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Marie-Laure Salles-Djelic to lead The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Updated: Sep 1, 2020

The Harvard Ph.D and Dean of Paris' Sciences Po School of Management and Innovation is the first woman to ever lead the 92 year-old institution.

By Philippe Mottaz - The Geneva Observer- and Stéphane Bussard, contribution from Le Temps

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November 19, 2019



Dr. Marie-Laure Djelic

The search is over for a new director at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. The Institute’s Foundation Board announced today in a communiqué that Dr. Marie-Laure Salles-Djelic will replace retiring director Philippe Burrin in September of next year. Dr. Salles-Djelic will be the first woman ever to lead the 92 year-old institution. She is currently Dean of the School of Management and Innovation at Science-Po Paris.

“The Board is very pleased with this appointment. It looks forward to working with an experienced academic who meets all the requirements for such a position” said Foundation Board president, Rolph Soiron.

Dr. Salles-Djelic is widely recognized in academic and business circles as a leading expert on the transformation of capitalism, globalization and governance. “She brings with her an extremely solid academic background combined with quite a lot of practical experience and deep knowledge of the international environment. I think she is an excellent choice” said a professor who was not involved in the search. Dr. Salles-Djelic holds a Ph.D in sociology from Harvard University. She is Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Stockholm. Before joining Science-Po in Paris, she was Director of the Centre of research on Capitalism, Globalisation and Governance at Paris’ ESSEC Business School.

She will lead an academic institution that has been profoundly transformed over the last two decades. During his 15 year tenure, retiring director Philippe Burrin presided over an ambitious expansion of The Graduate Institute, first merging two smaller research institutes into one, and turning it into what is today recognized as a top higher education institution whose growing campus sits at the very heart of International Geneva. According to people familiar with the selection process, Dr. Salles-Djelic’s main tasks will be to pursue the Institute’s expansion by developing academic partnerships and other partnerships beyond the Global North, and to maintain its standing in what is a highly competitive market by ensuring its financial future.

Dr. Marie-Laure Salles-Djelic’s selection caps a lengthy search process lead by a committee composed of three faculty members and three representatives of the Foundation Board. She will begin her mandate on the 1st of September 2020.

Philippe Mottaz is The Geneva Observer founder

Stéphane Bussard is International Geneva correspondent for Le Temps

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