22 – 29 January 2017

WISCH 2017

The first WISCH, organized by the Think Tank Hub in collaboration with On Think Tanks and foraus – Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy, took place from 22nd to 29th January 2017 in the heart of International Geneva. We were glad to welcome participants from Nigeria, China, Ukraine, France, Brazil, South Africa, Austria, Germany, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Switzerland and Iran.


It was a unique opportunity for them to develop their knowledge and understanding of Think Tanks and to prepare themselves for a future as policy changemakers. More particularly, it offered a practical approach, rather than just theory, with input and advice coming from a range of professionals.

If you want to know more about the WinterSchool for Thinktankers 2017, you can find the full report: WISCH17_Report



Kali Taylor


Alexandre Munafò


Andrea von Siebenthal

Communication Manager, Geneva Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD)

Benjamin Tyler Smith

Knowledge Management Officer, Green Growth Knowledge Platform

Catherine Fiankan-Bokonga

Correspondant Journalist, UN & Vice-President, Geneva Press Club

Emilia Pasquier

Director, foraus - Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy

Jenifer Freedman

Chief of Communications and Outreach, Results and Evaluation, UNRISD

Katinka Koke

Associate Programme Officer, UNITAR

Francesco Pisano

Director, UN LIbrary

Laura Merrill


Enrique Mendizabal

Director, On Think Tanks

Philippe Stoll

Deputy Head of Public Communication, ICRC

Marc-André Pradervand

Head of Direct Marketing, MSF

Thomas Guerber

Director, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)

Sonja Stojanovic Gajic

Director, Belgrade Centre for Security Policy

Thomas Biersteker

Director of Policy Research, Graduate Institute Geneva

Stephen Yeo

Former Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Economic Policy Research

Johan Rochel

Board Member, foraus

Will Paxton

Director, Kivu International

Verena Parzer

Head of Communications and Production, Avenir Suisse