Cultural manager and entrepreneur, Ștefan Teișanu is a co-founder of Cluj Cultural Centre, Fapte and Nord.
He is a member of the Romanian Economic and Social Council, as a representative of the cultural sector and the civil society, and works with the World Bank as public participation and local development specialist.
He is the executive director of Cluj Cultural Centre, a culture and sustainable development NGO with 112 members: cultural organisations and institutions, universities, associations of the business environment and of the civil society, and the local and the regional administration.
He is the founding president of Fapte, an NGO which organises the Jazz in the Park festival and other cultural events with a community impact, and also the president of Nord, a community development association in Darabani, his hometown in the Moldova region. Ștefan was the president of AIESEC Cluj-Napoca and he founded the Junior Chamber International local subsidiary.
His personal belief is that people can be what they want to be.
Rariţa is cultural expert with a twenty years’ experience in arts management, curating, research and policymaking.
She is Director and cofounder of AltArt Foundation, an organisation dedicated to experimental approaches to art, technology and society. She is co-founder of Fabrica de Pensule an independent collective space for contemporary arts in Cluj-Napoca.
She was a key member of the Cluj-Napoca 2021 ECoC bidding team (2011-2016), where she contributed to all stages of the candidature, including concept development and cultural programming.
She is engaged in policy development in Cluj-Napoca (she coordinated the elaboration of the Cultural Strategy of the city), at national level, through the work of the Coalition for the Independent Cultural Sector and at European level. She is a member of the Strategy Group of the “A Soul for Europe” initiative, member of the European House for Culture, and a board member of the Balkan Express network. She contributed as speaker and trainer to a large number of professional forums, including prominent conferences such as the Berlin Conference, European Cultural Forum, IETM plenary meetings and Cultural Congress in Wroclaw.
In 2015 she was awarded ”The Cultural Management prize” of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund in Romania and the award for Cultural Management from the Business Women Association Cluj.
She has also worked in field of media and democracy for various organisations including, Ethnocultural Diversity Resource Center in Cluj-Napoca and Soros Foundation for an Open Society Romania. She studied Photo-Video-Digital Image at the University of Arts and Design and Journalism at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. Since 2017 she is a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Public Administration and Policies, within the College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babeș-Bolyai University, in Cluj-Napoca, undertaking research on ”New Paradigms of Urban Development. Culture, Creativity and Emotional Wellbeing as Key Factors in Urban Policies”.
Raluca is the operations manager at Cluj Cultural Centre. Graduate of the Faculty of European Studies (UBB), she has 10 years of experience in operations management, procurement and business relations partnership with different stakeholders in several companies and industries: IT (Brinel), Farma (A & D Pharma) and Services, within Genpact. She coordinated the activity of several teams both at national and European level.
Director Cluj-Napoca Urban Innovation Unit
Leading the development of Cluj-Napoca Urban Innovation Unit, the first of its kind in Eastern Europe, tackling urban mobility, housing, future of jobs and urban resilience challenges. She has co-designed and is currently co-managing the city’s Urban Innovative Actions initiative which is testing the impact of creative and cultural industries on enabling a more competitive and equitable local economy.
Anamaria has been working in the field of integrated urban development for the past 12 years in Europe and US, acting as lead expert for the URBACT program and the World Bank. She has strongly invested in creating new modes of action for urban and regional development practice in Romania, acting as co-founder for the Urban Inc NGO and the start-up MKBT: Make Better. She holds an MA in International Affairs as a Fulbright Scholar at The New School New York.
She is a norm entrepreneur for making cities places of engagement, wellbeing and human generosity.
Corina manages within Cluj Cultural Centre The Academy of Change project.
She has a reliable experience in cultural projects management, artistic production and cultural policies. She is one of the founding members of the contemporary art space Fabrica de Pensule / The Paintbrush Factory. Within the Paintbrush Factory Federation, she has coordinated or initiated, since 2009, over 20 projects in various fields – from visual to performing arts, education and training. In 2010 she has been awarded the Gabriela Tudor Grant in Cultural Management. In the recent years, she has participated in professional residencies in Poland and the US and was involved in various international meetings and cultural projects. Between 2013 and 2015 she was responsible of communication for Temps d’Images Festival, Cluj. Corina Bucea has contributed to several projects that have represented Romania at the Venice Biennale, both the art and architecture editions (2013, 2015, and 2016). In 2017, as a project manager, she coordinated the exhibition of Geta Brătescu – Apparitions (Curator – Magda Radu).
