Faculty biographies

Tina Ambos, University of Geneva

Tina Ambos pictureProf. Dr. Tina C. Ambos is the Academic Director of the IO-MBA and Professor of International Management and the Director of the Institute of Management at the University of Geneva.

Before joining the University of Geneva in September 2015, she was a Full Professor at the University of Sussex, UK, where she also served as the Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange for the Business and Management Department. Earlier she held the Chair of the Department of International Management at Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU), Austria as well as positions at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna), the University of Edinburgh and London Business School. She studied in Austria, Australia and Canada and received a Venia Docendi (Habilitation), a Ph.D. and a Magister (Mag.rer.soc.oec) in business administration from WU Vienna and a Magister degree (Mag.phil) in Philosophy from the University of Vienna.

Tina’s research and teaching interests include knowledge management, innovation and strategic management. During her career she has worked with several multinational corporations as well as entrepreneurial technology firms on case studies, research and consulting projects. She is Associate Editor for Long Range Planning and serves on the Editorial Boards of several academic journals.

During the last years, Tina has taught MBA and executive development programs on a variety of topics, such as International Management, Knowledge Management, Strategy Development, and Competitive Analysis in internationally accredited programs in a number of European countries. 2010-2013 she served as the Academic Director of the LIMAK Austrian Business School Global Executive MBA.

Taylor Brown, IDLgroup

Talor BrownDr. Taylor Brown is Principal Consultant with the IDLgroup. Taylor has 15 years experience of providing strategic analysis and policy advice, program design and monitoring and evaluation to a wide range of international agencies. His recent work has focused on the political economy of development, systems and processes for strengthening accountability and transparency, state-building, social protection and basic service delivery. Taylor is an experienced facilitator of multi-stakeholder processes and works regularly with donors, governments and non-state actors to improve the coordination and effectiveness of development assistance. Taylor has worked on the design and delivery of development projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kosovo, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sudan, and Zambia. He has consulted for AusAID, DFID, DANIDA, FAO, IFAD, The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NORAD, the OECD, Oxfam, the Shell Foundation, UNDP, USAID, the World Bank and WWF. Taylor holds a PhD and MPhil from the University of Cambridge and a BA from the Univerity of California, Berkeley.

Sebastian Buckup, World Economic Forum (WEF)

Sebastian Buckup is Director and alumnus of the Global Leadership Fellows Programme at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. In his role Sebastian oversees the editorial direction of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, the Annual Meeting of the New Champions in China, and the World Economic Forum on Africa. Before joining the Forum, Sebastian gained experience with the International Labour Organization in Geneva, the UNDP Office of Development Studies in New York, as well as the private sector. His research interests include the social, economic, and geopolitical implications of globalization and technological change, as well as cross-sector responses to global challenges.
Sebastian holds a Master and a Doctorate in economics from Witten/Herdecke University (Germany), and a Master in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics.

Iddo Dror, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Dr. Iddo Dror is Head of Capacity Development at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) based in Nairobi, Kenya. Iddo has 15+ years of experience in various sectors (both for-profit and not-for-profit) in assignments spanning five continents. His professional interests span development (particularly the role of capacity development & financial services therein), international management, and graduate level teaching. He has a PhD in Economic and Social Sciences and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. For a more detailed overview of current activities and publications, see his LinkedIn profile here.

Prof. Dr. Martin J. Eppler, University of St Gallen (HSG)

epplerMartin J. Eppler is a management researcher, an international communication and creativity trainer and software entrepreneur. He is a full professor of media and communications management at the University of St. Gallen, where he is the director of the university’s =mcm institute and the headof the ISP international MBA program.
Professor Eppler’s research on knowledge visualization and creativity has been featured in magazines such as the Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg Businessweek, Inc. Magazine and the MIT Technology Review. He has served as a guest professor at various universities in the US and Canada (Georgiatech, Simon Fraser University), Finland (Aalto University / Helsinki School of Economics), the UK (Cambridge), South America (Peru, Columbia, Brazil), and China. He is the author of 14 books (among them Sketching at Work, Creability, Management Atlas, Managing
Information Quality) and more than 140 academic articles on knowledge management, strategy, creativity, and visualization in management (in such journals as Organization Studies, Long Range Planning, Harvard Business Manager, Information Visualization, IEEE Proceedings, Journal of Business Communication, Journal of Knowledge Management, The International Journal of Innovation Management, or The Information Society).
His books and articles have been translated into Chinese, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian,
Danish and French. He has won multiple best paper awards for his visualization research. He has also been an advisor to organizations such as the United Nations, AXA, EON, BMW, Philips, Ernst & Young, UBS, Swiss Re, Daimler, Bertelsmann, Roche, Swisscom, GfK and others. His professional experience includes Banking (UBS), Media (Ringier, International Herald Tribune) and Consulting (TCB The Creative Business, Bain and Company). He is the inventor of the  etsfocus.com knowledge visualization software suite, the Paths to Success creativity method, and the collabcards.com card set.
Martin Eppler studied communications in Boston, management in St. Gallen (Steinacher award for best management thesis) and Paris, and obtained his PhD summa cum laude from the University of Geneva. He obtained his habilitation (professor qualification) at the University of St. Gallen. He teaches in German, English, French, Italian, and Spanish.

