Maria Ferreira Berg of Brazilian origin, lawyer in São Paulo from 1980 to 1990, decided to settle in Luxembourg from 1991 onwards. On her arrival, Maria attended German and French courses and practiced as a Portuguese language trainer with Prolingua.
A few years later, she was invited by the University of Trier to teach the law of Brazilian and Portuguese rights contracts within the FFA international law unit. She later worked also with Banco Itau International SA In the middle office, for 8 years. Since 2006, Maria has been a Project Assistant at Paul WURTH S.A, Head of the Administration of Document Control of International Projects.
Maria has a team spirit for the organization of projects. In her team she takes initiatives, shares ideas. Maria, a generous heart, is a voluntary member of the association La Main Tendue and also member of Jonk-entrepreneuren.lu association. Since 2015, she has also created the Trauerwee association in collaboration with Simone Thill and Christiane Rassel.
Maria, you are Brazilian. How long have you been in Luxembourg?
I’ve been living in Trier for 10 years now, but I lived 15 years in Luxembourg. I still work in Luxembourg. My last 25 years after having left São Paulo in Brazil were literally full of surprises. I did things that I would never have imagined I could do.
I went through all kinds of jobs. I worked as a housekeeper, teacher, nanny, lawyer, translator, medical assistant and project assistant. I worked for both language schools and private companies. This allowed me to get to know the French and German culture and of course the Luxembourguish one.
Which reason took you to Luxembourg?
Thomas Berg my husband … I fell in love…
What studies did you do and what is your main activity?
I am a lawyer, graduated from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica Campinas in São Paulo, Brazil. I subsequently obtained an MBA (Master of Business Administration).
Now I work at Paul Wurth and I also teach Portuguese commercial and contract law at the University of Trier since 1992 .
In addition, I have always been involved in volunteering in Africa and Brazil and now in Luxembourg where I met some great people. I am the vice-president of the non-profit association Trauerwee in Luxembourg, which accompanies children and adolescents, who have lost a loved one, in their bereavement path. The association’s objective is to provide help to accept their new situation and to promote a healthy grieving process.
Can you give me 3 adjectives to describe your life in the Grand Duchy?
For me, Luxembourg is a romantic, idyllic and a multicultural place.
What aspect of Luxembourg would you miss if you had to leave tomorrow?
The nature as well as the colours of the flag of the country.
Tell us what is your preferred district in Luxembourg ?
Do you go often out to eat and if yes what is your favourite type of cuisine?
Contemporary style cuisine and the “cuisine du terroir”.
For which reason have you decided to join the JUST ARRIVED Ambassadors club?
When I arrived in Luxembourg, I would have liked to meet this type of organization that could have helped me to settle in Luxembourg. Now, I am delighted to work to welcome newcomers. Just Arrived is a very good idea!