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Matchmaking - How it works

1:1 meetings 

  • Registration: 16 May 2021 – 17 June 2021
  • Request meetings: 1 June 2021 – 17 June 2021
  • Meetings are managed online via 1:1 video call

 

1.   Registration

 

2. Create your profile

Company profile = Summary

After the registration, make sure you fill in your company profile.

In the “My account” section - “Summary”, fill in relevant information about the entity you represent and about your offer/request.

Here you have the opportunity to:

- Explain the technology/product/expertise you are offering or looking for.

- Specify the type of partner you are looking for.

 

Select the most appropriate Tags, to indicate the type of entity you are working for, the field of activity and the type of collaboration you are looking for.

Please bear in mind that the “Summary” and the Tags you select, along with your contact details (company, position, e-mail, LinkedIn, Twitter, website) are the information visible to the other participants.

 

Don’t forget:

  • Your company profile should be in English, clear and relevant to the event.
  • Your profile should describe who you are, what you can offer potential partners and who you want to meet. It is your online business card!

  

3. Promotion of profiles

  • Your profile will be visible to the other participants in the “Virtual lobby” (“Networking”) and in the “Participants” section.
  • Important to know: your Summary is visible only in the “Virtual lobby”.
  • Important to know: your Summary is visible as long as you are logged on the events’ platform, in the “Virtual lobby”.
  • Please make your profile available, by joining the platform!  

 

4. Select your bilateral meetings – from 1st of June 2021

  • Browse the list and profile of attendees.
  • The “Summary” of the participants is visible as long as they are active on the platform and they access the “Virtual lobby”.
  • Use the Tags to easily find the ones aligned with your goals.
  • Send meeting requests to those companies/persons you want to meet.
  • Adding a short reason why you are interested in a meeting will increase the acceptance.
  • Check every incoming meeting request and accept or refuse if not appropriate, via e-mail.
  • If you don’t refuse a meeting request it will be registered as accepted and scheduled in your agenda. 

5. Before the event - technical preparations

  • Check your audio quality, using headphones is highly advised.
  • Consider cutting your video, in case of broadband issues.

 

6. During the event

  • Check the latest version of your meeting’s agenda in “My agenda” – “Meetings”.
  • Start your virtual meetings, according to the schedule: “My agenda” – “Meetings”.
  • RESPECT the other participants' time and show up to all your meetings.
  • If an unforeseen circumstance arises and you will not attend a meeting, please cancel your meetings through the platform. This way, the other participant will be notified.

 

Participants at the on-site event:

·       You can have bilateral meetings with the participants present at the location of the event.

·       You can have online bilateral meetings with other participants, in the networking room set-up by the organisers. 

·       The online meetings will take place on the platform of the event, via phone or your personal laptop.

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Agenda
16
TCIC2021 PRE-EVENT : Cluj Future of Work // Custom design product skills
The "Custom Design" module coordinated by Transylvanian Furniture Cluster as part of Culturepreneurs 20/21 was an entrepreneurial training project, developed within the Cluj Future of Work, the first Urban Innovative Action project in Romania, co-supervised by the City Hall of Cluj Napoca and the Cultural Center of Cluj, alongside 8 partner entities. For a few months the participants of the "Custom Design" module worked both individually and in teams to imagine, create, develop and test new products, by using an all new laboratory. At TCIC they will showcase and pitch some of their best efforts.
Centru Regional de Excelență în Industrii Creative & Online
Living room furniture with traditional motifs
Office Organizer
Multifunctional table
Furniture for the Hallways
Start
16:00
End
17:30
Coffee break
Start
17:30
End
17:45
TCIC2021 PRE-EVENT: Innovative Clusters // Product Development Workshop Conclusions
First part
Matchmaking between designers and factories is one of the example how RCIA Creative Vouchers Regional Scheme can help both of them. Join for details on how to apply and to find out the wide range of cultural & creative services the SMEs from the North-West Region of Romania can benefit from!

Second part
Young people are the ones who can design our future homes, working and public spaces. Naturally, we should pay attention to what young designers have to say and we will do that during the pre-event day at TCIC when the results of the Custom Design Workshop will be presented. Three teams of students from the University of Art and Design Cluj-Napoca (Romania) and the University of Sopron (Hungary), work from June 9-15 to develop new products based on themes proposed by industrial the members of the Transylvanian Furniture Cluster: Antares Romania, E-Laboratory Feeria and Salice Comprod. The workshop is coordinated by a team of mentors, to get the students from the concept stage to prototypes by using graphics stations and testing equipment from Design and Prototyping Laboratory Regional within the Regional Center of Excellence for Creative Industries.
Centru Regional de Excelență în Industrii Creative & Online
Ioana Dragoș
Reka Maria Antal
Roxana Constantinescu
Balint Ede
Ioan Iancu
Denes Levente
Lazar Radu
Ciprian Morcan
Start
17:45
End
19:00
Cocktail
Centrul Regional de Excelență În Industrii Creative
Start
20:00
End
21:30
17
TCIC2021 MAIN DAY: Open Remarks
Exclusiv Online
Ovidiu Cîmpean
Oana Raita
Sabin Sărmaș
Start
10:00
End
10:30
TCIC2021 MAIN DAY: Plenary Session
Exclusiv Online
Ovidiu Cîmpean
Ulla Engelmann
Ali Muhammad
Emil Boc
Oana Raita
Alin Vlad Badilita
Start
10:30
End
11:45
Coffee break
Start
11:45
End
12:00
TCIC2021 MAIN DAY: Keynote panel: Industries skills dynamics
What do we think about the ways the world and work are changing? How can we adapt to these changes?  Do we have enough skills to cope or is there a need to conquer different sets of abilities? Our panelists will investigate the correlation between the needs and trends related to the future skills of industries and their challenges.

Five experts will be challenged to debate the main topic of interest for TCIC 2021: Future Skills for Industry
Exclusiv Online
Lucia Seel
Andreja Kutnar
Antonio Novo
Felix Arion
Daniel Coșniță
Lubomira Trojan
Bror Salmelin
Eva Breuer
Start
12:00
End
13:45
Lunch
Start
13:45
End
15:00
TCIC2021 MAIN DAY: Agribusiness Skills: Getting Ready for Business of the Future
Representatives of different countries (France, Iraq, and Romania) will discuss the challenges of the agribusiness sector when it comes to adapting the employee's skills and abilities.

The panel brings together a mix of experts from various fields (economic, academia) eager to discuss trends in terms of skills needed in the agribusiness sector.

They will try to answer questions such as:
- What are the best practices for training young people who will choose a job in agribusiness?
- What should the educational offer include to prepare young people to pursue a career in agribusiness?
- Is the academic offer in line with market trends in the field of agribusiness?

If you are interested in finding out more about these topics, join this session.
Centru Regional de Excelență în Industrii Creative & Online
Antonio Novo
Felix Arion
Annie Renders
Ilir Kapaj
Rezhen Harun M. Rashid
Benjamin Frentsos
Philippe Mongondry
Ştefan Pădure
Start
15:00
End
17:30
TCIC2021 MAIN DAY: Collaborative Competences Fuelling Urban Transformation: UIA SPIRE Baia Mare Experience
Interested in non-invasive nature-based solutions used for soil decontamination? Or curious about the skills that will be needed for collaborative public policymaking, sustainable entrepreneurship, circular economy and digital innovation?

Join in for this parallel session of discussions, that will include a showcase for the city of Baia Mare's experience to meet the challenge of sustainable and innovative urban transformation.
Centru Regional de Excelență în Industrii Creative & Online
Pietro Verga
Laura Goarnă
Amaia Celaya Alvarez
Sorin Pop
Dorin Miclăuș
Sabina Leopa
Codruț Papina
Ioana Crișan
Ananta Ardelean
Boglarka Vajda
Enikő Mátyus
Bianca Muntean
Start
15:00
End
17:30
TCIC2021 MAIN DAY: Entering new markets - gaining new skills
Creating sustainable partnerships is conditioned by the involvement of the partners and by the mutual knowledge of each other abilities. Panelists of this session will discuss the challenges and expectations related to 4 different markets (USA, Canada, Egypt and South Africa), that are targeted for the development of international collaborations.