Cristina manages within Cluj Cultural Centre The Playful Art project. She has been working with various non-governmental organizations in Cluj-Napoca for over 10 years and is interested in the sustainable development of communities.She studied psychology and psychotherapy at Babes-Bolyai University, and most of her professional experience focused on social and community project management, dedicated to children and young people. She also dealt with fundraising and human resource development. Cristina believes that the development of people’s potential and their diversity gives color and personality to communities.
Georgiana is an independent curator and art historian. Currently, she is a PhD. candidate at the Doctoral School of Philosophy within the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, where she is writing a thesis on exhibition as medium of artistic practice. She is a member of the Doctoral School of Philosophy Board.
Since 2016, Georgiana teaches a course in Curatorial Theory and Practice at the Faculty of History and Philosophy, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj. Her educational activity also includes collaborations with University of Connecticut (2018), Colorado State University (2017, 2014), and Leipzig University, Institut für Kulturwissenschaften, Leipzig (2015).
She collaborates with META Cultural Foundation, Bucharest, and has been communication and programme coordinator for SPAȚIU INTACT gallery, The Paintbrush Factory (2013-2015), and Quadro Gallery (2011-2013), Cluj.
Curatorial activity: 2META+: An evening in my parents’ studio, French Institute and Galeria Reflex, Cluj-Napoca (2019); End of the Line, Camera K’ARTE, Târgu-Mureș (2018-19); Memory as Vision (assistant curator), Fabrica de Pensule spaces (2018); Oana Năstăsache: Blue. Colour’s boiling point, Camera K’ARTE, Târgu-Mureș (2016); Pulse, within the Veil, Casa Tranzit, Cluj (2011).
Claudia holds a PhD in Arts Marketing, being a graduate of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Marketing department. Part of her academic research developed during the Phd studies was carried out, as an EU scholar, at the University of Salento, Italy. She has published several relevant articles on Arts Marketing and she participated in both national and international subject-related conferences. In 2015, at the International Conference on Arts and Cultural Management, Doctoral Symposium section, the article submitted by Claudia has been awarded. Her main activities were performed especially in the non-profit sector, both nationally and internationally, for the development, coordination, implementation and promotion of cultural, educational and social projects, including Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF), Sibiu International Theatre Festival (FITS) and other EU-funded projects.
Community Facilitation Coordinator
Alex is Doctor in Philosophy at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj. He has taught courses and seminars both at the Faculty of Philosophy and at the Sociology and Social Work in Cluj and contributes periodically with texts or translations for the emerging area of left-wing local publishing. But the experience of the 4 years of social work within the ADIZMC project carried out in the Pata-Rât area, where he was in charge of the community and institutional facilitation of the project, is the one that recommends him for the coordination of the community facilitation work included in the different programs of the Centre. Also, the consistent history of involvement in various initiatives of the local civil society – from the drawing up of the participatory budget to the “saving” of Someș or the reactivation of the Railway Park – brings with it both the experience and the tools or work ethic developed along these interactions with different local actors.
Having over 18 years of experience gained in interpreting and promoting cultural heritage, Crina coordinates the Remarkable Romania project, within Cluj Cultural Center. During her career, she has worked as 1A degree Museographer at Brukenthal National Museum and ASTRA Museum, organizing numerous temporary and permanent exhibitions, cultural and museum education projects. As a curator of non-European ethnography collection within ASTRA Museum, she took part in the international South Sudan Museums Network conferences held in Great Britain in 2017 and 2018, with the purpose of recording the artefacts originating in South Sudan, spread worldwide. In 2017, she took part in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) at the invitation of the United States Department of State, in an exchange of experience with professionals in the cultural field from Washington DC, New York and Los Angeles. Creative and spontaneous, Crina relates culture with freedom of thought, a sine qua non condition for a healthy society.
