New Global Shapers with Bucharest Hub

A new generation of Global Shaper candidates has been admitted in the Bucharest Hub of the Global Shapers Community. These are outstanding young professionals that work to create impact in a variety of environments: entrepreneurship, sports, education, technology, innovation, public office or the corporate world. The new 9 Shapers join the Bucharest community of Shapers and a Global Community of almost 6000 members in over 450 cities committed to improving the state of the world, under the World Economic Forum umbrella.

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Alin Apostu

Project Manager, Romanian Business Leaders

Entrepreneur enthusiast, passionate about building programs, connecting people and doing stuff. I am the co-founder of a start-up which organizes treasure hunts for both B2B and B2C, I coordinate a project on entrepreneurial education within the Romanian Business Leaders Foundation, organize Startup Weekend Bucharest and different other endeavour with regards to entrepreneurship and start-up ecosystem.

Octavia Bors

Founder, EDUmix

Octavia Borș has graduated Sociology at Babeș Bolyai University and started working in the educational field in 2011. She began by providing training and mentorship for teachers leading community service learning projects, as part of New Horizons Foundation (NHF). She continued as a Program Director for the IMPACT educational program (running in over 100 schools in Romania) and International Trainer on experiential education (Nicaragua, Germany, Armenia etc.). With time her interest switched from nonformal to formal education (public policy, teacher training, school management). Curently, as an Advocacy Officer for NHF, she is collaborating with the Ministry of Education on improving the legal frame of Școala Altfel. Also, on behalf of the Coalition for Education, she is coordinating a public consultation on initial teacher training. Early, she has founded EDUmix a social start-up envisioned to grow steadly and contribute to bridging and developing policies & school leadership.

Alina Burlacu

Experiantal Learning Designer, Centre for Academic Excellence

Alina Burlacu is an experiential learning designer with more than 6 years of experience in international educational projects addressing topics like: entrepreneurship, human rights, and intercultural dialogue. She also has more than 8 years of experience in the NGO field both as volunteer and employee and her biggest achievements were the projects she implemented for vulnerable groups such as youth coming from foster houses and people with disabilities. Alina also worked as an Associate trainer for the Institute of Strategic Communication in Paris and The Alternative University in Romania where she designed and delivered experiential trainings on topics like Women and Children’s Rights, Leadership and Experiential Learning Design. She also writes and implements projects as a freelance trainer under the framework of the Erasmus+ Program. Alina has bachelor degrees in Political Science and European Administration and master degrees in the field of European Public Space and Analysis and Conflict Resolution.

Iulia Drajneanu

Advisor, Internal Affairs Department, Romanian Presidency

Iulia Drăjneanu is a young professional with various qualifications in the field of good governance. With significant experience as a civic activist, independent consultant for the implementation of anti-corruption internal programs and, not the least, as adviser for internal political affairs in a central institution of public administration, she has a comprehensive understanding of how both central and local public administration function and how their performance can be improved. Iulia holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the National School of Public Administration and Political Science, an MA from the same University and is currently working on her PhD dissertation studying social dialogue. She began her career as an intern in the non-governmental field back in 2010, starting with one of the most relevant anticorruption NGOs at that moment, was a coordinator and contributor to the report of the Constitutional Forum in 2013, and went on to consolidate her competences as an anticorruption independent trainer and consultant and expanding her horizon to include matters such as social inclusion, ethics and compliance and advocacy. Her personal objective is to determine as many as possible to take responsibility for their professional and social duties in the organizations they represent and for their contribution to developing a highly ethical professional environment, both in the public and the private sector.

Diana Morea

Business Incubation Manager, The Alternative University

Diana is part of the Alternative University team where she has the role of Business Incubation Manager in which she develops educational programs to support youth in entrepreneurial activities. She is also involved in construction of an entrepreneurial development methodology within the European research project Yincubate. In the past Diana coordinated EX Amsterdam, the pilot project of the Entrepreneurship Academy, the first entrepreneurship faculty in Romania, she was the Business Club manager of VIP and was part of the team that organised the Good to Go start-ups academy.

Diana Pirciu

Brand and Marketing Specialist, Romanian Football Federation

Enthusiasm and passion for making a positive impact in the society is what defines me the most. Having a bachelor degree in Communication and Sports Marketing helps me perform at my best at the Romanian Football Federation. Working in a field such as marketing and events allows me to use creativity, positivity and hard work into something with international impact. I am also interested in education and how sport can help kids learn more effective and makes every lesson more attractive. I played tennis for 14 years and I actually had a tennis scholarship for 4 years in Louisiana. I am now a tennis coach for kids and in the process of implementing a program called “PLAY and Tennis” for kids aged 4-10.  I am a team player in everything I do and I consider that together always makes us stronger. Global Shapers will have a positive and powerful impact in my life and I consider being a part of this great community will help me and the others improve in each area of life.

