If you have any questions, just ask #brnoregion’s expats!
Student / Masaryk University
Currently studying masters in International Relations and European Politics in Masaryk University, I first came to Brno as a French-Canadian vet student in VFU. Throughout the years I've had the chance to evolve a lot outside of the university sphere, especially in sports. I'm very involved in dog mushing sports, training and competing, and even wore the Czech national colors on the last championships... to tell you how much I've grown to love the country! Aside from that, I'm very passionate about community inclusivity and empowering, as well as development from a local regional to a large scale level.
Product Manager / Progress
I’m an IT specialist in Progress (Product manager) working on network traffic monitoring solutions. I have two kids (boys, 2 and 5 years old). I’m keen on AI and top-edge technologies and all about start-ups and their early stages of growth.
Lizeth Katherine Tinoco Navarro
Ph.D. student and laboratory technician / CEITEC BUT
I am finishing my Ph.D. in material sciences and working part-time as a laboratory technician. After studying in my home country, Colombia, I also did research in Brazil and came to Brno to research the use of photocatalysis for environmental applications.
Copywriter/Marketing / Jetveo
I have lived in Brno with my family for more than 16 years. In the United States, I was a sports journalist and worked as a publicist for professional horse racing. After moving to the Czech Republic, I switched to teaching English, writing, and editing. Now I work in marketing and copywriting at Jetveo, a software start-up that builds low-code web applications.
Team Leader of Tieto Mainframe Services / Kyndryl
I am originally from Lithuania, and before relocating to Brno, I spent six years studying in Sweden. I used to be a part of a communications team at my company before moving on to a team leader’s role for the Tieto Mainframe Services team. I am a very active person who loves going to the gym, playing volleyball, figure skating, or doing yoga in my spare time.
Financial Analyst / Atlas Copco
I have lived in Brno for over nine years with my partner and our son. After graduating from university, I started working as an English teacher at a language school. My friend then mentioned an open position for an English speaker with German at the shared service center at Atlas Copco. I never dreamed of working in finance, but it seems to be my thing.
Vinicius Tadeu Santana
Junior Researcher / CEITEC BUT
I moved to Brno in 2018 to do material research at CEITEC. Apart from my research, I like working with my students and seeing them grow. With my wife and two-year-old son, we love to spend as much time in nature as possible and travel around Brno and South Moravia.
CEO / pleXpad
After working for some of the biggest world banks, I now run a start-up called pleXpad. Our goal is to make renting office space easy and convenient. We offer an online platform connecting office providers to people and companies wanting to rent spaces. Although pleXpad is a British company, we based the development team in Brno.
Software Developer / SAP Labs Czech Republic
I come from Brazil, but I also have Italian citizenship. I used to live in Spain, where I met my girlfriend, who is Czech, and we moved to Brno in 2021. We both work in big international companies. In our free time, we love to go hiking with our dog or go out with friends.
Ph.D. Student / CEITEC BUT
I came from Switzerland to do my Ph.D. in the Czech Republic. My research is in Advanced Instrumentation and Methods for Materials Characterization, with a background in geology and archaeometry. I focus on the analysis of cultural heritage objects like paintings and statues at micro-scale.
User Assistance Developer / SAP Labs Czech Republic
I started working at SAP as an intern while studying at the university. Although my background is in social studies, I work together with developers on user assistance development for software solutions. During free time, I love to go to nature and enjoy the colorful life in Brno.
Dorina Mihaela Kocsis
Team Leader / AT&T
I am from Romania and before relocating to Brno, I studied and worked and worked in Cluj-Napoca. Before becoming a Team Leader for AT&T, I was part of the Accounts Payable team at Office Depot and then part of the Software Licensing Team at IBM. I am a friendly and sociable person who likes swimming, sports and listening to music.
People Manager / Kyndryl
I'm Adriana and I'm a Romanian lady living in Brno for almost 12 years. I am currently working in a multinational company where I started as Change Coordinator, later I became Dispatcher, then Delivery Analyst, then Team Leader and now, for the past 4 years I have been the People manager.
Brno Expat CentreFree public service supported by the City of Brno, dedicated to helping foreign professionals and their families living in or relocating to Brno. Start by visiting the website to find practical guides for your life in the city, or contact their consultants with specific questions.
What can the BEC help me with?
- free advice on a variety of daily living issues (visa, insurance, family, employment, business,...)
- interpreting during meetings with authorities and service providers;
- English-friendly tips for events and other happenings across Brno, for a fulfilling life in the city.
What events can I join?Free seminars and webinars, survival meetings for newcomers, outdoor trips across the region, guided tours and the Czech experience tasters. For news and invitations subscribe to the BEC Newsletter.
25. September 2018Do we speak English in #brnoregion?
For many companies in #brnoregion, speaking English is completely normal, and – as Austria is so close – lots of us speak German as well. And even if it may not always be simple with us in everyday life (we’ll try to answer in Czech to any other foreign language), we’re working on it and improving!
5. June 2019Brno is a great place to do research and raise our daughter
Stefania Pagliari and Giancarlo Forte have been living in Brno since 2013 and aren’t planning to leave, not even after their daughter was born here in 2017.
10. August 2020Expats doing business: Alexandra Georgescu
Her studies and later professions took her all over the world, yet Alexandra Georgescu eventually settled in Brno. Once here, though, she felt it was lacking a strong community of designers, so she created her own successful festival to fix that. She has been equally successful in spreading the pleasant philosophy of the KOGAA studio, which she and two associates established in #brnoregion five years ago.
Important contactsThese organisations will also help you to become a member of #brnoregion’s community.
Centre for Foreigners of the South Moravian regionThe Centre helps foreigners with integration into Czech society. They offer free language courses, legal and social consultations, sociocultural lectures, and multicultural activities.
Foreigners.czA commercial agency focused on complex services for expats. Foreigners can help you search for a home, find a job, and assist you with healthcare, transportation, or dealing with public administration.
Living in BrnoA Facebook community focused on living in Brno. Giving and seeking advice for making life in Brno wonderful for expats from all over the world.
Multicultural Center BrusinkaCentrum Brusinka is an educational, leisure time activity non-profit multicultural organization. Their offer ranges from language courses and music and art lessons to a library or public speaking workshops.
InterNationsInterNations is a privately owned global network of services for expats. Get tips about Brno, join a local community or get in touch with them for local events and expat-relevant information.