Valerie Federico-Weinzierl, HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA School of Governance

Valerie Federico-Weinzierl

Dr. Valerie Federico-Weinzierl completed her MBA and PhD studies at the Freie Universität Berlin; her PhD focused on “Collaboration and Partnerships between the United Nations and Business”. She advanced a career in the corporate sector with companies such as Mercedes Benz, Siemens and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Berlin and New York.Working for the World Economic Forum in Geneva (2000-2009) she managed for example the organization’s Corporate Global Citizenship and Partnering Against Corruption Initiatives, and gained substantial practical experience in managing Public-Private-Partnerships, for example, on anti-corruption and water. She currently works as a Special Projects Advisor on Corporate Governance and Business Engagement in Society with organizations such as the Basel Institute on Governance and the HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA School of Governance (Berlin), and teaches MBA-level courses at the University of Geneva. Her focus lies on the role of business in society (including business engagement), on multistakeholer collaborations and Public-Private Partnerships, as well as on anti-corruption and ethics engagement of the corporate sector.

Julian Fleet, International Development Law Organization (IDLO)

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Julian Fleet has experience and training in both law and public health. He began his current functions in January 2016 representing the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) as Permanent Observer to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva.
Julian served as a staff member of the United Nations for almost 25 years.
After practicing as an attorney in the litigation department of a large Boston law firm (Palmer & Dodge), Julian joined the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 1989. At UNHCR, he held various field and headquarters posts including Executive Assistant to the Deputy High Commissioner; Deputy Representative and Head of the Legal Section, Washington, D.C.; Legal Officer, Es Showak, Sudan; and short-term Emergency Team Officer, Kisangani, Democratic Republic of the Congo. While in Washington, DC, Julian co-authored a number of amicus curiae briefs on international refugee law submitted on behalf of UNHCR to the Supreme Court of the United States and other federal appellate courts.
In 1998, Julian joined UNAIDS where he served as Senior Adviser for Human Rights, Law and Ethics; Senior Policy Adviser and Chief (a.i.), Office of the Executive Director; Senior Adviser, Care and Public Policy; Team Leader, Universal Access; Director, Organizational Development; and Director, Human Resources Management. At UNAIDS, Julian co-authored publications on access to medicines and intellectual property law.
Julian’s UN experience also includes the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) where he served as Chief, HIV/AIDS Liaison Unit, as well as Global HIV/AIDS Coordinator (a.i.) in the Bureau for Development Policy.
From February 2008 to August 2010, Julian served as Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, a public-private partnership hosted by the World Health Organization in Geneva.
Prior to joining IDLO, Julian served in 2014-2015 as Senior Adviser, Office of the Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
Julian was awarded the degrees of Juris Doctor, Northeastern University Law School (Boston); Master of Science in Public Health, University of Massachusetts (Amherst); and Bachelor of Arts, The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore).

Emmanuel Fragnière, Haute école de gestion (HEG)

fragniereEmmanuel Fragnière, CIA (Certified Internal Auditor), is a Professor of Service Management at the Haute École de Gestion of Geneva, Switzerland. He is also a Lecturer in Enterprise Risk Management at the Management School of the University of Bath, UK. Previously, he was a Commodity Risk Analyst at Cargill (Ocean Transportation) and a Senior Internal Auditor at Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, the fourth largest bank in Switzerland. His research is focused on the development of risk management models for decision-makers in the service sector. He has published several papers in academic journals such as Annals of Operations Research, Environmental Modeling and Assessment, Interfaces, and Management Science. He is the author (with Sullivan) of the book entitled Risk Management: Safeguarding Company Assets, Fifty-Minute Crisp Series, November 2006.

