Photograph First name Last name University Country Self-description

Yazid

Alaoui

2015, University of Geneva

Morocco

Harmony with governing dynamics produces sustainability. Uncovering them, designing and implementing consistent strategies drive me.

 

Nikhil Sayi Amdyala 2015, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad India  
Andersson Léa 2017, University of Geneva Switzerland, Norway I graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor in International Relations from the University of Geneva, towards the end of which I spent a few months as an exchange student in Singapore. This past year, I have worked in a financial technology company involved with numerous international civil society actors, which further aroused my already growing interest for the third sector, particularly when related to Global Health. The nature of my Bachelor convinced me of the importance of multilateral action and international regulatory framework to answer the challenges of both crippling public health sectors and other global development matters, and I look forward to deepening my knowledge of the technical and practical approaches to these topics for the next two years.

Udval

Badamkhatan

2010, University Panthéon-Assas Paris 2

Mongolia

I used to work as an HR and Administration Manager at the SGS Mongolia affiliate, which had business portfolios of geochemical testing laboratory and system certification. As it is a small affiliate, my role required involvement in the annual renewal of Accreditation process, update of quality manual etc which gave me first understanding and knowledge about the Standards. I fell in love with it as I strongly believe Standards totally add value in terms of global competitiveness, sustainable development in mid and longterm. Thus both private and government should emphasize and strengthen its application. I was delighted to discover the Master program, as it is exactly what I was looking for to built a solid ground and platform to develop myself as a professional in the Standards and Standardization in context of International development.

Andrea

Choi

2011, Darthmouth College

Hong Kong

I have always been intrigued by the interaction between the natural environment and humanity. Climate change and the need to adapt prompted me to pursue a double major in Environmental Studies and Economics at Dartmouth College. After graduation, I worked as a grains commodity trader in the U.S. and China, which definitely opened my eyes to the world. After 4 years, I realized my career then was not my passion, so Ieft for Geneva to be with my fiancé. I worked in a social network/education startup and in an international NGO, while I was doing some soul-searching. I want to devote my time to helping the world develop more sustainably, hence why I join this master program. I am especially interested in changing people's current way of consumption, and I found the sharing economy a promising solution. At the same time, I am also concerned about the issue of climate justice and adaptation, as different countries bear the cost of global warming differently. The next wave of human migration will likely be that of environmental refugees and I would love to explore how the world can prepare for that.

Chiara Kirsten

Co

2013, De La Salle University

Philippines

I graduated from De La Salle University - Philippines in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship. After graduation, I decided to study French in Geneva and had the opportunity to volunteer in an international organization. Being part of the entrepreneurship division of this organization, I thought that my knowledge regarding entrepreneurship is enough. However, I was wrong to think that way since the team is focused on tackling issues regarding sustainable development. This being the case, I thought that I should learn more about sustainable development and other issues. And then, I stumbled upon the Masters in Standardization, Social Regulation and Sustainable Development offered by University of Geneva and I believe that it’s the perfect course that I was looking for, not only does this master cover sustainable development, it also offers a diverse selection of courses that will help me in my future endeavors.

Cooper Ryan 2014, University of Greenwich United Kingdom After graduating with a degree in Political Science, I've spent the past four years both travelling and working on various research projects concerning issues in sustainability. Primarily, these projects have been for the non-profit CIC, InfluenceMap; involving the mapping of corporate lobbying on climate policy and well creating a qualitative database detailing the links between the finance and fossil fuel industries. I have also held a research focused role with the University of Greenwich, wherein I orchestrated a project which sought to determine the extent to which notions of sustainability were present within the University curricular I'm excited to take this course both for its international composition and for it's broad conception of sustainability.
           

Filipe

De Oliveira Vilaca

2016, Haute Ecole de Gestiton Geneva

Portugal

With a Bachelor degree in Business Administration, I'm looking to further my academical training in the field of Sustainable development. International current affairs were always something whose I have a particular interest. It is then, during my years into the Business Administration School of Geneva (HEG), I had the opportunity to follow several courses related to globalization, international norms and organization governance. This academical courses finally compel me to get involve on these current affairs and confirm where my future carrier should be. Today, I have chosen this Master to provide me the overriding tools and solid knowledge to overtake all the issues we are facing today.

