General Secretariat

Department Overview :


The General Secretariat department is composed of only one individual, the Secretary General, who heads the administration and project management. She/he also attends to clerical tasks, including managing the association’s mail, calling meetings, responding to emails, and transferring information from one department to another. Therefore, she/he is responsible for interdepartmental coordination and internal communication within the association. The Secretary General carries out her/his tasks in close collaboration with the President and the Vice-President. The Secretariat also handles room reservations for events and records the minutes during committee meetings and General Assemblies. The incumbent must have a strong sense of responsibility and outstanding organization skills. Discretion is also a must, given that she/he works not only with the SDSA, but with external partners as well.  

A word from the Secretary General Béatrice Jotterand : 




“I am currently in the third year of my bachelors in International Relations at the Global Studies Institute in Geneva. More specifically, I study international politics and I expect to pursue a master’s degree in governance and international security. I joined the association to participate in its growth and the achievement of its objectives. Being in the association also allows me to cope more concretely with the world of diplomacy in the broader sense, as I intend to pursue a career in this field. Taking part in the events organized by the SDSA allows me to understand various topics thanks to specialists. The Secretary General position provides me with numerous tools that will undoubtedly be useful in my professional life in the future.”