Teams

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.

Francois.Grey@unige.ch
+41 22 379 80 23

Susana Perdiz

GTI Executive Coordinator

Susana is the Executive coordinator of the GTI, assisting Director François Grey 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 and a strong experience at UNIGE since 2006, where she has notably managed an advanced degree programme in IHL and been an Academic affairs associate for the Rectorate from 2011 until she took over her current position with GTI.

Susana.Perdiz@unige.ch
+41 22 379 71 75

Giulia Brocco

GTI Coordinator

Giulia is program coordinator at GTI, with a special focus on the relations with Tsinghua University. She has a background in Chinese studies and is affiliated with the Confucius Institute of the University of Geneva. She is a point of contact for the Master students both in Geneva and Tsinghua and supports the team with the organization of events.

Giulia.Brocco@unige.ch
+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, which 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.

Thomas.Maillart@unige.ch
+41 22 379 80 22

Jose Luis Fernandez Marquez

GTI Accelerator Manager

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JoseLuis.Fernandez@unige.ch
+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, NGO, etc. who want to tackle SDGs; he gives the opportunity to discover, learn and use digital fabrication in an environment where cooperation is promoted.

Jean-Marie.Durney@unige.ch
+41 22 379 80 21

Louise Gallagher

GTI Workshop Coordinator

Louise facilitates a core workshop for GTI Masters 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.

Louise.Gallagher@unige.ch

YunFei Gao

Innovation X-change Manager

Yunfei is GTI Exchange Program Manager, overseeing SDG Innovation X-change program. She acts as focal point for all stakeholders, managing all activities and ensuring alignment with program objectives. Yunfei is also the Executive Director of Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, and worked as trainer at UN training center, advisor at Geneva Confucius Institute, as well as Head of China Desk for the State of Geneva.

Yunfei.Gao@unige.ch
+41 22 379 98 76

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 GTI.

Rosy.Mondardini@unige.ch
+41 22 379 80 24

GTI PhD Researchers 

Amudha Ravi Shankar

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Amudha.RaviShankar@unige.ch

 

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.

Ahmed.Riad@itu.int

Mallory Xinyu Zhan

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.

Xinyu.Zhan@unige.ch

 

Surabhi Joshi

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Surabhi.Sharma@etu.unige.ch

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.

Fayez.Alrafeea@unige.ch

 

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.

Charlotte.Poussin@unige.ch

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. 

Davide.Fornacca@unige.ch

GTI Research and Teaching Assistants 

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.

Afroditi.Anastasaki@etu.unige.ch

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.

Natacha.Reymond@etu.unige.ch

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.

Stephanie.Stephanie@etu.unige.ch