Marina De Palma 2018 University of Fribourg Switzerland, Italy Having an economics background, I am also interesting in the social and environmental aspects that were, in my opinion, missing in my previous formation. The master in Standardization, social regulation and sustainable development is a perfect match for my interests and it allows to look at the standards considering the social and environmental impacts.

Lea Dettwiler

2016, University of Geneva

Switzerland

I graduated in February 2016 from the University of Geneva with a Bachelor in Sociology. My internships in non-profit organizations which focus on gender issues, reinforce my beliefs that removing gender discrimination is a fundamental aspect for a sustainable society. The multi-faceted approaches of the Master in Standardization, Social Regulation and Sustainable Development are, for me, one of the most valuable aspects of this degree. I wish to acquire new tools to promote gender equality within and among organizations.

Nada

El-Aji

2016, University of Geneva Switzerland, Morocco

In June 2016, I graduated from the University of Geneva with a B.A. in Socio-economics. During my studies, I had the opportunity to work in Aviation Security and Marketing, which allowed me to gain some professional experience. In these sectors, Standards and Sustainable Development are becoming more and more important. By offering theoretical and practical knowledge on these subjects, but not only, this Master was an evidence for me. In the future, I would like to work in security, aviation or education and to develop sustainable projects at national or international level.

Cristiano

Campos Ferrarese

2007, Universitad Autonoma de Barcelona

Brazil, Italy

In a World where the natural resources scarcity daily increases and the levels of pollution are incredibly high, I feel the lively desire to improve my knowledge in standards for sustainability(environmental protection) and so being able to connect it to my International Trade background. I like the concept of Circular Economy and I believe in an Eco-standard for the International Trade System, totally based in this concept. I am Economist specialized in International Trade, with more than 10 years experience on purchase and sales processes over several companies.

Ricardo Ferreira Flores Filho 2017 Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil Brazil I graduated in 2017 for the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), with a B.A. in International Relations. As an IR student, I am fascinated by global governors and how they interact to create the set of rules that governs our globe. Since I started my bachelor, I have always had a particular interest for regulation, trade and sustainability.  It was probably about the third when I first started learning more about standards and the role hey play in the world. Along my studies, I was able to assist in research projects related to globalization and development issues at UFRGS. Also, I worked for the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) for roughly two years, where I could collaborate with a team of advisors shaping a more sustainable approach for developing countries when negotiating investment treaties. These factors all together have made decide for pursuing this program.

Ryan

Fong

2014, University of California Davis

United States

Je m'appelle Ryan Fong. I graduated in 2014 from the University of California, Davis with B.A. degrees in History and Philosophy. I'm from Sacramento, the capital city of the golden state of California. The Master's in Standardization, Social Regulation, and Sustainable Development offers students insights into themes of political economy, the value of international standards towards creating participatory governance, and how sustainability might be integrated into policy and business practice. UNIGE's proximity to the heart of international organizations and governance offers some rare educational perspectives, and the city of Geneva itself is both charming and unique, so I consider myself quite lucky to be here.

Lewis Gashaza 2018, University of Lausanne Switzerland, Burundi I graduated in July 2018 from the University of Lausanne with a B.A in Political Sciences. During my Bachelor, i’ve naturally takes classes which were focused on topics related to international matters such as Security, European policies and Governance. The various approches i was able tu study increased my will to dig deeper and increase my knowledge. The stareg program addresses some complex and interesting issues that are directly linked with what I expect to learn, in order to propose different solutions regarding local or global issues. As a second activity, I'm also a photographer.

Nina

Gestrin

2016, Helsingin Yliopisto Helsinki

Finland

For the last 10 years I have been working with asylum investigation and other immigration related issues for the Finnish Government. I have a B.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Helsinki. My major was sociology with a focus on ethnic relations and multiculturalism. In the future I would like to participate in the development of long-term solutions and therefore I wanted to complete my experience with this Master. Through the studies I expect to obtain a deeper understanding of globalization and the dependence relations within it.

