Parties Committee

Swiss Confederation

Anna Ifkovits Horner

 Ambassador and Head of the Host State Division
Permanent Mission of Switzerland


Ambassador Anna Ifkovits Horner is Deputy Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations Office and to the other international organisations in Geneva and Head of the Host State Division at the Swiss Mission. She has more than 20 years of experience in diplomacy and international affairs, having held various positions within the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), the Swiss Defence Ministry and the United Nations. She has previously served as Director for Eurasia at the FDFA, as Adviser and Team Leader for the Swiss chairmanship of the OSCE in Vienna and as Diplomatic Adviser to the President of the Swiss Confederation.

Ambassador Ifkovits Horner holds a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Geneva and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Ortega y Gasset University Research Institute at the Complutense University of Madrid.

Swiss Confederation

Marcello Cangialosi

Counsellor and Head of the Office of Real Estate and framework conditions
Permanent Mission of Switzerland

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.

Canton of Geneva

Rémy Zinder

Director of the Sustainability and Climate Directorate
Territory Department

Rémy Zinder is the Director of the Sustainability and Climate Directorate (DDC) in the Canton of Geneva, which develops incentives and methodological measures and tools for municipalities, businesses and the general public to reduce the ecological footprint of the region.

Rémy holds a Master in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and a Master in Economics and Geography from the University of Geneva.

Canton of Geneva

Michael Meier

Deputy Secretary General
Finance, Human Resources and External Affairs Department

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.

City of Geneva

Julie Schnydrig Kettenacker

Head of Agenda 21-Ville durable
Finance, Environment and Housing Department

Julie Schnydrig Kettenacker is Head of Agenda 21 – Ville Durable, since August 2023. Before occupying this position, she was President of Pro Natura Geneva and in charge of the early childhood sector of the City of Carouge.

She holds a degree in psychology from University of Geneva.

University of Geneva

Sébastien Castelltort


Professor Sébastien Castelltort is Vice-Rector of the University of Geneva in charge of Research & Sustainability. 

Holder of a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from the University of Rennes in 2003, Sébastien Castelltort joined the Faculty of Science at the University of Geneva in 2011. Appointed as Associate Professor in comparative sedimentology and earth surface processes in the Department of Earth Sciences, he assumed the role of Department chair from 2019 to 2022. He was promoted to Full Professor in 2021 and Head of the Section of Earth and Environmental Sciences in 2023.

Services Industriels de Genève

Laurent Cherbut

Head of Major Accounts and Public Sector Markets

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.