I landed in Dhaka, Bangladesh in October 2002 for my first international assignment. GTZ, for whom I worked then, and Swisscontact had just been granted the implementation contract for Katalyst. Swisscontact as a partner then was new to me. It was an unexpected honor when they offered me the position to lead the project. This was followed up with an intense period of on-boarding and coaching, which motivated me and allowed me to perform. It also demonstrated the flexibility, pragmatism and closeness of the organisation. In turn, I also adopted these management principles and ways of working with my team. This allowed us to maximise the potential for innovation and impact, making this a flagship programme. More importantly, it motivated me to promote young local talent within the project and to take up assignments abroad. It was a great lesson for me in the fruits of investing in your team. It also convinced me that I should move to Swisscontact and I have enjoyed working every day since then.
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