Panel Discussion

The Expansion of the IT Field in Romania (panel)

ImpactHub - open space

18th November, 16:00-17:00

Discussion panel about the evolution of the romanian IT, its traits, opportunities and challanges. What is the role of education and which one will be the next step forward ?

Special guests:

  • Maria Mets - COO @ NTT Data
  • Voicu Oprean - CEO @ AROBS
  • Șerban Țîr - CTO @ Gemini Solutions
  • Roxana Rugină - CEO @ Simplon România

Moderator: Ovidiu Mățan - Organiser @ Cluj IT Days

Voicu Oprean


Voicu Oprean is an entrepreneur focused on developing and distributing web, mobile, embedded, and cloud software solutions, with extensive experience in outsourcing for the travel and hospitality industry. He started AROBS Transilvania Software in June 1998, with the main goal to promote Romanian IT software specialists and their ability to work from Romania and thus offer them good career opportunities in Romania. AROBS Transilvania Software currently employs over 330 specialists; the company has operational offices in Cluj-Napoca, Bucharest, Iasi, Targu Mures, Timisoara, Chisinau, Helsiki, and New York. AROBS became ISO 9001:2000 certified for “Software development for local and international markets” in December 2006 and made it in the Deloitte CET 50 ranking four times in a row. This ranking includes the fastest growing IT companies in Central and Eastern Europe.

Ovidiu Măţan

Today Software Magazine

Founder of Today Software Magazine, organizer of Cluj IT Days

Șerban Țîr

CTO Gemini Solutions

Șerban Țîr has a 14 years experience working with Sillicon Valey based companies. During this period he played different roles within the software projects he was involved in, starting with software developer to Vice President of Engineering. The experience includes business relationships with small start-ups as well as very large public companies. Currently he is CTO at Gemini Solutions group of companies.

He understood the real value of high-tech innovation, and he is one of the initiators of the GeminiFoundry initiative, a "flexible accelerator" which promotes Romanian high-tech start-ups to the American market.

Roxana Rugină


Roxana Rugina is a technologist and communication expert engaged in social and disruptive innovation.

She is passionate about new technology, remix culture and innovation in education. Her work for NGOs, corporations, governmental institutions, agencies and startups brought her to Simplon.co France, where she learned web development and Ruby & Ruby on Rails. Today she is managing various web projects and mobile applications.

On the long term she believes that everyone should learn how computers work and how we can use technology to build new businesses. Her entrepreneurial drive determined her to move to Cluj, where she co-founded Simplon Romania and Cluj Makers. With 10 years of experience in marketing and education, she wants to help more people to learn how to code, develop digital & entrepreneurial skills to solve real problems.

Maria Metz

NTT DATA Romania

As an Executive Board Member, Maria Metz currently holds the Chief Operations Officer (COO) position within NTT DATA Romania. NTT DATA Romania, former EBS Romania, is part of the “Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation” (NTT). Established in 1988, NTT DATA has its headquarters in Tokyo and operates in over 40 countries. The corporation provides services from consulting and systems development to IT services outsourcing.

During the 16 years of activity in the company, Maria was actively involved in all development stages, being an innovator in the set up and development of the core teams, departments and organizational structures such as Delivery, Workforce Management and the company’s subsidiaries. At the moment, Maria’s strategic role is oriented on elaborating strategies for a continuous development and optimization of the company structures, as well as managing all strategic sales processes and projects.