George Ghikas 1998, University College London UK, Greece After graduating with a degree in Anthropology, I landed a job in an immigration law firm as a clerk. This paved the way for me to join the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in 2003, for whom I have worked for in several countries around the world. In the last four years working here in HQ, Geneva, a shift in thinking has evolved allowing for closer partnerships with development actors. The nexus between humanitarianism and development, bringing in related notions, such as sustainability, resilience, solutions, corporate social responsibility (among others), will require a more in depth academic knowledge of the three disciplines this masters combines in order to ensure effective implementation. Thus, I trust this Master’s will equip me with the foundations to develop these skills.

Jesse Giavina 2016, University of Lausanne United States, Switzerland After a year spent in Spain as an Erasmus student, I graduated in Environmental sciences at the University of Lausanne. Wanting to obtain some practical experience, I worked at the photovoltaic laboratory of the EPFL of Neuchâtel and later on as a science and math teacher. Through that experience, I realized that my studies brought me the capacity of understanding the functioning of ecosystems and measuring the pressure that human societies have upon them. But, I wanted to learn the mechanisms that could help decrease that pressure and create a more sustainable society. I strongly believe that the master in Standardization will lead me on this path.

Aurore Gonce 2016, University of Lausanne Switzerland In 2016, I graduated from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland with a Bachelor of Sciences in Geosciences and Environment which gives me a background both in environmental sciences as well as in social sciences and economic geography. Beside that, I worked at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and in the Faculty of Geosciences and Envionment as research assistant as well as at the Swiss Expertise Center in Social Sciences on socioeconomic European studies. Those experiences added to my Bachelor thesis' fieldwork on Cuban agriculture enforced my wish to specialize in sustainable developement. Therefore, the Master program, which provides an interdisciplinary approach including standardization (linked to risk management for example) is in perfect accordance with my background as well as my interest in working in areas related to sustainable business practices, industrial relations, working conditions, related policies as well as corporates' social and environmental management strategies linked to international trade and global supply chains. In the perspective of my graduation in 2018, I have currently the chance to be involved as an intern in a project on purchaising practices and working conditions in global supply chains at the International Labour Organization. Coupled with motivation and personal assets, this study path enables a multidisciplinary understanding of today’s challenges.
Pablo Guillaume-Gentil 2017, University of Neuchâtel Switzerland, Spain I have always been interested in sustainable development and in what way it is possible to respond to global warming and all its consequencies. With this idea in mind, I have studied social sciences in order to open up doors for studies with such purposes. So now here I am, beacause I think I will be able to meet my challenge in my future profesional life thanks of this master.
Birgit Hegge 2001, University of Geneva Germany After a degree in economics and business administration I used to work on research projects about the internationalization of small- and medium-sized enterprises, integration and clustering. Then I changed in the private sector where I worked as an insurance broker in international maritime transport. The last 8 years I was working for an international inspection company doing quantitative and qualitative controls where I got in touch with ISO and other international norms. I hope this master gives me a complementary view to my studies and working experience.
Ekaterina Idrisova 2014, Webster University Geneva Switzerland, Russia With a Bachelor Degree in Management and Business Administration I am currently working in International Air Transport Association. For the past 2 years as Training Operations Support Associate my role in the team has not only been limited to the operational matters related to training co-ordinations but also being involved in quality control checks, business contingency planning and audits to achieve an ISO Certification. Now working with top management and seeing the complexity of business requirements in this very dynamic and progressing aviation industry I am always eager to take on more even though my knowledge at the moment is limited in the business management. In the near future I foresee myself working in the role of quality control and development where it is essential to enrich my expertise in the field.
Sara Jardim Cabral 2016, University of Lausanne Portugal I graduated in July 2016 from the University of Lausanne with a B.A in Biology and applied Sciences. Along my studies, I have developed an important concern for the global challenges undermining and threatening our natural environment and our lives. It also made me understand that if well managed, environmental challenges might be transformed into key opportunities for local and international development and for interdependency among people and countries. In order to gain real world experience, I worked as Program Coordinator and as Research Assistant for two international organisations based in Geneva. Those positions offered me the chance to increase my commitment in finding long-term solutions to the most vulnerable areas and people in the world. This Master program will thus give me the overriding tools and further understanding of globalization and the several political and social dynamics behind environmental challenges.
Micaël Jenni 2018, University of Lausanne Switzerland I graduated last July with a B.A in Political Science. During my studies, I have been looking forward to combine environmental subjects as "Environmental psychology", "International environmental policies" or "Environmental and Sustainable development didactics" with my political point of view. I saw the combination of both fields as a great challenge, which highly motivated me to continue in this path. I considere standardization - especially ISO standards - as essential in the present and the future of private and public entities. Thus, a field as important as Sustainable development requires strong standards so it can play the crucial role it needs to in our society. I am higlhy excited to take up the challenge of making society sustainable and combine social, human, political, economic and environmental fields.
Calliope Karavgoustis 2018, University of Fribourg Switzerland, Greece I graduated in July 2018 from the University of Fribourg with a bachelor’s degree in social anthropology. My studies and my various activities besides university have shown me the relevance of interdisciplinary approaches. I am thus very enthusiastic to undertake this programme since it proposes to tackle sustainable development through a broad scale. Furthermore, I’ve always been interested in international issues and I could experience the reality that some countries have to face because of a lack of sustainability on several perspectives. Therefore, I hope this master’s will provide me useful tools in order to implement efficient solutions in my future work.