The aim of the debate is to elaborate a „how-to” for harmonizing cultural gaps or differences and to identify those skill sets that are instrumental in such cases.
Centru Regional de Excelență în Industrii Creative & Online
Mohammed Talaat
John Noble
Liubov Suknenko
Bernard Likar
Genoveva Christova-Murray
Ciprian Morcan
Clara Santamaria Echaniz
Eduardo Jiménez
Rezső Kádár
Susanne Israelsson
Monika Perďochová
Start
15:00
End
17:30
TCIC2021 MAIN DAY: Gaming Industry: Growth, Trends and Forecasts
Is the gaming industry part of Cluj-Napoca city's future brand? E-sports and gaming have become mainstream in recent years, transforming from a niche "unknown to many" to a preferred form of entertainment around the world. While e-sports once stood as a subculture of sports, it has recently grown into a full industry in its own right. This year’s panel within TCIC tackles the main curiosities regarding trends and forecasts of skills that will be required in e-sports and gaming industry.

The event brings together a mix of experts from business, academia, local authorities and stakeholders in this dynamic field. As e-sports continues to integrate into popular culture, everybody is starting to pay attention to it: investors, brands, media outlets and consumers.  
Centru Regional de Excelență în Industrii Creative & Online
Octav Crețu
Bogdan Badea
Daniel Tămaș
Mara Rațiu
Mihai Cotos
Oana Buzatu
Cătălin Butnariu
Ania Pascalau
Start
15:00
End
17:30
TCIC2021 MAIN DAY: REFLOW: Circular Cities - Transition Models and Eco-Business Potential
The session presents transition experiences towards circular economy models in the cities of Amsterdam, Berlin, Milan, Paris, Vejle and Cluj-Napoca, as well as the skills and capacities needed to undertake these transitions.

As a highlight, the workshop will challenge the participants to think about future skills and to design a collaborative project. It can be an applied initiative, such as citizen science, tech solution, start-up, policy framework.
Exclusiv Online
Oana Raita
Daniel Heltzel
Ionut Muntean
Alexandra Stoica
Anne Louise Slot
Flaviu Turcu
Roosmarie Ruigrok
Andrea Patrucco
Marcel Pîrvu
Mihaela Coroiu
Ruxandra Tanase
Cristiana Parisi
Razvan Sima
Rossana Tori
Start
15:00
End
17:30
Networking
Exclusiv Online
Start
17:30
End
19:30
Dinner
Centrul Regional de Excelență În Industrii Creative
Start
19:30
End
22:00
18
TCIC2021 DAY TWO: Digital competitiveness// Policy & instruments// Digital Innovation Hubs
In this session we debate about the digital transformation potential and opportunities of the ecosystem and to increase the organizational competitiveness and the development of different strategies based on digital technologies and innovations!
Centru Regional de Excelență în Industrii Creative & Online
Edgars Ozoliņš-Ozols
Simone Hagenauer
Gabriela Macoveiu
Daniel Coșniță
Popescu Daniela
Ionuț Țața
Christian Săcărea
Laura Goarnă
George-Aurelian Cățean
Vasile Țopa
Ion - Gheorghe Petrovai
Radu Szekely
Lavinia Tofan
Gabriela Pirvu
Alexandru Roja
Karl McFaul
Gabriel Vladut
Sorin Tudoriu
Alexandru Bobe
Costin Lianu
Delian Coroama
Mihai Pop
Anne-Marie Sassen
Bianca Muntean
Start
9:30
End
12:30
Matchmaking
Our matchmaking event offers opportunities to meet, present projects and convince partners from all over the world to join you in business ventures. Structured as 1 on 1 online meetings the matchmaking sessions are open between you and any attendee of the TCIC, of your choice. You can schedule up to 8 meetings, each having up to 30 minutes.

Reasons to join our matchmaking session:
- Showcase your most challenging projects, successful products or insightful know-how
- Initiate or expand cross-border networking and create cooperations
- Find partners for commerce, tech providers or research partners
- Pitch your ideas for new business or projects in search of like-minded people
- Meet with experts that can provide you with meaningful learning experiences or become a mentor yourself.
Exclusiv Online
Start
12:00
End
16:00
Coffee break
Start
12:30
End
12:40
Closing Remarks TCIC2021
Centru Regional de Excelență în Industrii Creative & Online
Start
12:40
End
13:10
Speakers
Key speakers & Panel speakers

Ovidiu Cîmpean

Ovidiu Cîmpean
Ovidiu Cimpean is the Director of Local Development Division at Cluj-Napoca City Hall, in charge with european funding projects and the management of Civic Imagination and Innovation Center(CIIC). He has a Bachelor Degree in Political Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, a Master Degree in Compared European Political Studies and a Phd Degree in International Relations and European Studies.

Ulla Engelmann

Ulla Engelmann
Ulla Engelmann is acting director for Networks and Governance in DG GROW, the Directorate General being responsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, at the European Commission. Her portfolio covers Skills, services, industrial forum, alliances, clusters and market surveillance. In previous functions, her unit was responsible Social Economy, women entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education. She worked at the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the in-house science service of European Commission. She started in the JRC in Ispra (Italy) in 1993 as a post-doc in fusion research, and moved on to manage various units (communication, international relations, and others) in Ispra and Brussels. Dr. Engelmann holds a PhD in analytical and radiochemistry completed at the National Research Centre in Karlsruhe.

Ali Muhammad

Ali Muhammad
Ali Muhammad, Principal Investigator in Robotics Systems at VTT Finland, and Coordinator of Better Factory, DIH² and L4MS projects. Better Factory is an initiative funded by the European Commission that invites Manufacturing SMEs, Artists, and Technology suppliers to engage in a set of one-year collaborative experiments to redesign the manufacturers’ product and services portfolio.  

Emil Boc

Emil Boc
Emil Boc - Mayor of Cluj-Napoca, the second-largest city in Romania, in terms of size and economic development. Member of the A Soul for Europe Advisory Board. EPP CoR Member,  Rapporteur on Brain Drain in the EU and on Achieving the European Education Area by 2025. PhD in Political Science, Associate professor at Babeş-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor of Law from Michigan State University in East Lansing, U.S. Former Prime Minister of Romania during 2008-2012, former President of the Democratic Liberal Party during 2005-2012.

Oana Raita

Oana Raita
TREC-Transylvania Energy Cluster was born as a result of local actors becoming aware of the importance of changing the perception of the use of renewable energy resources and the opportunities resulting from their proper exploitation. . TREC Cluster became a legal entity in June 2015 and currently has more than 40 entities in both research and private firms and public authorities. Transylvania Energy Cluster is part of the TREC Danube - the transnational network of regional clusters in the field of renewable energy, energy systems and bioeconomy. We are linking networks, business partners and R&D organisations from Nord West Region of Romania – Transylvania Area. TREC is a platform for R&D driven innovations in alternative energy, renewables, energy efficiency and advance environmental technologies and environment protection AREAS OF ACTIVITY: -Energy management -Product development, R&D -Energy monitoring of buildings -Equipment, infrastructure -Service / Maintenance / Supply -Consultancy

Sabin Sărmaș

Sabin Sărmaș
Since 2012, Sabin Sărmaș has been involved in a series of digitalisation projects in various industries such as HoReCa, media, tourism, youth and culture. 2016 was the year in which he founded his own software development services company, Cicada Technologies. Sabin Sărmaș was a local councillor in the City Council of Cluj-Napoca. During that period he was actively involved in solving the problems of the community, strongly supporting the youth in the city. He is the former President of the Authority for the Digitalization of Romania. During his mandate, Romania experienced an increased use of digital interaction with public authorities, by developing the digital platforms that Romanian Government have and also improving the legislation. Since December 2020, he is President of Information Technology and Communications Committee of the Chamber of Deputies of Romanian Parliament. From this new position, he is working on several legislative projects that aim to update the Romanian legal framework and to accelerate the digital transformation of public sector. Sabin Sărmaș (b. 1985, Năsăud) attended the courses of the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, during 2004-2009, becoming a graduate engineer in telecommunications. Subsequently, for 3 years, starting with November 2009, he attended the doctoral courses in telecommunications of the same university. Also, in 2009 he undertook a research internship under the Erasmus Programme at the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels, Belgium. 

