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Nicholas C. Niggli

Nicholas C. Niggli

Deputy Secretary General Geneva - Economic Development, Research and Innovation


Nicholas is Deputy Secretary-General, Republic and State of Geneva. Reinforcing Geneva as a premier global hub for the internet, cybersecurity and AI governance as well as for sustainable finance are two of his main areas of responsibility.

Nicholas is also Chairman of the Greater Geneva Bern Area (GGBa) Committee, which oversees Western Switzerland's investment promotion agency governance.

In parallel, since 2012, Nicholas is lecturing on leadership, policy-making and complex negotiation dynamics at the Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies.

From 2017 to 2018, Nicholas was Director-General, Economic Development, Research and Innovation at the Republic and the State of Geneva.

From 2013 to 2017, Nicholas headed the diplomatic team representing the Swiss economic, trade, finance, science and business interests in the UK. He was also Chairman of the Association of Economic Representatives in London (AERL), an association of 250+ economic & finance diplomats.

From 2002 to 2013, he covered the WTO Doha Round, TISA & Accessions as a Swiss negotiator. He was Vice-Chairman of the Task-Force for the organization of two WTO Ministerial Conferences. In 2011, he was part of the Swiss team successfully mediating between Russia & Georgia.

As WTO GPA Chairman from 2007 to 2012, he concluded a decade-long negotiation to improve disciplines for this key sector of the world economy & expand coverage valued at $100bn/year. He also concluded a diplomatic mediation between China & Chinese Taipei in 2008.

As WTO Pension Plan Management Board Chairman from 2007 to 2013, he negotiated a major administrative reform including the increase of retirement age for WTO staff.

Nicholas holds 1st Class Honours Masters Degrees in Economic History & International Relations from the University of Geneva, the University of Aberdeen and the Graduate Institute of International Relations and Development.

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