Jonas Kühl 2015, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg Germany I've obtained my bachelor’s degree in Political Science and East Asian Studies from the University of Heidelberg in 2015. After living in China for almost three years in total, where among others I’ve interned with the „Sino-German Environmental Partnership“ for half a year, which is a project under the framework of the German Agency for International Cooperation, I became much more aware of the current environmental and social stress people still have to live with in some parts of the world. Since then I always wanted to work for more sustainable solutions to overcome or respectively improve such situations. I've finally chosen this master’s degree because I hope that it will equip me with a broad understanding of topics like consumption, environmental degregation or exploitation of labour and the impact of our capitalist system as well as the right tools to tackle these problems, including the importance of standards, reasonable policies and economic approaches.

Ruby Lambert 2013, Murdoch University, Perth Singapore A communicator by nature who is inspired by all things related to innovation for which I have developed through my experiences working for a tech firm as a digital business developer. While technology has been the catalyst for advancements and progress, I am particularly moved by sustainable-driven innovations in the likes of social innovation such as CSR, business, culture and change management to name a few, as I strongly feel that these are the key ingredients to gain today's competitive advantages leading us towards a sustainable tomorrow. Ultimately, the success of sustainable innovation constitutes its impact on many aspects socially and environmentally which is an important source for growth. Therefore, I am very convinced that this Master’s degree course will help me gain deeper knowledge and understanding about sustainable development, sociology, standard-settings and it’s entirety.

Katrina Leonard 2006, Fachhochschule Stralsund Poland I have been living in few countries in Europe, the longest in England for over 7 years where I acquired the most of my work experience, mainly in administration and hospitality. I did my Bachelor degree in Poland and it was about quality of goods. At the university we were learning about ISO and other topics related to the program Standardization.

Jasmin Lewis 2015, University of Sydney Australia After graduating from the University of Sydney, Australia in 2015 with a degree in Social Policy & Sociology, my interest in sustainability brought me to Geneva to pursue this Master and live in an international and multicultural environment. During my Bachelor I undertook a summer volunteering program in Rio de Janeiro related to social development, which influenced me to take internships at international organisations and companies alongside my studies in Geneva. The program’s combined focus on standardization has given me a sound knowledge of regulatory compliance for private companies which I have exercised in my public and private sector experiences. Being particularly interested in the use of standards for risk management, sustainability and in global supply chains, I wish to start my career path in the area of consultancy, supply chain management or CSR upon graduating in 2018.

