked with different multilateral, bilateral, private and non-governmental organisations in various countries around the world. His main area of expertise is governance, in particular in anticorruption, public sector reform and citizen participation. Since 2020 he advises the Peruvian government on public sector reform. He studied in Berlin, Paris, New York and London, and earned his master’s degree in Development Management from the London School of Economics.


Maria Luisa Silva





Maria Luisa Silva is the Director of the UNDP Office in Geneva.  She has over 25 years’ experience in UNDP and the UN system, most recently as UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Peru (2014-2015). From 2009-14 she served in UNEP as Executive Secretary for the Convention for Protection of the Marine Environment in the Mediterranean and its Commission on Sustainable Development. Prior to joining the United Nations, she was a consultant on European Affairs with Deloitte at their Brussels office, and taught international law at the University of Seville (Spain). Ms Silva holds a master’s degree in International and Public Law from the University of Seville and a post-graduate certificate on European Integration from the College of Europe, in Bruges (Belgium).


Masao Takahashi





Masao Takahashi is a Member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum. He has been actively leading public-private partnership (PPP) agendas on social transformation with technology innovation. At the Forum, he currently oversees the Japan agenda, Global Private sector relationships and a community of technology innovators. He has a track record in change management, business development, public-private partnership (PPP), policy reform, privatisation and corporate social responsibility in various countries including Africa, Asia, and Europe. Prior to his current roles, he was the head of business sector agenda on Asia (South-East Asia, South Asia and Japan) at the Forum, and Chief Consultant on Global Management Reform at Japanese think-tank, Nomura Research Institute (Tokyo). He studied in Yokohama, São Paulo, Barcelona and Geneva, and holds master’s degrees in Engineering (Yokohama National University, Japan), Business Administration (IESE Business School, Spain) and was a Global Leadership Fellow (World Economic Forum).


Dilip Ratha


Dilip Ratha is the founder and head of the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD), World Bank. He is an expert on international migration and its relationship with global development. He is known for his role in adding remittances to discussions of migration and development, starting around 2003. Mr Ratha is currently working on market-based financing solutions for poor households and small businesses by developing a low-cost remittance platform. He also serves as a focal point on migration, remittances and diaspora bonds for the World Bank, and is the co-coordinator of the (G7/G20) Global Remittances Working Group. Prior to his current roles, Mr Ratha taught economics at the South Asia Institute, Harvard University and the University of Sussex where he co-founded the Migrating out of Poverty Research Consortium. He holds a master’s degree in Economics from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (India) and a PhD in Economics from the Indian Statistical Institute.