Raluca Simbotin

Chieff of Staff, State Secretary, Ministry for Public Consultation and Civic Dialogue

Chief of Staff at Ministry for Public Consultation and Civic Dialogue of the State Secretary since February 2016, Raluca Sîmbotin is a public policy analyst with expertise in Transatlantic Relations, Governance, Democratization, NGO Development & Advocacy. Before her nomination in the Government, she was an advocacy manager of the Civil Society Development Foundation, the most significant resource center for NGOs in Romania. She has 5 years of management experience and her main responsibilities included coordinating advocacy and information campaigns, writing project proposals, elaborating legal analysis. She is also involved in developing projects that aim to support cross-border cooperation within the Black Sea Region (Black Sea NGO Forum, Black Sea NGO Fellowship). Mrs Simbotin is alumni of the The Rule of Law Program South East Europe of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and Board Member of Lider Just Association. She holds a B.A. in Law from the University of Bucharest and a M.A. in International Relations and European Integration from the National School of Political and Administrative Studies Bucharest.

Horatiu Ticau

Managing Director, Seedstars Academy

I’m currently the Managing Director for Seedstars Academy (Global), an entrepreneurship education program focused on finding and training young people to build companies in emerging markets. My main responsibility is developing the content of the program, managing the local teams and setting up the academy in different locations, from Nigeria, to South Africa and other key markets in Asia, Africa and Latin America. In Romania, I have been part of developing various projects related to entrepreneurship development, such as the business incubator of the Alternative University and RICAP, the first tech accelerator based in Bucharest. I’m also a proud board member of the Entrepreneurship Academy, the first entrepreneurship university in Romania. Ping me on any conversations related to entrepreneurship education, social innovation or emerging markets.  

David Timis

Project Manager, Google Romania

David Timis is one of the two Youth Delegates who represented Romania at the United Nations for the 70th session of the General Assembly and the 54th Commission on Social Development. David studied Business Administration and Management at the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom, and European Management at EM Strasbourg in France. He also had the opportunity to receive two consecutive study scholarships in India and China. David was fortunate enough to work and/or volunteer in more than 8 countries from 2 different continents. He was involved with organizations from various fields, from NGOs such as AIESEC, LSRS and Rotaract, to intergovernmental organizations such as the Council of Europe. Last year, he worked in the FMCG industry, first with Mars in the UK, and then with L’Oréal in Romania. Currently he is a Project Manager at Google Romania.


Bucharest Shaper Vlad Voiculescu, new Romanian Health Minister


The Health Minister proposal of PM Dacian Cioloș has been accepted by President Klaus Iohannis. We are proud to present you a founding member of the Global Shapers Bucharest Hub, the new Romanian Health Minister, Vlad Voiculescu.

For the past year, Vlad has worked as Cabinet Director of Finance Minister Anca Dragu. Before that, he lived for 14 years in Vienna, where he obtained B.A. and M.A. degrees from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, currently having over 10 years experience in the financial domain.

Throughout time, he was involved in several social projects in the health domain, the best-known being the cancer-treatment drugs’ network that saw volunteers transporting to Romania, free of charge, essential drugs in the treatment of cancer, drugs that were no longer available in Romanian hospitals and pharmacies. The project was revealed by a HotNews investigation that formed the basis of an HBO documentary – ‘Reteaua.’

Likewise, Vlad Voiculescu was previously Vice President of Erste Group Bank AG’s Infrastructure Financing Division, and is the initiator of MagiCAMP. Since June 2013, he has been Vice President and Treasurer of the European Cancer Patient Coalition. He is an Aspen Romania Fellow of the 2012 class and a founding member of the Global Shapers Bucharest Hub.



Viitorul va arăta cum îl vom crea. Finaliștii SIA 2016

Register-here-Button-GreenVino alături de noi, marți, 24 mai de la ora 18:00 la ARCUB/Hanul Gabroveni pentru a afla care sunt cele 8 echipe finaliste ale Social Impact Award 2016.
100 de tineri au aplicat cu ideile lor iar 8 dintre acestea vor primi suport peste vară constând în spațiu de lucru, mentori și acces la rețele prin care să își crească ideea. Noi credem însă în șansa tuturor de a prinde rădăcini, ale lor și ale tale, așa că vom explora împreună cu membrii juriului, în formatul de World Cafe, întrebări cheie pentru trecerea de la idee și gând la faptă.
>> Ce resurse, financiare și de know-how, sunt disponibile în România pentru idei de inovație socială?
>> Cum devii membru și îți crești afacerea socială prin comunități de antreprenori?
>> Cum abordează multinaționalele inovația socială și sustenabilitatea și în ce investesc?
>> Cum îți spui povestea ca oamenii să se ralieze în jurul ei?
Participanții vor avea ocazia să cunoască și poveștile a zeci de idei de afaceri sociale înscrise anul acesta la SIA. Acestea propun rezolvări inovative problemelor sociale prin noi modele educaționale, inovație în nutriție, mobilitate, locuire, ecologie, artă, sănătate sau energie.

