I was born in Romania, alas I am not a vampire. I am the proud father of two amazing girls and I am a very lucky husband.

In 1999, I graduated Saint Sava, a renowned high school in Bucharest that transformed me from a simply kid from a poor neighbourhood into a curious, eager to learn young man. Four years later I got my Computer Science degree from West University of Timisoara. After that I pursued a Masters degree in A.I. (focused on chess) before emigrating to Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand.

Since 2020 I am the Chief Technology Officer at Snapper. Before joining Snapper I worked for just over a decade at Trade Me, and when I left I was the Head of Mobile and Engineering. Prior to these two iconic Kiwi companies I worked for a few consultancies, focusing primarily on the telecommunications, banking, and financial sectors.

When I am not working, I love spending time with my family and friends, I pretend to be a farmer on my family’s lifestyle block, and I play (and coach) chess. 

Disclaimer: I own stock in several companies and I (sometimes) use affiliate links in my blog posts, particularly if they point to my chess posts.