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

Maurizio Bona

Advisor to the Director-General, CERN

Nina Eggert

Advisor for institutional relations, EPFL

Christian Simm

Head of International Relations, University of Zurich

Michael Ambühl

Professor, ETHZ

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 Masters in International Relations from the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in 2007, and a Masters in Communication and Media Sciences from the University of Geneva in 2009.

Executive Officer

Frédérique Guérin


Dr Frédérique Guérin is the Executive Officer of 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.

Senior Science-Policy Officer

Maxime Stauffer


Maxime Stauffer contributes to the strategy, methodology, and activities of the GSPI, with a particular focus on knowledge brokering and the development of content related to the field of science-policy engagement. Maxime is also the co-founding chief executive officer of the Simon Institute for Longterm Governance (SI). Previously, he was co-founding research director at Effective Altruism Geneva, advised the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) on evidence-based policymaking, and was a researcher at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID). His academic background is in international relations and complex systems science.