Alin Vlad Badilita

Alin Vlad Badilita
A startup growth enthusiast with a passion for innovative technologies, marketing and developing business opportunities for small companies with big ideas. With over 11 years of experience in digital, 6 of which in startups, he managed to play different roles in several organizations - from business development, project & product management to event management, digital marketing and strategy. Highly experienced in working in online ventures and always checking the pulse of market for new players, tech stacks and strategies that can be molded and adopted to optimize processes and improve workflows. Advertising background and entrepreneurially educated by local and international founders, he advocates for innovation in legacy systems, remote work and is a fintech promoter in the local ecosystem.

Lucia Seel

Lucia Seel
Lucia Steel has more than 17 years of experience in international innovation, cluster policies and cluster management. Throughout the years, she was member of the European Forum for Clusters in Emerging Industries  expert group, the Community Manager of the Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platforms and Community and Content Manager of the European Cluster Collaboration Platform. She is evaluator in the COSME programme as well as a certified Cluster Benchmarking Expert and Gold Label Assessor for the European Secretariat of Cluster Analysis. 

Andreja Kutnar

Andreja Kutnar
Dr. Andreja Kutnar is a  Professor in the field wood science at University of Primorska, Slovenia and director of the research institute InnoRenew CoE. She is an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Wood Science and Engineering, Oregon State University, USA. Since July 2020, she is President of the Society of Wood Science and Technology as well as member of Young Academy of Europe. Her areas of expertise include wood composites, therm- hydro-mechanical treatment of wood, and adhesive bonding. Her work focuses on research projects in the fields of natural science, technology, sustainable development of the wood industry, environmental impact assessment of new materials, products and technologies from origin, manufacturing, use/alteration to reuse or recycle. For the wood industry, she performs life cycle assessments (LCA) and advises on improving environmental impacts across the wood value chain.

Antonio Novo

Antonio Novo
Antonio Novo combines his training as a technologist and psychologist to develop his professional life around Collaborative Innovation through Clusters. Antonio is Managing Director of the Cluster IDiA, which brings together 81 Aragonese  companies and institutions that collaborate in the development of ICT projects. He holds the presidency of the of the European Cluster Alliance and of Clusters.es, the Spanish Federation of Clusters. He is also member of the EU Industrial Forum, the Expert Group on Clusters of the European Commission and the CMMI (Consultative Commission on Industrial Change) in the European Economic and Social Committee. 

Felix Arion

Felix Arion
Prof. Dr. Felix Arion is the General Manager of AgroTransilvania Cluster (GOLD label by ESCA) and the Head of Department of Economic Sciences of the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Cluj-Napoca. Currently, he is President of the Network of Romanian Clusters in Agri-Food. Since 2018 he has been an expert for the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis, and in 2020 he was nominated by the European Commission, DG JRC, as expert appointed to assist the Review of the Industrial Transition of Romania in the field of agri-food (smart farming and food traceability).Starting with 2007, he has been an Expert Evaluation for Quality Assurance in higher education in Romania, and in 2021 he was appointed as expert in Lithuania as well. 

Daniel Heltzel

Daniel Heltzel
Daniel Heltzel is the Director of Prototypes for Europe e.V and has a large experience in the implementation of circular economy projects and urban innovation.

Edgars Ozoliņš-Ozols

Edgars Ozoliņš-Ozols
Edgars is a Senior expert responsible for the business digital transformation policy and state aid initiatives at the Ministry of Economics of Latvia. Within the Ministry of Economics Edgars has also worked with start-up policy and bringing innovative solutions such as blockchain technology to public sector through facilitating the use of hackathons as cross-sectoral cooperation platforms. His entrepreneurial and cross-border operations background has helped him to develop skills and competencies needed to become the new generation of public workers. 

Ionut Muntean

Ionut Muntean
Ionut Muntean is Senior Manager at Bosch Engineering Center Cluj, where he is leading the Innovation and University Cooperation group. Ionut is supporting the development of the local and national R&D and start-up ecosystem through policy and initiatives in partnership with universities, companies, start-ups, local and governmental stakeholders. His main focus areas are on autonomous driving, hydrogen, AIOT and electronics.

Mohammed Talaat

Mohammed Talaat
Dr. Mohammed Talaat has more than 25 years of experience in consultancy, in many of the biggest projects in Egypt, such as "The Grand Mosque of Egypt" - the heart of the Islamic Cultural Center and one of the most prominent projects of the modern state in the administrative capital, in cooperation with largest consultants in Egypt. He also worked as a consultant in the Egyptian cabinet for interior design and furniture work in the district of the government and the Egyptian Parliament in the new administrative capital, as well as a consultant for more than 40 hotel administrative business in the administrative capital, 300 hotel commercial administrative projects, and 10 hotels inside and outside Egypt. Dr. Mohamed Talat is the founder of MTA - Mohamed Talat Architects, one of the largest engineering consulting companies in implementing large projects regionally and internationally, in many commercial, residential, educational, industrial and development services sectors.

Pietro Verga

Pietro Verga
Pietro L. Verga is an international expert and advisor in local development and nature-based solutions with a decade of educational  and professional experiences in Italy, Romania, Germany, Belgium and the USA. He holds a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from Gran Sasso Science Institute and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa. Pietro L. Verga’s most recent work includes local and community development strategies, nature-based regeneration approaches, circular ecosystems, and innovative urban regeneration governance instruments. Pietro is currently working as Project Manager for SPIRE Baia Mare at Urbasofia; as UIA Expert for AIR-BREAK Ferrara, and as Project Officer for CENTRINNO at the Municipality of Milan.

Ioana Dragoș

Ioana Dragoș
Ioana has over 15 years of experience in regional development within North-West Regional Development Agency, as project manager of several EU-funded projects, an expert within Enterprise Europe Network, part of the European Thematic Group on Clusters of the Creative Industries Sector Group. She is certified as Cluster Benchmarking Expert by the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis and she is Associated Trainer in cluster management excellence, certified by the European Foundation for Cluster Excellence. 

Simone Hagenauer

Simone Hagenauer
Simone Hagenauer has been the Project Manager at ecoplus, the Business Agency of Lower Austria for almost 18 years and she has been responsible for cross-border business cooperation projects as well as cluster development projects for the Lower Austrian clusters in the field of green building, food, plastics and mechatronics. Key areas of activities: Cross-border and inter-regional business cooperation (ETC, FP6/FP7/H2020, CSA, CIP, INTEREG IVC/Europe), cluster policy, international cluster co-operation and cluster manager skills. As European Cluster Excellence Assessor since 2012 she interviewed and assessed cluster organisations in Hungary, Italy, Germany, Sweden and Austria. Simone is a member of the global cluster network TCI, the Steering Committee of the Austrian Cluster Platform and the German “go cluster” Advisory Board.
Simone Hagenauer holds a master degree in Law from Karl-Franzens University Graz/Austria and specialised in European common law and environmental law. 

