The Jury

Learn more about the jury members of the 2021 Geneva Challenge.

micheal Møller (Chair)

Michael Moller




Mr Møller is the Chairman of the Diplomacy Forum of the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA), Senior Adviser to Macro Advisory Partners and on the Boards of a number of Foundations, including the Kofi Annan Foundation.

Mr Møller spent 40 years as an international civil servant in the United Nations. He began his career in 1979 with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and worked for the United Nations in different capacities in New York, Mexico, Iran, Haiti, Cyprus and Geneva. Mr Møller served as Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva as well as Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament and Personal Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to the Conference of Disarmament from September 2013 to July 2019. Prior to that, Mr Møller served as Executive Director of the Kofi Annan Foundation from 2008 to 2011.

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).