Anna Ifkovits Horner, born in 1972 in Sion, originally from Vétroz/Valais, holds a degree in sociology from the University of Geneva. She also has a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Ortega y Gasset University Institute at La Complutense University, Madrid.
She joined the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in 1997 as an academic trainee in the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and was subsequently sent to Yemen on a mission to the United Nations. After passing the competitive examination, she completed her diplomatic internship in Bern (Cooperation with Eastern Europe, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation) and Brussels (Swiss Mission to the EU).
On her return to Bern in 2003, she worked as a diplomatic assistant in the FDFA-FDEA Integration Office, before being seconded to the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport at the end of 2004 as diplomatic adviser to the President of the Confederation.
She returned to the FDFA in 2006 as Deputy Head of the Peace Policy Section in Political Affairs Division IV. In 2008, she was transferred to the Swiss Embassy in Vienna as Head of the Culture, Press and Science Section.
After a period of parental leave, Anna Ifkovits Horner joined the Permanent Mission in Vienna as Counsellor and Team Leader for the Swiss Chairmanship of the OSCE.
In August 2015, she returned to headquarters in Bern and was appointed Deputy Head of the Europe, Central Asia, Council of Europe and OSCE Division, with the title of Minister.
At the end of 2018, the Federal Council awarded her the title of Ambassador for her role as Head of the Eurasia Division, a post she held from 2019 to the end of 2022. At the beginning of 2023, Mrs Ifkovits Horner was invited to join the Geneva Center for Security Policy as a Government Fellow. Since 1 June 2023, she has been Head of the Host State Division at the Swiss Mission to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva, with the title of Ambassador.
Anna Ifkovits Horner is married and has two children.
Marcello Cangialosi, together with his team, supports the development of projects by institutional beneficiaries of the Host State Act and facilitates their interactions with the Swiss authorities in the fields of real estate, land acquisition, infrastructures and international conferencing. He is also actively involved in the promotion of International Geneva and the strengthening of its framework conditions (digitalization, security, sustainability).
Before taking up this position, Mr. Cangialosi held several positions at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). He worked at the UN Division of the State Secretariat in Bern, at the Swiss Humanitarian Aid of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and at the Multilateral Affairs Division of the Swiss Mission to the UN in Geneva.
Mr. Cangialosi holds a Master’s degree in Economic History from the University of Geneva.
Geographer, Michael Meier holds a Master degree in Development Studies. He has worked as a Researcher at UNIGE, as a Coordinator for the NGO Service Civil International, and as a Project Manager for the SDC and for the UN humanitarian affairs. Since 2012, he has been working for the Canton of Geneva in the fields of forecasting, spatial planning and improvement of the framework conditions for the development of international Geneva.
Head of Agenda 21-Ville durable since 2012, with ten years of experience in project management at the cantonal and communal levels, in various public policies (labor market, unemployment, socio-professional integration, environment, local economy, etc.). Holder of a Master’s degree in Literature, a DEA in European Studies and a CAS in Management.
Professor Jean-Marc Triscone is Vice-Rector of the University of Geneva in charge of buildings, logistics, and security as well as sustainable development. Between 2001 and 2007 he was Deputy-director of the National Center of Competence in Research MaNEP. Between 2007 and 2014, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Geneva. Jean-Marc Triscone is a professor in the Physics section of the Faculty of Science, and leads a group working on correlated oxide heterostructures and oxide interface physics.
Since 2014, Laurent Cherbut has been leading a team of Key Account Managers in charge of relations between SIG and the main entities based in the Canton of Geneva (international organizations, companies, the State, cities and municipalities, public authorities), concerning all their areas of activity (water, electricity, gas, renewable thermal energy, fiber optics, eco21 energy saving program etc.).
Prior to this position, Mr. Cherbut developed a technical-commercial unit within SIG to accelerate the “less and better consumption” of energy, and held several managerial positions in companies in the fields of energy and IT services.