Don’t miss these upcoming events!Apr162014
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Recently we had the chance to meet the figure skater at the Consulate General. Lucinda Ruh is the World Guinness record holder in 2003 for the fastest and longest spinner on ice. Known as the Queen of Spin, she is clocking in at 6 rotations a second! Lucinda is also a two-time World Professional figure skating bronze medalist and a two-time National figure skating gold medalist.Originally from Zürich, Lucinda moved to the US to be a professional figure skater. Lucinda has toured with the most prestigious shows and tours in the world such as with Smucker’s Stars on Ice and Champions on Ice.She is also very active in the New York charity community and wrote her autobiography “Frozen Teardrop”.
Watch our interview with Lucinda to learn more.Mar172014
In our newest series, we’re profiling diplomats, transferable staff, and local employees at the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York to give you an inside peek into their daily tasks, professional backgrounds, and personal tastes!
In the Spotlight: Head of Culture and Education Department Thomas Schneider
Job Description: Head of the Culture and Education Department, where my 3 colleagues and I are promoting Switzerland by means of the arts and education.
Hometown: Muri bei Bern, on the outskirts of the Swiss capital
Places you’ve lived: Muri bei Bern and Biel/Bienne before I joined the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. Barcelona, Frankfurt am Main, Manila, Paris, Bern and Shanghai since I joined the FDFA.
Current residence: New York City, since 2012
Favorite things about the US: The welcoming attitude and the diversity of its people
What you miss about Switzerland: Some of the eatables that I can’t get here in New York.
Recommended New York hot spot: Swiss Institute-Contemporary Art on Wooster Street in SoHo
Regular lunch place in Midtown: I mostly take my lunch in the office. If I go to the restaurant with guests, my favorite is Dock’s Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill, a typical New York restaurant.
One thing on your desk right now is: a large button that says “High Fünf”, this year’s motto of the “Festival Neue Literatur”, a German language literary festival which took place beginning of March.
Favorite moment or “highlight” since working at the Consulate: To be frank: Every day in New York is a highlight!
Your daily routine includes: Walking to the office, discussing the projects of my department with my staff, meeting with institutional partners, artist, educators, etc. either in my office or somewhere outside. Two to three times a week (sometimes more) I’m attending job related cultural or networking events in the evening. My working day often ends very late.
If you could invite anyone to a lunch date, it would be: Rodger Federer, a great sportsman and Ambassador for Switzerland.
Upcoming projects: We are always working on about 15 projects simultaneously. “Zurich Meets New York” is definitely the biggest one, coming up in May. So stay tuned for more information to be announced soon.Mar132014
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