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 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.

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

Giulia Brocco

GTI Coordinator

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.

 

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 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.

Thomas.Maillart@unige.ch
+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.

JoseLuis.Fernandez@unige.ch
+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.

Amudha.RaviShankar@unige.ch

 

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.

Hafiz.Firmansyah@etu.unige.ch

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.

Xinyu.Zhan@unige.ch

 

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.

Yi.Zheng@etu.unige.ch

SDG Solution Space Student Fellows Autumn Semester 2022

Chiagozie Udeh

Chiagozie Udeh is a recent graduate student of GTI Dual Master in Innovation, Human Development, and Sustainability. As part of his work with the SDG Solution Space, he is responsible for coordinating external events at the SDG Solution Space and supporting the organization of the Open17 Challenge. He supported the YOMA operational research earlier in the year. His passion for climate action, international development and youth-led innovation have led him to serve as the Global Focal Point for YOUNGO, the youth constituency to UNFCCC in 2019 as well as serving as a Founding Global Focal Point of the SDG 7 Youth Constituency of the Major Group for Children and Youths in the UN helping to create spaces for meaningful youth engagement at the highest level of global policy and decision-making.

As well, he undertook his academic internship with OHCHR where he worked on a human-rights-based approach to sustainable environment management and helping the organization chart a path to sustainability. 

Chiagozie.Udeh@etu.unige.ch

Saray Quirant Perez

Saray Quirant Perez is a student of the GTI Dual Master in Innovation, Human Development, and Sustainability. As part of her work with the GTI, she was responsible for organizing the SDG Summer School 2022 and will be helping to organize Open 17 Climate Justice Challenge. Her passion for human rights and education in emergencies has led her to conduct an internship with InZone, where she was responsible for organizing a tech challenge in the Azraq refugee camp, as well as a hackathon on the use of digital fabrication in humanitarian settings. As well, her experience as an intern at the OHCHR helped to deepen the scope and depth of her knowledge on human-rights-related issues and challenges.

Saray.Quirant@etu.unige.ch

Sonia Bouhali

Sonia Bouhali is a recent graduate student of GTI Dual Master in Innovation, Human Development, and Sustainability. As part of her work with the SDG Solution Space, she is responsible for coordinating internal events at the SDG Solution Space and is in charge of being the intermediary between the GTI and the State of Geneva collaboration. Her passion for open innovation, health and social development for the Greater Good has led her to conduct an internship with the Hackahealth association, supported by Handicap International, where she was responsible for organizing and coordinating the annual HackaHealth hackathon at the SDG Solution Space on the development of personalized solutions for people with disabilities. This internship has led her the opportunity to reflect through an academical perspective by writing her master internship thesis “Catalyzing Innovation for Greater Good through User-Centric Hackathons”. 
As well, her experience as an intern at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland for the World Health Organization in the purpose of 2050Today and as a student consultant at the UN SDG Lab helped to deepen the scope and depth of her experience on global health and climate change – related issues and challenges and the use of  human-centered approach to innovation for implementing the SDGs.

Sonia.Bouhali@etu.unige.ch

SDG Solution Space Student Fellows 2021-2022

Franziska Kurz

Huimin Hu

Leyi Li

Pingpanya Phommilath

SDG Solution Space Student Fellows Summer 2021

Ana Carolina Peixoto

Arissandra Egorova

Chiagozie Udeh

Inge Baak

SDG Solution Space Student Fellows 2020-2021

Ana Carolina Peixoto

Chiagozie Udeh

Josephine Lynggaard

Katherine Huang

SDG Solution Space Student Fellows 2019-2020

Rasyidah Ibrahim

Victoria de Castro Huber

William Bennett Rynearson

SDG Solution Space Student Fellows 2018-2019

Afroditi Anastasaki

Natacha Reymond

Stephanie Chuah

SDG Solution Space Student Fellows 2017-2018

Emmanuel Kellner

Fatime Ahmeti