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Economist and
Professor of public economics

Secretary General, and later Member of the Swiss federal expert committee for Stabilization Policy (Kommission für Konjunkturfragen)
Beneficiary of a four years fellowhip of the Swiss National Science Foundation; visiting scholar Institute for economic and social research, University of York (UK)
Propessor of Public economics and finance, University of Geneva
Member of two Swiss federal expert committees of the Swiss government and expert committees of the Swiss National Science Foundation
Vice-President of the International Institute of Public Finance
Member of the Board of the Jean Monnet Foundation in Lausanne
Visiting Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) , the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and the University of Fribourg (UNIFR)

Swiss University leader

Vice-Rector (1982-1985), University of Geneva
Rector (President) (1991-1995), University of Geneva
President of the Swiss University Conference (CUS/SUK)
President of the Swiss Rectors’ Conference
General consul of the Swiss Rectors’ Conference

Founding President
The Glion Colloquium
(a global think tank focused on the future of higher education founded in 1998)

Organising 12 colloquia from 1998 to 2021 with colleagues from the USA, Werner Hirsch and Jim Duderstadt, the UK Howard Newby and the Netherlands, Bert van der Zwaan
Editing and publisching 12 books with the same colleagues
Currently, on the board as Founding President and Treasurer

Recognized international
university leader

Swiss representative in the Confederation of european Rectors’ Conferences In Brussels
Founding Board Member of the European University Association in Brussels
Member and then chair of its Research Working Group
Member and Vice-President of the International University Association (IUP) in Paris
Member and President of the Steeing Committee for Higher Education and Research (CDESR) of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg

Respected expert in Higher Education

More than 40 evaluations of Universities, Faculties, University consortium for the Europen University Association, the German Rectors’confereance and Research Council, the french Evaluation Committee and individual universities
Swiss representative in the Six Nations projects (China, Japan, Singapor, United States, Germany and Switzerland
Member of the small working group which prepared the merger between the European University Conference (CRE) and the Confederation of European Rctors’Conferences to create the European University Association (EUA)
Academic Extert in the small governmental working group which planed the creation of the University of Luxembourg
Member and then chair of the Strategic Committee of the University of Strasbourg


Dr Honoris Causa Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve
Dr Honoris causa University of Neuchâtel
Associate Member of the Belgian Royal Academy
Recipient of the University of Geneva Medal

Documents to download)

Short biography in English and French

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