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Global Negotiation Conference 2023 
Hosted by the University of Zurich
11-14 July 2023

The tenth annual GNC will take place from the ​11-14 July 2023 at the University of Zurich. The conference will include workshops and presentations on theoretical and practical aspects of negotiation before culminating in a simulation in the field of humanitarian negotiation. We are pleased to announce the following speakers will conduct workshops and presentations alongside members of the IGN team

Peter Maurer 

Peter Maurer served as President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) from 2012 to 2022. Prior to that, he served as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in Switzerland from 2010 to 2012, and held the role of Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations from 2004 to 2010. He began his career in the Swiss diplomatic service in 1986, with various positions in Switzerland, South Africa and the U.S. Since leaving his role at the ICRC he has taken up numerous engagements, including serving as the President of the Board of the Basel Institute on Governance, a Member of the Advisory Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and a Member of the Board of Directors of Zurich Insurance. 


Michael Ambühl 

Michael Ambühl is a Professor Emeritus at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) where he was formerly Professor of Negotiation and Conflict Management and the Director of the Swiss School of Public Governance. Previously, Michael Ambühl spent over thirty years as a Swiss Diplomat where he served as State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and State Secretary in the Finance Ministry. Throughout his career, he was a member of the “Swiss-EU Bilateral I”- negotiation team, he led the negotiations of the “Swiss-EU Bilateral II”- agreements (including Schengen), he was facilitator of the Geneva Iran-P5+1 talks, and in the Armenia-Turkey Protocols, signed in Zurich in 2009. He also negotiated the Swiss-US UBS-deal, the Tax treaty Switzerland-UK & Austria, the Swiss-US FATCA Agreement and the Swiss-US Tax deal.


Eemeli Isoaho

Eemeli Isoaho serves as Program Coordinator for the Master of Advanced Studies ETH Mediation in Peace Processes (MAS ETH MPP) program at ETH Zurich. In that role, Eemeli is responsible for the development and management of the program, including its curriculum, administration, and strategic partnerships. Eemeli previously worked as Programme Management Officer at CMI, a peace mediation organization founded by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate President Martti Ahtisaari. At CMI, Eemeli specialized in the provision of mediation support to African regional and sub-regional organizations as well as the establishment of track 1-1.5 mediation and dialogue initiatives in several countries in East, West, and Central Africa.

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