CERAH Governance

CERAH was created in its present form in 2008 by an agreement between the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute.

The Supervisory Committee

It is the general supervisory body. The Rector of UNIGE and the Director of IHEID sit on the Committee. The Committee’s main tasks are:

  • Nominate the president of the CERAH Board of Directors on the basis of a recommendation from the board;
  • Monitor the application of the strategy proposed by the board, and ensure that it falls within the framework of the general strategy of the University and the IHEID;
  • Approve the annual budget and accounts in addition to the annual report.

The Board of Directors

It is the strategic governing body. It is composed of representatives from UNIGE, IHEID and several humanitarian organizations. In addition, two eminent individuals are co-opted to serve on the board. Its tasks are:

  • Define CERAH's strategy;
  • Identify, orient and ensure the implementation and internal oversight of teaching, research and other activities in order to achieve the Centre's objectives;
  • Develop and transmit course regulations to the competent authorities and oversee their application;
  • Deal with conflicts involving students through a Mediation Commission established within the Board.

Current Members of the Board of Directors

Prof. Gilles Carbonnier

Prof Gilles Carbonnier (President)
International Economy, IHEID

Prof. Riccardo Bocco

Prof Riccardo Bocco
Anthropology & Sociology of Development, IHEID

Prof. Costanza Bonadonna

Prof Costanza Bonadonna
Faculty of Sciences, University of Geneva


Prof Etienne Bourgeois
Faculty of Psychology & Science of Education, University of Geneva

Prof. François Chappuis

Prof François Chappuis
Humanitarian Medicine, University of Geneva

francois-dermange.jpg Prof Francois Dermange
Faculty of Theology, University of Geneva

Mrs Bérengère Gautier

Mrs Bérengère Gautier
Partner, Encore+ Ltd.



Prof Simon Hug
Political Science & Intern. Relations, University of Geneva

Aurélie Picton

Ms Aurélie Picton
Faculty of Translation & Interpreting, University of Geneva

Prof. Marco Sassòli

Prof Marco Sassòli
Faculty of Law, University of Geneva


Prof Doris Schopper
Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva


Mrs Aude Thorel
Médecins Sans Frontières, Switzerland

Ms Mary Werntz
Deputy Director of Operations, ICRC


Mr Arno Wicki
Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation


Former chairs of the Steering Committee have been appointed Honorary Chairpersons. They are, in chronological order since 1998:

  • Prof Timothy Harding, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva
  • Prof Jean-Jacques Wagner, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Sciences, University of Geneva
  • Prof Claude Le Coultre, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva
  • Prof Christian-Nils Robert, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva