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  
Léa Andersson 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.
IMG_2988.jpg Simon Ardila Eraso 2018, University of Geneva Switzerland I obtained a Bachelor in International Relations. I am interested in the links between international regulation and standards with the development of effective environmental policies. I am also very interested in the impact of international regulation and standards and their effect on local cultures worldwide.
5 x 6--cm.jpg Cemile Avşar 2018, Bahçeşehir University Turkey I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and International Trade & Business as a dual degree gathered in Turkey. Also, I have a B.A. minor in Sociology. I wanted to combine three different disciplines to improve myself by understanding varied concepts and their supplementary and intersecting points. After my studies, internships, NGO volunteering and business analysis experiences, I decided to improve the sustainability of organizations in terms of human rights, equality and work conditions. Therefore, I am very delighted to be part of the STAREG master programme. Besides, Geneva offers an inspiring environment for students to express their autonomy while receiving a quality in education. I feel sense of belonging in addition to safe and secure. Since there are so many different cultures, I would like to be more global- minded person by studying as well as living in Geneva.

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.

IMG_2983.jpg Moustapha Bamanga Abbas 2018, University of Geneva Switzerland and Chad After obtaining my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Geneva, I wanted to pursue my academic career in the concept of "development". I had the chance to grow up in several countries and taste various cultures., However, the difference of services and goods available for a given individual according to the country where he or she lives in has always intrigued me. Therefore, I opted for the Political Economy program at the same university. Despite acquiring a substantial amount of useful knowledge, I felt unsatisfied. The courses which interested me the most were those with the STAREG program. Hence, I switched to STAREG program. Now I am thrilled to begin this Master program which, I believe, would help to shift society towards a fair and sustainable society.
IMG_2981.jpg Sabrina Benavides Rodriguez 2019, University of Geneva Switzerland I graduated in 2019 from the University of Geneva with a Bachelor in sociology that leads my focus toward humanities approached by political and environmental issues. As an active person and a social science student, I have a strong interest in local and international social occurrences and try to understand the hidden mechanisms, actors plan and the different perspectives that can exist in a single situation.Considering that the STAREG master was an evidence to pursue my studies because it aims to work these concepts in one curriculum. Also, I see this master as the result of a scientific questioning of today’s society dynamic, making it a field fully connected with the surrounding world and sensitive to its changes and I believe that it will make the difference when transitioning to the world’s work.
IMG_2987.jpg Ramona Bernasconi 2018, University of Amsterdam Italy During my International Business studies, I developed a strong environmental awareness. I learned about the impacts of human industry on society and the environment while studying how the economy, industries and markets work. I realized how important sustainability is for us in order to preserve the Earth and all the inhabitants for future generations and species and I believe that the best way to achieve this is to help businesses adopt sustainable environmental practices.
IMG_2980.jpg Lucas

Catalani

2019, Federal University of Itajubá Brazil Having a background in Industrial Engineering, both in bachelor and master, and an interest in pursuing a PhD. as a researcher, it is important to focus on a topic that is nascent and the research community is interested to hear more about it. I found in this master the perfect opportunity of combining my engineering knowledge with economics and environmental aspects, contributing together to improve our society for the next generations. Not only the programme is helping me to gain a deeper knowledge in Standardization, Social Regulation and Sustainable Development, but it is also allowing me to renew the experience in a multicultural environment in order to better address the challenges of the workplaces, especially when it consists of working in a team where everyone has different backgrounds and perspectives.
IMG_2989.jpg Alissa Danae Myria Cereghetti 2019, University of Zurich Switzerland In February 2019 I obtained my Master in Environmental Sciences at the University of Zurich. I had the possibility of doing my thesis in the field of agroecology and environment collaborating with Agroscope (Swiss Centre of Agriculture Research). During my master thesis at UZH I understood that I personally need to involve myself also on the social science level. I am interested in topics such as food security, sustainable development and gender issues linked to development studies. I believe that having the possibility to do the Master in Standardization, Social Regulation and Sustainable Development would enrich my knowledge skills, and moreover I will have the chance to be a multi-tasking expert having both scientific and social sciences approaches. Moreover, Geneva is one of the best places where students may have the possibility to have contact with NGOs and organisations being involved in projects linked to sustainability.
Ryan Cooper 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 its 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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
IMG_2998.jpg Efe Koca 2014, Bilkent University Turkey After receiving my B.A. in International Relations from Bilkent University and Vrije University Amsterdam in 2014, I have began my professional career with an internship at the Ministry for EU Affairs of the Republic of Turkey. I have then worked as a consultant for a private consultancy company on developing and implementing EU funded projects. In 2015, I have entered the United Nations, International Organization for Migration (IOM) as a Project Assistant and have been working there until July 2019. I am currently on Special Leave while doing my Master's at the STAREG programme at the University of Geneva. I chose the STAREG programme because it is very contemporary and applicable in all areas, which is capable of broadening my vision while opening new doors, not to mention that the phenomenon of sustainability will be (if not already) one of the most important concepts in the world. The fact that it is offered in such a multi-cultural environment, hosting the HQs of many international organizations and companies is another key asset that adds to the already existing qualities offered by the university and the STAREG programme.