Loubna Freih, Human Rights Watch

Loubna Freigh

International refugee and human rights scholar with 15 years of experience working in Non-Governmental Organizations. Expert on international policymaking and certified mediator. Leading actor in the UN Human Rights Council and its mechanisms. Worked on human rights crises in Darfur, DRC, Nepal, Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya, and Zimbabwe. Expert on women’s rights and Islam, and human rights in the MENA region. Founding Director of Human Rights Watch in Geneva. Excellent French and English writing and public speaking skills. Experienced fundraiser.



Gregor Henneka, UNICEF

hennekaGregor Henneka is responsible for the strategic planning and oversight of private sector fundraising, communications, and advocacy activities of UNICEF National Committees. Before, he was the Project Manager for UNICEF’s global fundraising initiatives. Previous to UNICEF, Gregor worked at the GTZ/UNHCR partnership programme for refugees in Nairobi as a Regional Programme Coordinator. His initial background is in private sector marketing: He developed, managed and implemented marketing and sponsoring partnerships for a football club, a music television channel, music festivals, and a Formula One team. Gregor also worked twice in Thailand as a Brand Consultant for Merck Ltd., including the implementation of the “Brand Score Card”. He is a German national and holds the University of Geneva’s International Organizations MBA and a master equivalent degree in Marketing and Communications, as well as the IoF Certificate in Fundraising.

Karen Iles, International consultant

Karen Iles is an independent consultant. Her work includes organizational change and learning; program design and appraisal; client based and demand-led service delivery, livelihoods approaches; participatory survey, monitoring and impact assessment methods; evidence policy making and role of projects; institutional reform for livestock service delivery; and gender issues. Ms. Iles works with organizations in designing learning processes at a strategic level that support both the organization and individuals to put new concepts, ideas and policies into practice. She supports teams to find creative ways to derive lessons from their work and integrate these into their change and organization learning processes – including through interactive learning materials, seminars and workshops, and toolkits/ guidance notes. Karen Iles holds an M.Sc. in Tropical Animal Production and Health from the University of Edinburgh, UK, and is currently undertaking doctoral studies (Ed.D.) at the University of Bristol.

Bruce Jenks, University of Columbia

Dr. Jenks has been an adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs since 2010. He is also a visiting Professor at the University of Geneva’s International Organisation MBA program. He currently serves as Senior Advisor at the Dag Hammarskjold Foundation. He is a fellow at the Center for International Cooperation (CIC) at NYU and has been a senior non-resident fellow at the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government (2010-13). In 2013 Dr. Jenks was appointed by the Secretary-General to be a member of the Council of the University for Peace. The Council elected him as Vice-President.
Dr. Jenks co-authored in 2013 a study on ‘UN Development at a Crossroads‘ funded by five governments. In 2014 he co-authored studies on ‘Rethinking the UN for a Networked World’ and the ‘Financing of the UN Development System’. He is actively engaged with UN reform initiatives and has authored a series of papers on the reform of the UN development system commissioned for the ECOSOC dialogue reform process.
Dr. Jenks served as Assistant Secretary General at UNDP, responsible for UNDP’s relationship with its Executive Board (2000-10). He strengthened UNDP’s outreach to and partnerships with both the private sector and civil society. He was responsible for UNDP’s resource mobilization. During this time, total income to UNDP amounted to $40 billion, increasing from $2.2 billion in 2000 to $5.5 billion in 2009. He worked closely with the last five UNDP Administrators. He served as Chief of Staff, Director of the Budget and Director of the Office of Strategic Planning. He was appointed by the Secretary General as the first Director of the UN Office in Brussels with a mandate to strengthen UN-EU relations(1995-97).
Specific responsibilities have included oversight of the Executive Secretariat to the Private Sector Commission launched by the Secretary General and co-chaired by Ernesto Zedillo and Paul Martin, exercising overall coordination of UNDP’s mandate to provide system wide leadership on the Millennium Development Goals (2002-04) and membership of the OECD/DAC Reflection Group charged with making recommendations on the future of the OECD/DAC. He served as Chair of the Secretary General’s Task Force on strengthening relations with the European Union, Chair of the UN system wide NGO Committee, and Chair of the Advisory Board on Growing Inclusive Markets.
Dr. Jenks has a PHD from Oxford University, an MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA from Cambridge University. He has been a guest speaker at universities and conferences in over 50 countries and has authored numerous articles and policy papers.

