Advocacy in International Affairs

Influence the influencers


Develop the analytical, strategic and communication skills you need to drive public opinion and to influence decision-makers on current global issues.


Who should apply?

This programme is particularly relevant for mid to senior level practitioners from private, public and NGO sectors working or aspiring to work in the fields of:

  • Advocacy and public affairs
  • Communication
  • Fundraising and campaigning
  • Project management

Programme Highlights


Strategic communication | Narrative development | Thought leadership | Integrated engagement | Advocacy


Strategy | Global issues | Multilateral system | Hybrid actors | International framework


The programme is designed in a flexible format providing you with the potential option to upgrade from an Executive Certificate to an Executive Master

Download the brochure for more information.


Our Community



Join an impressive and diverse alumni network of 18'000+ Graduate Institute alumni, 110 nationalities for Executive Education alumni alone, 100+ alumni of the Advocacy in International Affairs programme.

Alumni of the programme come from all regions, sectors and backgrounds. Entering its eigth year, join a growing community of advocacy experts and practitioners, including:

  • Communications Lead for TDR, World Health Organization
  • Global Advocacy Lead, Nestlé SA
  • Senior External Relations Officer, UNHCR
  • Head of Brand and Reputation management, F. Hoffmann La Roche
  • Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste to the UN
  • Communication manager, MSF
  • Attorney, BDO Bahamas
  • Journalist, Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS)

Here's what a few have to say about the programme:




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Read more about what our participants have to say here >

Faculty and Staff

Advocacy in International Affairs is jointly taught by expert practitioners who regularly advise global companies and international organisations, and by academic thought-leaders exploring pressing global issues. It provides a unique and holistic perspective on advocacy in the multilateral system, led by course leaders who are at your disposal for advice and support.

The case studies and guest speakers of the programme are changing each year, and we have welcomed over the years a high number of guests speakers including senior executives from all sectors and organisations (amongst others: WEF, Bloomberg, IUCN, GAVI, WHO, EACD, European Centre for Public Affairs, DNDi, EPFL, International Crisis Group, UNI Global Union, Interpeace, IFPMA,...). More >


Davide Rodogno


Full CV accessible here

Associate professor (2011-2014) and full professor since 2014 at the Graduate Institute, he served as head of the International History Department (2014-2017). He was on research leave in 2018. His doctoral thesis was published in Italian in 2003 and in English as Fascism’s European Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2006).


Lukasz Bochenek


Lukasz is Managing Director International Strategy and Client Service. He is based in Geneva office and leads an international team across Geneva, Brussels and London. He is proud to support international companies, organizations and NGOs in developing effective engagement strategies, processes and measurement frameworks.


Guillemette Carlucci


Ms. Carlucci has been managing executive education programmes for clients from corporations, governments and international institutions for the past 10 years.



Executive Certificate degree

By learning how to strategically plan and execute an international advocacy campaign from A to Z, you leave the programme with the confidence, capacity and connections to influence the international agenda.

  • Earn a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) worth 15 ECTS.
  • Peer-to-peer learning experiences in a small class setting and an inspirational learning environment
  • Access to influential thinkers with diverse experience and expertise
  • Benefits of the career services and alumni network

Executive Master degree

Enhance even further your ability to design high impact advocacy strategies for your institution and clients, by connecting the knowledge and skills acquired during the Executive Certificate with a broader practical understanding of global governance and policy-making.

  • Earn a Diploma of Advanced Study (DAS) worth 30 ECTS
  • An expanded peer group with diverse professional backgrounds
  • Develop deeper expertise in global policy-making
  • Added credential of an Executive Master degree

Accreditation, diploma recognition


The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is an institution of higher education, accredited by the Swiss government. Consequently, our degrees are recognised both at the national level and internationally. Further information about the Graduate Institute's accreditation is available here.

Furthermore, the Executive Education department is quality certified by the Swiss certification label, EduQua. Further information here.