Director
2020–2023

Dr. Cecilia Cannon was appointed as the Academic Advisor to the United Nations’ Commemoration of its Seventy-Fifth Anniversary in January 2020. She is a researcher at the Graduate Institute’s Global Governance Centre, where she also co-directs the Executive Masters course in International Negotiation and Policy-making, and lectures in the Masters of International Development and International Affairs. In 2019, Cecilia was nominated as a member of the Global Perspectives Journal Emerging Scholars Forum. Her current research focuses on the design, reform and effectiveness of International Organizations (IOs), focusing on the United Nations (UN). Her broader research looks at the role and influence of non-state actors in international policy processes; and migration policy. Cecilia served as Head of Research for the Global Governance Centre until December 2017, and designed and launched the Graduate Institute’s SDG Portal during that time. She also directs the Graduate Institute’s Summer Program on the UN and Global Challenges. She also has professional advocacy experience, and frequently advises governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses and IOs on their advocacy, monitoring and evaluation projects. She obtained a PhD in International Relations/Political Science at the Graduate Institute.