Stephan Mergenthaler, World Economic Forum (WEF)

Stephan Mergenthaler is Head of Knowledge Networks and Analysis at the World Economic Forum. He is also a Non-resident Fellow with the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin (GPPi). His research interests include learning in international organizations, new models of governance, and EU integration. His publications include The New World of UN Peace Operations: Learning to Build Peace? (Oxford University Press 2011) as well as several World Economic Forum reports and commentary in international media such as the International New York Times, FT Beyond Bricks, Caixin, among others. He holds an M.Sc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics, a Master of International Affairs from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) as well as a PhD in International Relations from Humboldt University Berlin. He was a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum as well as a visiting fellow at George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs in Washington DC and Beijing University’s School of International Studies.

Drazen Petrovic, International Labour Organization (ILO)

DPDrazen Petrovic is the Registrar of the Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organization. Prior to that appointment, he was the Principal Legal Officer of the ILO. His over 20 years’ experience in the United Nations includes also the work for the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) and for the Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the former Yugoslavia. During this period he participated in the creation of international multilateral and bilateral treaties, provided legal advice to various organs and dealt with variety of legal issues regarding the functioning of international organizations.

Mr Petrovic has a PhD in International Law from the University of Geneva and two master’s degrees, one from the European University Institute in Florence and the other from the University of Belgrade. He graduated law at the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo, where he also taught and did research in international law.

Parallel to his ILO work, he regularly gives courses of international law at Geneva University and publishes articles on international law in books and scientific journals.

Dr Petrovic is also Associate Member of the Institut de droit international.

Gilbert Probst, University of Geneva

probstGilbert J.B. Probst, born in 1950, is professor for organizational behavior and management and director of the Executive-MBA program at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Furthermore, he is Managing Director at the World Economic Forum and Dean of the Global Leadership Fellows Program (World Economic Forum). He got his PhD as well as his habilitation in business administration from the University of St. Gall, Switzerland where he was also a lecturer and vice president of the Institute of Management. As a visiting faculty member Prof. Probst taught at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, as well as at the International Management Institute (IMI) in Geneva.

His publications deal with subjects such as “Managing Growth”, “Learning Organizations”, “Knowledge Management”, “Systemic Approaches to Management”, “Thinking in Networks”, and “Structuring of Organizations”.

He also serves as the president of the board of Swiss Top Executive Training (SKU) and on the board of the Swiss Banking School. Gilbert Probst is the founder of the Geneva Knowledge Forum with 18 companies. He served as a consultant for various major companies such as Kuoni, Holcim, Hewlett Packard, Siemens, Winterthur Insurance, Deutsche Bank, DaimlerChrysler, and Swisscom.

In addition, Gilbert Probst is co-founder and member of the Swiss Board Institute.

Jürgen Seitz, University of Stuttgart

seitzProf. Dr. Jürgen Seitz is a Professor for Marketing, Media and the Digital Economy at Stuttgart Media University. He is specialized in Digital Marketing Communication and Internet Strategy. Before, he was Founder and Managing Director of United Internet Dialog (UID), a leading German Digital Marketing Company. Previous to UID he worked in various marketing and sales positions for 1&1, WEB.DE, Microsoft and GlaxoSmithKline. He studied in Germany and the UK, holds an MBA in International Consulting and a Doctorate of the University of Surrey, Guildford. His research is currently focused on Entrepreneurial Marketing, Data-Driven Advertising and Content Marketing.


Susanna Swann, Médecins sans frontières (MSF)

Susanna Swann

Susanna Swann joined Médecins Sans Frontières Switzerland as Deputy Director General in 2013. Previously, Susanna spent a year leading a global HR project in the private sector and 17 years with the International Committee of the Red Cross. She started her work with the ICRC as a field delegate in Liberia in 1993 and subsequently worked in Liberia, Rwanda, Abkhazia/Georgia, the Palestinian Occupied Territories, Serbia and Kosovo over the following 7 years. In these assignments, Susanna implemented and supervised humanitarian programmes in response to the needs of people detained or affected by conflict situations. Between 2000 and 2006, Susanna contributed to the operations of the ICRC from its Geneva based headquarters, notably as Head of Operations for the Near East (2003-2006), Deputy Director of Human Resources and then acting Director of Human Resources, leading the HR function for the organization (2006-2011). Before her time with the ICRC, Susanna worked as financial analyst in the corporate sector for 3 years. Susanna has a Master’s Degree in Mathematics (1st Class) from Oxford University (UK). Susanna is bilingual in English and French and speaks German and Spanish. She holds British and Swiss nationalities.

