International Organizations Management
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International and not-for-profit organizations present an increasingly
complex environment to work in and therefore require for their successful
management an unprecedented level of managerial skills on top of a deep
understanding of the socioeconomic and political context they operate in.
This course is designed to provide students with (1) basic notions of the
practice of international relations (2) a general overview of the management
challenges international and not-for-profit organizations are faced with
as well as key theoretical frameworks and practical tools for managers
to excel in this environment. Key areas of management will be reviewed,
from strategy setting to implementation through marketing & fund raising,
and assessment. (3) Given the growing interaction between public and private
sectors, this course also touches upon the management of public/private
A panel of instructors, all visiting professors at the University of Geneva’s
International Organizations MBA, will be invited to give you a general
overview of international and not-for-profit organizations. Among them
- Dr. Sebastian Buckup, Director and alumnus of the Global Leadership
Fellows Programme at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, with
previous experience at the ILO, UNDP and the private sector.
- Julian Fleet has experience and training in both public health
and in law. He currently serves as Director of the Department of Human
Resources Management in the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
- Claudia Gonzales, Head of Marketing for the Global Fund to fight
AIDS, TB and malaria, with more than 18 years leading marketing, PR, branding,
social media and communications for international organizations like the
World Economic Forum and UNHCR.
- Dr. Bruce Jenks served as Assistant Secretary General at UNDP until
2010 and in 2013 he was appointed by the Secretary General to be a member of
the Council of the University for Peace. In his career, he served as Director
of the Office of Strategic Planning (1997-99), as Director of the UN Office in
Brussels (1995-97) Director of Budget and Chief of Staff (1990-95). Since 2010,
Dr. Jenks has consulted with a number of Organizations. Dr. Jenks
is an adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of International
and Public Affairs, and lectures at the Geneva Graduate Institute of International
and Development Studies and at the University of Geneva.
is Associate Director, Strategic Foresight at the World
Economic Forum in Geneva, as well as Non-resident Fellow with the Global
Public Policy Institute in Berlin (GPPi).
- Dr. Lea Stadtler is Research Fellow at the University of Geneva,
DHEC, as well as Visiting Scholar at INSEAD and has previous work experience
in the private sector.
- Achim von Heynitz
has over 30 years of international consulting
and management experience, including eight years as Director of the World
Bank’s department of Corporate Resource Management, and five years as Director
of the Front Office Planning and Budget department at the European Bank
for Reconstruction and Development.
Week 1: Introduction to International Organizations and NGOs
Week 2: Practice of International Relations
Week 3: Leadership in the UN System
Week 4: Marketing & Fundraising
Week 5: Resource Management, Results-based Management
Week 6: Public Private Partnerships