GTI Geneva Team 

François Grey

GTI Director

François is a physicist with a background in nanotechnology, and a passion for citizen science. He also has broad experience in science management, teaching and communication, in the United States, China, Japan, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland. He is invited professor at the Centre Universitaire d’Informatique (CUI) of the University of Geneva since 2014, and Director of the Geneva-Tsinghua Initiative since 2016.
+41 22 379 80 23

Susana Perdiz

GTI Executive Coordinator

Susana is the Executive coordinator of the GTI, assisting François on the day-to-day running of all involved activities. She is specifically in charge of budgetary matters and reporting to donors and other partners. Susana holds a Masters’ degree in International Relations and and LL.M. in International Humanitarian Law. She brings the GTI her solid experience at UNIGE, where she has notably managed an advanced degree program in IHL and been Academic affairs associate to the Rectorate.
+41 22 379 71 75

Giulia Brocco

GTI Coordinator

Giulia is program coordinator at GTI, with special focus on the communications with Tsinghua University in Beijing and Shenzhen. She has a background in Chinese studies and is affiliated with the Confucius Institute at the University of Geneva. She provides assistance to students and supports the Geneva Tsinghua Initiative in most of its projects, ensuring their smooth execution and completion.
+41 22 379 07 31

Thomas Maillart

SDG Solution Space Manager

Thomas leads hands-on and challenge-based learning at the SDG Solution Space, a maker space at the heart of International Geneva that conveys an open source spirit and a culture of innovation as a fun, collective practice to foster the SDGs. Thomas Maillart also leads the SDG Innovation X-change, a continuing education program for impact entrepreneurs, corporate sustainable innovation, and innovation labs at NGOs and international organizations.
+41 22 379 80 22

Jose Luis Fernandez Marquez

GTI Accelerator Manager

Jose Luis leads the SDG Accelerator which allows students’ projects to scale-up through the different innovation phases. SDG Accelerator aims at helping the students to transform their ideas into innovation. The SDG Accelerator runs with an expert board composed of people from the main innovation institutions in Geneva, and International Organisations. They bring together different expertise to evaluate, advise, and provide support to the GTI students teams. Jose Luis also provides support to the GTI Ph.D. students.
+41 22 379 09 60

Jean-Marie Durney

SDG FabLab Manager

After 20 years in IT services as a Network & Telecom engineer and support specialist within several UN organizations (International Telecom Union, World Health Organization), Jean-Marie discovered the Maker movement and Digital fabrication and decided to jump into it. At GTI, he supports students and any other person from academy, International Organizations, NGOs, etc. who want to tackle the SDGs; he gives them opportunity to discover, learn and use digital fabrication in a cooperative environment.
+41 22 379 80 21

Louise Gallagher

GTI Workshop Coordinator

Louise facilitates the Master’s program core workshop, training students to develop effective innovation practices in sustainability. She has 10 years’ experience with UN Environment and WWF, and holds a PhD from University College Dublin. Her current research explores knowledge co-production in governance. Linking theory and practice, she uses this expertise to support various organisations to do participatory strategic planning and programme evaluations.

Rosy Mondardini

Online Education Manager

Rosy has a background in physics and working experience in research, citizen science, web communication, and community management. After years in physics labs (FERMILAB and CERN) she took up a challenge at the World Economic Forum, where she established and managed the Young Global Leaders Alumni community. Back to academia, Rosy is today the Managing Director of the Citizen Science Center in Zurich, the Co-Director of Citizen Cyberlab in Geneva, and she manages online education for the GTI.
+41 22 379 80 24

GTI PhD Researchers

Amudha Ravi Shankar

Amudha is a researcher at Citizen Cyberlab and a PhD candidate at the University of Geneva. Her research focuses on role of crowdsourcing, social media and artificial intelligence in generating reliable and actionable data for humanitarian response. She has a professional background in architecture, urban planning, disaster management & GIS. Previously she has worked for WHO & UNOCHA . As part of the GTI team, she acts as a focal point between the students of the Masters program and UNITAR and also assists the GTI internship program.


Ahmed Riad Ismail

Ahmed is a researcher at GTI and PhD candidate at the University of Geneva. His research focuses on the role of digital innovations such as AI in “modelling sustainable digital transformation”. Ahmed is currently working at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) HQ in Geneva. He works in core team of the Artificial Intelligence for Good Global Summit, manages the Small and Medium Enterprises Innovation programme at ITU Telecom World events, and supports the New Initiatives and Emerging Technologies Division at the Standardization Bureau.