Linda Edel Matole 2015, University of Nairobi Kenya I graduated from the University of Nairobi in December 2015 with a degree in International Studies having majored in International Security issues. I have worked as an Intern with various Institutions such as the Ministry of East African affairs, an NGO called Undugu Society of Kenya and most recently worked as a Volunteer for the Catholic Youth Network on Environmental Sustainability. My main interests are providing sustainable development solutions to people living in the rural areas, eradicating aid that does not offer long term solutions to the minorities. Studying Standardization, Social Regulations and Sustainable Development would assist me to learn how to implement my ideas when it comes to sustainable development.
Veronika Mosolova 2018, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics Russia I became interested in the environmental and social regulations during my bachelor studies when I participated in various volunteering and educational initiatives that also included interactions with NGOs. My career interests are in the way businesses influence society and environment, including consumption and waste regulations as well as children's and animal rights.
  Héloïse Orset 2018, Sciences-Po & Sorbonne Universities France Since the beginning of my double B.A. degree in Political sciences and Philosophy in Paris and after an Erasmus year in Germany, I'm determined to contribute in a future professionnal career to the building of a European Union capable of protecting its citizens' environments and societies with ambitious, field diverse and fair standards.
Laura Pagel 2018, University of Montpellier Germany Having always been concerned about environmental and social issues, I realized their extend and complexity all along my personal and educational journey. I grew up in a multicultural environment with German parents in France close to Geneva. After school I took a one-year break working for 6 months in Honduras as a volunteer in an educational project and afterwards in Germany as a windsurf instructor. I then studied economics in the University of Montpellier to get a better insight of how our world functions. During that bachelor I already tried to link the different theories and tools to sustainable development. Through this master program I intend to acquire more expertise in regulation and sustainability and to combine it with my economic knowledge in order to help develop a more sustainable economy and society. All in all, I really look forward to join the program because it covers a variety of subjects and global issues and allows us to work with people from different backgrounds and institutions which is for me the best way to evolve.
Tejes Pradeep 2015, University of Madras India Have always been naturally inclined towards sustainable development and ecological conservation. Hoping this program deepens my knowledge on the subject and gives me some handy tools to measure and analyse real world situations accurately.
Lior Renous 2012, Ben Gurion University, Israel Israel, Belgium I have been working for social and political change organization for the last ten years. With a Bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology and anthropology, I was looking for my next academical challenge that can combine the two. I am looking forward to the interdisciplinary nature of the program that allows the students, to receive a well-rounded knowledge and analysis skills, of the issues and theories on sustainable development and standardization.
Anthony Ruspoli 2013, University of Utah United States, Italy I graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in International Studies in the fall of 2013. After graduation, I worked for a non-profit organization that promotes education technology in public schools throughout the US. This opportunity provided me with a platform to research national and state legislation related to education and development and, in turn, gain a better understanding of the interaction between development and the private sector. Through this Masters program, I can pursue my desire to contribute to social regulation, standard-setting, and sustainable development on the international level.

Noémi Schall 2016, University of Geneva Switzerland I graduated in 2016 from the University of Geneva with a BA in international relations (major:economis; minor: international law) and so my interest for sustainability began to grow, especially as I was doing my bachelor's research project on environmental economics, I got to learn the different elements and dimensions of sustainability and how interdependent they are and so further pursuing my studies in sustainability seemed like the right choice. I've chosen this Master program not only because it's interdisciplinary and covers a well rounded and comprehensive set of subjects on standardization, social regulation and sustainability but also on the emphasis put upon relevant real world problems and knowledge and encouragement to undergo a training/internship to apply it in a real setting. As of now, I am currently doing my internship in Barcelona with MCI, an events management company, as their sustainability coordinator and I believe after completing both the internship and the Masters I'll be ready to embark on a fulfilling career in sustainability.
Patricia Schlageter 2018, University of Geneva Switzerland, Philippines Having just acquired my Bachelor’s degree in International Relations at the University of Geneva, I decided to further my studies with this Masters program as I believe it will allow me to gain the skills and knowledge to contribute in creating a more sustainable society. Resource management, the degradation of the environment as well as the equal access to decent living conditions are among the many growing issues that I would like to help solve in a future career. Early on, I have been actively searching to gain experience in the field of development and cooperation. As a teen, I was an apprentice at a swiss child relief NGO. And for 4 years now, I have worked part-time at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) assisting remote participation. Both experiences have led me to furthermore appreciate the opportunity of this Master’s program which combines a pragmatic, multidisciplinary and multisectorial approach necessary to promote sustainability in everyday practices.

