What’s your name, how old are you and where are you from?

My name is Vincent Hug, I’m 41 years old and I come from Tafers near Fribourg.

What is your education/profession?

I studied development cooperation (Master and PhD) and have been working as a program manager and consultant in this professional field for 15 years.

In which year did you join VSF-Suisse and what is your function?

I started working at VSF-Suisse in April 2023 in the role of Head of Programmes and Deputy Executive Manager.

Wow, then I hope you had a good start! What shaped your first few months?

The start was intense and characterized by many conversations with VSF colleagues. First and foremost, it was about listening and understanding how the workflows and processes at VSF-Suisse are set up and where there is room for improvement and room for manoeuvre.

Which aspect of your job do you like the most so far?

I like working with people and trying to find solutions.

And what are the main challenges in your work?

I am still relatively new to the world of veterinary medicine and animal diseases, so I don’t always understand all the abbreviations and terms.

In your opinion, what distinguishes the work of VSF-Suisse from that of other organisations or actors in the sector (if anything)?

We are strong in fieldwork, working closely with local authorities and pastoralists, and delivering visible and sustainable results. Our veterinary expertise in the VSF-Suisse teams on site is our trademark and a niche that others cannot fill. This makes us a trusted partner for key actors such as the SDC, FAO and other UN agencies.

What is your passion outside of work? What hobbies do you have?

Wine and dine! I also enjoy discovering Switzerland and the world together with my family.

Is there anything you’d like to tell the world?

In Macedonia, where I lived for the last 12 years, they say for all life situations: Samo Zdravje! (translated: Only health!) As long as the health of oneself and one’s immediate family is right, everything else is only half as bad.

Thank you very much for your commitment, Vincent!

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