GTI Geneva Team
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.
+41 22 379 80 23
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.
+41 22 379 71 75
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.
+41 22 379 07 31
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.
+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.
+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.
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.
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.
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.
SDG Solution Space Student Fellows Autumn Semester 2022
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.
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.
SDG Solution Space Student Fellows 2021-2022
SDG Solution Space Student Fellows Summer 2021
Ana Carolina Peixoto
SDG Solution Space Student Fellows 2020-2021
Ana Carolina Peixoto
SDG Solution Space Student Fellows 2019-2020
Victoria de Castro Huber
William Bennett Rynearson
SDG Solution Space Student Fellows 2018-2019
SDG Solution Space Student Fellows 2017-2018