The Secretariat

The Secretariat is the executive body of the Swiss Network for International Studies. It implements the decisions taken by the Governing Committee.

The Secretariat organises the annual call for projects and supports the Scientific Committee. It involves the Academic Council of International Geneva in its activities with the objective to create a network between IOs and researchers in Switzerland.

Permanent Staff

Programme Manager

After receiving his diploma in marketing and communication (Geneva), Damien Marti spent the past twenty years gaining extensive professional experience in the field of national and international sports event management and TV sponsorship for RTS (Radio Télévison Suisse ).

During that time, Damien also trained at the INA (National Institute of Audiovisual) in Paris. He recently completed a documentary film, “Bucéphale", and has created several short format projects.

At SNIS, Damien is handling the day-to-day management of the SNIS projects and dealing with the awards and other funding opportunities. In addition, he will actively contribute to the research dissemination through video productions.

Phone: +41 22 525 21 88
Director (80%)

After studies at the University of Basel, Bernhard Fuhrer conducted research in Boston and Paris and earned his PhD in innovation studies at the University of Hamburg. Most recently, he conducted research and lectured at the University of Berne and Neuchâtel. During his past career, he also held a position as project coordinator in a pan European research network.

Phone: +41 22 525 31 77
Events and Communication Manager (50%)

Christa Allot holds a business school diploma (St. Gallen), a diploma as a translator, and a bachelor degree in public relations (SPRI – Lausanne). She has extensive professional experience in the field of communication, events management and administration, obtained in the private as well as public sector (Federal Department of Foreign Affairs with assignments in Paris and London and currently an OSCE institution). Christa is fluent in French, English and German. Within the SNIS, she is responsible for the organization of the various events (annual conference, workshops and debates), up-dating the website content and editing SNIS publications, such as the annual report, portfolios and project posters.

Phone: +41 22 525 37 55