The Romanians Abroad section gets richer every day! Some awesome professionals happily share their story, their performances, their values and beliefs, their life abroad or their feelings towards Romania. However, I thought it was a little unfair for older interviews to remain somewhere in the back of this blog, just because some people believed in this project earlier than others. So I felt the need to create this ever-growing list, containing a short overview for each and every individual we Romanians should all be proud of!
They are all outstanding performers in their fields of expertise. Ambitious human beings who strive for more. Who make a name for themselves and let everyone know they come from Romania. They are all the living proof for my strong belief that we Romanians cannot be outdone by any other nation on Earth. And they all have one thing in common: they loved this project and shared their story for The Golden Romania!
I am far from discovering them all - hundreds of thousands of Romanians who proudly carry our flag in their heart all over the world. I will never fulfill this potential, that's for sure. What I can do though is to persistently look for them, filter out those people nobody wants to hear about, and create the framework for them to show their true colors. That's a promise!
So, without further ado, I give you the list of all my countrymen interviewed for the Romanians Abroad section!
Adela Clara WIENER (Zurich SUI, Dubai UAE) - CEO @ AGYS AG. Adela is the perfect example of a Romanian business woman, succesful abroad: they started with an office in Bucharest, and now are serving the global banking sector with top-notch solutions and worldwide teams!
Adrian DULEA (Leverkusen GER) - Area Sales Manager @ TMD Friction. Adrian is an accomplished sales professional, being the main reason for the succes of his company in Eastern Europe, IAM, ADRIA & Baltic regions.
Alex BEJAN (Barcelona ESP) - Entrepreneur, E-commerce Developer/Consultant. He is a globetrotter, having the liberty to work from anywhere he pleases as long as he has Wi-Fi available. He builds e-commerce websites which are accessed by milions and milions of people every year.
Alexandra COSMA (Berlin GER) - Project Management & Business Development @ CANDENA, Project Management & Communication @ PISA4U, Founder of House of Treasure. She is an innovative entrepreneur, destined to improve life of others, with no less than 5 unique projects in her portfolio for 2017 only (two of them in the making as we speak!)
Alexandrina SCORBUREANU (Verona ITA) - Head of IT & Digital Financial Management @ Generali. She is only two levels under the CEO of a global insurance company, responsible for the finances of her IT department at the HQ in Milano!
Alexandru George LAZAR (Barcelona ESP) - Lawyer/Partner @ IntLaw Abogados y Consultores, Associated Professor @ Law School of Pompeu Fabra University, Academic Director of the LLM in Compliance @ EIS, Partner @ Rise Consortium. Alexandru is an accomplished international lawyer, specialized in M&A, Commercial and Compliance Law, very passionate about his field of expertise, teaching included that, as he nicely puts it, is the essence of altruism by giving know how to future competitors...
Alexandru PATRICHI (Brussels BEL) - Alex is leading his architecture office in Brussels, and enjoys one of the most diversified project porftolio of an architect today: households, apartments, monasteries, even public squares are among his many implemented designs...
Alina Elena IOSUB (Singapore) - Project Manager @ HP Inc. Alina makes the most out of living in Asia and she shares some interesting insights upon Singapore, where she is a consultant and a decision maker for her high-stakes project portfolio.
Amelia BONEA (Oxford UK) - Researcher in History @ University of Oxford. Amelia is passionate about India, persistent in showing the entire world how we could make our life better if we used the Indian way more often.
Ana Maria FOCIUC (Aeschi bei Spiez SUI) - She is ANAPAZ, a creative, accomplished painter who fully benefited from her 2-year Ashram retreat to leave behind a burned-out corporate career, to find and follow her passion, to live a healthy, happy life.
Ana PATRASCOIU (Gaborone BW) - Ana is a constant nomad who has already managed successful projects in Europe, Middle East, South America or South Asia, currently putting her knowledge and skills at the disposal of a media consultancy company in Botswana
Anca BARSAN (Berlin GER) - Founder of Amoreze made to measure lingerie. Anca was courageous enough to leave her corporate job in Romania, for the perspective of opening a business abroad, where she customizes bras for the well-being of each of her customers.
Andrada Camelia MANTA (Barcelona ESP) - Founder of Aelite Street. Andrada has developed a unique concept for the luxury real estate market, being acknowledged as the one to serve international stars who cannot resist to move to Barcelona.
Andrada FORSEA (Munich GER) - Business Integration Manager @ Accenture. Andrada is one of the most joyful person you will ever meet, a globetrotter who has worked and lived in all corners of this world.
