Grégoire L. Piller, Director, University Relations & Partnerships
A Swiss National, is the Director of University Relations & Partnerships. Previously, he was the Head of Development and Partnerships at the Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC/A) in Kigali.
From 2013 to 2016, Grégoire worked at Strathmore University in Kenya in different capacities: Head, Marketing and External Affairs at Strathmore Center for Sustainability Leadership, Head of External Affairs in the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Research, Deputy Director of the Advancement and External Affairs (fundraising) Department at Strathmore Business School and Executive Manager at Strathmore Business School.
Additionally, he is currently the Head of African Affairs for the International Academy for Social and Economic Development (AISES), an academy based in Rome and Brussels; the Vice-President of the Italy-Kenya trade organisation (AIIK) and the Co-Funder and Director of The Sustainable Developement Ventures, an impact investment fund based in Dubai.
Grégoire serves in several advisory boards; Ongoza Fondation, EshaliAfric, Nyatha Fund, Lorcan Investments, Bushra Energy, Kikisa Limited in Kenya, Diomira Foundation in Italy and Kuwekeza Holdings in Dubai.
He has spoken and organized symposia, conferences, seminars and workshops between Europe and Africa. He has represented the Holy See (Vatican City State) at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) 10th Ministerial Conference, the 14th United Nation Conference on Trade and Development, the 6th Tokyo International Conference of Africa’s Development and he was the Head of Delegation of the Holy See during the 2nd High-level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.
He is a former Vice-corporal (warrant officer) of the Pontifical Swiss Guard from 2005 to 2013 and was awarded, by Pope Benedict XVI the Benemerenti in 2008 and the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice in 2012. He is a member of the Public Relations Society of Kenya (PRSK), the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Project Management Institute (PMI). He speaks French, Italian and English.