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Bidding Adieu, For Now
Today, swissnex San Francisco bid a bittersweet farewell to two esteemed colleagues, Noemie Enz, who worked on our interdisciplinary programs for 19 months, and Junior Project Manager Louise Roux, who spent six months in our office doing double duty as the Bay Area alumni representative for the University of Geneva.
Over a goodbye lunch, Enz told team members of a recent trip to Mexico. Heading back into the US, the border agent looked at her passport and visas and, upon realizing her ties to the consulate and Swiss State Secretariat for Education and Research (SER), said, “You’re important, aren’t you?”
“I thought to myself, it’s not me who is important, it’s what we are doing [at swissnex] that is important,” Enz noted.
“I have learned a lot with you,” she continued. “Learned to learn, learned to improvise. And I surely learned how to connect the dots.”
“I think what this really means is to be always curious. It takes a lot of energy, it’s not always easy, but it gives a lot back,” she told the team. “You all have this energy and it’s been an honor to work with you.”
In her time at swissnex San Francisco, Enz organized events such as the one on innovation in musical instruments, designed our first event series on the brain and mind and on light, helped bring exhibits like Give Me More and Milieux Sonores to San Francisco, assisted with delegations, represented swissnex at important meetings around the world, and so much more.
Luc Meier, who worked closely with Enz and heads up the swissnex San Francisco partnership with the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia, said, “It was pretty special for me to be able to work on that wavelength with someone.”
swissnex San Francisco’s director and founder, Christian Simm, wished Enz and Roux well in their future adventures on behalf of the team. Enz leaves swissnex for a job in Switzerland curating the Bex & Arts triennial, which runs from June through September, 2011.
Roux worked on numerous projects during her stint at swissnex San Francisco, from helping with events to running mandated research projects for Swiss universities to organizing mixers for local Swiss alumni. She returns to Switzerland to continue her career in communications.
This month we also say goodbye to invaluable team members Marco Caffi, of Credit Suisse, and Lucas Bonadei, also a junior project manager. They both have bright futures and will be missed by us all. Caffi’s six-month work exchange at swissnex strengthened ties between the Credit Suisse IT department and the Swiss Knowledge Network. Caffi’s colleague, Oliver Stanek, arrives this month to strengthen the relationship between our two organizations, and our team continues to expand in early 2011 with the addition of new members who are sure to maintain our tradition of excellence and professionalism.