People - 12.07.2023 - 10:00 

Philippe Narval resigns from the directorship of SQUARE at his own request

Philippe Narval, Director of SQUARE, has decided to step down from his position at the end of October 2023 for personal reasons. SQUARE is the HSG's university experimental field for new learning and teaching. After his resignation, Philippe Narval will become an honorary member of the Advisory Group of the SQUARE. From November, he will take over the leadership of a civil society umbrella organisation in his home country of Austria.

"My work at the HSG's SQUARE was very enriching and inspiring. But as the father of a child with autism, inclusion and human rights are very personal concerns for me. That's why I really wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to make a difference for and with people with disabilities," says Narval about his decision to return to Austria.  

Philippe Narval has led the SQUARE as founding director since November 2021. During this time, he has turned HSG's striking new building into a place of open interaction and innovation. Together with his team, he developed and launched new learning formats, such as "Artists in Residence", for which he was able to recruit the world-famous artist Ai Weiwei, among others. But he also curated interactive projects such as the "Strategy Days". With events such as "Open SQUARE" or "Research at the HSG", he invited the public to discover HSG and its research. 

HSG President Prof. Bernhard Ehrenzeller regrets that Philippe Narval is stepping down from his position at HSG and wishes him every success for the future. "Philippe Narval has made the SQUARE a place of change, interaction and scientific curiosity since its opening in February 2022. I would like to thank him for his passionate commitment, which we can build on".

The new directorship of SQUARE will be advertised in autumn by the University of St.Gallen.

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