Ronnie Smith is Scottish and now lives in Romania, working as a professional training business consultant and communication coach. He is also a teacher of political science, a political and social commentator and a writer of fiction.
Trainer & Guest writer
Mariana holds a PhD in Economics and she has been working in banking since 1991. Now, she is senior training consultant in banking and she is also freelancer authorized trainer in soft skills and financial banking techniques. She studied banking techniques, communication, sales, NPL, coaching and transactional analysis. She is passionate about education, travel, history, politics, music, reading, movies, cultural events and photography.
Paul Wood read History at Queens’ College, Cambridge and studied to be a lawyer without having the stomach to become one. He worked in the British civil service and in the City of London. He fell in love with Romania while travelling through in 1990 and has lived and worked as a headhunter in Romania since 1998. After almost 14 years he is still fascinated by the most egregious capital in Europe. His favourite activities are talking, thinking, walking, reading and looking round churches. He collects friends and books. He is conservative but unconventional, a Catholic with a Protestant mind, a solitary extrovert and a political refugee from the global village. His blog is here.
Matt was born in Romania and grew up in a world of ration cards and clandestine Radio Free Europe broadcasts. He immigrated with his parents to Toronto, Canada in 1991 where he spent twenty years before returning to Romania as co-founder of a technology startup. When he’s not working he blogs about his experiences as a person with ‘bipolar nationality disorder’.
Marina Garcia Perez
Marina Garcia Pérez is a young professional from Spain who has been living in Romania since 2012, where she is involved in the PR industry and works for a Romanian PR agency. Before coming to Bucharest she lived in London for a year and she also studied a complete academic course of her degree, Journalism, in Lisbon. In her hometown, in the north of Spain, she had previously worked for a daily newspaper where she was able to discover the journalism world. For Romania-Insider.com she writes comment pieces about the local PR industry and communication in general.
Alexandra Duţă is the co-founder of 5 Senses Romania, a company that provides premium customized tourist services. 5SR brings a new concept to the Romanian tourist market, the 5 senses vacation not for tourists but travelers, those in search of a multi-sensory adventure. 5SR offers them the choice of the finest ingredients for a true feast of thrills, thus having the possibility to select and combine those which best create the complete holiday experience.
Paul Sinka is a Romanian-Hungarian journalist living in the western part of Romania. At the age of 17 he was the youngest local correspondent for a county newspaper. He has nine years of experience in print and online journalism, since 2009 the editor-in-chief of an online community newspaper (www.pecicanews.ro). You can follow him on Twitter @PaliSinka.
Roxana Manolescu is an Academy of Economy Studies graduate, with 9 years experience in Retail and Horeca. She owns Satori Journal blog , writing from own experiences about what she loves most: travelling, restaurants, food and wine, arts and interior design. Through her blog she promotes life lived beautifully and hopes the readers to get their daily inspirations from the topics she writes about. You can get in touch with her by email at [email protected]
Ashley is a born and bred Englishman, hailing from the South East on the English Channel coast. A born explorer of new lands, cultures and ideals, Ashley first visited Romania back in 2009. Falling in love with the openness, friendliness and general vitality of Romania, he decided to “set up shop” here and has done so since 2013. Ashley is the founder of Fuze; an appointment setting company that conducts cold calls, books appointments and builds sales pipelines so that business owners can concentrate on the most important task; growing their business! Find out more at www.fuze.ro. For Romania-Insider.com, Ashley writes about everyday Romanian life as an Expat, whether that be doing business or the weekly shop, you can be sure of an interesting read and more than a few laughs! Feel free to get in touch with Ashley via: [email protected]
Andy Trincia is American and lives in California, where he is a partner in a public affairs firm and freelance writer. He lived in Romania for nearly four years, first as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Timișoara and later as an expat in Bucharest. He has a Romanian wife, Oana, and travels back regularly. A former newspaper reporter, Andy still enjoys writing for various magazines and web sites. You can see more of his writing and photography at andytrincia.com. Andy holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston. Follow him on Twitter: @andytrincia
Florin holds a master degree in European and Romanian Politics. He has 4 years of experience with political media monitoring and he works with passion on political marketing and electoral research. He volunteers for the community he lives in, and enjoys living a full life with his family, his wife and two beloved daughters. He likes to travel across Romania and never gets tired of discovering its beauties.
Ioana Condruz currently works in the treasury division of a bank and plans to continue in this direction. She has an MBA and, in parallel with improving her professional skills, she periodically tries to enrich her experience by getting involved in new activities or studying new things. Ioana loves to travel and learn about foreign cultures, to read, to play tennis. If all these happen on a musical background, it is perfect for her! She is inquisitive, loves challenges and is dynamic.
Dave Jordan lives in the traffic jam that is Pipera near Bucharest and mainly writes about the characteristics, drivers, challenges and best practices of fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and pharmaceutical supply chain operations in Romania and CEE. Dave delivers supply chain messages often through the use of humour, music, poetry and analogies with local daily life experiences and challenges. Outside work typically, British pastimes include gardening, following football/cricket and walking Mr Patch the half Jack Russell-half Mr Bean dog rescued from the street.
Jethro Shirley-Smith grew up in London, but he was born in Bucharest, and has been coming to Romania every year since – as a child and now with his wife and three young children; keeping up strong relationships with his family in Bucharest is a priority, as is maintaining his love for Romania, especially traditional life in the countryside. He studied at the University of Exeter, where he gained a BA in Sociology and an MA in European Identity, and started a PhD at the Institute of Education, University of London, which he had to leave for personal reasons. He has worked as a teacher and in various other roles within education across London and South-West England. He is passionate about travelling, writing and social observation, and he tries to bring all three together as often as he can. Studying how people work together in their environment, and how the environment impacts on people’s behaviour fascinates him; and weaving these aspects together in his writing is something he always strives to achieve.
Nicholas Hammond is a highly experienced qualified English Solicitor who has been practicing and working in Romania since 1990. He is a register foreign lawyer with the Bucharest Bar. His area of expertise is in relation to all types of commercial matters particularly IT and IP, insurance M&A and aviation as well as general corporate matters.
Juranda is passionate about homemade, artisanal food, strictly using local ingredients from own production or surrounding orchards and forests. She combines traditional Romanian food recipes with international influences and creates a unique Romanian slow food cuisine. Juranda is born in Bucharest, of Romanian-Polish nationality and married with a German. After living for more than 10 years in Wroclaw, Paris and Bavaria, she returned in 2008 to Romania and moved to Buzau County where her family originally comes from. She founded the tourism development association of Buzau County, TravelBuzau, and shortly later Terra Carpatica, making of a simple hobby a culinary passion. Juranda has worked with several famous Romanian chefs and appeared in culinary TV shows. More information: www.terracarpatica.com, www.facebook.com/terraprodusepremium
Elena Grecu, the manager of the intellectual agency Nomenius is a lawyer and a trademark attorney. With a relevant experience in commercial law, media law and intellectual property she will publish soon a Legal Guide for Advertising
Mihai Titienar is a Romanian based in China. He studies trade in Shanghai and his interest include travel, politics, history and mass-media. You can follow his blog on China: https://mihaititienar.com/