Natália Archinard

Deputy Head, Science, Transport and Space Section, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) of Switzerland

Dr Natália Archinard holds the space portfolio at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland. She has been leading the Swiss delegation to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) since 2007 and served as the Chair of COPUOS Scientific and Technical Subcommittee for the period 2020-2021. She represented the Swiss government in different multilateral processes, including the development of the Guidelines on the Long-term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities within COPUOS (2011-2018), the draft International Code of Conduct proposed by the European Union (2012-2015) and the United Nations Open-Ended Working-Group on reducing space threats through responsible behaviours (2022-2023). Ms Archinard is also member of the Swiss delegations to the European Space Agency (ESA) and the United Nations General Assembly (1st and 4th Committees). At national level, she is involved in revising the Swiss space policy and in drafting the national legislation for space activities. She obtained her MSc in Mathematics from the University of Geneva and her PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich in 2000.

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