Nicholas Niggli– Deputy Secretary General, Republic and State of Geneva, Department of Economic Development
Nicholas Niggli is Deputy Secretary General, Republic and State of Geneva, Department of Economic Development. His mission is to strengthen Geneva’s ecosystem and to strategically position it to benefit from the opportunities of the digital age but also the emergence of sustainable development economics. Since 2012, Nicholas has also been lecturing on complex negotiation dynamics, leadership, intercultural communication and global governance at the Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies, Geneva.
From 2013 to 2017, Nicholas was Head, Economic, Finance, Science & Innovation Section at the Embassy of Switzerland in the UK while also leading the multilateral Association of Economic Representatives in London as Chairman. From 2002 to 2013, he was a senior trade negotiator covering the WTO. From 2007 to 2012, Nicholas was Chairman of the WTO Government Procurement Agreement, leading negotiations to improve disciplines for this key world economy sector. From 2007 to 2013, he was also Chairman of the WTO Pension Plan Management Board, leading the retirement age renegotiation of the WTO international public service. Nicholas holds 1st Class Honours Masters Degrees in Economic History & International Relations.