Workshop-urile Social Impact Award

De ce antreprenoriat social? De ce Social Impact Award? Chiar funcționează astfel de afaceri? Cum pot să particip?  Pentru a oferi răspuns la aceste intrebari și a-ți facilita ocazia de a interacționa cu antreprenori sociali de succes, venim la tine în oraș să ne cunoști.

Până acum am fost prezenți în București (Universitatea Româno-Americană, Universitatea Politehnică), Cluj (Universitatea Babeș-Bolyai) și Craiova (Universitatea din Craiova). Mergem în săptămânile următoare în Timișoara, Iași, Brașov, Ploiești, Constanța și înapoi în București (Facultatea de Drept, ASE, Youth Hub, Universitatea Alternativă).

Participarea la aceste eveniment este gratuită. Înregistrarea se face completând acest formular:

workshops.001Acest workshop se adresează studenților care:
– Vor să descopere cum pot câștiga în cadrul Social Impact Award unul dintre cele 3 premii de 1500 €, mentorat, conectare, spațiu de lucru sau șansa de a participa la SIA Europe Summit din Viena
– Sunt în căutare de idei de proiecte prin care să creeze impact social
– Vor să cunoască alți studenți care au interese similare
– Vor să decopere instrumente utile în dezvoltarea și testarea ideilor lor

Social Impact Award 2016 este organizat în România de Global Shapers Bucharest Hub, Social Innovation Solutions și Universitatea Alternativă.

Call for Applications. Become a Global Shaper!

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Send us your CV and a motivation letter at until March 31st 2016 and we will contact you back. If you know a young change maker nominate her/him by sending a complete file and a recommendation. We welcome candidates between 20 and 30 years old, based in Bucharest with a proven record of impact, leadership potential an commitment to make a difference.

WHAT is the Global Shapers Community?

The Global  Community is a network of Hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievement and their drive to make a contribution to their communities. The Global Shapers Community is one of several multi-stakeholder communities at the World Economic Forum. Over 5700 shapers are present in more than 450 cities around the world making an impact on their societies.

HOW does a shaper look?

Shapers are highly motivated individuals who have a great potential for future leadership roles in society. They are selected on the basis of their achievements, leadership potential, and commitment to make a difference. Through the Global Shapers Community, Shapers are provided with opportunities to connect with the worldwide network of Global Shapers, to network with other World Economic Forum communities, and to represent the voice of youth at World Economic Forum events. Shapers are united by a common desire to channel the members’ tremendous energy and enthusiasm into building a more peaceful and inclusive world.

Lansare Social Impact Award 2016

Joi, 25 februarie 2016, începând cu ora 17:00, la BCR – Sală Universitate (Bd. Regina Elisabeta nr. 5, Poarta 1) s-a lansat competița Social Impact Award 2016.

SIA 2016 este o competiție de idei pentru tinerii ca tine, care vor să construiască soluții inovatoare la problemele sociale curente. Participanții pot câștiga 3 premii a câte 1.500 euro fiecare sau 1 premiu de popularitate în valoare de 500 euro pe baza votului online. În afara premiilor în bani, proiectele finaliste vor avea posibilitatea de a participa la workshop-uri naționale și internaționale în perioada mai – octombrie 2016 în București și Viena. Te invităm să faci parte din cel mai mare proiect dedicat tinerilor din Europa interesați de antreprenoriat social! Aplică la SIA 2016!

În cadrul Social Impact Award Kick Off participanții au avut oportunitatea: să afle mai multe despre proiect și cum poate ajuta acesta construirea propriei afaceri socială; să se conecteze cu alți tineri care le împărtășesc aspirațiile; să interacționeze cu foști participanți si să afle cum au arătat primii lor pași în antreprenoriat social; să fie inspirați de poveștile unor antreprenori sociali de succes; să se familiarizeze în cadrul unor mese rotunde cu provocările lumii în care trăim.


