Noah Schöppl

Noah Schöppl is an AI strategy associate at ALLAI and member of the management team of ProjectTogether, a Berlin-based digital incubator for social innovation. He pursues a part-time MSc at the Oxford Internet Institute. Noah is a researcher and entrepreneur with experience in strategy consulting, impact investing and cybersecurity.

Jesper Johansson

Swedish Marketing Manager and awarded entrepreneur. Broad track record within youth organizations where he has worked to develop young people within international entrepreneurship, leadership and stock trading. Read the full story and find out why Jesper thinks Aspire is a great organization for young leaders around the world.

Anca Balaceanu

Anca is a student at Dartmouth College and has been very successful in terms of leadership, entrepreneurship and public speaking. She plans to use her passion for movie production to raise awareness and contribute to a more caring society. Read the full story and how Aspire was a turning point in her life.

Cassandra Boruzescu

This week’s Alumni Wednesday features Cassandra Boruzescu. She is a 12th grader at a renowned high school from Bucharest and she is currently working hard on her college application. Her dream is to study political sciences in the USA.

Some of her more recent accomplishments include the EYP Romania Regional Selection Session Muntenia 2013 which she attended this November. Thanks to her performance, she has been proposed for the National session in spring. We hope you make it!

She is proud of graduating from an intensive course of Diplomacy and National Security held at The Chambers of Trade and Industry of Romania in October, mostly because of the people she met and the chance to hear more about a domain she is really passionate about.

She also does some volunteering on the side, especially for Tasuleasa Social, an ONG situated near Bistrita-Nasaud. This December, between the 27th and 30th, she will be handing out gifts to children from the close-by villages through a project called “The Christmas Truck”. – See more at

Ioana Mare

Today we officiate Alumni Wednesday, the series of posts whereby you’ll get to know our community a little bit better. The first featured member is Ioana Mare. We last heard about Ioana a week and a half ago when she made it onto Romanian National Television. Now we are going to tell you more about her.

It is very important to mention that she is a very active volunteer. She has been literally building homes for the poor through the ‘Habitat for Humanity’ Foundation since 2009. She founded her own Interact Club, gathered people to pick up garbage through the “Let’s do it, Romania!” project, and the list can go on. And that is not even all there is to her! Ioana is also a very ambitious student, which she proved by winning the 1st Prize at the National History Olympiad three times in a row!

This week, Ioana is will be in the UK having interviews for college admission. We wish you the best of luck! Keep making us proud!

Sebastian Patulea

Today we will continue the ‪#‎AlumniWednesday series in which we introduce to you one of our amazing alumni. Today will feature Sebastian Patulea, 2014 Aspire Academy Alumnus who graduated in Business Administration with Computing at The University of Kent, United Kingdom. He is currently doing his Masters in Finance and Investments at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

Sebastian considers one of his greatest accomplishments to be the fact that not only did he graduate from The University of Kent with a First Class Honors degree, but, at the same time, he managed his own portfolio of investments which achieved a 16.2% return after taxes. Moreover, Sebastian currently works as Head of Value Investment at a student investment fund, managing real-world equity portfolios based on a value investing strategy. His current responsibilities include coordinating a team of students extremely passionate about investments, giving seminars on valuation and modeling, as well as providing feedback on investment proposals and pitches. He and his team are currently drafting a fund prospectus with the aim of becoming the Erasmus University’s first official investment fund, in order to attract funds from companies and to expand their professional network. This sounds really exciting!