Engaging Intergovernmental Organizations

Engaging Intergovernmental Organizations (EIO) is a week-long intensive professional development program designed to provide mid and senior level government officials, private sector leaders, and academic faculty the opportunity to interact more effectively with IGOs. This short course helps its participants expand their network among key global leaders and provides them with new skills for effectively engaging intergovernmental organizations (IGO).

Why choose EIO?

Government officials
  • Expand your knowledge of international standard-setting and global coordination related to animal health, public health, trade, and food safety
  • Expand your access to key officials leading these global initiatives
Private sector leaders
  • Broaden your professional network with international leaders and organizations
  • Recognize potential collaboration opportunities between the public and private sectors that enhance global food safety, animal health, and public health systems
Academic faculty
  • Increase your institution's international engagement and your personal effectiveness in global program development
  • Access a global network of leaders with backgrounds in animal health, public health, and food systems for the benefit of education, research, and outreach programs


“Seeing and learning about the perceptions from academia, industry, and non-governmental organizations…provided new perspective on our roles with government agencies engaging in inter-governmental activities.”

“The simulated exercise throughout the week was very realistic and provided us with an opportunity to actually work with people from these organizations on important issues.”

“The EIO program showed me that even as an individual, I can have an influence in the different approaches around me just being knowledgeable about how things are going.”

"I had a great opportunity to meet top executives of key IGOs, especially OIE and FAO. I had wonderful interface through bilingual interactions, thanks to the program investing in and appreciating the multicultural diversity."

Site visits

Program includes site visits and interaction with key officials at the following organizations:

  • World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), Paris
  • World Trade Organization (WTO), Geneva
  • World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome

2019 EIO

The next Engaging Intergovernmental Organizations program will run in March 2019.

To be added to our mailing list for the 2019 program contact Anna Pendleton