Switzerland: Global Health and Development Policy

Faculty and Staff

Alexandre Lambert

Alexandre Lambert, PhD, Academic Director
Alexandre Lambert is Swiss and holds a PhD in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva (Graduate Institute). He has been an academic director and lecturer with the SIT Study Abroad program in Geneva since 2007. Dr. Lambert has been lead researcher on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) at the Graduate Institute, project officer at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), and a civil servant at the Swiss Federal Department of Defense. He belongs to a number of nonprofit civil society organizations, such as the Swiss Foreign Policy Association, the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR), European Research Group on Armed Forces and Society (ERGOAS). He is also a fellow of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (IUS) based in Chicago and frequently provides independent policy advice to the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation (FSC), including in the context of its regional operations in the Western Balkans, South Caucasus, and Central Asia. Dr. Lambert has published in the field of international politics and history, international security, and security sector governance.

Read Dr. Lambert's full CV.


Main Articles:

  • “From Civil-Military Relations Towards Security Sector Governance,” European Political Science, 10/2011: Symposium of the European Consortium of Political Research, pp. 157-166.
  • “International Security,” in The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace, Nigel Young (editor in chief), Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2010.
  • Democracy by Force,” in Handbook of Defense Politics: International and Comparative Perspectives, James Forest & Isaiah Wilson (eds.), Routledge 2008, 46-63.
  • “Comprehensive Security in Response to New Threats,” in Globalization of Security Trends and Perspectives (Security Forum 2007), Alexandre Vautravers (ed.), Geneva (Webster University), 2008, 214–239.
  • “Democratic Security Governance and Multilateral Cooperation: The European Approach,” in Conflicts, Security and Cooperation (Liber Amicorum Victor-Yves Ghébali), Vincent Chetail (ed.), Brussels: Bruylant, 2007, 429–446.
  • “Implementation of Democratic Control of Armed Forces in the OSCE Region: Lessons from the OSCE Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security,” DCAF, Occasional Papers, No. 11, Geneva, Geneva, 2006.
  • "Les interventions militaires de l’Union Européenne dans les Balkans," in Revue Relations Internationales, No. 125 (2006), 59–72.
  • “Categorization of Democratic Civilian Control,” DCAF, Working Papers, No. 164 (2005).
  • "The Contribution of the OSCE to the International Fight Against Terrorism,” Graduate Institute, Program for the Study of International Organizations, Occasional Paper 1 (2003), 111–124.

Nezha Drissi, Academic Coordinator
Nezha Drissi was born and raised in Morocco. She received her BA in information and communication focusing on librarian studies from the University of Nancy II in France. She earned a master’s degree in political science with a focus on migration issues in Europe from the University of Geneva. She taught economy and law during eight years in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Being multilingual, Nezha is grateful for getting the privilege to be immersed in different cultures. She collaborates as a freelance interpreter and conference speaker for CERMAM (Studies and Research Centre for the Arab and Mediterranean World). Involved in interfaith and intercultural dialogue, she has organized and participated in various events in Switzerland, her second home. She also researched and lectured on different topics such as women’s roles in the economic development of Morocco, gender and migration in French-speaking Switzerland, and tourism and water management in the Sahara.

Nezha has been active in global solidarity since 2002. She founded the nonprofit Althea Foundation, which focuses on health and education in outreach rural areas in Morocco, Chad, Mauritania, Egypt, and Democratic Republic of Congo. Althea organizes medical campaigns such as cataract surgeries, refractive corrections for children, dental health, and preschool programs. Fighting avoidable blindness and making a positive change in the lives of others are among Nezha’s main contributions toward making this world a better place for all.

Lecturers for this program typically include:

Dr. Astrid Stuckelberger
Dr. Astrid Stuckelberger is a scientist, teacher, and writer recognized internationally for her work and publications on different areas of public health including policy, gender, ageing, technology, human rights, and ethics. She is currently a senior lecturer and researcher at the Public Health Medical School of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Geneva.

She is currently working on a joint e-learning program lead by the World Health Organization (WHO) with the University of Pretoria, Georgetown University, and the University of Geneva for health ministries around the world and WHO regional offices. She has published several books and more than 100 scientific articles, policy papers, and governmental or UN reports.

She holds a master’s of science from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at the University of Geneva with a specific focus on cross-cultural psychology, media, and anthropology as well as an advanced master’s of science on cross-cultural health psychology. Her Ph.D. was on the determinants and mechanisms of a population health assessment with a gender perspective (cross-sectional study of the ageing population of the Canton of Geneva).

She has advised the United Nations (UN), the European Commission, and the Swiss government in different areas related to public health. She worked for the Geneva State Health Department as deputy director of the Department’s National Research Programme on Ageing. She received awards from the UN Secretary-General in 1999 for her work and in 2009 was recognized as being among the 100 leading personalities in Switzerland.

Dr. Stuckelberger recently conducted a joint project developing a training manual and casebook on international research ethics with the WHO and Harvard University. She is chair of the UN-affiliated NGO committee on ageing and convenor of the working group on education development at the UN. She has represented two nongovernmental academic organizations at the UN for the last ten years. She currently serves on the board of the Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues.

Costs Dates

Credits: 16

Duration: 15 weeks

Program Base: Nyon/Geneva

Language Study: French

Prerequisites: Coursework in development studies, public health, or the social, economic, or political sciences. Read more...

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