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.
IMG_2993.jpg Antoine Lavanchy 2017, University of Fribourg Switzerland After my bachelor's degree in political economy at the University of Fribourg and the Free University of Berlin, I had the opportunity to gain experience in an international children's aid organisation. This precise experience has confirmed my choice to specialize in the themes of sustainable development and innovation. The STAREG Master's degree was for me an obvious choice for its transversal approach to sustainable development, its international intimate dimension and its privileged position within international Geneva. I look forward to sharing with my classmates and faculty on development issues.
IMG_2994.jpg Léa Mascaro 2018, University of Lausanne Switzerland I believe that my generation is facing social and environmental issues that are questioning and pressuring the actual economic and political systems. Therefore, after graduating in Political Science at the University of Lausanne, I felt the urge to find a master degree that would not only give me a better and more critical understanding of those issues, but also give me the keys that would allow me to work with experts that are willing to find solutions to those problems. I believe that the interdisciplinary of the curriculum, the multi-cultural environment and the connection to the NGOs and influent actors in this field, confer to this Master in Standardization, Social regulation and Sustainability a unique and complete structure essential for my future professional career.
IMG_2992.jpg Michelle Moraa Mokaya 2018, University of Glasgow Kenya I studied Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow and graduated in 2018, after which I was a humanitarian policy intern at an NGO in Kenya. I believe that the Master in Standardization, Social Regulation and Sustainable Development is an excellent choice for anyone interested in sustainability and standard setting  as it utilises both the scientific and social science approach. Moreover, Geneva is one of the best places for students to be in proximity with and contact leading NGOs and organisations involved with sustainability projects.
IMG_2986.jpg Kento Morita 2019, Waseda University Japan I did my bachelor in Japan including 1 year exchange at University of Copenhagen, Denmark. My bachelor title was liberal art, which means I didn't have specific major and I studied in general. I used to work for activity about local stimulation by distributing local currency about 2 years. This experience encouraged me to take part in this master because I was always thinking about the relationship between local product or local business and sustainability. Nowadays, I am interested in standardization of internationally successful products, such as luxury garments, fast foods or grocery products and their relations with sustainability. My hobby is to play with balance ball, hang out with friends and watching fashion show.
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.
IMG_2999.jpg Samanta Mouro Morais 2018, University of Lausanne Switzerland and Portugal In June 2018, I obtained the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Lausanne. The nature of my Bachelor degree convinced me that the interaction between individuals and their environment is complex and that the major and contemporary global issues should not be thought independently. I believe that in order to reach a full understanding we need to take into account not only the society, but also the economy, the international institutions and actors, the environment, international trades, etc. The Master in Standardization respond to this need with an interesting interdisiplinary approach and a wide variety of courses.
IMG_3002.jpg Samy Naïah 2019, University of Lausanne Switzerland In winter 2019, I graduated with a bachelor in Political Science at the University of Lausanne. Throughout my cursus, I oriented myself toward courses that specifically targeted the field of International Relations and environmental matters. In this sense, I had the opportunity to take courses about International Security, Global Governance, International Environmental Politics and Ecological Economics that strengthen my interest toward the STAREG program. The idea of acquiring the knowledge and tools to make durable changes upon the world through the uses of standards and other processes is what drew me to this master. We’re walking toward an increasing number of important environmental, socio-politic and economic problematics in the near future, requiring concrete answers and actions, and I’m convinced that this master will provide me with the necessary means to decrypt and hopefully later act in that reality.
  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.
IMG_3001.jpg Qâssim Osseni 2019, University of Lausanne Switzerland At the end of my studies in Political Science, I wanted to radically change my orientation. I wanted to choose a much more practical and less theoretical Master's degree. I therefore chose this master's degree because it offered internships related to the subjects covered during the courses. I chose this master's degree in order to try to understand the issues that the problem of sustainability highlights.
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.
portrait.jpg Sera Pantillon 2018, University of Neuchâtel Switzerland After obtaining my Bachelor in Geography and English in 2018, I wanted to explore new academic horizons. The master in Standardization, Social Regulation and Sustainable Development seemed to be the perfect opportunity to complete a master that is interdisciplinary and connected to international organizations. Being active in the political field, I have always seeked to measure and understand the role that standardization plays in societies. Furthermore, I am eager to know more about the impact standardization can have on climate change. In a time where some resources become scarce, it is crucial to find new ways of producing and consuming.