17:00 – 17:30 Check-in & inregistrare la Living Library

17:30 – 18:30 Introducere SIA 2016

Ciprian Stanescu, Coordonator SIA Romania 2016; Curator, Global Shapers Bucharest Hub

Jakob Detering, Director of Social Impact Award, Impact Hub Vienna

18:30 – 19:30  Panel Social Impact as a career path

Moderator: Oana Țoiu, Fondator Social Innovation Solutions, Global Shaper


Irina Anghel-Enescu, Managing Director South Eastern European Private Equity and VC Association

Zoltan Bereczki, Country Director, NESsT Romania

Jakob Detering, Director of Social Impact Award, Impact Hub Vienna

Cristina Cristea, Co-fondator, Universitatea Alternativă

Ciprian Stanescu, Coordonator SIA Romania 2016; Curator, Global Shapers Bucharest Hub

19:30 – 19:45 Coffee break

19:45 – 21:00 Living Library

Social Impact Award 2016 este organizat în România de Global Shapers Bucharest Hub, Social Innovation Solutions și Universitatea Alternativă. SIA se adresează studenților și tinerilor profesioniști care își doresc să schimbe probleme sociale curente într-un mod inovativ, inițiind afaceri, proiecte sau chiar organizații. Ideile pot adresa diferite teme: sărăcie, sănătate, educație, mediu, energie, tehnologie și comunicații, drepturile omului, discriminare, etc.

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Youth in local and central public administration

We organized on September 12 a Conversation on the importance of having more DSC_6121young people in local and central public administration. Youth disengagement with politics, policy and administration is an increasing and dangerous trend as political scandals, low wages and positions and an overall negative perception are a constant reality .

The debate took place within the National Youth Council of Romania which has as purpose to structure and promote the vision of young people on a series of subject areas and to propose amendments to update the legislative framework youth in Romania.

Ciprian Stanescu, Curator, Global Shapers Bucharest Hub

Aniela Aron, Public Manager, Ministry of Labor
Claudia Benchescu, President, CSL, Vice President TNL
Iulia Drajneanu, Advisor, Presidential Administration
Corina Murafa, Public Policy Consultant
Codru Vrabie, Anti corruption expert, Funky Citizens

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National Youth Council of Romania

The second edition of the National Youth Council of Romania will take place between 10 and 13 September in Bucharest. The purpose of this edition is to structure and promote the vision of young people on a series of subject areas and to propose amendments to update the legislative framework youth in Romania. This debate platform benefits from a strategic partnership with Global Shapers Bucharest Hub, Aspen Institute Romania and the Youth Organization National Union Bloc and will gather over 200 youth representatives from Romania.

In the first two days of the event participants will attend a series of panels for discussion on topical issues. Professional facilitators will join young people’s creativity and critical thinking to achieve an objective analysis and, especially, to propose realistic and appropriate solutions to the problems identified on each level. Subjects for the panels will be:

1.    Labor and Entrepreneurship
2.    Participation and volunteering
3.    Health, Sports and Recreation
4.    Culture and Education
5.    YOUth Guarantee and the social inclusion of disadvantaged groups

Young people aged 14 to 35 willing to participate in this event can register by filling in the form available on the official website of the Youth Forum in Romania ( from August 10th to 23th, 2015. The selection results will be released on August 31, 2015. The organizers will provide accommodation and meals for 100 participants from outside Bucharest  and lunch for 100 participants in Bucharest.

“Beyond statistics, the overall situation of young people in Romania is worrying. From our point of view, a central role in improving the social situation of this category, creating a favorable youth employment and professional development of their initiatives, and not only that, is the  particular legislation and executive action. For this reason,  the second edition of the National Youth Council of Romania will recreate the space devoted to discussions and interaction between young people between 14 and 35 years from all over the country, NGOs, youth, other members of civil society  and also the  representatives of the central authorities. We started this process in order to identify the most desirable and appropriate ideas for updating the legislative framework in the field of youth in Romania, steady and perfectly connect the agenda and good practices: youth empowerment, especially young people’s access to rights and support their participation in democratic life. “- Radu Petrariu President of the Romania’s Youth Forum.


So what is a Global Shaper?

August 2025. It’s been 10 years since the 2015 Annual Curators Meeting happened. I remember it as if it was yesterday. 450 Curators of the largest community the World Economic Forum created gathered to meet and transform their ideas into action and their action into change. Global change.

There were times in these 10 years where many of us felt like our impact is smaller than we can; many times when our voice was silenced by the ones that should shut up; many times when we just stayed low and forgot who we are. But something made us stand up and shape our world. The stories Mark Pollock told us, the inspiring words of Prof. Schwab and the conversations we had with each other in and after the ACM helped us connect our work, cities and countries. And this was the key of ACM, each year. To connect us in sharing cultures and dreams and to make us support each other.

Someone asked then what does it mean to be a Global Shaper. I realize, every day, that it is what we do that makes us who we are, not definitions. It is in our DNA to fight, build, connect and inspire. I’ve seen cities rebuilt, countries breathing the air of freedom and improbable technological innovation created by Shapers. I’ve seen us in political, business and civic leadership positions that shook the very foundations of the world. We are shaping the world like nobody believed we could at the beginning of this story. We are leaders, friends, mothers, fathers, presidents, prime-ministers and citizens. We are, alongside our peers, the ones that shape the world. And we have the duty to continue.


*This is an essay by Ciprian Stanescu, Curator, Global Shapers Bucharest Hub