Who we are

Governing Board

Yves Flückiger

Rector, University of Geneva

Kurt Deketelaere

Secretary-General, League of European Research Universities (LERU)

Fabiola Gianotti

Director-General, CERN

Michael Schaepman

President, University of Zurich

Joël Mesot

President, ETH Zurich

Martin Vetterli

President, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Steering Committee

Stéphane Berthet

Vice Rector, University of Geneva

Archana Sharma

Senior Adviser for Relations with International Organisations, CERN

Nina Eggert

Advisor for institutional relations, EPFL

Christian Simm

Head of International Relations, University of Zurich

Benedikt Knüsel

Head, Science-Policy Interface, ETH Zurich

Kurt Deketelaere

Secretay General, League of European Research Universities

Executive team

Executive Director

Nicolas Seidler


Nicolas Seidler has been the Executive Director of the GSPI since October 2018. In his previous position as Senior Policy Advisor at the Internet Society, he developed an extensive network of collaboration and engagement with international organizations and NGOs in Geneva and abroad. He led the organization’s policy implementation in the fields of Digital Rights and the Internet of Things and made numerous publications and public interventions in international fora. Nicolas obtained a Master in International Relations from the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in 2007, and a Master in Communication and Media Sciences from the University of Geneva in 2009.

Deputy Director for Strategic Programmes

Frédérique Guérin


Dr Frédérique Guérin is the Deputy Director for Strategic Programmes at the GSPI. Prior to joining the GSPI, she held senior positions in programme and organizational development in various organizations in Geneva and abroad (Central Asia and West Africa). She has worked mostly in the field of peacebuilding, mediation and education. Her experience spans 10 years in various organizational settings, ranging from diplomacy, NGOs, to academic institutions and thematic networks. She holds a Masters Degree in Political Science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Lyon, and a Masters Degree and a PhD from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

Science-Policy Officer

Mialy Rann


Dr Mialy Rann is the Science-Policy Officer of the GSPI. She oversees the capacity building activities of the GSPI and coordinates its annual call for projects. She will also take part in knowledge production processes around specific themes. Mialy has extensive research experience in sustainability, biodiversity and fisheries issues. She also has practical experience with NGOs and science-policy interfaces including with the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). She holds a Masters Degree in Nature Conservation Leadership from Cambridge University and a PhD in Geography from the University of Lausanne.

Outreach Manager

Cristina Agrigoroae


Cristina Agrigoroae joined the team as Outreach Manager and her mission is to give better visibility to GSPI’s activities and its positioning in both the academic and international Geneva’s landscapes. With a multicultural background, she speaks four languages and holds a Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism from the University of Geneva. After several editorial and visual communication roles, she has spent four years communicating science to the public, decision-makers and the media in various communication and outreach missions at CERN.