Andrei GOLESTEANU (Boston Area USA) - Senior Director OD, Talent & HR International @ Keurig Green Mountain. One of the best HR professional Romania has ever produced, with a wide experience in developing international performers from various industries and countries.
Andrei Vladimir LASCU (Yogyakarta IND) - General Manager @ Gameloft Indonesia. Andrei runs a company with 750 employees, but the Asian environment keeps him humble and with his feet on the ground.
Ariana Ioana IVAN (Berlin GER) - Co-founder of Agents of Style, Founder of Powerful Minds, Mentor @ MentorMe. At only 20 years old she has already accomplished a great deal of career milestones, but most importantly she lives a happy, passionate life and inspires others to do the same.
Aurel CARAGHIORGHIOPOL (San Jose USA) - Project Manager @ CISCO, CH Reynolds. Aurel lives life to the fullest in the Silicon Valley while managing a high performant team responsible for IT projects generating bilions and bilions of dollars.
Bianca MARCIUC (DJ Bia) (Dubai UAE). She is one of the few women on Earth to be a succesful DJ, Actress and Model simultaneously!
Bianca SARBU (Fribourg SUI) - Energy Portfolio Manager @ BKW AG. Bianca is one of the few women who activates in the Swiss energy sector.
Bogdan BALAMAT (Brussels BEL) - System and Application Engineer @ Sopra Belgium. A fine representative of the large Romanian community in the capital. of Belgium.
Bogdan COPIL (Prague CZE) - Trainer, Founder of The Wellnessence. He is a true inspiration for other professionals, helping others to take ownership of their own learning and transpose it into a life of well-being, health, freedom, happiness, passion...
Bogdan LERESCU (Mumbai IND) - Associate VP & Head of Devices @ Vodafone. Among the first 25 interviews, this one is my personal favorite, as it reveals an outstanding performer who is open enough to change his values and beliefs, thanks to the healthy environment of India where he currently lives in.
Carmen BECKER (Prague CZE) - Corporate Center Manager @ MOL Ceska Republika. After more than 10 years leading the HR function in Romania, the MOL Group needed her expertise in Prague, where she is mainly responsible with the integration of no less than four oil&gas companies after a huge quadruple-sized merger.
Catalin CUCU (La Spezia ITA) - Operations Director @ KRUK Italia. Catalin has successfully built his entire career around the collection industry, and his performances helped him grab this key international role, where his actions directly influence the differentiation of Kruk against competition.
Cosmin PIRVU (Aalborg DEN) - CEO of IntelFlows, Managing Director @ Kickstart Aalborg. Cosmin has recently launched his third startup, where they build a network of moving sensors which can be accessed from a device that will only collect relevant information for each customer.
Dan MACARIE (Berlin GER) - Head of Support @ Nosto Solutions. Former Country Manager at Foodpanda Romania, Dan is today an indispensable performer in Germany, where he is in charge with the back office team
Dan PINTILEI (Antibes FRA) - Software Developer @ Amadeus. Dan lives on the French Riviera since 2011, and he is one of the senior developers in his company, which makes him the problem solver, the expert, the ask-him-and-you'll-know kind of guy.
Gabriel DIMA (Hawaii USA) - Gabriel is an astronomer with complex views upon life, who for the last seven years has been living in one of the most desired places on Earth!
Gabriela ROTARIU (Quebec CAN) - General Manager @ Cavalia Sutton Stables. After a long career in the hospitality industry, she now blends her lifelong passion for horses with the management duties for Cavalia Stables, being the main reason for the business turnaround and the well-being of 20 people and 60 horses.
George POPESCU (Copenhagen DEN) - Corporate Finance Executive @ British American Tobacco. George is a geologist turned into a financial expert, and this unique combination makes him that interesting person everyone wants to work with!
Gratiela M. ROSU (Dordogne FRA) - Therapist, Spiritual Teacher, Writer, Founder of CWS Coaching & VISAIN G. R. Aromatherapy. Gratiela is a former lawyer who, after a nearly-death experience, has found her calling by inspiring others to focus on what's really important in life, thus healing any disease which medicine can't handle.
Greta RACHITA (Padova ITA) - Manager @ Lovely Bakery. Greta has succesfully fulfilled her dream of finding a place to cook her creative recipes, and she was the first one to bring the idea of brunch in Padova.
Ilinca TRIF (Amsterdam NED) - Founder of Trif Studio. Ilinca is currently building her way up in the fashion industry, looking, among others, to promote the wide Romanian talent in textiles.
