Student Wellbeing Team

Your wellbeing is important to us!


Do you have a question? A concern related to your studies or your personal life? Feel free to reach out to us. Confidentiality is guaranteed (unless your own or someone else's safety is concerned).




Contact us by email at if you have a question or if you would like to meet with a member of our team for an individual session.


Eliane Minassian-Kellermann 

Deputy Head Student Services

Eliane Minassian




International Programmes, office n°304, Petal 1, ground floor
Tel: 022 908 57 50

Eliane has been at the Graduate Institute since 2002, working for the Executive Education and International Programmes. Her great interest in human relations has motivated her to become a certified practitioner of the  NLP method. This method focuses on communication skills, enabling participants to improve their ability to listen and accompany persons under stress or who have personal concerns.

What matters to Eliane is: that students can make the most of their stay at the Graduate Institute and that they leave with the feeling that they have achieved more than their academic objectives.

Languages: French, English, German


Michal Sela

Deputy Head Student Services

Michal Sela




Admissions Office n°313, Petal 1, ground floor
Tel: 022 908 57 45

Michal has been working in international education for 20 years, at the Graduate Institute since 2015. Having grown up, studied and lived in seven cities on three continents, she is a veteran expat. She has experienced, first-hand, the joys and sorrows of culture shock, study abroad, cross-cultural relations and venturing outside of one's comfort zone, while managing the rigorous demands of work and studies.

What's important to Michal: as a student of Non-Violent Communications, Michal believes that the key to a satisfying, mindful life is to be attuned to our underlying needs and those of others. We all need to be seen and heard, we need human connection, security and self-realisation. We also need to manage our budgets, our schedules and our reading lists! Michal hopes to raise awareness for mental health and to contribute to our students' well-being through her roles in the Student Services and Student Welfare teams.

Languages: English, French, Hebrew




Academic Advisor, Office of the Director of Studies.

Laurent Neury

Office No P1 662.
Tel: 022 908 62 61

A Franco-Swiss national, Laurent completed an MA and a PhD at the Institute where he has been working for 17 years. He meets students on a daily basis and guides them through their academic journey from admission to graduation. In particular, he is in charge of granting students in difficulty curriculum adjustments enabling them to study under the best conditions. Laurent is also a member of the Gender and Diversity Committee and the Antenne H.

What matters to Laurent is: Acting with compassion and kindness, within a hectic life, by developing your knowledge of the world, your critical thinking and your emotional intelligence.

Languages: English, French


Margaux Schaar

Department Manager – International Relations/Political Science

Margaux Schaar




Office n°640, Petal 1, 6th floor
Tel: 022 908 59 58

Margaux has been working for the Institute since 2013 as Department Manager for the IRPS Department. With a multicultural background, she tries to use her skills to help her fellows as much as she can. Working closely with faculty members helps her to understand their needs and allows her to guide students through the inner workings of administration and academia.

What matters to Margaux is: to help our students feel comfortable with all the particularities of the Institute (academically and administratively) knowing that studying abroad can sometimes be difficult. She is available to listen to student concerns and works to try to find a solution together with them.

Languages: French, English



Claudia Saviaux Druliolle

Human Resources Director

Claudia Saviaux Druliolle




Office n°413, Petal 1, 4th floor
Tel: 022 908 57 50

Occupational Psychologist, FSP member (Swiss Federation of Psychologists). Certified Master NLP Practitioner with over 25 years of experience in human resources management and executive and continuous education for adults in various sectors.

What matters to Claudia is: that our students feel welcomed at the Institute and in Geneva and that they feel confident asking for help or advice when needed to people who are there to guide and orientate them.

Languages: French and English


Kasia Wasiukiewicz

Financial Aid Advisor and Student Support

Kasia Wasiukiewics




Office n° 415, Petal 1, 4th floor
Tel: 022 908 43 44

Being a student abroad can be a frightening and challenging experience. It can also be exciting and very rewarding in all aspects of your life. With a background in social studies (MA in Sociology and DAS in Project Management) and extensive international exposure, Kasia has been there and would now like to help you settle into your new life in Geneva. After completing her studies, Kasia worked for the University of Geneva for five years and fully joined the Institute in 2012. She has held various positions within the Executive Direction but her main focus has always been students' well-being: "In order to enjoy your experience and get the most out of it, students need to step out of their comfort-zone and appreciate crossing cultures."

What matters to Kasia is: that students will know how to plan their finances wisely and, if needed, where to reach out for help.

Languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian and Polish



Vanessa Valerio

Head of Projects and Sustainable Development - Executive Direction
Assistant to the Director of Administration

Vanessa Valerio

Office n° 415, Petal 1, 4th floor
Tel: 022 908 43 54

Vanessa arrived at the Institute in 2015 working for the Executive Direction. As her time passed at the Institute, she became more and more involved with matters relating to students. Today, in addition to her primary duties, she also works with GISA, ADA, Environmental Committee, Welfare Committee and is part of the Financial Aid office.  

She has lived abroad on two different occasions and therefore understands the difficulties surrounding living in a new country. Vanessa is always happy to provide a listening ear, as sometimes all we need is a friend to get us through a challenge. She is a strong believer that there is always a solution to every problem, so don't be surprised if you hear her say it to you.

What matters to Vanessa is: the well-being of all our students and watching them develop and succeed. Nothing brings more joy than to see our students smile at graduation after knowing some of the difficulties that they had previously experienced and overcome. 

Languages: English, French (basic)


Samantha Conod

De Picciotto Student House Administrator





De Picciotto Administration Office, Groundfloor
Tel: 022 908 45 01

Samantha has been working for the Institute since 2015, as Administrator of the Student House. She began her career in real estate in 2007. She grew up in a tourist ski resort in the Swiss Alps and therefore has always been in contact with the international scene. This is one of the reasons why it is so rewarding for her to have had the opportunity to join the Institute. Real estate in the broad sense is her favorite field but she particularly appreciates the human contacts and being able to bring her advice, her help or her support.

What matters to Samantha is: primarily, the welfare of the students, so they can carry out their projects in the best conditions. That is why she is at their disposal to be an attentive ear and to help them find solutions in difficult times.

Languages: French, English