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.

Michael Keating

Keating

Michael Keating is Executive Director of the European Institute of Peace in Brussels. Until September 2018, he was the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia. Until 2015, he was an Associate Director at Chatham House in London. Between 2010-15, he worked as an advisor to conflict mediation bodies, including Intermediate and Search for Common Ground. From 2008 – 10, he served as the Executive Director of the Africa Progress Panel, a policy group chaired by Kofi Annan. His UN career has included assignments in Kabul as deputy SRSG, in Lilongwe, Jerusalem/Gaza, New York, Geneva, Islamabad and Mogadishu. He was born in Uganda, educated in the UK and has a Master of Arts in History from the University of Cambridge.

Florian Schatz

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

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).

Yvette Stevens

Yvette

Ambassador Stevens has had a broad and long experience in the United Nations System.  An Engineer by training, she taught Engineering at the University of Sierra Leone for six years, before joining the ILO in 1980. Later, she worked with the UNHCR in Geneva, and performed thorough analyses of refugee situations in about 30 countries, all over the world. She was also a Director in DESA, and at the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa. Before retirement from the UN, she was the Director of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in UN Geneva. Later, she served as a freelance consultant on humanitarian issues as well as on disaster risk reduction in Africa. While working as an Energy Policy Adviser to the Government of Sierra Leone, she was appointed as Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone in Geneva. Ambassador Stevens worked on human rights issues, (including Child Early and Forced Marriage, Persons Living with Albinism and Women’s Rights); trade (Women and Trade, Trade Assistance to Least Developed Countries); disarmament (Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems). She was a Geneva Gender Champion.