Aspire professors and speakers
Alain Heureux, serial entrepreneur starting his first company in 1984 and still creating companies at the current age of 52. Most companies were and are active in media, marketing, digital and technologies. Parallel to his ventures, Alain has taken an active part in many professional marketing, creative, and digital associations across Europe. He is part of the Strategy Policy Forum from the European Commission on Digital Transformation and Entrepreneurship. In 2010, he opened one of the first Incubators in Brussels hosting more than 60 starters from the creative industries as well as hosting events from corporates and institutions (The Egg Brussels&Pepibru). Today, Alain is the co-founder of Brussels Creative (www.brusselscreative.be) and Creative Ring (www.creativering.eu) as well as trainer of starters and corporates throughout the Virtuology Academy (www.virtuology-academy.com). Cross-over innovation and creative ecosystems are the two main focus points.
Steven has been given the Teacher of the Year Award at Harvard Kennedy School, in June 2016. He is recognized as an expert in campaign management and political strategies. He has served as a senior strategist and campaign manager for various US representatives. In 1996, Roll Call magazine named him one of the “50 most influential political people in Washington”. Steven also teaches annually at the IESE Business School in Madrid, Spain, and has consulted and managed political campaigns in Europe, Asia, and South America.
Luciana Herman is a Lecturer in Public Policy at Stanford University. Previously, she has taught writing and political rhetoric courses at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to policy writing and public speaking, her academic interests include American political rhetoric, racial formation and immigration policy. Following work on Capitol Hill in the area of water policy, Dr. Herman earned her PhD in English at the University of California, Berkeley.
Phil Malone teaches at Stanford Law School. His work is focused on understanding and promoting sound innovation and exploring how intellectual property and competition policy in high-tech industries affect it. Phil came to Stanford from Harvard Law School. He was one of the faculty directors of the Berkman Center and was the initial HLS liaison to the Harvard Innovation Lab, a new, university wide center aimed at facilitating innovation and entrepreneurship among Harvard students and faculty.
Andreea is Assistant Professor in the Management of Organizations at the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley. Beforehand, Andreea received her PhD in Organizational Behaviour from Harvard Business School. She holds an MA in Sociology from Harvard University and a BA in Economics and Sociology from Dartmouth College. Andreea has experience teaching Harvard College’s undergraduate course in Social Entrepreneurship and in Harvard University’s Summer School Programs.
Nadia has a huge passion for discovering new talent and hidden resources in people and organisations. Through this and also with the help of Nobel Laureate for Economy, Joseph Stiglitz, she learnt to adopt a people centred approach. Nadia founded various organisations, such as Women Leaders Intercultural Forum or Global Policy Innovations Program, which focus on a wide range of worldwide social and economic problems.
Fady Chreih is the CEO of Regina Maria, the largest private healthcare network in Romania. The network owns 22 locations in key cities around the country but also partners with over 180 multi-specialty clinics. Before growing Regina Maria from a small hospital to a successful healthcare network, Fady was the Head of Healthcare Divison at Banca Transilvania. Fady has an MBA from the University of Sheffield, and also studied at Harvard and London Bussiness School.
Dan Pascariu is the President of the Board of UniCredit Tiriac Bank. He has previously been the President of the Board of Bank Austria Creditanstalt Romania for 9 years. He is also cofounder and Associate Professor in the Romanian Banking Institute. He held lectures as an invited Professor at Bucharest University of Economic Studies, University of Chicago,Stanford University in California and Georgetown University in Washington. Dan is a friend and supporter of Aspire, having attended every edition since 2011.
Ismail finished his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Politics at Oxford University and did his Master’s at University of Pennsylvania. He lived and worked in more than 30 countries, including the UK, where he was a consultant for PWC London in their economics and strategy department. Ismail also coordinated the country program for Central Europe and the Baltics in the World Bank’s department for Europe and Central Asia.
After 16 years as HR Manager at BRD – Groupe Societe Generale, Mihaela started on the unpredictable entrepreneurial road. She established Yourway, Life & Career Counseling, the company which offers her the possibility to create organizational development programs for business clients, counsel young students from NGOs or multinational companies and, last but not least, establish the first business line aimed to identify and develop children’s potential.
