DAVID HILER

SFG // Treasurer, Executive Office, S&S Committee

FORMER PRESIDENT OF STATE COUNCIL //

Living in Switzerland since the age of 4, David Hiler studied economic and social sciences (mention economic history) at the University of Geneva, where he would later teach.

He is one of the pioneers of the Geneva Green Party becoming secretary general in 2003. He was elected to the city council of the city of Geneva, and he was deputy to the cantonal parliament between 1993 and 2005. Elected to the cantonal government in 2005, he would preside over the department of finances.

Alongside his colleagues in government, he worked to reduce the public debt which had reached more than twelve billion Swiss Francs by the beginning of 2005. This objective was accomplished by modernising and rationalizing the cantonal administration by taking measures to increase efficiency and cut costs. He also reformed human resources and developed controls and oversight of management to foster good governance.

In 2009 he was elected to a second 4 year mandate, obtaining the most votes in the election. He chose to head the department of finances in order to continue pursuing reforms. Most notably he pushed an important fiscal reform in favor of families and the middle class, and he reformed the public pension system.

In 2012 David Hiler informed his party that he would step down as head of the party before the 2013 elections. His actions during his time at the head of the department of finances are unanimously supported by the political class.