Daniel Rizea and his algorithm // Humans of Aspire

With the 2023 arrival, we’ll continue our Humans of Aspire series with Daniel Rizea, our 2021 Alumnus. He is one of the critical thinkers our community has. He graduated from Universitatea “Politehnica” Bucuresti and now he works at Google and spends his free time helping startups at an early stage. 1. What are you working on right now (maybe both on a personal and professional level)?  “My current professional role is Engineering Director at Google. I am contributing to the global Fitbit Health Consumer strategy and leading an engineering organization with teams in Bucharest and Mountain View. In my free …

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Aspire Year in Review – 2022 edition

You would think that on 1st of January, all the Year in Review things are finished by now, didn’t you? Well, at Aspire we like to keep things fresh and we really did stuff until the very end of this beautiful collection of months, called 2022 or Our Best Year Yet. So, let us get into it! Aspire Summer Programs We welcomed 100 more gifted individuals in our community this past summer! Through our programs (Aspire High School, Aspire Academy & Aspire Professionals), that ran from 27th of July to 3rd of August, we got to freshen up the sense …

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Hani Chkess on north stars // Humans of Aspire 

If you’d meet someone who says their best achievement is their ‘bulion’, would you believe them? Hani Chkess graduated from our Aspire High School program in 2013, and in 2015 became Aspire Academy Alumnus. After graduating from Tufts University, he is currently working at Financial Times Strategies as a Project Manager. Find out more about Hani Chkess and the impact that Aspire had on him in our Humans of Aspire series. What are you working on right now (maybe both on a personal and professional level)?  Personal: “I’m working on baking skills as I find it very relaxing. I really …

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Is today a good day to die? /// Louka Parry at Aspire Talks

Imagine you meet somebody on the street and they say: “You are a Venn diagram, not a spreadsheet”. Weird, right? This is exactly how 40 Aspire Alumni felt like on a normal rainy Wednesday, but in a cozy Zoom.  Louka Parry, a traveler at heart (with over 50 countries visited) and a hyperlearner that speaks 5 languages, is the CEO of The Learning Future, a centre that focuses on (re)inventing the education. He was our special guest for a one hour call, entitled ‘Shaping our Future’, integrating exciting concepts for every learning human being. He successfully motivated and brought new …

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Jorge Servert on balance /// Humans of Aspire

Letting Alumni tell their version of the Aspire story We are very pleased to continue our Humans of Aspire series with a fresh Alumnus from our 2022 edition, Jorge Servert. He comes from Madrid, studies in Manchester and aspires to have impact in the world of biotechnology. Find out what answers he give to our burning questions.  1. What are you working on right now (both on a personal and professional level)? “I am currently working on the development of a diagnostic tool for the detection of neurodegenerative diseases, a project to which I have been dedicating my heart and …

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Special message from Alain Heureux

We are proud to inaugurate this year’s Aspire blog with a special message from Alain Heureux – a dear professor from Aspire.    Alain is a serial entrepreneur, starting his first company in 1984 and still creating companies at the current age of 56. In 2010, he opened one of the first Incubators in Brussels hosting more than 60 start-ups from creative industries, as well as hosting events for corporations and institutions. Today, Alain Heureux is the CEO of Virtuology Academy Brussels-Paris and co-Founder of Intego Academy Kigali but also Professor in several Universities and Business Schools, adding Innovation, Creativity …

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How can Aspire significantly change your perspective?

“If this is possible, what else is possible?” Sorana Pascariu When leadership potential meets inspiring mentors, well, we know we’ve got the perfect match! It is no wonder that the Aspirers achieve such greatness when their perspective is nurtured during the summer programs in such meaningful ways as those expressed by our dearest Sorana Pascariu.   You might think “How can my perspective on life be changed in such a short time?”. We do understand you- after all, we have all been there. But Aspire is honestly not the one doing this job- it is you all along! Nonetheless, Aspire is a …

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Think better not harder

I need to give it some more thought. I need to think harder.  Where do I even start ? Do you ever tell yourself these things ? Are you oftentimes confronted with a task seemingly so complicated that you do not know where to begin – and can not see the end of it ?  Did it ever hit you that you might be looking at the problem the wrong way or approaching it the wrong way? What if your thought process is fundamentally erroneous, or at the least renders the task at hand harder than it actually is. Ideate …

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The formula for a good life

The beauty of being alive is having a multitude of choices to make. This variety explains why every one of us has a different lifestyle. What are our commonalities, though? What should we pay attention to in order to create a good life for ourselves? At the last Aspire High School 2021 session, Dan Oros, Head of the Marketing Department at Google Romania and Aspire Academy alumnus from the 2011 generation presented us the five most important elements that make for a good life and how they affect us throughout our lives: health, relationships, career, community impact and last but …

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