Manuela Schmidt 2015, Zurich University of Applied Sciences Switzerland After studying Social Anthropology for one and a half years, I switched to the Zurich University of Applied Sciences to study Translation (current BA title: Applied Languages). Enthusiastic about languages and cultural diversity, I wished to deepen my communication skills in order to break cultural and linguistic barriers. After obtaining my degree, I worked as a language travel consultant for one and a half years; while I considered this opportunity to be a truly instructive experience, it also made me realise that I wished to continue my studies. Furthermore, different engagements as a volunteer in my second home country, Colombia, and within an asylum organisation in Zurich, raised my awareness on the conflicts our societies are facing nowadays. Inter alia, because of these personal experiences, I have become very interested in sustainable solutions for humanitarian and ecological crises and being part of the movement towards a more legitimate and inclusive development has become my biggest wish. I am therefore excited about this Master’s programme that hopefully will provide us students with tools and valuable expertise in order to become active in the field of sustainable development.

Nadine Seleem 2016, University of Geneva Egypt I graduated in 2016 from the University of Geneva with a BA in international relations (major:economis; minor: international law) and so my interest for sustainability began to grow, especially as I was doing my bachelor's research project on environmental economics, I got to learn the different elements and dimensions of sustainability and how interdependent they are and so further pursuing my studies in sustainability seemed like the right choice. I've chosen this Master program not only because it's interdisciplinary and covers a well rounded and comprehensive set of subjects on standardization, social regulation and sustainability but also on the emphasis put upon relevant real world problems and knowledge and encouragement to undergo a training/internship to apply it in a real setting. As of now, I am currently doing my internship in Barcelona with MCI, an events management company, as their sustainability coordinator and I believe after completing both the internship and the Masters I'll be ready to embark on a fulfilling career in sustainability.
Nora Sohns 2018, University of Lausanne Switzerland, Germany When I finished High School in Ticino, I took one year break from my studies. I decided to go to a remote and quite poor region in the south of Ecuador, working as a full-time volunteer in a Kindergarten. Thanks to this project, I experiences firsthand the environmental problems and especially the social stress people have to face in their daily life in some parts of the world. I also became more aware about the way deregulation and its effects on consumption and emissions can cause illnesses and general malaise. After having graduated in 2018 from the University of Lausanne with a BA in Social Sciences (major: social sciences; minor: political sciences), I understood that my goal was to pursue a career in the field of social innovation and sustainability. I am very interested in getting to know more about International Voluntary Standards which define essential requirements to efficiently protect the health of the people and of our planet. I am convinced this Master Program could be a good starting point.

Hannah Strandberg 2017, FHNW, Basel Finland My interest towards sustainable development arose during my previous studies of business management, and especially during the exchange semester in Brazil. I realized that business has an increasingly important role to play in development challenges and CSR. My goal is to complement my business background by acquiring a wider perspective and practical tools towards sustainable development issues. I am also looking forward to learn about ways how the business sector can support the achievement of sustainable development targets.
Elind Sulmina
2018, University of Trieste
Albania In 2018 I graduated from the University of Trieste, Italy, where I studied interpreting and translation. I translated and interpreted international affairs, business deals and institutional matters. The topic that caught my attention the most was sustainability and social innovation. That’s the reason why I applied for this master. I want to deepen my knowledge as I believe our generation must see this huge problem through. With this in mind, during my last BA year at the University of Trieste, I took Master’s-level credits in History of the International Relations and European Government and Political Parties. Moreover, I attended two Summer Schools on politics and law and a UN General Assembly simulation. These academic experiences are at the core of a wider effort of mine to understand International and more specifically International Affairs. Furthermore, I have challenged myself through a series of work experiences. I recently undertook an internship at the French Honorary Consulate in Trieste. However, the most important experience is undoubtedly my contribution as CEO and cofounder of a start-up, ToBePolo, a start-up that allows anyone to « be » a Marco Polo, i.e. live a hands-on experience of a profession or a trade they have always wanted to do but were never able to do for personal reasons. We bring demand and supply together on our experience-sharing platform.

Tara Thomas 2011, University of California Berkeley United States I graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011 with a B.A. in History. After working for a few years after receiving my bachelor's degree and becoming fluent in French, I decided to enroll in this masters' program because of its interdisciplinary nature and connections to external organizations in Geneva. I am particularly interested in topics related to the intersection of sustainability and labor market regulation.