Urban Innovation Specialist
Alexandra coordinates the Urban Mobility project, as part of the Urban Innovation Unit, and is part of the team implementing Cluj Future of Work. She has over 7 years of experience working with international organizations, such as environmental and urban development non-profits, and the World Health Organization, coordinating projects, developing strategic documents, outreach and communication with stakeholders and organizing conferences and workshops. She has a Master’s degree in Sustainable Urban Management from Malmo University in Sweden, and a Bachelor degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from San Jose State University in California. She believes cities are unlimited resources for knowledge, experimentation, and potential for creating healthier, more equitable and resilient communities. She is passionate about community engagement in the development of the city, as well as about building networks and working on climate action. Besides her role at the Cluj Cultural Center, she is also working with the Someș Delivery initiative on their sustainability efforts.
Cristina has been so far involved in restoration, art and volunteering. She is interested in sustainability on an individual and collective level, in art and in how art can respond to the different needs of society and, last but not least, how people and places are mutually molding. At Cluj Cultural Centre, Cristina is part of the Urban Innovation Unit, where she contributes to the implementation of the Cluj Future of Work project, which studies and tests methods by which the city can prepare for the challenges that the future will bring in the labor market.
Lorena is a Project Assistant within the Cuj Future of Work project initiated by the Urban Innovation Unit. Her activity is centered around communication and social media management, with focus on content creation and copywriting. In 2016, she graduated from the Faculty of Theatre and Television at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, specialised in Theatre Studies, and ever since she’s been working in the cultural sector. She worked within the European project “Playing Identities, Performing Heritage”, organized by the University of Siena, as a mobilizer on behalf of Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. She was an artistic secretary at the “Puck” Puppet Theatre in Cluj-Napoca, and she gained knowledge in the field of communication within the team of Fapte, working as Communication Assistant for projects like the Jazz in the Park festival, Art in the Street and Classic Unlimited.
Andreea coordinates within the Clujean Cultural Center the Culturepreneurs project. She has been active for 5 years in AIESEC, the global non-governmental student organization that aims to develop youth leadership through multicultural experiences. Within the organization she coordinated for one year, at national level, in Romania the activity of sales and online recruitment for companies and start-ups, and the attachment to social, cultural and urban development projects, came from the experience of coordinator of operations at national level for social projects in Peru. She returned to Cluj in 2018 and began to work in the entrepreneurial environment, through the collaboration with the consultancy firm ACTIVIZE, where she coordinated projects in collaboration with various organizations and companies, one of the projects she first worked for was Culturepreneurs in partnership with the Center Cultural Clujean
Miruna is leading the STEAM education projects and Quantum Center development. Driven by the aim of creating the premises for science centres and interdisciplinary cultural spaces she specialised in scientific museology with acknowledgments from EMA, European Museum Academy. She has been part of multiple European projects for public engagement with science and education for development and is the founder of Scientifica NGO. She has an M.A in Communication and a fellowship at the International School of Scientific Journalism. Her objective is to find ways of taking complex ideas and make them into something that is tangible for everyone whilst supporting transformation and individual learning.
Hanna Ugron is the Grants Manager of the Cluj Cultural Center since September 2019. Her professional experience is mostly connected to youth policy and cultural programmes, with over ten years of experience in grant application writing and project management, youth policies and civil society development. Since 2010, as a member of the PONT Group’s expert team, she was actively involved in Cluj-Napoca’s candidacy for the European Cultural Capital title in 2021 and the European Youth Capital title in 2015 and was one of the writers of the city’s application documentation for both. In 2015 she coordinated the city’s first ever Participatory Budgeting process for Youth, Com’On Cluj-Napoca.
Costinela joined the Cluj Cultural Center team driven by the desire to get involved in shaping a better future. She has 10 years of experience in project management in scientific fields oriented towards socio-economic inclusion, such as innovations, education and culture. Over the years, she has coordinated multiple projects for the non-governmental sector aimed at facilitating the development of the social economy sector through entrepreneurship and circular economy and at improving the access and participation of vulnerable groups in the labor market. In collaboration with local public authorities, she contributed to the implementation of investment projects associated with the protection of cultural heritage in rural areas and in educational infrastructure.
