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 The  Winterschool for Thinktankers is a unique opportunity for young and proactive individuals to develop their knowledge and understanding of think tanks and to prepare themselves to become future policy entrepreneurs.

Think tanks play a crucial role in policy making and in strengthening democraticprocesses by informing and enriching the public debate. Maintaining an active and dynamic community of think tanks and supporting the creation of new ones is highly important for democratic governance and sustainable development.

To be a successful think tank leader one cannot rely on being just a great researcher and intellectual; leaders have to be excellent managers, political strategists, great communicators, and prolific networkers.

There are scholarships available; but you will have to apply soon!

During this 7-day programme in Geneva (4th February – 10th February 2018) you will acquire the basic tools needed to develop and strengthen your own think tank. You will learn from prestigious experts at the local and international level and you will have the chance to discover some of the key actors of global governance based in Geneva.

The Winterschool for Thinktankers is primarily focused on thinktankers, researchers and practitioners interested in engaging with and informing international policy agendas, particularly Agenda 2030. However, anyone is welcome to apply.

The Winterschool programme will focus on the following core areas related to:

Think tanks:

  • Governance and management for think tanks
  • Development of a proactive and policy relevant research agenda
  • Communication strategies
  • Fundraising, financial management, and accountability
  • Monitoring, evaluation, and learning of policy influence for the continuous strengthening of the think tank.

As well as key aspects of the Agenda 2030, such as the transformational promises of the SDGs (leave no one behind, integration of development dimensions) and partnerships and influencing the SDG at the national and global levels.

The mornings will be dedicated to lectures from think tank experts from Geneva and around the world.

In the afternoon, we will visit key organisations in Geneva to experience how theories are implemented by some of the most influential stakeholders of international politics.

The confirmed list of lecturers includes renowned experts and organisations such as:

  • Simon Maxwell; former Executive Director of the Overseas Development Institute – on governance and management for think tanks
  • Stephen Yeo; On Think Tanks Adviser at Large and former Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) – on monitoring, evaluation, and learning of policy influence
  • Sonja Stojanovich; Director of Belgrade Center for Security Studies – on financial management for think tanks
  • Enrique Mendizabal; Founder of On Think Tanks
  • Will Paxton; former Deputy Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research and Founder of Kivu International – on developing a policy relevant research agenda
  • Andrea Ordoñez; Coordinator of the Southern Voice Initiative on the SDGs and former Director of research at Grupo FARO in Ecuador – on developing a policy relevant research agenda and the role of think tanks in Agenda 2030
  • Francesco Pisano; Chief, United Nations Office at Geneva Library – on the UN System and how to engage with Agenda 2030
  • Jeff Knezovich; Head of Communications for On Think Tanks, former digital communications manger for the Nuffield Trust and former communications officer at the Institute of Development Studies and the Overseas Development Institute – on think tank communications
  • Catherine Fiankan-Bokonga; Correspondent Journalist, United Nations Office; Vice President, Geneva Press Club – on working with the media
  • Marc-Andre Pradervand; Médecins Sans Frontières – on fundraising
  • Others who will be confirmed soon.
To apply visit the site here: https://onthinktanks.org/events/winterschool/
The Winterschool for Thinktankers is part of the On Think Tanks School but has been designed and is being delivered in collaboration with others: The Think Tank Hub in Geneva, foraus, Southern Voice and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.