Gabriela Macoveiu

Gabriela Macoveiu
Gabriela Macoveiu is a diplomat engineer with 20 years of experience in regional development policy design, programs, and project implementation. She is part of the RDA North-East management team since 2002, where she coordinated the establishment of the first regional cluster – ASTRICO Nord-Est, the design of the first RIS and RIS3. She participated as a technical expert in more than 20 international cooperation projects dedicated to sustainable innovative development (FPs, H2020, COSME, INTERREG Europe, EuropeAid, etc). She is a certified trainer for project evaluation.

Daniel Coșniță

Daniel Coșniță
Daniel Cosnita has been working in the last 15 years in the fields of technology transfer and innovation, regional economic development and clusters. Since 2008 he has been supporting the Romanian Ministry for Economy in the development of the national cluster policy. Currently he is an expert for the Romanian Ministry of Economy in the elaboration of the new competitiveness strategy document and for the Romanian Ministry for European Funds in the development of the new structural funds programming period 2021-2027. For the last 10 years, he has been the president of the Romanian Cluster Association, as well as member of the Export Council of Romania. He is an ESCA Gold & Silver label expert and member of the Research & Innovation and Cluster Working Groups of the Enterprise Europe Network. Daniel has directly supported foreign governments in setting up the national framework of business incubators, cluster strategy and innovation strategy.

Alexandra Stoica

Alexandra Stoica
Alexandra Stoica is an installation engineer, founder and Executive Director of DAS Engineering Grup – an entrepreneurship in installation company. She has graduated the Faculty of Constructions and Installations from Technical University of Cluj-Napoca and extended her education with an EMBA (Executive Master in Business Administration) at WU Wien. As an installation engineer she has run several projects known at national scale and awarded by national and international organizations. 
She became one of the few Romanian auditors in international green building certification systems - BREEAM and LEED: BREEAM International Assessor and LEED Green Associate.  
As a BREEAM International Assessor, Alexandra has contributed to Liberty Technology Park, Emerson, Olimpia Business Center, Electrosigma Offices, City Plaza Hotel certification, Cluj Business Center, etc.

Popescu Daniela

Popescu Daniela
TUCN vice-rector, responsible with university management and relation with the socio-economic environment. She is responsible for the European structural funds programs, Alumni and university’s extensions. Professor of Digital Production at the Faculty of Industrial Engineering, Robotics and Production Management. Head of Dassault Systemes Solution Center. Deputy General Secretary of the International Foundation for Production Research.

Lubomira Trojan

Lubomira Trojan
Lubomira Trojan, cultural anthropologist, vice director of the regional design center Zamek Cieszyn, Poland. Her main duties are to promote design as a tool of development in business and public administration and particular interests are service design and design thinking method. She also works in the field of development of the traditional craft and intangible cultural heritage thanks to the use of design methods. She is an active lecturer during the conferences and the leader of many design thinking workshops. She is the expert of the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) according to the Project “Pattern for cooperation”. She is in the process of preparing her Ph.D. dissertation: “ The use of design thinking in the management of the intangible cultural heritage in the region” at the WSB Academy. She also works as the teacher/trainer in the project: „Intride – Soft, Digital and Green Skills for Smart Designers: Designers as Innovative Triggers for SMEs in the manufacturing sector”.

Anne Louise Slot

Anne Louise Slot
Ann Louise Slot is an anthropologist and project coordinator for the Vejle Pilot in REFLOW. Her field of expertise is co-creation and social change. She works with a qualitative human based approach and she has let numerous visionary projects for the goal of creating a positive impact in the world.

Bror Salmelin

Bror Salmelin
Bror Salmelin is former Advisor for Innovation Systems at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Communications, Network, content, and Technology (DG CONNECT) where he was responsible for Open innovation and Modern innovation systems. He was actively contributing to innovation policies related to new instruments, entrepreneurship and SMEs. He was heading the units of Integration in Manufacturing, Electronic Commerce and Collaborative Working Environments before becoming Advisor of the Directorate General of the European Commission. He is also the creator of the Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group (OISPG) and together with Martin Curley created the concept of Open Innovation 2.0. After retirement, he remains active in speaking and writing on open innovation, creative, industrial and societal commons, and the transformation of society.

Ionuț Țața

Ionuț Țața

Flaviu Turcu

Flaviu Turcu

Dr. Flaviu Turcu has 20 years of activity in the private and public sector. He is currently the Director of National Institute for Research and Development of Isotopic and Molecular Technologies since October 2019. He is responsible for ongoing activities, associated with current strategic plan (2014-2020) and for establishing the Institute’s 2030 vision and setting its strategic direction. He is Associate Professor at the Physics Department - Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj Napoca and visiting professor at University of Rochester, Rochester NY. As a researcher specialised in Physics and Magnetic Resonance Instrumentation development, he was a scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, an US Department of Energy in Richland, WA. 

Christian Săcărea

Christian Săcărea
UBB vice-rector, responsible for the relationship with the socio-economic environment/fundraising, director of the Institute of German Studies. Graduate of Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. Research fields: Knowledge Discovery and Representation, author of over 50 scientific articles.

Annie Renders

Annie Renders
Annie has been involved in the coordination of the regional innovation eco-system, in the monitoring of innovation policy in Flanders and more recently in the development of the Flemish Cluster policy. She represents Flanders in the European Cluster Policy Forum as well as in the European Cluster Excellence Initiative. In 2000, Annie joined the Flemish Agency for Innovation, which is integrated with Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship since 2016.  Annie studied Chemistry at the University of Leuven and obtained a Ph.D. in 1990. Up to 2000, she worked at Solvay S.A. where she was the Application Development Manager for the ‘Hydrogen Peroxide’ business unit. 

Ilir Kapaj

Ilir Kapaj
Dr. Ilir Kapaj is a professor at the Agricultural University of Tirana/Albania. In 2011 he received the "Doctor" scientific degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Hohenheim Stuttgart, Germany. The focus of the doctoral dissertation is on internationally recognized quality management systems and the importance of applying these systems by the agro-processing industry in Albania, as an important factor to ensure quality and to be competitive in regional and European markets. In the period 2012-2016, he has held the position of Deputy Dean and was responsible for the Doctoral program at the Faculty of Economy and Agribusiness. In September 2020, he was appointed Pro-Rector for the teaching process at the Agricultural University of Tirana. He has published 23 scientific papers and participated in 30 national and international conferences. He has been and is involved in more than 14 national and international projects and in more than half of them he has been the project coordinator. His areas of interest are Agribusiness Management, Managerial Economics, Farm Management as well as Quality Management and Food Safety.

Rezhen Harun M. Rashid

Rezhen Harun M. Rashid
He is Assistant Professor, holding a (Ph.D.) degree in Marketing Management in Agriculture & Water Resources/ Non- Market Valuation, College of Agricultural Sciences Engineering at the University of Sulaimani in Kurdistan Region, F.R. Iraq

Laura Goarnă

Laura Goarnă
LAURA GOARNĂ is the communication expert of Transilvania IT Cluster and Transilvania Digital Innovation Hub. She has a degree in communication sciences at Babeș-Bolyai University and is currently a student of the International Communication Masters program offered by the Faculty of European Studies. She has worked for more than 5 years for several media outlets such as PRO TV, DIGI24 and TVR, gaining experience in communicating with the media at national and international level. 

Roosmarie Ruigrok

Roosmarie Ruigrok
Roosmarie Ruigrok is a sustainable textile expert with more than thirty years of experience. With her extensive knowledge of the (sustainable) fashion industry, Roosmarie works at the moment on the European REFLOW project programe and coordinates the Denim Deal Coalition in the Netherlands.

Reka Maria Antal

Reka Maria Antal
Associate Professor Reka Maria Antal graduated from Transylvania University of Brasov, and earned her Ph.D. degree from the University of Sopron. Having few years of industrial experience too, she teaches courses related to furniture design, eco-design, wood structure, life-cycle assessment, upholstery. Her research activities include furniture comfort analysis and product sustainability. Passionate about environmental impact reduction of furniture, she is involved in several projects and workshops of such kind.

