Hi, my name is Bridgette Connell and I am South African through birth and recently became Italian through marriage. I have always had a passion for human health and that is what drove me to pursue a career in medical research. I specialized in HIV research as, this is in my opinion, one of the biggest health problems that the world (and especially South Africa) faces. My life path took me from South Africa, to France and now it has brought me to the East of the Netherlands where I am extremely happy to have joined the EU Project Management Team in the Strategic Business Development Division at the University of Twente. My first task in my new position is to be part of the DE-ENIGMA project. I am so glad to be part of this project, not only because the topic of the research is fascinating to me, but being able to support talented multi-disciplinary and top-class international researches such as those part of the DE-ENIGMA project is surely a privilege for me.