Joseph François
Managing Director and Professor of International Economics, World Trade Institute, University of Bern
Joseph François

Real gender equality starts with assessing the gap. Since 2018, at World Trade Institute (WTI) we initiated the “Know the GAP!” initiative to address the root causes of gender inequality, whether they are political, legal, social, cultural and/or economic. The WTI’s efforts share the urgent need to empower minds across the gender spectrum by making available an academic environment that fosters equality at every turn.

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.

Personal Commitments

Promote awareness and discussion about gender equality, diversity and resilient inequalities within our academic community and in a broader context through the formal organization of the “Know the GAP Lecture Series.” Conceived as the first English language series open to the full university and society, this initiative aims to organize every year 8 lectures featuring prominent individuals in academia, private sector and international organizations and focused on both research and actual experience with gender parity and policy.
Implement the Gender Action Plan (GAP) 2021-2024 to consolidate the ongoing efforts in mainstreaming gender equality at the WTI together with making inclusiveness a structural pillar of our Institute.