The Mentorship Programme began as a student-led initiative in 2015. It is designed to support incoming MIA and MDEV students with their transition to life at the Institute and in Geneva. To do so, this programme matches incoming students (mentees) with seasoned second-year students (mentors).

Second-year mentors share guiding experiences with their mentees on topics including (but not restricted to):

  • Planning courses
  • Accessing student services
  • Understanding administrative processes
  • Getting to know the Graduate Institute and Geneva
  • Tips for a successful start to the academic year

Meet your coordinators:

Kavya Bajaj

Kavya is your coordinator for the MDEV programme. She is a Master’s candidate in Development Studies, interested in the development perspective of global climate and environmental politics. Before joining the institute, she worked in climate change and gender mainstreaming research at a think-tank in India. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Delhi. She also loves dancing and the different mediums of storytelling. You can reach Kavya at

Keshav Khanna

Keshav is your coordinator for the MIA programme. He is currently pursuing a major in Global Security and a minor in International Trade at the Institute. He completed a triple-major in History, Economics and Political Science for his Bachelor’s degree from Bangalore, India. His academic interests lie in cybersecurity, contemporary and commercial security. He also has a strong background in media and communications. Keshav is also deeply interested in photography. You can reach Keshav at


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