A Belgian national, Mihaela’s brings 15 years of work experience with her, with fluency in six European languages. She has overseen projects in Europe, the United States and Central Asia. Before joining the DIFC Courts, in Dubai in 2014, she was based in Kabul (Afghanistan) for four years, where she drafted the new Competition Law for Afghanistan, contributed to the National Trade Policy and helped design the first Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre for Commercial Disputes.

She has been appointed in 2014 as at the DIFC Courts in Dubai to oversee a novel development, namely the design and launch of the DIFC Wills and Probate Registry, including the drafting of its legal basis. After managing the Registry for a year, she took over the role of Associate Director at the DIFC Dispute Resolution Authority. She was in charge of the DRA advisory, leading the effort to set-up a common-law English-language commercial court and an arbitration centre in Kazakhstan’s international financial centre (AIFC). As of 2018, Mihaela has also led the ‘Courts of the Future’ LegalTech initiative and she holds a voluntary position with the International Association of Court Administration as a Board Member, VP Sponsorships.