27 January – 02 February 2019

WISCH 2019

The third WISCH, organized by the Think Tank Hub and foraus – Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy, in collaboration with On Think Tanks, took place from 27th January to 2nd February 2019 in the heart of International Geneva.


From the 27th of January to the 2nd of February 2019, the Think Tank Hub and foraus – Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy, in collaboration with On Think Tanks organized the WinterSchool for Thinktankers: a unique opportunity for proactive young individuals to develop their knowledge and understanding of Think Tanks and to prepare themselves to become future policy entrepreneurs. The event took place in the heart of International Geneva and it was a delight to host 23 young professionals from 19 different countries.



  • Varsha Pillai, Program Manager, Public Affairs Centre | India
  • Thomas Cheney, Executive Director, Centre for a Spacefaring Civilization | United Kingdom
  • Sulamba Shaaban, Chief Administrator and Finance Manager, STIPRO | Tanzania
  • Sébastien Chahidi, International Law Student, University of Zürich | Switzerland
  • Roman Kulchynsky, Executive Director, Data Journalism Agency | Ukraine
  • Alejandra Teran,  Junior Researcher, Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD) | Bolivia
  • Andrea Villarreal, Coordinator of Research and Evaluation, Grupo FARO | Ecuador
  • Anna Bugmann, Student in Environmental Systems and Policy, ETH Zurich | Switzerland
  • Ayomi Nanayakkara, Human Resource Executive, Centre for Poverty Analysis | Sri Lanka
  • Eric Baghdasaryan, Manager, Fund for Armenian Relief | Armenia
  • Eshraq Al-Haddad, Senior Project Coordinator, Al-Aghar Group | Saudi Arabia
  • David Gomez Alvarez Perez, Director, Transversal Think Tank | Mexico
  • Founty Fall, Research Assistant, Consortium pour la recherche économique et social (CRES) | Senegal
  • Joseph Ishaku, Research Associate, Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa | Nigeria
  • Julien Vincelot, Coordinator of Urban95, Bernard van Leer Foundation | France & The Netherlands
  • Manuel Gustavo Isaac, Postdoc Fellow, University of Barcelona & LOGOS-Research Group in Analytic Philosophy | Switzerland & Spain
  • Milena Gaitan, Administrative and Financial Director, Fundaciòn Ideas para la Paz | Colombia
  • Min Zar Ni Lin,  Deputy Director of Research, Centre for Economic and Social Development | Myanmar
  • Mollie Zapata, Research Associate, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum | United States of America
  • Nathalie Echenique, Research Assistant, ARU Foundation | Bolivia
  • Paula Pino, Communication Coordinator, Group for the Analysis of Development | Peru
  • Maarinke van der Meulen, Policy Program Officer, The George Institute for Global Health | Australia
  • Elizabeth Wheaton, Senior Lecturer at the Southern Methodist University & CEO, Equip the Saints | United States of America

Their Opinion



Simon Maxwell

Former Executive Director, Overseas Development Institute

Stephen Yeo

On Think Tanks Adviser at Large & Former Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Sonja Stojanovic Gajic

Director, Belgrade Centre for Security Policy

Marc-André Pradervand

Head of Fundraising, Synapsis Foundation - Alzheimer Research Switzerland

Enrique Mendizabal

Director, On Think Tanks

Francesco Pisano

Director, UN Library

Michaela Told

Deputy Director and Executive Director, Global Health Centre, The Graduate Institute Geneva

Eduardo Belinchon

Digital Innovation Manager, foraus - Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy

Lukas Hupfer

Director, foraus - Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy

Jonas Nakonz

Project Manager of Policy Kitchen, foraus - Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy

Keith Burnet

Director of Communications & Publishing, Chatham House

John Schwartz

Founder and Managing Director, Soapbox

Ekkehard Ernst

Chief Macroeconomics Policy Unit, International Labour Organization & Macro Labs

Ellen Mather

Branding Designer, Soapbox

Melanie Rayment

Social Designer and Strategist, On Think Tanks Associate