Program Chair

Bruce W. Dayton
Bruce W. Dayton

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Chair, Diplomacy and International Relations
Chair, Peace and Justice Leadership

Degrees

PhD, Maxwell School of Syracuse University
MA, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
BA, Ithaca College

Bruce W. Dayton (PhD, Syracuse University, 1999) has been active in peacebuilding and conflict transformation work for over twenty years as a practitioner, a researcher, and an educator. His work focuses on the intersection of social identity and intractable conflicts and the role that intermediaries can play in transforming them.

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Goran Jovanovic

Co-Chair, Diplomacy and International Relations

Degrees

PhD, University of Geneva
MA, University of Geneva

Goran, a Swiss and Serbian national, holds a doctorate and master’s degree in international relations and development studies from the University of Geneva, a graduate diploma in American studies from Smith College in Massachusetts, and a degree in sociology from the University of Belgrade.

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Imraan Buccus
Imraan Buccus

Associate Chair, Diplomacy and International Relations
Senior Practitioner, Peace and Justice Leadership

Degrees

PhD Fellow, University of KwaZulu-Natal
MA, University of KwaZulu-Natal
BA, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Imraan Buccus has an undergraduate degree in education and a master’s degree in social policy from the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). He is currently a PhD fellow at UKZN’s School of Politics, where he has also been a lecturer. He is widely published in academic journals and book chapters and is the former editor of the journal Critical Dialogue and the current editor of Democracy Dialogue.

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Faculty

Michael Akerib

A consultant with extensive experience in both large groups and small to mid-size enterprises, Dr. Akerib has been active as a professional trainer and in academia. Over the past 25 years he has held a variety of positions (lecturer, program director, dean, rector and managing director of a business school) in Switzerland and abroad.

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Anis H. Bajrektarevic

Anis H. Bajrektarevic is a former MFA official and career diplomat. He is currently a research fellow at the Institute for Modern Political History Analyses, Dr. Bruno Kreisky Foundation, as well as the legal and political advisor for CEE at the Vienna-based Political Academy, Dr. Karl Renner.

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Patrick Bond

Dr. Patrick Bond, a political economist, is professor at the University of the Western Cape School of Government in Cape Town. He taught for more than two decades at both Wits University School of Governance in Johannesburg and the University of KwaZulu-Natal Centre for Civil Society in Durban.

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Gyula Csurgai

Dr. Gyula Csurgai obtained his doctorate from the University of Geneva and political science degrees from University of Concordia in Canada and University of Toulouse in France. He earned a postgraduate degree in European studies from the European Institute at the University of Geneva.

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Esperanza Duran

Dr. Esperanza Duran has a PhD from Oxford University. She has conducted research and taught at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), London School of Economics, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), El Colegio de Mexico, and University College Dublin’s Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

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Alexandre Lambert

Dr. Alexandre Lambert is Swiss and holds a PhD in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. He has been an academic director and lecturer with SIT in Geneva since 2007.

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Heikki Mattila

Dr. Heikki Mattila holds an MA in economics and sociology from University of Helsinki and a PhD in sociology from University of Geneva. An expert in migration, he has worked in government, international organizations, and academia, including the Finnish Ministry of Labor and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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Leonard Suransky

Dr. Leonard Suransky has a PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has taught and done research (particularly through the medium of conflict simulation games,) around the world. He has taught at South African universities Witwatersrand, and Durban-Westville; the University of Amsterdam, Utrecht; and a semester at Copenhagen University.

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