Mr Nicholas C. Niggli, works for the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. He is currently based at the Embassy of Switzerland in London, where he heads the diplomatic team representing, promoting and defending Switzerland's economic, trade, finance, science and business interests in the United Kingdom.
Previously, Mr Niggli worked for Swiss trade diplomacy and was based at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the WTO & EFTA. There, he covered the Doha Development Round, the International Services Agreement plurilateral negotiations, Accessions to the WTO as well as budget, administration and institutional issues.
Mr Niggli was Coordinator and Vice-Chairman of the Task Force for the organization of the 2009 and 2011 WTO Ministerial Conferences. In 2011, he was also a Member of the restricted team of Swiss diplomats mediating between Russia and Georgia, permitting the latter to join the consensus on Russia's Accession to the WTO. During his time at the Mission, Mr Niggli participated as key-note speaker in numerous debates and conferences in Switzerland and abroad.
From 2007 to 2012, Mr Niggli was elected Chairman of the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA). In this capacity, he led and concluded a decade-long negotiation to improve internationally agreed disciplines for this key sector of the world economy in 2011. In this process, he managed a Ministerial-level process involving 42 countries. This negotiation resulted in an expansion of the market access coverage of the GPA by an estimated 100 billion $ / year.
In the same capacity, Mr Niggli concluded a diplomatic mediation between China and Chinese Taipei permitting the latter to accede to the GPA in 2009. He also concluded the accession process of Armenia and supervised accession negotiations of China, Jordan and Ukraine. During his chairmanship, Mr Niggli joined several high-level WTO Secretariat missions to emerging countries to convince political leaders to join the GPA.
From 2007 to 2013, Mr Niggli was elected Chairman of the WTO Pension Plan Management Board. In this capacity, he led and concluded a negotiation of an administrative reform including an increase in the retirement age for WTO staff. Mr Niggli’s responsibilities included improving the management, governance and investment strategy revision, while representing the Board at investment committees and international conferences.
Since 2012, Mr Niggli has lectured on policy-making processes and trade negotiations in the context of the INP Executive Master at the Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies, Geneva. He has published articles as well as academic contributions on international trade, international governance and cultural diplomacy.
Mr Niggli holds 1st Class Honours Masters Degrees in Economic History & International Relations and has studied at the University of Geneva, the University of Aberdeen and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. A former intercultural behaviour consultant with special focus and interest in Asia, the Middle East and the CIS region, he speaks French, English, German, Swiss-German and understands Russian.