About GCC

A center championing collaborative innovation between academia and industry.

The Geneva Creativity Center was born out of a shared commitment between the University of Geneva (UNIGE), the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Geneva (HES-SO Genève), the Office for the Promotion of Industries and Technologies (OPI) and the Geneva Industrial Union (UIG).

Its objectives are to strengthen the links between academia and industry, to build a network of multidisciplinary experts and stimulate creativity for innovative collaborative projects benefitting the local economy.

The GCC is…

A resources-pooling centre
The GCC provides easy access to the skills of universities and the technological innovations of the industrial region and beyond, thanks to the reputation of its four founding partners and the legacy of its own projects.

A laboratory of ideas
By bringing together scientists, engineers, designers and industries, the GCC promotes the emergence of ideas, allowing companies to explore new avenues and universities to promote scientific results and technical innovations.

A project incubator
The GCC is a dominant presence in the innovation process. From the emergence of ideas to their submission to feasibility studies, the GCC nurtures innovative ideas until they grow into mature, solid projects.

A network of academia and industry experts
The GCC is actively developing a network of experts, closely following the latest technological trends, creating synergies of skills and unlikely encounters – all to the benefit of the local economy.


The GCC acts at the very early stage of the innovation process. It aims to stimulate creativity and the emergence of new ideas through the interaction between academia and industry. It then nurtures these ideas towards further development and assures their feasibility. With the support of other organisations in Geneva, such as the HighTech Business Incubator (FONGIT), Office for the Promotion of Industries and Technologies (OPI), Financer Autrement les Entreprises (FAE), Office of Technology Transfer at the University of Geneva (UNITEC), these ideas can then be translated into the creation of a new business, a collaborative project between academia and industry, or a new product or service offered by an existing company.


The Geneva Creativity Center was jointly founded by the University of Geneva (UNIGE) partners, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland – Geneva (HES-SO Genève), Geneva Industrial Union (UIG) and the Office for the Promotion of Industries and Technologies (OPI).

It was founded in 2011 by Øystein Fischer (MaNEP, University of Geneva), who worked with a lot of energy to bring together the founding partners around this project.

It is financially supported by the Department of Security and Economy (DSE), and the Department of Education, Culture and Sport (DIP). It enjoys strong support from Geneva-based industries through the UAPG network (Union of Geneva Employers’ Association) – which UIG is part of – as well as from members of the OPI.

The Council of the GCC consists of:

  • Prof. Yves Flückiger, Rector – UNIGE
  • Mr. François Abbé-Decarroux, Director – HES-SO Geneva
  • Mr. Jean-Luc Favre, Director – UAPG / CEO – ABB Sécheron
  • Mr. Rolf Gobet, Director – OPI
  • Ms. Emanuela Dose Sarfatis, Vice-Director, DG DERI at DSE – Economy and Security department.
  • Ms. Ivana Vrbica, Unit Director of Higher Education – DIP

The Steering Committee of the GCC consists of:

  • Mr. Yves Leuzinger, Director – hepia Geneva, Member of the HES-SO
  • Mr. Nicolas Aune, Secretary General – UIG
  • Dr. Didier Raboud, Deputy Secretary General – UNIGE
  • Mr. Gilles Chevrey, Head Councillor – OPI
  • Dr. Gilles Triscone, Head of Research Coordination – hepia Geneva, Member of the HES-SO

+ View the Steering Comittee’s biographies


The GCC team is made up of scientists and engineers from academia, industry and government. This team is the heart of a multidisciplinary network of experts and institutions linked to technological innovation in Geneva, Switzerland and abroad.

Rania Al-Baroudi


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Rania Al-Baroudi has a solid experience working in the private and public sectors in Geneva and abroad. She has held international sales, business development and project management roles in various industries such as fragrances and flavours, cosmetics and biotech, focusing on key global accounts, as well as regional and local ones across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. She has also worked for the UN in Geneva and Tanzania in Communications, Advocacy and Partnerships with multiple stakeholders including the private sector, the government and parliamentarians. With a multicultural background, she has a multidisciplinary education having earned a B.A. and Master’s Degree in International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Corporate Social Responsibility from Geneva University.


Sébastien Kicka

Project Manager

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Nathalie Schmidlin

Communication assistant

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Nathalie Schmidlin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Artistic Direction (communication and advertising oriented). After several enriching experiences in various fields, such as cultural and international environments, she has joined the Geneva Creativity Center as Executive Assistant and Visual Communication Officer. She is in charge of designing communication material (flyers, reports, …), web publishing, digital marketing, event communication, photography and video production.