Within the first month or two of my arrival, I chanced upon the “Typically Swiss” seminar given by Kathy Hartmann- Campbell, co-founder and chair of BaselConnect. She talked about the natural mistrust that Swiss have of strangers (even among themselves) and how this mistrust, combined with their effort not to invade anyone’s privacy, can mean that they view any foreigner moving into their building with suspicion.
About Martin Zalesak
Martin, who grew up in the Czech Republic, moved to Basel for work at Novartis in August 2013 after spending the previous 17 years on the US East Coast, most recently Boston. Originally a physician scientist, he now works on strategic projects in the Novartis Pharmaceuticals division.