What a coincidence, 7 years later I am back as the Consul General of Switzerland in San Francisco. The insights I have gathered back then with the IVLP in San Francisco and in Los Angeles are extremely helpful now. I would never have wanted to miss this unique opportunity for a deep-dive into the world of technology. Sadly enough I am now in this position in a time of fundamental challenges for America’s. society, economy, and politics due to the COVID-19-crisis. But these are moments of test for leaders in various positions. The IVLP certainly made me a better leader of the Swiss Consulate General and in my work trying to find a way for both our countries and the world to come out of this crisis stronger than before.