Time to say goodbye. So many are leaving our beloved city.
Bye bye Bob
Bob White, Department of Home Security, is back in the home country in the Windy City, Chicago. He’s been promoted to Assistant Director, Field Operations-Trade (Chicago Field Office). He’ll be responsible for Customs and Border Protection international trade operations throughout the Mid-western US, covering 13 US states. Congratulations!
Uf Wiederlüge Hämmerli-Weschke
The Doyen of the Consul Generals (and accordingly longest serving), Swiss Consul General Rita Hämmerli-Weschke is leaving July 2. A banker before joining the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, she is an expert in trade and banking. During her time here, she has made full use of her expertise in commerce to build the bridge between two financial centres, Zürich and Hong Kong (Swiss quality!). Her previous postings included Frankfurt, Bonn, Tokyo, Osaka, Dubai, and finally, our tiny rocky island. Where will she be going next? The Swiss consulate told Diplomat that she will let us know later in the month. Stay tuned and read our profile of her career online.
Kalinin will work at Kremlin
Vladimir Kalinin, Russian Consul General in Hong Kong, will leave the city later this month for Moscow to work in the headquarters of the Russian Ministry Foreign Affairs. During his three and a half years of service in Hong Kong, Kalinin made a great effort to promote Russian art and culture in the city. Diplomat will miss the treasures of Tsarskoye Selo, Russian cinema, and Kalinin’s presence.
All roads lead to Rome… including that of Fazzi
Matteo Fazzi, Cultural Attaché at the Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong, is going back to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome, where he will work in the Directorate General for the Country Promotion (economy, culture and science) while awaiting a new posting abroad.
Fazzi arrived in Hong Kong in 2011 from London. He founded the Italian Cultural Institute in Hong Kong, where dozens of cultural events including film festivals, concerts and art exhibitions were organised. He has also established in town an Italian cultural programme which, unlike thematic festivals, spans across the year.