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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.