Our team

Headquarters in Geneva

Executive Body of the UniRef Mission


Yvelyne Wood  –  Vice-chairperson  UniRef Founder & Président, International Mission Director

Sculptor and designer, committed to the theme of refugees.
Her work is supported by The United Nations, The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the French Office for Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons and by the French Ministry of Culture.

Bryan Wood – Vice-chairperson, UniRef Founder, Alta Berkeley Founder

Founder and president since 1981 of the European Society of venture capital “Alta Berkeley” (accredited by the Financial Conduct Authority (CAF) and specialized in pharmaceutical and biotech investments).
Co-founder of SIHO, graduated from Harvard University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Hugh Smith – Treasurer

Chief Operating Officer at Alta Berkeley.
Graduate of the University of Southampton in Accounting and Statistics.

Guillaume Aghroum – Consultant – Africa’s Great Lakes Region

Graduate of the Higher Institute of Public Management and Policy (ISMaPP), Paris, France.
President of “4LMighty” association.

Abdoulaye Ndiaye – Special Delegate / Field – Africa’s Great Lakes Region

Master’s Degree in Information Science, Communication and knowledge Management, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Marseille, France.
Master’s in Economic and Social Administration, specialization Trade and International Affairs, University Paul Cezanne, France.

Malsore Biba –  Projects Manager

University Master’s degree in letters (Russian), University of Geneva
Voluntary work in the social orders of welcome for the migrants.


UniRef’s Reflection Committee

Organ of dialogue and reflection on the development of the mission UniRef

Philippe Monnier  –  Chairperson, International Business Executive

“International Business Executive” within diverse organizations.
University graduate of Harvard in “Intellectual Property Strategy”.

Jean-Michel Delaplagne  –  Founder of Institue for Trade and Business studies (IPAC)

Managing director pedagogy, research and development of the Group “Eduservices”. Administrator of “Haute-Savoie tomorrow”, company of capital development.
Speaker in foreign universities and designer-writer of case studies concerning the entrepreneurship.

Professeur Ronald Cicurel –  Mathematicain and Philosopher,Lecturer, Swiss Institue of Technologie in Lausanne (EPFL)

Member of the international institute of neurosciences of Native in Brazil since 2010.
Junior lecturer in the laboratory of computing and display of the EPFL since 2006.
In participated in the launch of the IT project of the EPFL “Blue Brain project” from 2005 till 2010, with professors Henry Markram and Georges Abou-Jaoudé.

Neema Kaseje – Head of Clinic, Pediatric Surgery, HUG

Specialized in pediatric surgery. Member of the program of global social surgery and the change, Paul Farmer de Harvard, Graduate of Boston University school of doctor and of Harvard school of public Health.

Andreas von der Heydt –  International Senior Tech Executive

Andreas von der Heydt is an international tech and consumer goods executive working as a senior director at one of the world’s leading tech companies. He is also an international leadership expert and top management coach, author, and sought-after keynote speaker. Andreas holds an MBA from Henley Business School in the UK in management and international marketing. Andreas is coaching and advising start-up entrepreneurs as well as young immigrants on a pro bono basis. Andreas is married and lives with his wife, two children, and their dog in Germany.

Jalal Jolou – Cardiovascular Surgery

Graduate of the Faculty of Medicine of Aleppo (Syria) he’s formed in cardiovascular surgery in the HUG in Geneva. Between 2007 and 2009, he joined the program of rotation of general surgery of the HUG. Then in 2011, he made a fellowship in cardiac surgery to the hospital Frontier Lifeline de Chennai in India. In 2013, he obtained the federal diploma of Swiss medicine, and in 2014 expert’s certificate in radioprotection in Switzerland.

Jafaar Jafaar – Head of Clinic, Endocrinology, University Hospital of Geneva

Awarded a diploma in 2003 of the Faculty of Medicine of Aleppo in Syria. He did a training course of endocrinology and metabolic diseases from 2004 util 2008 in French hospitals and obtained a certificate of specialist training to the university of Amiens, a certificate of specialist training gone deeper into in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the university of Reims, as well as a university degree of Diabetology to the university of Strasbourg.

UniRef University Council

Consultation body on the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of academic activities of the UniRef mission

Docteur Alexis Ndabarushimana – Rector UniRef Burundi

Head of the Administration Department at the National School of Administration of Burundi, full-time Teacher since 2008.
PhD in Urban Sociology at the University Felix Houphouet Boigny Abidjan-Cocody (Ivory Coast).

Aimable Burikukiye  – Academic Director

Visiting Professor in Statistics at the University of Ngozi and the Martin Luther King University of Bujumbura.
Vice Dean, Head of Statistics Section and Assistant Professor at the Higher Institute of Commerce, University of Burundi.

Abbé Appolinaire Bangayimbaga – Rector of the University of Ngozi, Burundi

Doctorate in Theology from the University of Madrid, Spain.


Philippe Aldon – Deputy Director for International Affairs and European National Centre for Distance Learning (CNED – France)

Cooperation Attaché for The Embassy of France in South Africa and Lesotho.
Special adviser in the Office of Francophone Cerlce Solidarity.

Docteur Jérôme Chenal – Researcher at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL – Switzerland)

Research Associate at the Urban Sociology Laboratory (“LASUR”).
Research on Urban Planning in Switzerland and in developing countries, MOOC’s creator on this topic.

Professeur Georges Abou Jaoudé – Professor Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Active in the field of information, the “modeling” and visualization in a multidisciplinary center with applications in Computer Science, Architecture, Physics, Arts and Life Sciences.