Isabelle RIZO (Chicago USA) - Artist, Consultant, Singularity Storyteller. Isabelle distinguishes herself with her unique way of inspiring top performers around the world, with the help of a customized approach, an easy concept that can make anyone achieve better results.
Johann STAN (Den Haag NED) - Patent Examiner @ European Patent Office. The title itself tells Johann's story, since not anyone can be in the position to approve patents for any European innovation!
Mihaela CODRE (London UK) - Architectural Technologist @ Westfield Europe. Mihaela is an accomplished architect who does everything she can in her limited spare time to promote our country in the most creative way.
Mihaela PANAIT (Prague CZE) - HR Manager for the Advisory practice @ Ernst & Young. Mihaela has spent over 14 years in HR in different industries and she is constantly promoting, currently responsible for all HR services in Central and South East Europe.
Mirel BAILA (London UK) - Senior Consultant @ Lloyds Banking Group, Founder of Ergophilia. Mirel is the first one to believe in this project, and told me about his wide banking expertise, as well as his startup which helps professionals get a job in the United Kingdom.
Oana BOURAOUI (Paris FRA) - Co-founder of Romanian IT. Oana is a community builder, a strong believer in the talent of Romanian professionals, striving to help them re-unite under the same roof and create a fulfilling environment for them.
Peter W. SZABO (London UK) - Senior Manager UX/UI @ Amaya Inc. Peter has managed to distinguish himself in the crowded IT industry, as an expert in developing positive experience for big brand consumers.
Radu CIOCAN (Doha QTR) - Group Director Customer Experience @ Ooredoo Group. Radu is a world-class performer in developing Customer Experience programs for the main players in the telecom industry, nowadays serving over 120 milion Asian customers.
Radu Paul STANEA (Gdansk POL) - Sr. Group Manager - F&A Operations @ WNS Global Services. Radu is a respected leader, one of the top managers in the Polish office of his company; he was lucky enough to have seen almost 50 countries in this world, which makes his global perspective something not to be missed!
Radu TOPLICEANU (Vienna AUT) - Head of Multichannel and Segments @ Sberbank Europe. He is one of Romania's most important banking professional, mainly because he always makes sure the members of his worldwide teams grow on a personal and professional level.
Raluca TRONARU (Geneva SUI) - Founder of Maisons du Soleil. Raluca sells beautiful houses in her beloved Barcelona, mainly to Swiss buyers located around her new home in Geneva.
Razvan Mihai OANCEA (Hong Kong) - Regional Sales & Operations Director ASIA @ AMANN Group. After 16 successful years in the sewing threads industry, Razvan gladly accepted the challenge of leading his company operations in Asia - an experience that can only bring the best out of an already mature individual.
Roxana BORAMIR (Stuttgart GER) - Global Head of Shared Service @ KSB AG. Managing a team of 40 persons worldwide, Roxana is now responsible for Business Process Optimization and is acknowledged in her company as the brain behind any new improvement idea.
Roxana SUCIU (Budapest HUN) - Senior Environmental Expert @ MOL Group. Roxana's field of expertise revolves around energy, environmental issues and protecting the nature, and what other better place to bring her ideas to life then in a global Oil&Gas company?
Sorin MUSTACA (Tettnang GER) - Founder of Sorin Mustaca IT Security Consulting UG. He is a remarkable IT professional who had the courage to partially separate himself from his employer, thus making his expertise available to several other companies willing to learn the importance of IT security.
Titiana SILIMON - MORARIU. Since we had our interview, Titiana has moved back to Romania, but our discussion remains a top story on this platform, due to her unique passion and gift for writing poetry!
Tudor MARCHIS (Bangalore IND) - CEO @ TCFM India. Tudor manages 1500 employees, administers 4 million sqm of offices, knows how to have fun and at the same is the proper person to attack some sensitive topics, which he surely does in our discussion.
Veronica BREJAN (Paris FRA) - Chief People Officer @ Pizza Hut Europe, Yum! Brands. Veronica is in love with Paris, with her French husband and the role she holds - European HR Director for 24 countries, getting the chance to bring people together, to inspire them in reaching their full potential, to promote mindful leadership and living.
Victor BALANIUC (London UK) - Founder of Balvia Group. Believe it or not, his first start-up was launched at the age of 15 (!!!), and now, 7 years later, he has established himself as one of the most important event organizers in Romania and UK!
Victoria DIMA (Essen GER) - Operational Excellence Manager @ E.ON. Victoria is the agent of change in a global organization, managing an international team that needs to be innovative all the time in order to drive business transformation and build a healthy mentality.
The list will be further updated, after each new interview is published on the Romanians Abroad section.
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