Amaia Celaya Alvarez

Amaia Celaya Alvarez
Amaia Celaya Alvarez has a background in urban design and planning, architecture, international cooperation, and humanitarian action. She is an expert in sustainability, resilience, risk management models, and climate change adaptation and mitigation measures.
She worked in the private sector for 15 years at her architecture and urban design firm. She has also worked in the Emergency Response Unit of Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) - European Commission -, supporting, in particular, the work of the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) in Ebola Crisis. She is currently leading, as a specialist, the technical work of the United Nations Habitat City Resilience Global Programme.
Her master thesis in urban resilience indicators got a grant from The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff) in 2014. She collaborates as an inviting lecturer with UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Development and Environmental Education (UPV), Deusto University, and Pompeu i Fabra University. She is the director of the master “Design or Resilience” in ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering. She is also a member of the Technical Evaluation Committee Member in Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, and European Commission expert/evaluator in Horizon 2020 / CORDIS Programmes and Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) initiative from European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

John Noble

John Noble
John Noble is a qualified transformation and growth coach for teams, executives, and entrepreneurs, that is currently involved in the creation of the first furniture cluster in South Africa. With over 20 years of experience, he has facilitated the development of more than 100 enterprises. Since 2019 he works closely with Transylvanian Furniture Cluster to transfer practices and know-how for the South African Furniture Initiative.

George-Aurelian Cățean

George-Aurelian Cățean
George Cățean, State Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture has extensive experience in livestock farming; he comes from a shepherd's family and for many years he managed a business with traditional food products. Today, he is interested in smart agriculture, the development of mountain areas, environment protection, eco food and local products.

Liubov Suknenko

Liubov Suknenko
Liubov Suknenko is currently the Head of the Board Public Union "Ukrainian interior design and furniture cluster "EF CLUSTER", CEO "Group of companies "TRADEX" LLC as well as Exclusive representative in Eastern Europe and the Baltic countries of the High Point Market exhibition. She is working as an International market consultant for furniture and home furnishings. She has a master in Sociology and Project Management, with 8 years of experience the furniture industry and 18 years in business management.

Vasile Țopa

Vasile Țopa

Eva Breuer

Eva Breuer
Eva Breuer has been working as Project manager in the Mechatronics Cluster of Business Upper Austria since 2016. Currently, she is leading two Interreg funded projects: The DTP-project DanubePeerChains’ main aim is the upskilling of employees in Industry 4.0 topics, as value-chain oriented digital transformation technologies, the impact on human resource management, and the opportunities of new business models in a digital world (the training takes into consideration the diversified regional economies and labor markets). The CE-project Boost4BSO is fostering the capacity building of business support organizations to effectively advise their local SME in the digital transformation process. Eva Breuer has a degree in technical physics and worked in applied research for several years, both – directly with companies, and in numerous EU-funded projects. 

Sorin Pop

Sorin Pop
Entrepreneur, project coordinator and strategic planning expert, Sorin Pop has spent a decade implementing R&D&I projects in cooperation with municipalities across Romania.  He coordinated R&D projects such as GREENTOP - Gamification of cRowdcomputing to ENhance Earth Observation Data Processing, EOClimLab - prototyping platform (funded by ESA), fAMILIA Socio-Medical Assistance stimuLating Active Ageing, AGROCLIM.RO - a platform for redefining crop suitability using EO and ICT activities in Urban Innovative Action SPIRE – Smart Post Industrial Regenerative Ecosystem, delivering the iLEU – blockchain local reward system.
He participated in providing ICT expertise in Urban Development Strategies, including Constanta and Mediaș (Romania) Smart City Strategy. 
He delivered GIS solutions to Romania's Smartest Village (Ciugud, Alba) as well as Baia Mare and Bistrita Municipalities, including EO functionalities for green areas management.
Having a Bachelor’s in Informatics, one in Law and a Master’s in Innovation and Technological Development Management, is a PhD candidate on the topic of Open Innovation for Smart Communities. 

Roxana Constantinescu

Roxana Constantinescu
With 8 years of experience in business law and intellectual property, her work involves patent application filing, related patent matters and copyright. In addition to her advisory work, Roxana is involved in the drafting of contracts for both national and international clients, comprising drafting and negotiating agreements related to intellectual property rights. In intellectual property matters, Roxana successfully represents clients before the European and international offices and organizations. She focused her development in the IT field being a passionate researcher in innovation and internet law as well as dealing with the legal aspects of blockchain.

Ion - Gheorghe Petrovai

Ion - Gheorghe Petrovai
Medical doctor, marketer, trainer and community builder, believer in changing the healthcare through startups. Ecosystem Development Director at HIVE Center for Health Innovation at Babes Bolyai University. Transversal innovation team member - Knowledge (Health iArea - Cluj-Napoca), Global StartupCities Initiative, Starship Biodesign EITHealth Fellow from 2017, healthtech startups and health innovators mentor and guide.

Radu Szekely

Radu Szekely
Radu Szekely is currently the Secretary of State for Equality and Equal Chances at the Romanian Ministry of Education. He has strong academic and professional background in education and training, an extensive expertise in different education systems and policies, including teacher training, development and quality assurance of training programs, curriculum development, adult learning, inclusion in education, acquired in Romania, Finland, France as well as working as an expert for the European Commission and other international associations. He has been part of the teams implementing projects financed through the Erasmus+, Lifelong Learning , the Youth in Action and the Europe for Citizens Programmes of the European Union. The fields of work include European policy analysis and project implementation.He was the Head of minister of education’s Cabinet in 2019, and he is also the co-founder of the Finish School in Sibiu, Romania. Mr Szekely obtained a B.A. in Philology at the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania and benefited of numerous courses and in-service trainings run by Council of Europe, European Commission,  Employment and Economic Development Centre Turku,  Finnish National Education Society (Kansallinen Sivistysliitto) and other organisations.

Dorin Miclăuș

Dorin Miclăuș
Dorin Miclaus is in charge of European funding projects at Baia Mare City Hall, having 14 years of experience in the city’s development of policy design, programs, and project implementation. His main interests are related to better development of the city and the community by approaching themes such as sustainable development in different areas: social development, Youth, education, citizens' involvement, creative and emerging business, cultural tools, micro-economy, sharing economy, and circular economy. Always open to new approaches and challenges to improve society.

Lavinia Tofan

Lavinia Tofan
Lavinia is an expert in public policies, strategies and programs with European funding. She has worked for more than 10 years at the Managing Authority of several operational programs financed through the European Cohesion Policy. She is an associate professor at the University of Bucharest and is currently member of the team for elaboration of two multi-annual national strategies: the National Competitiveness Strategy 2021 – 2027 and the National Strategy for Research, Innovation and Intelligent Specialization 2021 – 2027. She has a Master’s degree in Public Policies from King’s College London and a doctorate in social sciences from the University of Bucharest.

Andrea Patrucco

Andrea Patrucco
Urban planner specialized in territorial policies and rural-urban cooperation projects. Project officer at City of Milan for REFLOW (H2020) and OPENAGRI (Urban Innovative Actions).

Gabriela Pirvu

Gabriela Pirvu
Gabriela Magdalena Pirvu – Former co-ordinator of Romanian Cluster Policy Ministry of Economy – Directorate Industrial Policy and Competitiveness. She has been involved since 2009 in designing and promoting the Romanian Industrial/Cluster Policy and is an active representative of Romania in the Expert Group for Clusters, DG Grow. Since her retirement in 2020, she has been working as a senior advisor in cluster/competitiveness/industrial policies for the Romanian Cluster Association – ClusteRO and as Communication manager within the projects GoDanuBio, DanubePeerChains, and InnoIndustry (financed by Interreg Europe and Interreg Danube Programmes). In 2020 she worked as an external expert of Joint Research Centre - JRC of the European Commission in the elaboration of the Review of Industrial Transition of Romania “Digitalisation in Agri-food, Smart Cities, and Healthcare”.

