Dr Natália Archinard works with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs where she holds the space portfolio with an emphasis on international diplomacy. She has been leading the Swiss delegation to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) since 2007 and was designated Chair of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of COPUOS for the period 2020-2021. Ms Archinard has represented the Swiss government in multilateral negotiations on several international initiatives including the development of the guidelines on the long-term sustainability of outer space activities at COPUOS and the International Code of Conduct project proposed by the European Union. She is also member of the Swiss delegations to the United Nations General Assembly 1st and 4th Committees and to the European Space Agency (ESA), including at ministerial level. At national level, she is involved in the design and the implementation of the Swiss space policy. Ms Archinard was educated in mathematics at the University of Geneva and received her PhD in 2000 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.