GTI Geneva Team
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
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 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
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
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.
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.
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 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.
Hafiz Budi Firmansyah
Hafiz is a researcher and PhD student in Information Systems at University of Geneva. He has previously worked with UNDP as an IT Consultant. He obtained his Master degree in Informatics at Université de Paris, France in 2016.
His research focuses on machine learning and social media for disaster management. Specifically, the research attempts to automatically classify the information from social media by using a machine learning approach during a natural disaster.
SDG Solution Space Student Fellows 2020-2021
Ana Carolina Peixoto
Ana is a postgraduate student of the SDG Dual Degree Master program. She is providing support to initiatives under GTI’s SDG Accelerator. Ana has a background in Environmental Engineering and Energy Planning in Latin America. She has also been active in the water sector, promoting international competitions for innovative students and contributing to the SIWI’s Scientific Program Committee. She is particularly interested in Blockchain applications for the SDGs.
Chiagozie is a MSc candidate of the GTI Master in Innovation, Human Development and Sustainability (Dual Track) Program. As part of the SDG Solution Space team, he is providing support on event organisation and coordination. He is also supporting the Space’s communication via social media platforms.
Previously, Chiagozie served as the 2019 Global South Focal Point for YOUNGO, Chairperson Plant-for-the-Planet Global Youth Board and worked with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Nigeria on Climate Change and other projects.
Josefine is a MSc candidate of the GTI Master in Innovation, Human Development & Sustainability between Tsinghua University and the University of Geneva. Josefine previously worked in the private sector in Beijing, coordinating outreaching campaigns for improved awareness of air quality among citizens.
As part of the SDG Solution Space team, she helps coordinates external events and online teaching programs, being the Space’s liaison point to participants and stakeholders.
Kat Huang is a student in the Geneva-Tsinghua Initiative’s dual Master’s degree program. On the SDG Solution Space Team, she supports the design and facilitation of the SDG Innovation Bootcamps. She has experience in education and event organization was as a former Fulbright ETA (Peru) and Peace Corps Volunteer (China). Kat aspires to incorporate her passions for social justice, cultural exchange, innovation, and environmentalism into her future work in sustainable international development.
SDG Solution Space Student Fellows 2019-2020
Victoria de Castro Huber
William Bennett Rynearson
SDG Solution Space Student Fellows 2018-2019
SDG Solution Space Student Fellows 2017-2018