Project Manager (Financial)
Alex is a public procurement expert with experience both within contracting authorities and for economic operators. He also works as an economist in the financial department. He is a graduate of the Management section of the Faculty of Economic Sciences with a master degree in Human Resources Management. He was part of the Cluj Metropolitan Area Association implementation team for the projects Pata Cluj, New Generation Skills, Refill and EU.CA.Net.
He was also part of the Projects Division of ELBI ELECTRIC & LIGHTING SRL, as well as of the Beius Municipality’s team in the project Beius geothermal city, respectively the Beius Municipal Hospital.
Project Manager (Financial)
Mihai attended the courses of the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the University of Oradea. He later worked in the Operations department at Sykes and in the Financial department at Fortech. He is passionate about nature and has been part of projects such as I Love Apuseni and Salvamont.
Assistant manager within Cluj`s Cultural Center, Paula studied Journalism and Digital Media at Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences UBB Cluj. During her studies, she collaborated with Radio Renașterea, TVR Cluj, Transilvania All Inclusive, and, also, with various companies in their financial departements. She believe that “the only source of knowledge is experience”, and thus her wish is to be part of the city’s growth and development.
Assistant Manager (Financial)
Florentina Perșoiu is a project financial assistant, part of the Future of Work project within the Urban Innovation Division of the Cluj Cultural Center Association. She graduated European Studies Faculty at Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj and is specialized in the International Relations and European Studies. During her studies she participated in an internship program within the North-West Regional Development Agency, also in various projects in the field of European funds. She’s looking forward to get involved in the cultural development of Cluj.
Septimiu held for 2 years the position of Student Senator at Babeş-Bolyai University and was for 5 years in the Students’ Council, thus contributing significantly to the innovation of administrative processes in the campuses of the university. During these years, he was involved in representing the rights and interests of students and organized numerous student events. He is one of the founding members of the Hasdeu campus, an initiative dedicated especially to students. He performed his studies, both Bachelor and Master at the Faculty of History and Philosophy from Cluj-Napoca and currently he carries out his PHD studies at the Doctoral School of History.Civilization.Culture.
Mihaela has more than 12 years of experience in marketing and communication. She has worked in the marketing department of Transilvania Bank, where she has been involved in developing and promoting card products, as well as in image campaigns and event organization.She studied Marketing at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration from Cluj-Napoca and has a Master Degree in Business Administration, within the same faculty.She strongly believes that only with involvement we can change things for a better living and, together with the team, she wants to improve the life of the people from Cluj-Napoca through culture.
Adela comes with several years of experience in communication and media relations. Since 2003 she has been a trainee and has worked in communication for private companies and associations in Romania, France, England and Italy. She was, among other things, Press Officer for the Representation of the European Commission in Romania though Chelgate Ltd UK, Bucharest branch, McCann Erickson Romania’s Public Relations Specialist and PR Manager for Millenium Communications (The Institute now). Prior to joining the communication field, Adela was a journalist at Radio Cluj and Radio JetFm (France). Adela Nicoara holds a degree in communication from the Faculty of Communication and Information in Nantes, France and a degree in journalism from Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. She also attended master’s courses at the University of Bucharest and at the National School of Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA). Adela speaks fluent English, French, Italian, Spanish and Greek and is passionate about author films, being also a staff member of TIFF (Transilvania International Film Festival). Through the association “Brain Wings” that she founded, she also addresses the prevention and tackling of bullying in schools.
Dalma has 10 years’ experience in graphic design but also has a special interest in video and editing. She began his graphic design activity since the student’s period, creating a series of visuals for Victoria Cinema from Cluj-Napoca. Since 2009, working with various companies from Romania, Iceland and China, she developed her skills in performing graphic design for 2D games and animations. She worked for almost 2 years, as Art Director, at PR & More, where she was responsible for branding, graphic design, illustrations, improving also the desktop publishing technique (DTP). During the freelancing period, she produced video presentations of several exhibitions in various national and international art galleries. Recently, her focus was shifted primarily on animations for online promotions. Currently she is performing her PHD studies at the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca, addressing the topic of Artistic Aspects of Stereoscopic Photography.