Adapt to this country at work and life - a panel discussion with insiders on expat experiences in Romania 

New and seasoned expats, people working with expats and people helping expat communities to adapt well to Romania discuss at this panel about their experiences in Romania. 

To feel at home and adapt well in a new culture is not that easy (even in Romania), and to stay happy and satisfied at work and life is even harder. The aim of this panel is to share personal experiences, and tips&tricks about feeling at Home in Romania. 

In order to understand different angles and the the point of views, our panel discussants will be expatriates and people with vast 

experience in working with expats. 




Moderator: Mihaela Reese

Mihaela is a thinker, both a pragmatic person and idealist. She is an expert in leadership development, personal strategy, executive coaching and team coaching. What makes her tick is leading a full and authentic life sourced from inspiration and supporting others in doing the same. With her academic background, positive nature and lightness of being, she easily uncovers blind spots and helps her clients increase the flow in their lives, both business and personal. Keywords to describe her are connection, results, inspiration, discipline and impact. She built up successful teams and experienced the challenging path of leading people to high performance. Graduating an EMBA and being four years General Manager in the IT&C industry, expanded her view and understanding of business complexity. She is Associate Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation.


Panel Participants

Simona Pop

Financial, Administrative and Cultural Officer, Embassy of Sweden

Simona is specialized in project and financial management - currently working as a Financial, Administrative and Cultural Officer for the Embassy of Sweden to Bucharest. She is a graduate of Babes-Bolyai University Cluj Napoca, Faculty of Business Economics and Administration and holds a Master of Business Administration in Leadership and Innovation Management.She has over 9 years’ experience in international multi-cultural environment, both in corporate and governmental institutions and was part of various European projects. On a personal level, she is an excited traveler, loves to discover new cultures, interesting people, enjoys social interaction and building networks. Simona is a native speaker of Romanian, fluent in German and English and has good knowledge of Spanish and Swedish.



Harald Ditter

Partner Ensight Management Consulting

Harald Ditter, of German nationality, studied industrial engineering and management at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Harald joined Ensight Management Consulting in 2008 and ever since he has been leading the Technology Business Line. Formerly, Harald was a Partner with Ernst & Young Germany, and a Vice President with Capgemini Germany. He has over 20 years experience in management consulting and implementations of global ERP roll-out projects. He came to Romania in 2005 to lead the Romanian largest SAP implementation at that time.


About Ensight 

Ensight Management Consulting is the local leader of the Romanian management consulting market by revenue and number of consultants, and a founding partner of Nexcontinent, a network with 33 offices in 29 countries and a team of 1100 consultants. Since its foundation in 2000, Ensight has been providing consulting services in the following areas: strategy, operations, finance, people and technology, thus delivering integrated consulting solutions.Ensight has a multinational management team of experienced Partners who have worked in large-scale transformation projects across a variety of industries in strategic, tactical and operational engagements. 

Susan Eriksson 

Head of School InSPE

After my first degree, I undertook a PhD in Microbial genetics, before completely changing direction and becoming a primary school teacher. After 6 years in early years I became an advisor for special educational needs in Wales, covering all ages between 3 and 18. Headship then followed and I have been a head in 6 very different schools. I worked for Monmouthshire and then Bristol taking schools out of special measures. Then wanderlust set in and I worked for Shell Education in Nigeria leading a very high performing British prep school. We then moved to Zambia, again in a prep school but in the far north of the country. Europe then beckoned and I am very fortunate to now be in Bucharest leading a wonderful, high achieving and creative school - InSPE.



Olivier Ravon 

 Central & Eastern Europe Director - Gosselin Mobility 

French citizen, I moved to Bucharest in 2004. I studied International Trade at Bordeaux and Business Administration at the University of Greenwich in London. For the past 15 years, I have been working in Moving in Relocation and have perfect expertise in Global Mobility. Since 2013, I have been involved in a charity program in Romania to help and tutor kids from the association Ana si Copiii.


About Gosselin Mobility 

Gosselin Mobility: Beginning with just one man and a van in Belgium back in 1930, Gosselin has been moving people ever since. We now have over 80 years’ experience helping individuals, families, offices and diplomats hop around the globe. With Headquarters in Antwerp, Belgium, we have 48 local offices in 32 countries worldwide, so we can really take you anywhere