Dragos has more than 20+ years of experience in solving executive issues, managing international teams and founding several companies to offer integrated mentoring, coaching and consultancy, focused on measurable long-term changes. He spent the last couple of years coaching over 300 individual clients to improve their professional life and mentoring over 70 startups in creating a sustainable business from their passion, using the Lean Startup methodology.
Don is an American who fell in love with Romania. He is the founder of the “Romania One” foundation and online platform, which fights to strengthen Romania’s civil society. According to Don, his foundation wishes to “give back Romanians their dignity and confidence that they so truly need”, in order to rebuild the Romanian society.
Mariana Gheorghe is the first woman CEO of Petrom. She also worked for the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, first as Associate Banker, Main Banker and then as Senior Banker for Southeastern Europe, Caspian Region and Caucasus.
Bogdan Georgescu is the founder and CEO of Bookster, a modern library for companies. Before starting Bookster, Bogdan ran the Real Estate Consultancy firm Colliers International for more than 10 years. He has also done training courses at Harvard Business School.
Andrei is a Master Trainer for the Romanian franchise of “Dale Carnegie”, which deals with personalized solutions’ provision and development for local clients – one of the largest multinational companies across the country. He has been involved in the training and professional development field for over 10 years. Before joining Dale Carnegie in Romania, Andrei had worked in the media industry, leading a departmental team for one of the largest daily publications in the country, at the same time founding a unique concept on the market.
In 2015, she founded the School of Tranformational Coaching “Mind Learners”, which was rated at level ACSTH by the International Coaching Federation. Over the years, Alis developed her nown training methodology focused on self-awareness, self-analysis and introspection, delivering various workshops on “Motivation”, “Authenticity”, “Confidence” or “Happiness”.
Lucian is a prominent media figure, who developed his career based on journalism. Former director of Ziarul Financiar, the most respected Romanian publication, Lucian is presently involved in entrepreneurship working with companies such as Sign Factor and Alter Media. Lucian Mandruta is a graduate of the Faculty of Journlism and Communications of the University of Bucharest.
Tim is the founder and CEO of ShareThis. Before starting this company, he was managing director at Blue Chip Venture Company, where he coordinated investments in market leaders on marketing and technology, such as Advertising.com, Nielsen Buzzmetrics or Third Screen Media. Tim was an international consultant and led innovative projects for Apple Computers, Hitachi, Hallmark Cards, Motorola and Procter & Gamble.
Steve is the CEO of Phytel, a healthcare IT company recently bought by IBM. He is a healthcare entrepreneur and he received the Ernst & Young Regional Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his work at Accordant, a previous company that he founded. He later sold Accordant for 100 million dollars.
Matthew is an Assistant Professor at INSEAD, a leading global business school, where he teaches the core MBA course on Strategy. He received his doctorate at Harvard Business School. The sphere of his research is social enterprise and public-private cooperation. Previously, Matt worked in non-profit strategy consulting at the Bridgespan Group, an affiliate of Bain and Company.
Anca is the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Bucharest. She was member of the Board of Directors at United Way and studied at Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government.
Sam Potolicchio is Director of Global and Custom Education at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. Potolicchio was named as one of “America’s Best Professors” by the Princeton Review, the only one in his field and the Future Leader of American Higher Education by the Association of Colleges and Universities. He has served as the department Chairman and Distinguished Professor in Political and Social Communications at the School of Public Policy at RANEPA, the biggest university in Europe and as the President of the Preparing Global Leaders Foundation, a leadership training program for rising leaders from over 100 countries.
Prior to joining HEC Paris, Roxana worked as Assistant Professor of Management at McGill University and Visiting Professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She teaches negotiations and leadership and directs the Collaboration Module in the McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA program. She has research expertise in careers and job mobility, particularly among managerial and professional workers. Roxana holds a PhD in Management from INSEAD and a BA in Economics from Stanford University.
Elisabeta is Country Manager of Google Romania. Ms. Moraru has joined Google Romania team in 2012, as the Industry Head having as a main activity advising customers and partners to use solutions in order to improve online performance. She has actively supported the introduction of digital solution in the educational system and the media. Ms. Moraru has initiated different programs dedicated for school improvement, universities and the media. Between 2004 and 2007 she was employed at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, then from 2007 until 2011 she was a Microsoft employee, followed by Xerox from February 2011 and March 2012, thus proving her expertise.