Xinyu Zhan (Mallory)

Mallory is a researcher at GTI and PhD candidate at the University of Geneva.  She is working on partnership building with international organizations and NGOs for GTI programmes. Her research focuses on the role of citizen participation in sustainability transformation. She is also an advisor to the SDG Lab at UNOG, providing insights to impactful partnerships and SDGs implementation at country level.  Previously, Mallory has worked for UNDP and UNICEF, as well as the Environment Programme at Oak Foundation.


Surabhi Joshi

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Fayez Alrafeea

Fayez is a researcher at GTI and PhD candidate at the University of Geneva. He is also an associate researcher at Institut Confucius. His research focuses on certifying and fighting fake news in Social Media. Previously, Fayez has worked in the software industry, specializing in big data and back end development.


Charlotte Poussin

Charlotte is a researcher and a PhD candidate at the University of Geneva in environmental sciences. In the context of her PhD, she is working in close collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and more specifically with the Global Resource Information Database (GRID) network. Her research attempts to assess and monitor the impact of climate change in the Swiss Alps using remote sensing data.

Davide Fornacca

Davide is a researcher based in Dali, Yunnan, China, and a PhD candidate at the University of Geneva in environmental sciences. His research focuses on the impact of wildland fire on mountain ecosystems and the evolution of fire risk and natural habitats vulnerability, under climate and socio-economic change. He collaborates with UNEP-GRID Geneva and GTI with a master’s workshop on sustainable development.

Yi Zheng (Jenny)

Yi is a researcher at GTI and PhD candidate at the University of Geneva. She holds a MA in World History from King’s College London. Her research focuses on the role of higher education institute, global governance and education on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
She is also the Head of Office of the Institute for Sustainable Development Goals of Tsinghua University (TUSDG), the manager of the Sustainable Development Solution Network (SDSN) China Hub. Besides, she is also a certified auto-racing referee since 2017.

GTI Research and Teaching Assistants 2019-2020

Rasyidah Ibrahim

Rasyidah is a postgraduate student of the SDG Dual Degree Master program between Tsinghua University and University of Geneva. She is Deputy Manager of the SDG Solution Space. Her research background includes politics, philosophy and economics in the United Kingdom and was involved in setting up Tsinghua University’s Student Association of the Belt and Road Initiative. She is happy to discuss SDGs, public policy and the BRI as well as glad to help set your next event.

Victoria de Castro Huber

Victoria is Deputy Manager of the SDG Solution Space. After one year in Tsinghua University (THU, Beijing), she continues her GTI SDG Dual Degree Master program at UNIGE. She can connect you with people in the Public Policy and Management field at THU and help you create your own event in Geneva, including accessing the Fabrication Laboratory. Victoria is an economist by training and has worked with public budgeting, finance and real estate.


William Bennett Rynearson

Will is the Deputy Manager of the SDG Solution Space. He has a background in Mechanical Engineering in the United States, project management, and global development in the WASH sector. Having lived in China for the past three years, he speaks Chinese, so he can help bridge the gap between Chinese and Western interests. Will is happy to talk SDGs and help you organize your next SDG-related event.

GTI Research and Teaching Assistants 2018-2019

Afroditi Anastasaki

Afroditi is a MSc candidate of the GTI Master in Innovation, Human Development and Sustainability. She is providing support to GTI educational projects and events. As part of the SDG Solution Space team, she is working on the organisation and coordination of events, being the Space’s liaison to international entities and in charge of managing the communication through its social media accounts. Previously, Afroditi has worked for UNHCR and CERN.

Natacha Reymond

Natacha works part-time for the Solution Space along with Afroditi and takes care of the organization of certain events such as the Sustainability Leaders Night. She is also in charge of communication and the recruitment of new students for the Geneva-Tsinghua Initiative.

Stephanie Chuah

Stephanie is a GTI Master student of the Innovation, Human Development and Sustainability (Dual Track) program. She works mainly with the SDG Summer School; assisting in the logistical organization and content of the program. She has worked with school and university students as a program coordinator and instructor in NYC, Kuala Lumpur and Beijing.