Antonio Vegezzi, Switzerland

antonioveggezziAntonio Vegezzi has an extensive experience in financial services at the executive management level. He has been a member of the Management Committee and the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles based Capital Group, one of the largest private global fund management firms. He also served two terms (until December 2010) as a trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the International Accounting Standards Committee Foundation, the supervisory body of the IASB (International Accounting Standards Board) – the international organization that sets global standards for financial reporting.

Mr Vegezzi is currently serving as a board director (and chair of the audit committee) of Pioneer Investments (Dublin) and of the Banque Mirabaud & Cie (Geneva) and is member of BAS (Business Angels Switzerland), and association that assists and invests in startup companies. On the academic front, he is adjunct professor at both the University of Geneva (MBA program for International Organizations) and the Università della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano.

Antonio Vegezzi graduated at the University of Geneva (Economics) and the Università Cattolica of Milan (International Studies).

Achim von Heynitz, International consultant

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Achim von Heynitz has been working on Development issues for more than the last 25 years. He currently serves as a senior advisor to the Federal Government of Nigeria and the State of Kaduna, on behalf of DFID/Adam Smith International. In 2012-2014 he served as a special advisor to the Performance Management Division in the Cabinet Secretariat of the Government of India, where his focus was on the development of a “Results Framework Document” assessment methodology for 73 federal ministries/departments, and the implementation of same at the State level of participant states. In 2013-2014 he also assisted the Swiss Development Organization ‘Helvetas” and the CGIAR consortium member ‘Bioversity’ with organizational performance assessments aimed at better translating their respective results frameworks into a supporting organizational framework.

As a consultant he has been retained to evaluate as member of the Centennial Group IFAD’s institutional efficiency (2012/13), to evaluate the effectiveness of budget reforms at the AfDB (2008, 2012, 2015), to evaluate the ILO’s mid-term SPF results framework (2011). He was a member of an evaluation team assessing the efficiency and effectiveness of the ILO International Training Centre in Torino (2009), and UNIDO’s progress on its results agenda (2009). Since 2005 he has provided managerial training on RBM to Indian Federal and State Government officials, as well as to various international organizations, including ILO, AfDB, FAO, IFAD, OPCW, CTBTO, UNIDO, and CGIAR-Bioversity, provided risk management training (KDSG, GOI, IFAD, CTBTO, OPCW), and strategy facilitation and budget alignment for most of the above organizations. As visiting professor, he has been teaching for the last 10 years (2006 – 2016) an MBA class at the University of Geneva –the IOMBA program – on Resource Management for Non-Profit Organizations, with emphasis on managing challenges in a results environment. He is acting director of the Capital Projects and Budget team at Adam Smith International, a member of the Centennial Group (Washington, D.C.), of the Expert Advisory Panel of Dalberg International Development Partners, and a founding member and Chairman of the Board of Sabab Lou Development Foundation.
Prior to his consultancy work, he has been director for budget and resource management at the World Bank (1997 – 2005) and director of the Banking Department, Front Office for Operations at the EBRD (1991-1997).
Prior to joining the EBRD, Mr. von Heynitz has been working for more than 20 years in various think tanks providing policy advise (SWP – Germany, Chatham House – UK, The RAND Corporation – USA), following post-graduate studies and after having earned his economics degree from the University of Munich. In 1998, he graduated from the Harvard Business School executive development program. Achim von Heynitz is born in 1944, is married, and holds German citizenship.

Robert Weibel, Centre for European Negotiation and Decision- Making (CENAD)

robert-j-weibelSince 1986, Robert Weibel has designed and led intensive training seminars on international multilateral and bilateral negotiations, including conflict resolution, mediation and chairmanship.

From 1989 until 1997 he was a Visiting Associate Professor at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), Maastricht. In 1998 he founded the Centre for European Negotiation and Decision- Making (CENAD), Brussels.

His portfolio of programs and seminars has been conducted for EU Member States, the European Commission, Parliament and Council Secretariat as well as accession countries. He has also provided consulting services for UN agencies including UNHCR, UNCTAD, WMO and WHO.

His activities have led him to be posted in various cities including Kabul, Cairo and Jakarta. Robert Weibel also conducts diplomatic training activities as well as WTO programs for African and Gulf States. He has also conducted programs for the Deutsche Bundesbank and the European Central Bank as well as several large international companies such as Novartis and Nestlé.