Meet the New Faces of swissnex San Francisco

Text by Kassandra Bucher

After a global search, we are thrilled to welcome Benjamin Bollmann, Christine Dinh-Tan, and Sarah Chapatte to the swissnex San Francisco team.

Benjamin, as Head of Science Programs & University Affairs, will be our advocate and expert on all things science, research, and academia. Christine joins us as Head of Administration & Finance to oversee crucial tasks including HR, operations, and accounting. Sarah will act as Facilities and Operations Manager to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Together, they’re a trifecta of talent sure to help lead swissnex San Francisco into the future. Here’s more about the trio in their own words:

Q: What is your background?

B: I studied biomedical engineering at ETH Zurich and worked in neuroscience at MIT before becoming a journalist and curator at the intersection of science, art, and design.

C: I have an MBA from Harvard Business School in Cambridge, MA; a Bachelor of Sciences in Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston, MA; and an Associate Degree from Université René Descartes in Paris, France.

S: I have a background in Communication Arts (bachelor level), studied International Business Development, and went on to earn a master’s in Facility Management. I’ve worked in different industries such as fashion, cosmetics, music, event management, and science related project coordination.

Q: What motivated you to join swissnex San Francisco?

B: I was drawn to swissnex’s dynamism and breath of activities, the unique environment of the Bay Area, as well as the ability to work on interdisciplinary events and exhibitions.

C: I want to work in an internationally and forward-looking environment with a group of smart and fun colleagues. I am passionate about swissnex San Francisco’s vision of connecting the dots and am looking forward to helping the organization further this mission.

S: The mission of swissnex to connect the dots between Switzerland and North America immediately seduced me, especially when considering the Bay Area’s reputation, but the diversity of swissnex’s activities and network is what motivated me the most to come and work for swissnex San Francisco.

Q: What are you most looking forward to about being in San Francisco?

B: My fascinating job, but also having a good time with my Swiss and American friends in this incredible city.

C: I have been living in the San Francisco Bay Area for 18 years now. San Francisco never ceases to fascinate me with its innovation and its natural beautiful landscape. I love its eclectic people and all the many new restaurants that I have yet to discover.

S: Not only am I excited about meeting new people, learning about new topics, but also about discovering new cultures and tasting food from all around the world.

Q: What is something we would have never guessed about you?

B: I used to be a sponsored skateboarder.

C: I can qualify as a “fencing and violin butler” as I have knowledge in both foil armory and violin equipment, owing to my children’s activities (fencing competitions and youth orchestra performances). Personally, I am an avid traveller and a cruise ship fan.

S: I practice Cued Speech, a type of sign language. On my first day of primary school I found out that a girl in my class was hearing impaired. In order to be able to communicate with her and in order for her to feel fully integrated in our class, we had the opportunity to learn Cued Speech. We ended up being in the same class for 11 years (till the end of our Gymnasium)!