Dedicated to distinctive students, Aspire Academy is the only leadership and entrepreneurship academy in Romania with courses taught by top Harvard, Stanford, Wharton professors, successful regional CEOs and entrepreneurs.
Dedicated to outstanding high school students Aspire High School aims to help them define their academic and professional journey and connect them with mentors who will inspire and challenge them.
Dedicated to young professionals, Aspire Professional is our unique educational and professional development experience in which participants interact with Ivy League professors and inspiring leaders.
Dedicated to primary and secondary school teachers, Aspire for Teachers is an innovative pedagogical program, designed to help them become teacher – leaders, role models and trainers of the next generations of children.
Dedicated exclusively to Aspire alumni, Aspire Graduate aims to be a natural next step to our summer programs’ curricula, further focusing on personal development and community building.
The Pre-Accelerator programme is a talent organization that acts as a bridge between startups and accelerators. The programme is suitable to early-stage or first time entrepreneurs.
Steven has been given the Teacher of the Year Award at Harvard Kennedy School, in June 2016. He is recognized as an expert in campaign management and political strategies. He has served as a senior strategist and campaign manager for various US representatives. In 1996, Roll Call magazine named him one of the “50 most influential political people in Washington”. Steven also teaches annually at the IESE Business School in Madrid, Spain, and has consulted and managed political campaigns in Europe, Asia, and South America.
Luciana Herman is a Lecturer in Public Policy at Stanford University. Previously, she has taught writing and political rhetoric courses at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to policy writing and public speaking, her academic interests include American political rhetoric, racial formation and immigration policy. Following work on Capitol Hill in the area of water policy, Dr. Herman earned her PhD in English at the University of California, Berkeley.
Phil Malone teaches at Stanford Law School. His work is focused on understanding and promoting sound innovation and exploring how intellectual property and competition policy in high-tech industries affect it. Phil came to Stanford from Harvard Law School. He was one of the faculty directors of the Berkman Center and was the initial HLS liaison to the Harvard Innovation Lab, a new, university wide center aimed at facilitating innovation and entrepreneurship among Harvard students and faculty.
Andreea is Assistant Professor in the Management of Organizations at the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley. Beforehand, Andreea received her PhD in Organizational Behaviour from Harvard Business School. She holds an MA in Sociology from Harvard University and a BA in Economics and Sociology from Dartmouth College. Andreea has experience teaching Harvard College’s undergraduate course in Social Entrepreneurship and in Harvard University’s Summer School Programs.
Nadia has a huge passion for discovering new talent and hidden resources in people and organisations. Through this and also with the help of Nobel Laureate for Economy, Joseph Stiglitz, she learnt to adopt a people centred approach. Nadia founded various organisations, such as Women Leaders Intercultural Forum or Global Policy Innovations Program, which focus on a wide range of worldwide social and economic problems.
Fady Chreih is the CEO of Regina Maria, the largest private healthcare network in Romania. The network owns 22 locations in key cities around the country but also partners with over 180 multi-specialty clinics. Before growing Regina Maria from a small hospital to a successful healthcare network, Fady was the Head of Healthcare Divison at Banca Transilvania. Fady has an MBA from the University of Sheffield, and also studied at Harvard and London Bussiness School.
Dan Pascariu is the President of the Board of UniCredit Tiriac Bank. He has previously been the President of the Board of Bank Austria Creditanstalt Romania for 9 years. He is also cofounder and Associate Professor in the Romanian Banking Institute. He held lectures as an invited Professor at Bucharest University of Economic Studies, University of Chicago,Stanford University in California and Georgetown University in Washington. Dan is a friend and supporter of Aspire, having attended every edition since 2011.
Ismail finished his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Politics at Oxford University and did his Master’s at University of Pennsylvania. He lived and worked in more than 30 countries, including the UK, where he was a consultant for PWC London in their economics and strategy department. Ismail also coordinated the country program for Central Europe and the Baltics in the World Bank’s department for Europe and Central Asia.
After graduating from top universities across the United States and Europe such as Harvard, Princeton, Georgetown and Warwick, we started Aspire Academy in 2011. As friends, we shared a passion for education, a strong belief in the Romanian youth and a desire to offer our peers in Romania and Eastern Europe similar educational and social opportunities to the ones we experienced abroad.
Our vision is to develop a community of ethical, successful and influential leaders across a wide variety of disciplines, with diverse backgrounds, across Europe and beyond.