Organizing Team

Aspire Steering Committee

The Steering Committee handles the long-term strategic planning and decision-making for the Aspire organization according to the mission, vision and values of the organization established in the first years of existence.

Ana-Maria Ciobanu

Ana-Maria graduated magna cum laude from the American University in Paris, specializing in Political Science and International Economics. She also holds a Master’s in Public Administration, from the University of Bucharest, as well as a certificate in International Relations, from the Romanian Diplomatic Institute. Currently, Ana is working for the American Chamber of Commerce in Romania as Advocacy & External Relations Coordinator.

Alex Lazar

Alex graduated from London Business School and is a former Co-President of Aspire (2011-2014), currently seating on the Board of Aspire. He previously worked in London in strategy consulting and currently resides in Bucharest where he is managing new product launches in the water industry.

Dinu Gheorghe

Dinu Gheorghe is leading the online operations for RCS&RDS, the leading telekom operator in Romania, managing both the ecommerce 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.

Dani Oros

Dani is leading the Marketing department at Google and YouTube in Romania. Dani was a participant at Aspire Academy 2011 and has been involved in various roles ever since: Finance Manager, Co-President and Board Member. Prior to joining Google, he was a Country Manager for BlaBlaCar, the world largest’s carpooling platform, in Romania, Hungary and Croatia. Before that, he worked as a management consultant for A.T. Kearney and as Head of Special Projects for Ana Holding / Ana Imep.

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 she was employed with Richard Attias & Associates, a New York-based international strategic communications consulting company.

Alex Radu

Alex 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 Voicilă

Ana joined Aspire High School in 2014 and ever since she has been part of the Aspire organising team. She graduated with first class honours from an Economics and Business program at UCL and now continues her studies in Finance at Harvard Extension School, while working in investment banking in London. Ana joined Aspire’s Mission Circle for 2 years, lead the Incubator, acted as Aspire Co-President and has been part of the Aspire Strategic Board. She is currently sitting on the Aspire Steering Committee.


Aspire Executive Board of Directors

The Executive Board comprises senior-level leaders from the Aspire community and advises the organizing team on decisions and business matters ranging from strategy planning, risk and growth of organization, fundraising and team management.

Antonius Cezar Hegyes

Antonius has participated to Aspire back in 2013, and has been with the organizing team ever since. He currently serves as an Executive Board Member for the areas of Marketing, PR, and IT. As a university student, he started freelancing in the field of web development and founded his own tech company, Deep Web Solutions, shortly after graduation. Currently, his company specializes in developing complex IoT solutions and websites helping other SMBs to grow and thrive. Over the past 10 years, he has worked extensively with many technologies and has been recently certified as one of the top 2% of WordPress developers in the world by Codeable, the #1 online outsourcing service for WordPress. Antonius is a doer, a dreamer and a thinker who chases possibilities all around him while mentoring and motivating others.

Daniel Iacob

Daniel joined Aspire is 2012 after graduating Aspire Academy. He is a Romanian film producer and media entrepreneur with business activities ranging for development, production and distribution of feature films within the domestic and international market. He is known for the production and distribution of #Sefie 69 and Oh, Ramona.

Using an innovative system for self organization entitled holacracy, our team is organized in Circles:

Aspire Recruitment Team:

  • Alexandru Mocanu (lead)
  • Irina Mocanu (lead)
  • Sabina Gradinariu
  • Iulia Stanciu
  • Teodora Mitu
  • Maria Ivanciu
  • Diana Murgulet
  • Ulemj Munkhtur

Community Managers:

  • Luca Pantea (Lead)
  • Smaranda Camber
  • Andra Maier
  • Cristina Chiroiu Boteanu
  • Daria Anghel
  • Alexia Lapadat

Marketing Managers & Graphic Designers:

  • Andra Neagu (lead)
  • Alexandra Nanu
  • Georgia Canura
  • Iulia Gheorghe
  • Miruna Iliescu
  • Paul Gaica
  • Alexandra Dedu
  • Teo Pariza


  • Cristiana Tepes
  • Sergiu Badiu

Team Leaders

, the ones that will be leading all Aspire’s projects for the year that comes:

Luca Pantea

Luca Pantea joined the Aspire Community when he graduated Aspire High School, in 2018. Aspire inspired him to give back to the people that guided him in finding his real passion – bringing great minds together to tackle emerging global issues through innovative approaches. Being part of the Logistics team, organizing Aspire Pre-Accelerator and being selected Project Manager for Aspire Academy only reinforced his dream of actively participating in shaping Aspire’s future.

Luca Pantea constantly seeks new ways of improving through taking up initiatives and strongly believes that life is a daring adventure or nothing at all. Currently, he is the Head of Digital and Community supervising activities related to events and community engagement whilst studying Computer Science and Engineering at TU Delft.

Miruna Iliescu

Miruna Iliescu attended Aspire Professionals 2018 and she stayed with us ever since, taking on more responsibilities. She studied communication and PR at SNSPA, holds a Master’s degree in psychology from University of Bucharest and is currently a Teaching Assistant as part of her PhD programme in Communication Sciences. She is passionate about making a change, hence she is volunteering for a wide range of NGOs, all focused on education, environmental impact and cultural issues. Moreover, she is an experienced entrepreneur and a natural-born nomad. Certified as a trainer, she delivered workshops and presentations in 7 countries, spread across 2 continents.

Andra Neagu

Andra Neagu started her Aspire journey in 2018 when she attended the Aspire Academy program. She finished her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Bucharest and is currently attending Master courses at the Faculty of Business Administration in Foreign Languages.

Always on the lookout for new adventures, Andra is always trying to grow herself and takes the time to continue learning, be it developing new skills or learning a new language. She recharges her batteries by traveling, skiing, playing the piano or reading a good book.

Irina Mocanu

Irina Mocanu attended Aspire High School in 2016 and has been a part of the Organizing Team ever since. Aspire inspired her to get out of the comfort zone and work on becoming a great leader. She is extremely honoured to put in practice the skills acquired at Aspire and lead the recruitment process for the Academy program this year. Because she believes that knowledge is power, she wishes to spread the Aspire spirit to as many students as possible.

She is in the final year of her undergraduate degree, studying Political Sciences-Security Studies at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. Her passion for international security and diplomacy motivated her to get involved outside the classroom and volunteer for NGOS and think-tanks such as SODEIT Cameroon and Expert Forum.

Alex Mocanu

Alex is a former Aspire High school graduate who has just started a three-year degree in PPE (Philosophy, Politics, Economics) at UCL. Having been part of the Aspire team for the past 2 years, he is now leading Recruitment for the High school program of 2021, which he will be also co-organising. Even though he is glad that the pandemic has provided him with more time for study and self-reflection, he can’t wait to get back in touch with the community once everything is back to normal.