IMG_2985.jpg Sofiia Parent 2016, Law National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia Russia I have academic and professional experience in the fields of legal research and development of regulatory frameworks. I have been engaged in legal research since my LLB studies at the National Research University “Higher School of Economics” (Moscow, Russia). There in 2016 I obtained a PhD degree in Law. My thesis provided a comparative assessment of Eminent Domain (ED) institute in Russia and the USA as well as a comprehensive set of recommendations to improve the efficiency of the national regulations on ED. I complemented my studies with internships at the UNODC, Council of Europe, International Anti‐Corruption Academy, Transparency International- Russia, and Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative. During these experiences, I prepared drafts of compliance and evaluation reports analyzing the effectiveness of the countries' efforts in implementing international anti-corruption and anti-money-laundering standards, and produced research papers in English examining national anti-corruption regulatory frameworks and correlated issues (e.g. PePs legislation). In 2017 - 2018, I was employed as an expert within a working group on Digital Economy (DE) regulation under the supervision of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development. My main tasks included prescreening draft national regulations and international agreements on DE, conducting studies on different aspects of DE and elaborating evidence-based recommendations for a future Russian regulation. From my experiences to date, I have decided to pursue a career in the field of standardization and compliance in particular to support sustainable and responsible innovations. The courses provided by your program will expand and deepen my knowledge of the SDGs, while giving me the flexibility to build my skills according to my interests. This diploma will also validate and improve my experience to date in the field of standards elaboration and evaluation (especially courses on quantitative methods, voluntary standards and policy, program and project evaluation).
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.
IMG_2990.jpg Nour Salim 2012, Birzeit University Switzerland and Palestine I hold a bachelor’s degree in Arts from Birzeit University, majoring in Literature. Before joining this program, I had worked in the Palestinian civil society sector on topics related to social and economic policies, and their connection to development. I aim, by joining this program, to bridge my experiences with the latest conceptual frameworks in this field.
IMG_2991.jpg Hana Samejima 2016, Kwansei Gakuin University Japan I graduated from Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan with B.A in international studies and I have worked for a web marketing company after graduation. I decided to join this program because I have always been interested in the subject of sustainable development and I want to have a career related to it. Having seen the diverse and stimulating ambience of the program I am with anticipation for what’s to come.
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.
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.
IMGP1114C.jpg Raphaëlle Stäuble 2018, University of Geneva Switzerland After my Bachelor degree in International Relations at the Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva, I wanted to have practical experience and to continue to work and study in an international environment. I got a position in a Swiss-based company where I face directly the importance and need of standardization in my daily work. My interest in standards and regulation in international issues and management increased, and when I found the STAREG Master, I was sure it was for me. I was also attracted by the chance to study while continuing my professional experience at the same time. The STAREG allows you to do so by being a part-time student. This is a specific program with many exchanges with external stakeholders and it meets exactly my expectations from a Master program. Sustainable development and standardization are key issues in our today society; the STAREG approach gives us practical tools for future career goals.
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.
IMG_2982.jpg Vanina Vegezzi 2019, University of Geneva Switzerland and Argentina After I graduated from the University of Geneva with a BA in sociology, I became convinced of the importance to investigate the role and accountability private companies have in structural and social issues. Not only environmental but also on gender inequality and social responsibility issues. I am therefore really interested in transnational governance and regulation and on how the private sector can collaborate with civil society and states. I am persuaded that this Master will help me to actively contribute in the change of the society for a sustainable future, since it promotes a transversal knowledge from a sociological to an economical spectrum. More specifically through its workshop program I hope to acquire a better understanding in mechanisms and institutional tools which can help set up local and efficient projects.
IMG_2984.jpg Anastasia Vlasova 2019, MGIMO University Moscow Russia In June 2019 I completed my bachelor's degree in public administration in the School of Governance and Politics at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations MGIMO. Apart from my undergraduate studies, I worked during one year in the HR department of an international company where I gained additional experience. At the present time I pursue my academic path studying at the University of Geneva. I chose the master program «Standardization, Social Regulation and Sustainable Development» because of its interdisciplinary and multi-dimensional character which is essential for the complex topic of sustainable development in multiple spheres. To me, sustainable development means offering a broad framework which enables and boosts a lasting economic growth, realizes social justice and equal rights, supports a careful management of the environment and enhances governance. Eventually, I seek to apply the acquired academic knowledge and my own ideas in various fields.
IMG_2996.jpg Kaihua Wang 2013, China Agricultural University China I obtained my Bachelor of Management in Public Management in 2013 in China during which I was fascinated by the social science topics. Instead of pursuing my Master right afterwards, I chose to work to get in touch with the real world. During these past five years, I worked in China and Geneva, and I have served both Chinese and Western companies including the World Economic Forum, and BMW. It provided me with great insights into social issues across industries and cultures which grew my interest of social science larger. I strongly feel it is time for me to further pursue my education to build a stronger academic background. The single curriculum three thematic pillars offered by Master of Standardization, Social regulation and Sustainable Development, which I think provides a unique, comprehensive perspective of society yet remains practical. I am really excited to be able to explore this!
IMG_2995.jpg Sabina Warnell-Cloninger 1999, University of Texas United States and Germany I have been a professional engineer in the petroleum industry the past 15 years working in different environments including the Alaskan Arctic, West Texas and West Africa.  The upcoming energy transition to a more sustainable energy future is of great interest to me. This includes introducing renewable energy sources to reduce health and environmental impacts resulting from the production, transport and use of energy.  My goal is to compliment my engineering background and refocus the imminent energy need from fossil fuels to a more sustainable future.