Sabina Leopa

Sabina Leopa
Urban Planner and strategic development expert involved in Transnational / EU R&I projects. PhD candidate researching multilevel governance as an instrument for integrated strategic planning at metropolitan level. University Assistant, member of several professional associations including ISOCARP and APUR. URBACT Expert. Current interests and projects I work on include innovation in local government, urban regeneration via green infrastructure and NBS, climate change impact of embodied carbon in urban areas, smart / digital city solutions and standards, mobility planning.

Codruț Papina

Codruț Papina
Urban planner and landscape architect, holding a degree in Landscape Design and Planning with a master's degree in Urban Management for Competitive Cities. Codruț Papina is a planner and a Ph.D. candidate at UAUIM Bucharest, focusing on developing urban peripheries, biophilic cities, sustainable approaches on how cities can grow and transform, and a passion for urban design. Codruț has extensive knowledge in place-making and landscaping initiatives, with a strong focus on community spaces, valuable achievements two first prizes, and second-place awards for urban design and landscape architecture competitions at the national level. Codruț has offered his support in proposal writing for European Funded projects. In the present, he is involved in one HORIZON2020 project and one Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) project.

Ioana Crișan

Ioana Crișan
Ioana Crișan is a biologist with a Ph.D. in Agronomy. She is currently working on research projects at USAMV Cluj-Napoca. Her expertise is plant science - particularly the dynamics of plant root-soil interface.

Marcel Pîrvu

Marcel Pîrvu
Head of the Administration Service of the Gheorgheni Sports Base, coordinator from the City Hall of Cluj-Napoca of the pilot project REFLOW. Marcel Pârvu carries out research and teaching activities in the field of sustainable development at Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca.

Mihaela Coroiu

Mihaela Coroiu
Involved in many international projects on developing renewable energy and energy efficiency market in Romania, she has contributed to the elaboration of policies and strategies, regulations and financing facilities. She significantly contributed to creating a business model for founding one of the firsts ESCO type companies in Romania, and also developed and coordinated numerous energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Alexandru Roja

Alexandru Roja
Alexandru Roja has 20 years of experience in academia and research, with expertise in topics such as innovation management, entrepreneurship, strategic management, strategic intelligence, knowledge management and digital transformation. Within Transilvania Digital Innovation Hub, his role is as an expert in orchestrating digital innovation, at macro level by defining relevant contexts for innovation, but also the development of organizational and institutional capacities and capabilities for digital innovation and transformation strategies.

Ruxandra Tanase

Ruxandra Tanase
Ruxandra has worked for the past 15 years as a capacity building officer, trainer, project manager, consultant and executive director in the fields of development cooperation, conflict transformation and formal and non-formal education. Andra’s passion is creating environments of personal, organizational and societal strategic and systemic learning and development, and while this sounds complicated it is only complex and, at the same time, extremely feasible and magically rewarding when there is a will.

Balint Ede

Balint Ede

Mr. Ede Balint has been the administrator of Inno Laser since 2017 and administrator of Antares Romania since 2019. At the same time, he is vice-president of the Transylvanian Furniture Cluster. Loyalty, fairness and respect are fundamental criteria for Ede Balint. In 2017, after an evening of discussions at the cluster conference, it was decided to set up the company Inno Laser, where the passion for wood has effectively turned into play, because, in addition to laser cutting and engraving services, the workshop produces games and toys.

Ioan Iancu

Ioan Iancu

Mr. Ioan Iancu has been the administrator of Salice Prodcom since 2001. At the same time, he is president of the Transylvanian Furniture Cluster. Business intuition, passion and over 20 years of experience in the furniture industry recommend Iancu Ioan as a mentor in entrepreneurship and in the field of furniture production. He is an important contributor of the community created by the Transylvanian Furniture Cluster, being a founding member.

Denes Levente

Denes Levente

Mr. Levente Denes is Associate Professor, Doctor of Engineering, Sopron University, Hungary. At the same time, he is the Innovation Research and Development Manager of the Transylvanian Furniture Cluster. A living model, both literally and figuratively. A very large part of his professional experience was gained at the University of Sopron, Hungary, where he still works. Passionate about research and development, he is involved in projects related to the future.

Lazar Radu

Lazar Radu
e-Laborator Feeria SRL is a certified producer of laboratory furniture and fumehoods. As members of SEFA, we guarantee certified suppliers of the highest standards and top quality. We have successfully delivered our products nationally and internationally to clients from various backgrounds (pharmaceutical and food industry, water analysis, universities and hospital laboratories.

Benjamin Frentsos

Benjamin Frentsos
Mr. Benjamin Frentsos works as Global Fellow 4-H & Youth Development starting with 2018 at Montana State University Extension, Cluj-Napoca. 
He is responsable with growing 4-H model youth development program in Romania and initiating strategic plans for sustainable and scalable youth programs.

Philippe Mongondry

Philippe Mongondry
Philippe Mongondry, professor in Food Science at Ecole Supérieure d’Agriculture of Angers, is an expert in certifying the quality of products and defining sustainable strategies on that.
His expertise was accumulated in over a decade, and ranges from technical skills to socio-economical.  
Currently in charge of the Erasmus Mundus Master Course „Food Identity” within the academia, he is member of the Regional committee for products with signs of quality of Pays de la Loire, France, member of the European scientific committee of AREPO (Association of European Region for products of Origin), meaning he is in tune with the development of skills for business in France and for European policy while mastering an understanding of Geographical Indications systems around the world. 

Ştefan Pădure

Ştefan Pădure
Mr. Ștefan Pădure has a PhD in Food Engineering at University of Galați, Faculty of Science and Food Technology. He is the vice president of the Board of Directors for the Employer Conferederation UPR BUSINESS ROMANIA, as well as member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). 
At national level, he is coordinating the civil and social dialogue activities within the Romanian Parliament and, at european level, the relations management with the delegation of Romanian Permanent Representation in Brussels. He has years of experience in management, leadership and quaility control of Agri-Food products and public policies.

Ananta Ardelean

Ananta Ardelean
Ardelean Ananta is an employee of the Baia Mare Metropolitan Area Intercommunity Development Association since 2013, initially being a communication specialist and now an external relations expert. Her work revolves around communicating with civil society, media, collaborating institutions, partners in implemented projects and territorial administrative units within the Association.

Boglarka Vajda

Boglarka Vajda
Ms Boglarka Vajda is specialized in EU project management having a master’s degree in EU Affairs and Programme management as well as a specialization in the field of psychology.
Since 2014 she has been responsible with international relations and EU projects within the Green Energy Innovative Biomass Cluster. The Cluster enhances cooperation between stakeholders in the field of bioenergy and bioeconomy with a special focus on developing sustainable energy communities, ensuring education and skill development in the bioeconomy field, and acting on climate change in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. 
Her topics of interest are related to bioeconomy and sustainable energy (work experience at the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance and UNDP Romania), and management of financing programmes (work experience at the Regional Development Agency Centru and the Credit Guarantee Fund for SMEs). 

Enikő Mátyus

Enikő Mátyus
Cofounder and coordinator of innoHUB – the first coworking space from Sekler land – Romania, within the Business Incubator of Sfantu Gheorghe.
Eniko is working on a concept about how innovation hubs could be centers of value and talent capturing, responding to several society challenges characteristic for East Europe. Eniko is also the coordinator of the SPIRE START-UPS mentoring programme in the UIA SPIRE Baia Mare project.

Bernard Likar

Bernard Likar
Mr. Bernard Likar, BSc. Advisor of the Wood Industry Cluster Slovenia has more than 30 years of work experience. He has organized and participated in more than 50 different projects for forest members and has experience working on many different international research and development projects (H2020, FP7, FP6, IEE, LdV, Eureka, ERA-NET, Interreg programs). He has expertise in clustering, wood technology, project management, internationalization, corporate group training and group management. He has participated in several strategic initiatives in the Slovenian wood sector and is actively cooperating with a wide network of European clusters and institutions in the field of wood and furniture.

