Centre for Socio-Economic Development

Raymond Saner is co-founder of the Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development (CSEND) based in Geneva since 1993. CSEND is a research and development organization accredited by ECOSOC with consultative status. Raymond Saner heads CSEND’s branch called Diplomacy Dialogue which focuses on state (governments) versus non-state (MNEs, NGOs, IOs) actor negotiations.

Raymond designed and implemented large-scale capacity building projects in China (1985-1996), Slovenia (1991-1996), Bolivia (1999-2002) and Russia (1994-1996) ranging from CHF200K to CHF3.5 million. Together with his colleagues at CSEND, he has provided inputs to UN-DESA and its HLPF in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (research, publications, seminars) since 2014. He collaborates regularly with WTO, UNCTAD, ILO, ITC, UN, WB and government departments in charge of technical cooperation.

Regarding fragile states and conflict, he has many years of experience as former delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross and researcher focusing on the tensions between the increasing use of private military and security companies and their impact in view of international humanitarian law and the Geneva conventions.

Raymond Saner is co-chair of the academic friends of the OECD guidelines for Responsible Business Conduct and member of the UNECE steering group drafting standards for PPPs in the context of the SDGs.

He is Professor Emeritus of the University of Basel and teaches in the Sustainability Master program at Lüneburg University in Germany and has previously taught for several years in the former Master of Public Affairs Program of Sciences Po in Paris.

Professor Saner is a Swiss citizen and is fluent in German, English and French. He holds a Doctorate in Social Psychology from the Union Graduate School (USA), a Master’s in Education from Lesley University (USA) and a BA in Economics from University of Basel (Switzerland).