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Engaging Intergovernmental Organizations


This short course will help expand your network among key global leaders and provide you with new skills for effectively engaging intergovernmental organizations (IGO). Engaging Intergovernmental Organizations (EIO) is a week-long intensive professional development program designed to provide mid and senior level government officials, private sector leaders and academic faculty the opportunity to interact more effectively with IGOs. Participants will draw on current scientific knowledge and their own experiences as they explore the development and implementation of collaborations and strategic partnerships.


 Engaging Intergovernmental Organizations 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014 - Friday, March 28, 2014

Geneva, Paris, and Rome 

Learn more about the 2014 program

Registration: Contact Carol Peterson at


Why Choose EIO?

  • Government officials  
    - Expand your knowledge of international standard-setting and global coordination related to animal health and public health, trade and food safety.
    - Expand your access to key officials leading these global initiatives.
  • Private sector leaders
    - Broaden your professional network with international leaders and organizations.
    - Recognize potential collaboration opportunities between the public and private sectors that enhance global food safety, animal health, and public health systems
  • Academic faculty
    - Increase your institution’s international engagement and your personal effectiveness in global program development.
    - Access a global network of leaders in backgrounds regarding animal health, public health and food systems for the benefit of education, research and outreach programs.

Previous Participants said:

“Seeing and learning about the perceptions from academia, industry, and non-governmental organizations…provided new perspective on our roles with government agencies engaging in inter-governmental activities.”

“The simulated exercise throughout the week was very realistic and provided us with an opportunity to actually work with people from these organizations on important issues”.

“The EIO program showed me that even as an individual, I can have an influence in the different approaches around me just being knowledgeable about how things are going”

"I had a great opportunity of meeting top executives of key IGOs, especially OIE and FAO. I had wonderful interface through bilingual interactions, thanks to investing in and appreciating the multicultural diversity."

Program includes site visits and interaction with key officials at the following IGOs:

  • World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), Paris
  • World Trade Organization (WTO), Geneva
  • World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome

Registration Includes:

  • Train travel between Paris and Geneva, and air travel between Geneva and Rome
  • Food service (Welcome reception in Paris, three group dinners, one working lunch)
  • Welcome Reception
  • Three group dinners (Geneva, Paris, and Rome)
  • Two lunches (Geneva and Rome)
  • Course materials and instruction

Participants are responsible for:

  • Travel from home country to our first destination, Paris. Return travel from Rome to home country.
  • Hotel accommodations (a room block will be held in each city at a rate that includes breakfast)
  • All meals and incidental expenses except receptions, three group dinners and one lunch (as noted above in the registration information)

Scholarship Opportunities:

A limited number of scholarships will be available to participants from resource-poor countries. Contact Carol Peterson at for information about the scholarship application and review process.

Scholarship deadline: To be announced
Scholarship Award notice: To be announced 

The program is directed by Will Hueston and Katharina Staerk, both of whom have extensive experience working with Intergovernmental Organizations in their careers in government, industry and academia.

To learn more about Will Hueston, click here.
To learn more about Katharina Staerk, click here.



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