Forum cinfo 2016: A retrospective

With more than 60 exhibitors, the fair "A Journey in International Cooperation" provided a vibrant platform for information and networking. The presentations and discussions in the accompanying programme attracted many visitors. A review of the day, with impressions and programme content, is provided here.

Programme: Presentations and videos


Many roads lead to Timbuktu / Entry points in international cooperation (IC)


  • Beat Geiser, Counsellor cinfo

The reality of working and living in fragile contexts

Panel discussion:

  • Andreas Huber, Deputy Head of SDCSwiss Agency for Development and Cooperation * Humanitarian Unit and SHA*
  • Alexander Hug, Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE* Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine
  • Beatrice Weber, Head of Disaster Relief SRC*
  • Remo Gesù, Co-Head International Programmes Helvetas
  • Daniel Glinz, Counsellor cinfo
  • Lydiah Mutimbanyoka, Interim Head Humanitarian Aid, Save the Children Switzerland

Spotlight on: current offerings by training institutions


  • NADEL, Graduate Institute, CERAH*, HAFL*, ICFG*, ZHAW*

*CERAH: Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action
*HAFL: School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences
*ICFG: Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies
*ZHAW: Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften

Information session Swiss JPOJunior Professional Officer positions World Bank & EBRDEuropean Bank for Reconstruction and Development


  • World Bank EBRD* *EBRD: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

The changing landscape of international cooperation

International cooperation faces increasingly global challenges, affecting developing countries the most. New players take their role in international cooperation, aid modalities are in transformation and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set new visions and directions. How do these developments impact the IC labour market, what can individuals and organisations do to be prepared for this shift?
Read Changing landscape of international cooperation (IC).


  • Thomas Greminger, Deputy Director / Head of the South Cooperation Department SDC*

Panel discussion:

  • Thomas Greminger, Deputy Director / Head of the South Cooperation Department SDC*
  • Eva Mennel, HR Director UNICEFUnited Nations Children's Fund
  • Erik Keller, Member of Unité Executive Board and Director Interteam

*SDC: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Working with International Financial Institutions (IFIsInternational Financial Institutions )

Panel discussion:

  • WBGWorld Bank Group (World Bank Group)
  • EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)
  • AfDBAfrican Development Bank (African Development Bank Group)
  • ADBAsian Development Bank (Asian Development Bank)

Global Digital Economy Trends

Keynote speech:

  • Cristina Riesen, Entrepreneur

Lost in transition?

Panel discussion followed by an interactive workshop:

  • Olivier Nyssens, Stress and Resilience Advisor ICRC*
  • Reto Wieser, Former Head of the Pretoria Office, SDC*
  • Sripriya Sitaraman, Senior HR Business Partner, PepsiCo
  • Jochen Kirsch, Head of International Relations, Mission 21

*ICRC: International Committee of the Red Cross *SDC: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Strengthening the Swiss presence in international organisations


  • United Nations and International Organizations Division IOD
  • cinfo

*FDFA: Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
*SECOState Secretariat for Economic Affairs : State Secretariat for Economic Affairs

Spotlight on: training in civilian peacebuilding & humanitarian aid


  • Swisspeace, ICP*, artasfoundation, ICFG*, GCSP*

*ICP: Institute for Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding
*ICFG: Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies
*GCSP: Geneva Centre for Security Policy

Working with the United Nations (UN)

Panel discussion:

  • UNICEF (United Nations Children Fund)
  • UNFPAUnited Nations Population Fund (United Nations Population Fund)
  • UNDPUnited Nations Development Programme (United Nations Development Programme)
  • UN WomenUnited Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women)
  • UNVUN Volunteers (United Nations Volunteers Programme)

A visual recap part 1 & 2

Visual Facilitator Roland Siegenthaler shares insights into the Forum with us.

Video recordings: Forum cinfo 2016

Watch the video recordings of the Forum cinfo 2016 conferences!

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