End of Year Ceremony 2017



Celebrating another beautiful academic year


Staff, students, family members and other guests celebrated during CERAH’s Academic Year End Ceremony on Wednesday 28th June at the Jacques-Freymond Auditorium Geneva.


DSC_0155.JPGThe program was a tribute to the accomplishment of our students and a welcomed opportunity to celebrate.
The welcoming remarks by Doris Schopper, Director of CERAH were followed by Antonio Donini’s (Senior Researcher at Feinstein International Center at Tufts University) keynote on the Future for Humanitarian Action: “Let me explain. Humanitarianism is about our relationship with distant others. We don’t usually use the term for social protection issues or disaster response “over here”.  We use it for things that happen “over there”. …. Humanitarian action is part and parcel of this “Western code” of knowledge and power.  Of course there were other or different traditions of protecting and caring for vulnerable people in crisis, but by and large these traditions were replaced by, or buried under, the western humanitarian discourse.  That these traditions are now re-emerging is an interesting signal in itself. ”

The ceremony was also joined by Sophie Huber Kodbaye, Director of the Centre for Continuing and Distance Education at the University of Geneva, who offered our students a very poetic comparison: "Every cloud has a silver lining and CERAH students are those silver linings". She asked the students to further leverage their skills, because from that day CERAH’s students were fully equipped to face all kind of clouds.

Last but not least, Prof Gilles Carbonnier, President of CERAH Board and Representative of the Graduate Insitute of International and Development Studies took the stage to address the audience before proceeding with the formal hand-over of the diplomas. Most Master's students will submit their dissertations in August and graduate in September. However, 4 of our students had submitted their dissertations in advance and proudly received their diploma:


  • Daghigh Kasia
    dissertation title: Family Planning in emergency settings in Muslim countries. The Case of IDPs in Yemen
  • El Amin Mohamad
    dissertation title: From Implementing Partner to Partner? Towards a better understanding of challenges facing UN-NGO field-based partnerships in the humanitarian sector
  • Jeunay Mackendy
    dissertation title: Economic security in humanitarian response achieving long-term objectives
  • Emmanuelle Schena:
    dissertation title: Le rôle des femmes dans l’action humanitaire - Revue historique et perspectives contemporaines


On behalf of all 2016-2017 MAS students, Elayar Oihid delivered a thank you speech to teachers and staff, while MAS graduate Mackendy Jeunay focused on his personal view of the Humanitarian World. According to him one needed an entry door to understand how to speak humanitarian.
“And there’s no better entry door to the humanitarian world than CERAH GENEVA.”

The ceremony ended with a cocktail diner and a balloon release. Guests had written their personal "message to the world", all in the hope of touching the heart of someone.

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