Emilia Bunea
Leadership Researcher & former CEO Metlife Romania at VU University


Emilia Bunea is a leadership researcher at VU University, Amsterdam. Her research on the role of leaders’ nonwork life in leadership development was published by Harvard Business Review, London Business School Review, Les Echos, and was widely cited in the business media (Le Monde, Wall Street Journal, etc). Her TED talk on the role of serious leisure in leaders’ lives has been viewed over 400,000 times. Emilia's research is based on interviewed numerous leaders with passionate interests, from startup entrepreneurs to CEOs of Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies. 

As a former CEO and CFO herself with corporations such as ING, Metlife and Achmea, and now a non-executive director, Emilia is one of the few leadership experts with a 360 degree academic-practitioner vision. Emilia has delivered courses and talks at universities in Europe and the US, as well as at various corporate and industry events.