#ThrowbackThursday: Gabriela Stefanini

Selfie taken at the 4 July reception at the US embassy in Bern: from left Olivia, Gabriela and Evelyn

“Olivia, Evelyn and I were the project team for connectUS and during that time we met the then US ambassador to Switzerland.  He was kind and helpful and sent us a letter with an invitation to the Independence Day party at the US embassy in Bern.  I was so nervous. I didn’t know what to wear to such an event, didn’t know who would be there, how we had to behave, whether we should bring something along. It was a huge event with several hundred people, none of whom we knew, mostly seemingly important and affluent.  What still makes me laugh is that I had bought a flower for my hair at H&M- if you look carefully you can see it on the photo – and at some stage a guest came and talked to us and said “Oh, how lovely. Is that a Chanel flower?”

Gabriela delivering a talk at a technical conference last year. (Photo: Leandro Godoy)

Graduated in 2012

Now  “I’m  in the Get Shit Done team – yes, really, that’s its name. I’m a software developer at Shopify, mostly working on internal tools and applications, with the aim of increasing company productivity.  Our company is moving really fast globally – we now have over 2000 employees and are expanding, well almost doubling in size each year.  So it’s very dynamic and exciting.  What I love is that we’re all given a great deal of freedom and independence to be creative and come up with our own ideas for new features and solutions. We work hard, but I really enjoy it. “

After graduation   Gabi first stayed on at the School of Business as an administrator in the International Office.  Here she also developed and launched some new tools and processes which increased her interest in software engineering and coding.  In 2014 she moved to Canada, initially to start a degree in Computer Science at the prestigious McGill University (which she has nearly finished) in Montreal.  She landed an internship with the dynamic Shopify (a cloud-based commerce platform) as software developer where she worked on product tools such as  SSL encryption, domains and upgrading the framework.  She was then hired permanently a year ago which involved a move to Ottawa.

How did studying IM help?  Even now, I profit regularly from having such a solid knowledge of business processes and tools. Next to the software backgrounds,  I have knowledge and insight into Marketing, Finance, PR and this knowledge is useful all the time.  For instance, because I have knowledge and a good awareness of Comms, I have perspectives that are genuinely useful.

Want to get in touch with Gabi?  You’ll find her on our closed IM Alumni group (sub-group of FHNW Alumni) on LinkedIn or on Twitter at twitter.com/lastgabs


Pub Quiz in Basel for all you clever cookies

Our first ever IM Alumni pub quiz – because we know you’re all pretty clever. Join us 21 September at the Pickwick Pub in Basel

Time to show you really are clever cookies:-)

Our first ever IM Alumni Pub Quiz will be held at the Pickwick Pub in Basel on Thursday, 21 September.

We’ll be doing 4 rounds from 7pm (though we start warming up with drinks from 6pm – there’s a free welcome drink for you).

Form teams (no more than 4 people per team)  – get in touch with your old classmates, especially those who seemed to know all manner of trivia. Register below either as a team ( give yourselves a brilliant name) or as an individual – you can indicate in the message section that you’re looking to join a team and we’ll try to help.


Boss#2: Talk with Melanie about Controlling

Melanie Auer, Head of Controlling at Roche Pharma

Melanie Auer is Head of Controlling at Roche Pharma.  And she’s our Boss#2.  She’s been with Roche since graduating from BSc IM in 2011 – including six months in India helping to establish the controlling unit there.

Bid for her on 27 April #BidforaBoss and get individual time with her to talk about controlling, networking and planning your development.  Drinks in the Pebbles Bar – that’s the one at the top of the Roche tower – are included.

Sign up here or on Facebook

By the way – there will be something pretty special to eat and drink on the night – we’ll tell you more next week