Genoveva Christova-Murray

Genoveva Christova-Murray
Master of Science in International Economic Relations, University of Economy, Sofia International Cluster Development. She is Expert Co-Owner and Managing Director of Ligna Group: www.ligna-group.com,
President of the Bulgarian Furniture Cluster and Vice - President Association of Business Clusters in Bulgaria. She was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 – Award by EU Commission, Brussels as well as EY Winning Women Entrepreneurship Programme – representing Bulgaria FORBES magazine cover page in Dec 2017. Co-Founder MISSIA23 The Creative HUB in Sofia: www.missia23.com and founder LIGNA STUDIOS 
Producer and manager of Victoria Georgieva – the Bulgarian representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020/2021: www.victoriageorgieva.com.

Ciprian Morcan

Ciprian Morcan
Founder of Hygia Consult in 2007, CEO of Transylvanian Furniture Cluster since 2012 & Certified Management Consultant (CMC) - granted by The International Council of Management Consulting Institute since 2017. Project manager for several cluster projects at national and international level (involving universities, R&D entities, public institutions and over 500 companies). Coordinator and representative of Northern Transylvanian Cluster Consortium & Vice-President of CLUSTERO, Romanian Clusters Association.

Clara Santamaria Echaniz

Clara Santamaria Echaniz
Habitat Clúster Barcelona is a business association with a legal and non-profit nature whose main objective is to promote and contribute to the competitiveness of the entire chain of value of the habitat sector in Catalonia. We work transversally with companies in the sector to innovate, we help in the evolution of business and focus on shared strategic challenges.

Eduardo Jiménez

Eduardo Jiménez
Eduardo Jiménez holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Corporate Finance, and a Law degree. Expert in International Trade, Master in Sustainability and CSR and currently PhD candidate in CSR - Non-financial reporting and Clusters. 
He has been working for Cluster Habic as Deputy Director, being in charge of the Internationalization and SDG-Sustainability working groups. He also gained professional experience performing within different manufacturing enterprises, such a Hanbel & Monpas as Commercial & Marketing Director, Eun Group as Export Director, Bellota Tools as Director of the Americas branch in Miami and at Levi Strauss European HQ in Brussels as a Market Research Analyst.

Rezső Kádár

Rezső Kádár
Rezső Kádár, entrepreneur, economist and forester, with over 20 years of experience in the wood industry has expertise in the management of national and EU-funded projects. He has been successfully running his own wood company since 2001. As a company manager he has experience in applying for various public-funded support projects. He is the vice-president of the Association of SME’s from Covasna County (with over 500 members) and manager of the PRO WOOD Regional Wood Cluster. Since 2003 he is participating in different projects, in support to SME’s and clusters from the wood processing and furniture production industry, like Interreg Danube, Horizont2020 and other national calls.

Susanne Israelsson

Susanne Israelsson
I strongly believe in organise, cultivate and nurture creative/innovative thinking in an organisation. I have done this for many years in global companies and environments with documented growth result both in people, branding and sales. Skilled in Strategy, Sustainable Businesses Development, Range/Product Development, Innovation processes, Change Management, Digital movement/adaptation and People. For more than 30 years the whole world have been my working place. I lived and worked in Asia for 10 years. Meeting with people and new cultures enriches me and help me understand the constant change in the society. I am also one of the Project Manager for the Swedish Interior Furniture Cluster and support them in Digitalization and Entering New Markets.

Monika Perďochová

Monika Perďochová
Cluster of Czech Furniture Manufacturers, the largest cluster focusing on furniture and woodworking industry, interior design and leader of cluster initiatives in the Czech Republic is an open organization into which any Czech furniture maker who identifies with its goals and vision can join.

Octav Crețu

Octav Crețu
Octav Cretu is the swiss army knife of the Romanian gaming scene. He has been part of the esports scene since 2012 and has experienced its grassroots, growth and evolution first hand. A large part of the aforementioned growth and evolution can actually be attributed to him. As CEO of Nexus Gaming, Nexus Media and the Romanian Esports League, his ideas and leadership have set the standard in Romania for event production levels, tournament organizing and for what a successful esports organization is.

Bogdan Badea

Bogdan Badea
Experienced business leader with +14 years of working in the HR business services environment. Passionate about innovation in HR and new technologies that can improve our lives Bogdan has been the CEO of eJobs Romania since 2018 and during this period of time has led the company through its biggest rise in 21 years on the market in terms of turnover and profits. eJobs is now the leader of the local online recruiting market, with a portfolio of more than 4.6M candidates and over 25.000 jobs at any given time.

Daniel Tămaș

Daniel Tămaș
Daniel is a passionate serial Entrepreneur based in Eastern Europe's Silicon Valley, the city of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Since 2007, he has been actively building start-ups around business opportunities.
Based on the vast amount of expertise in a wide range of digital systems, programming languages and business knowhow, Daniel is also an active consultant with clients like the Dubai Gov, Cluj-Napoca City Council, UK, US and local based start ups.

Mara Rațiu

Mara Rațiu
Mara Raţiu has been Associate Professor within the Theory Department of the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca, Romania since 2014, teaching courses in philosophy and aesthetics of the visual arts, and Vice-Rector responsible for institutional partnerships within the same university for the last 9 years. She holds a PhD in Philosophy at the Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania and her main research interests are in aesthetics, contemporary artistic practices and institutions and their socio-political implications. She has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and she is the author of the book ”Arta ca activitate socială / Art as social activity (2011)”. Mara Rațiu is currently the editor of the volume ”Discursuri asupra artei / Discourses on Art (2014)”. She is a GETTY – New Europe College Bucharest fellow (March-June 2010; October 2012-February 2013), as well as a RAVE Stipendium – IFA Stuttgart curatorial fellowship alumna (2003). She is a member of the Representative Board (since 2016) and of the Executive Board (since 2018) of ELIA – European League of Institutes of the Arts. 

Mihai Cotos

Mihai Cotos
Mihai Cotos is an entrepreneur with 14 years of experience in the field of event organization. From successful projects such as the Targul de Cariere, Photo Romnia Festival, Jazz in the Park or Cluj Craft Beer Festival in 2019, Mihai has transformed an old passion of his - gaming into a unique project for Romanian exports - Digital Crusade.

Oana Buzatu

Oana Buzatu
Oana Buzatu is the spokesperson of the City Hall of Cluj-Napoca, head of the service of the Information Center for Citizens. She is part of several working teams in the strategic projects of the city (digital transformation strategy, adoption of public policies on human-animal relations), working groups of the local innovation ecosystem (innovation camps on urban development, organization of international events on innovation) or in the team of the Center for Innovation and Civic Imagination Cluj. Member of the executive team of the Education Cluster, the representative of the City Hall in the Creative Industries Cluster.

Cristiana Parisi

Cristiana Parisi
Dr. Cristiana Parisi is an Associate Professor in Management Control and the Project Coordinator for the REFLOW Project, a project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 line.

Razvan Sima

Razvan Sima
Razvan Sima brings the experience of RF Meters in contributing to the innovation and circularity solutions portfolio in Cluj Napoca.

Rossana Tori

Rossana Tori
Rossana Torri is working for the Municipality of Milano within the Urban Economy Department as a Project Manager on several projects focusing on circular economy and sustainability, of which she mentions OpenAgri (an Urban Innovative Actions project) and REFLOW (a Horizon 2020 project).

Cătălin Butnariu

Cătălin Butnariu
Catalin Butnariu is the President of RGDA (the Romanian Game Developers Association) and as such, is one of the most vocal supporters of the games sector in Romania. He is also the Head of Corporate Development at Amber, a Romanian games company, and the founder of Dev.Play Conference. His past roles include being General Manager at Carbon Incubator and Division Director at Gameloft.

