Her Excellency Ms.
Manuela Breazu is the first woman Career Ambassador of Romanian
diplomacy. A university trained oil engineer by trade, she
has represented Romania at the highest diplomatic level in
Australia, Mexico and Argentina.
As head of an
Intergovernmental Organization that is committed to gender equality,
His Excellency Irving Le-Vance was particularly pleased to meet this
accomplished pioneer in what are traditionally male dominated
professions. Ms. Breazu, a well travelled polyglot, demonstrated a
razor wit and a clear pride in her homeland and the qualities of
She radiates an impressive combination
professionalism, poise and grace. Of course, the Secretary-General
was proud to report having encountered the impressive qualities of
accomplished Romanian ladies when he informed the Ambassador that
currently the only Romanian to feature on the
Dr. Roxana Mittler-Matica who is a Resident
Neurosurgeon in Brunswick in Germany.
This led the
Ambassador to open a detailed discussion on one of the
Secretary-General’s pet topics, that of ‘brain drains’. She lamented
the fact that the media and public at large often comment of the
migration of poorer Romanians to other EU countries, but the
economic benefit to host countries of the westward migration of
highly educated and capable Romanian graduates is never reported.
Similarly the net loss of this expensively trained, high value,
workforce to Romania’s development potential is under appreciated.