- 31 May 2021 5:44 PM
She describes herself as a "strong business leader and entrepreneur with strong insights and clarity of vision".
Panda says she has a proven record of taking multiple start-up companies through rapid and continuous growth with deep expertise in the areas of business development and sales.
Her experience as a teacher and self-described "second to none communicational skills" have been instrumental in forging strong partnerships and helping businesses to succeed.
Her management journey started in business development for a Hungarian medical start up, followed by a role in consulting for a dental software and TV production software and, most recently, as a Business Development Director for a Swiss based IT company.
Being part of a growing company and working with some of the best talent in this sector helps her develop and learn new skills in IT technical consultancy, IT management, sales, business development and sales management relating specifically to IT industry.
Panda's greatest motivation is coaching others to perform above and beyond expectations, she says.
One of the reasons she started Brainobrain kids skills development program in Hungary is to help children with in the mainstream education to acquire practical skills improve their concentration, enhance learning ability, improve problem-solving and logical reasoning abilities, sharpen concentration and listening skills and to help them develop confidence and self-esteem.
1. When did you arrive in Hungary and what brought you here?
I first arrived in Budapest in March 2008 following my spouse who moved here from Geneva and after joining ELTE University as visiting teacher in September 2008.
2. Have you ever been an expatriate elsewhere?
Yes, I was lucky I could travel and live abroad first as a student in Russia and Czech Republic and after in Eritrea, Sudan and Switzerland.
3. What surprised you most about Hungary?
Complexity of the language and how beautiful the country is. And I am still exploring the country whenever I have a chance.
4. Friends are in Budapest for a weekend - what must they absolutely see and do?
Király fürdő definitely, or any other bath, since it is a very unique experience.
5. What is your favourite Hungarian food?
For a person who is not a big meat eater definitely szarvas pörkölt. The best I had so far was in Eger and in Tapolca.
6. What is never missing from your refrigerator?
Cheese and yoghurt
7. What is your favourite Hungarian word?
I have a couple of favorites: csúnya, meglepetés.
8. What do you miss most from home?
My family, friends and Macedonian cheese.
9. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?
I always wanted to be an actress, but sadly I never had a chance to try it out.
10. What's a job you would definitely never want?
11. Where did you spend your last vacation?
I was last in Greece, Italy and Macedonia.
12. Where do you hope to spend your next holiday?
Sea side somewhere
13. Apart of temptation what can't you resist?
14. What was your favourite band, film, or hobby as a teen?
Singer: Lenny Kravitz, band Foo Fighters
Film: American beauty and
Hobby singing, I first visited Hungary at the age of 17, for a singing competition in Debrecen.
15. Red wine or white?
16. Book or movie?
17. Morning person or night person?
Depends on the needs, I could be either.
18. Which social issue do you feel most strongly about?
Healthcare and education available for everyone
19. Buda or Pest side?
20. What would you say is your personal motto?
Never stop learning.