Karl McFaul

Karl McFaul
Karl McFaul is a future navigator, systems entrepreneur and strategist consulting on EU, city and business levels. With a unique multidisciplinary career and outlook in emerging technologies, new methods and practices for the 21st century organisation and leadership, science and art, Karl lectures and give workshops internationally on innovation, digital transformation, business development and the future work and learning. As a member of the European Commission high-level expert groups, Karl has developed a new framework for policy innovation and is published internationally in scientific works. He is an elected member of New Club of Paris, Future Center Alliance and has previously led work on the development of strategy, digital platforms and management systems for the European Spallation Source (ESS) in the city of Lund, Sweden, now constructing the world's most powerful scientific infrastructure for materials research using neutrons. Karl has an Executive MBA from Lund University School of Economics and Management, an MFA from University of Gothenburg, he is a DSDM-certified coach in Agile methodology and a pioneer in IoT and digital platform economics at Chalmers University of Technology. Currently, Karl McFaul is working as an advisor, inventor and entrepreneur building one of EU's Digital Innovation Hubs together with the team at Transilvania IT Cluster in the city of Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Gabriel Vladut

Gabriel Vladut
We are interested to create partnerships for futures projects: Interreg Danube, Horizon Europe, Cosme, Interreg VA cross-border Romania-Bulgaria, Erasmus+, etc. We are members of Danube Transfer Centers DTC.

Sorin Tudoriu

Sorin Tudoriu
Sorin Tudoriu has experience in top public institutional management, including coordinating the cyber security area. He is currently the Executive Director of the Lower Danube IT&C Cluster, the governance entity of the Danube Digital Innovation Hub (DanubeDIH). DanubeDIH acts as the center of the innovation ecosystem of the South East Region of Romania, focused on the fields of intelligent specialization, offering services related to: robotics, big data, industrial internet of things, digital supply chain, cyber security, cloud computing, intelligent automation, digital manufacturing, smart factories, artificial intelligence, smart city.

Alexandru Bobe

Alexandru Bobe
Alexandru Bobe is Vice-Rector of Ovidius University of Constanta in charge of developing and implementing the strategies for digitalization and Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Ovidius University of Constanta. In December 2017, dr. Bobe applied and succeeded to create a Digital Innovation Hub, which is a unique one-stop-shop interdisciplinary Centre that generates and transfers knowledge to the regional companies and it is also a catalyst for smart specializations that offers access to digital innovations.

Costin Lianu

Costin Lianu
Prof. Dr. Costin Lianu is president of digital hub “Walachia eHub” for Muntenia region and co-founder of “Smart eHub” for digital transformation of Bucharest Ilfov. Former personal councilor of the Deputy Prime Minister of Romania in 2016, he is one of the founding member of “Clustero” as well as Member of Consultative Committee on EU Strategy for the Danube Region and  coordinator of the secretariat of EUSDR Consultative Council. He is Pro-Rector at Spiru Haret University and Associate professor in management, economic diplomacy, international trade, market access and branding.

Delian Coroama

Delian Coroama
17 years of experience as an entrepreneur in different fields (consulting, innovation, digitalization, B2B sales, IT, Advertising and Agriculture) have helped him learn that you cannot, as an entrepreneur, be good at everything. You need focus.
"I decided to do what I love and have the expertise in Sales and Digitalization to help bold companies grow."
Delian supports business growth based on validated innovation in order to deliver value to its customers (based on Lean and Design Thinking methodologies).

Mihai Pop

Mihai Pop
Mihai Pop has 10 years of experience in organizational development and project management working at both national and European levels. He has coordinated teams of projects funded through various national and European Programmes, like: Youth in Action, Erasmus+, EEA Grants and ESF covering fields like: adult education, VET, active participation and citizenship, youth and innovation.  Having participated in various projects, he considers that strategic thinking, organizational development and assertive communication are important assets to display so that objectives and results are ultimately achieved. 

Anne-Marie Sassen

Anne-Marie Sassen
Anne-Marie Sassen is Acting Head of Unit of the "Digital Transformation of industrial ecosystems" unit in DG CONNECT, European Commission. The Unit’s aim is to ensure that all industrial sectors in Europe benefit from digital transformation through greater efficiency in production processes, higher value digitised products, and new business models. The unit is responsible for the setup of a network of European Digital Innovation Hubs (co-funded between the EU, Member States and/or their regions) to enable all companies and public sector organisations to benefit from digital technologies. 

Ania Pascalau

Ania Pascalau
Ania Pascalau is the cluster manager of Transilvania Creative Industries Cluster and commercial director at Cluj Innovation Park - a company managing two business support structures, the “Regional Center of Excellence for Creative Industries” and the “Technology, Evolution, Entrepreneurship, Microenterprises”. She graduated the Faculty of Machine Building from Technical University of Cluj-Napoca in 2011. Ania has also great interest in the development of youth public programs and projects, being the vicepresident of Youth Ferderation of Cluj.

Bianca Muntean

Bianca Muntean
Bianca Muntean is the manager of Transilvania IT Cluster, gold-labeled by ESCA, with over 20 years of experience in ecosystem development.
Bianca is a member of the European Cluster Expert Group, a group coordinated by DG Grow on behalf of the European Commission, and also actively participates in various Advisory Boards focused on digital transformation at local, regional and national level.
In 2019 she was awarded the title of EU Cluster Manager of the Year, and her work is focused on supporting cross-sectoral collaboration in Europe. Bianca is also the recipient of the Open Innovation Award in 2017, given by the European Commission and The Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group. As Manager of Transilvania IT Cluster, she founded and coordinates Transilvania Digital Innovation Hub.
Case Studies

Living room furniture with traditional motifs

Living room furniture with traditional motifs

The team consisting of Florin Raț, Tabita Ciupe, Orbok Gyorgy Tamas and Bogdan Mancaș created a product called “Living room furniture with traditional Romanian motifs”, being an armchair that represents originality, is in line with the personality of customers and preserves the tradition. The team was looking for innovative and adapted solutions for living room furniture for interior design and for quality office experiences. Following the principles of sustainable development by protecting and improving human, natural and financial capital for the future.

The aim was to develop an armchair with low ecological impact throughout the entire life cycle integration of as high a percentage of recyclable materials as possible in the construction of the armchair. At the same time, the aim was to reduce the amount of waste resulting from the packaging of the armchair and recycle them as high as possible, producing an armchair without using hazardous chemicals.

Office Organizer

Office Organizer
The team formed by Laura Balint, Mihai Moldoveanu and Hunor Laczko made the product “Office Organizer” intended for the efficient organization of office space. The selection of the materials used was made taking into account the sustainability of the product, emphasizing relevant aspects such as the use of materials as natural as possible, which can be reused or recycled in large proportions. As well as the use of other materials such as cork, plywood and steel. The product is made taking into account the possibility of processing and use of owned equipment, such as laser power.

Multifunctional table

Multifunctional table
The team formed by Anadora Lupo, Beata Csáka, Camelia Popa and Daniela Dincu created the project entitled “Multifunctional table”. Project designed to create a multifunctional dining table, with the possibility of expansion, using sustainable materials: stone, wood and polymer with memory. The product is addressed to people with small spaces who manage to optimize their space, residential spaces, the international public, while also intended for creative people and passionate about art and design.

Furniture for the Hallways

Furniture for the Hallways
The team formed by Arthur Cotetiu, George Dobrescu, Gábor Molnár and George Mihai made the “Furniture for the Hallways”. Project for large families, with low or medium incomes, which is suitable for small living space. The project is a modern solution for arranging the house and arranging / storing clothes that includes: mirror, hat support above, umbrella support below and a folding seat made of mesh to easily take off your shoes at the entrance to the house.
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