Founders Group

After graduating from top universities across the United States and Europe such as Harvard, Princeton, Georgetown and Warwick, we started Aspire Academy in 2011. As friends, we shared a passion for education, a strong belief in the Romanian youth and a desire to offer our peers in Romania and Eastern Europe similar educational and social opportunities to the ones we experienced abroad. We now oversee Aspire’s evolution as part of the Founders Group:

  • Dinu Gheorghe

    Dinu Gheorghe is Managing partner for Yoop and has previously worked for RCS&RDS, the leading telekom operator in Romania, leading the online operations for the company, managing both the e-commerce and the media platforms. Previously he worked as a financial consultant for Hidroelectrica and Electrica S.A, the two largest energy production and distribution companies in Romania. Dinu’s passion for entrepreneurship lead him to create 2 succesful startups in the IT and agriculture sectors. Dinu holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Warwick Business School and a Master in Finance from Instituto Empresa.

  • Alexandra Copos de Prada

    Alexandra Copos de Prada is the CEO of ANA PAN, a chain of 23 pastry stores with tradition in Bucharest and the Co-Founder and CEO of Moonstar Ventures, a start-up in education technology that aims to reinvent corporate training, based out of London. Alexandra was previously the CEO of Ana Hotels, the largest hotel company in Romania with over 1,000 employees and 30M EUR turnover.

    In 2010 she co-founded Aspire Academy aiming to inspire high school and university students to achieve beyond what they believe possible. In 2015, Alexandra Copos de Prada co-founded Aspire for Teachers, the top pedagogical academy for Romanian public school teachers that is focused on training teachers to embed their students with the skills they need to succeed professionally.

    Alexandra was previously a consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York and Dubai, and led New York City’s principal training academy as part of the Department of Education in NYC. She graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Economics, Political Economy and Finance, from the Wharton School, the University of Pennsylvania with an M.B.A., and from Harvard Kennedy School of Government with a Masters in Public Administration.

  • Alex Radu

    Alex Radu graduated Harvard University in 2008 with a degree in Economics and Government and received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2012. He is currently working in London and New York. He is passionate about transforming education and enjoys sailing, flying and traveling.

  • Ana Sarbu

    Ana Sarbu graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University in 2012, with a double degree in Government and Russian. She is currently working in business development for Palantir Technologies, a software company co-founded by Peter Thiel. Previously Ana was employed with Richard Attias & Associates, a New York-based international strategic communications consulting company.