- 9 Mar 2016 11:00 AM
I lived in England, first as an au pair and later worked and studied at the same time in London. This was a defining moment of my life, it was my very first International total immersion.
Back home, I worked for a car shipping company and later for the Manufacturing and Human Resources Department of an American Pharmaceutical company in Paris. There, I met my Swiss husband, Nicolas.
Nicolas' work sent him overseas in Africa and Asia where I worked as a teacher at the French International School of Jakarta.
When we came to live in Hungary in 1995 I joined IWC Budapest. It is a wonderful place to meet friends, to get to know the local culture and to use your free time by being involved in the association. It is a very broad and enlightening experience.
When I have the time I like to go to aquafitness, pilates and love to play Mah Jong. I am serious about golf and wine tasting dinners and enjoy concerts, ballet and the cinema.
Over the years, I have been serving IWC in many ways. First, by helping Membership. Over several years I coordinated the IFF, I have been part of Ball Committees and I coordinated the Charity Ball.
I was elected IWC Chairwoman in 2012 and I enjoyed the challenge of these exciting years. IWC is a wonderful and unique Association and I would like to use my experience to the benefit of the IWC for the next years.
1. When did you arrive in Hungary and what brought you here?
1994 - My husband's business opportunities.
2. Have you ever been an expatriate elsewhere?
Yes, in Africa and Asia
3. What surprised you most about Hungary?
Young people do not hesitate to stand up to leave their seat to older people on public transportation.
4. Friends are in Budapest for a weekend - what must they absolutely see and do?
The Vár, Mátyás templom, Andrássy út, Parlament and the covered market.
5. What is your favourite Hungarian food?
Lecsó, Székely gulyás and krémes.
6. What is never missing from your refrigerator?
Cheese and wine
7. What is your favourite Hungarian word?
Stb. stb. (és a többi, és a többi) - easiest word I heard the first time I came to Hungary.
8. What do you miss the most from home?
Theater in French
9. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?
Working with travel.
10. What's a job you would definitely never want?
Working in a hospital
11. Where did you spend your last vacation?
12. Where do you hope to spend your next one?
13. What was your favorite band, film, or hobby as a teen?
14. Apart of temptation what can't you resist?
15. Red wine or white?
I love Champagne and Pinot noir
16. Book or movie?
17. Morning person or night person?
18. Which social issue do you feel most strongly about?
Violence to women and children
19. Buda side or Pest side?
20. What would you say is your personal motto?
No matter what, if you believe and are convinced, go for it.