Meet The Speakers

Here you can find the lists of speakers for FYM AWAKE and FYM on Tour.

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  •    Awake   
  •    Targu Mures   
  •    Cluj Napoca  
  •    Timișoara   
  •   Brașov   
  •    Sibiu   
  •    Bucharest  
   Awake   
Oana Giurgiu
Pussy Riot
Michael Schack FYM Awake
Alina Vilcu FYM Awake
Andra Imbrea
Dj Shiver
Raluca Mihaila FYM Awake
Adrian Socol FYM Awake

More speakers soon to be announced…

   Targu Mures   
Sergiu Penciu
   Cluj Napoca  
Sergiu Penciu
   Timișoara   
Sergiu Penciu
  Brașov   
Alexandru Vitalariu
Antoneta Gales
Bogdan Micu Feed Your Mind
Catalin Ciupala
Cristian Orosanu Feed Your Mind
Irina Toma
Mihai Dumitrescu FYM Awake
Raluca Mihaila Feed Your Mind
Sergiu Penciu
Andrei Dinu
   Sibiu   
Livia Ilie
Sergiu Penciu
Ioan Bebeselea Feed Your Mind
Rares Helici
Mihai Leontescu
Ciprian Ciocan
Marius Amza Feed Your Mind
Andrei Dinu
   Bucharest  
Catalin Lupoaie
Cristian Dascalu
Cristiana Oprea Feed Your Mind
Eliza Bunu
Sorin BAdea
Andrei Dinu

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OANA GIURGIU

Executive Director, TIFF

Journalism and Law graduate, Oana Giurgiu directed TV documentaries and produced music and extreme sports TV shows, before taking part in the production team of The death of Mr. Lazarescu by Cristi Puiu – Un certain regard Cannes 2005 and Delta by Kornél Mundruczó – Fipresci award Cannes 2008. Oana is Executive Director of Transilvania International Film Festival and executive producer of GOPO Awards Ceremony.

PUSSY RIOT

Russian Punk Band

Pussy Riot is Russian Moscow-based activist art collective known for its provocative and radiant live music performances and actions that they keep doing since 2011 despite all the dangers coming from the harsh Putin’s regime. Pussy Riot performance on stage is a radical audio-visual live act touching topics like gender identity, personal freedom, climate change, transgression and how activism can help us to shape the better world.

MICHAEL SCHACK

E-drummer & #DJ Drummer, Solo Artist

You might already have seen drummer / producer Michael Schack performing on big festival stages, like you can enjoy his solo #DJDrummer show at AWAKE on August 15. He’s an online drumming phenomenon with audiences in Europe, North & South America, Asia, South Africa and Australia. Apart from being the energetic E-drummer with Netsky (Live), his spectacular performance clips on both YouTube and Instagram are continuously turning heads. Michael plays all drum beats live on top of live triggered self produced inventive remixes.

ALINA VÎLCU

Arhitect @Visuri la Cheie

Alina’s dream to draw houses materialized after beginning her career in advertising. She is now leading a team of architects and designers at her studio. In addition, she founded with her friend Omid Ghannadi a design academy, making design more and more available to people. Also, starting 2014 she is part of the Extreme Makeover Home Edition (Visuri la Cheie) TV Show, changing the lives of less fortunate people.

Andra Imbrea

Journalist @Wall-Street.ro

Andra is a journalist covering the fashion industry, retail, media and advertising at Wall-Street.ro, a leading online business publication in Romania. She began her career at Wall-Street.ro in 2015, shortly after she graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at UNIBUC. She has a master degree at The Faculty of International Business and Economics – ASE Bucuresti, where she studied international economy and european affairs, concluded with a dissertation about creative industries, which she supports also in her articles.

DJ Shiver

DJ & Entrepreneur

He lives for, with & through music & for the past 16 years, he has been adding value to the events sector. Known for The SHIVER Show & his uplifting dj sets, DJ SHIVER knows not only to mix & match, but also to talk about his passion & his career path & his TEDx Talk is proof of his innovative spirit as he taught everyone that to become a party engineer is no easy job.

Raluca Mihăilă

Managing Owner Utopic Brain

She believes that searching alone is not a guarantee for finding, but for sure a close eye refuses discovery. She is the founder of Utopic Brain & she is constantly connecting the world’s dots from a multidisciplinary point of view: marketing strategy, photography, creative writing, psychology, social and cultural research, education and business planning. The result is a surprising understanding of the vivid and complex network of patterns which unconsciously drive us through life. Be there to discuss about Mindful.less – The fixed mindset that dismisses inner potential.

Adrian Socol

Psychologist @Estuar Foundation

Adrian Socol is a graduate of the Faculty of Psychology and now he is pursuing a doctoral program. Since 2008 he is a psychologist at the Estuary Foundation and he has been involved in counseling people with mental health problems.

LAURA COROIANU

Festival Director at AWAKE, Co-owner of EMAGIC

She started out as an editor, presenter & producer in television & in 2005 she co-founded EMAGIC, since then she creating magic for the music industry. In the last 15 years, EMAGIC has played a major role in the development of the live events market, B’ESTFEST Festival being one of the well-known projects of both Laura & her husband, Guido Janssens. Laura Coroianu is the co-director of AWAKE Festival, the boutique-festival where Feed Your Mind was born & she advocates for creativity & the power of community brought together by art & shared values. Meet the woman who partook in shaping the Romanian music industry into what it is today on April 15th at Palatul Culturii.

The Funkers

Group of Young & Energetic Actors

They are young & full of energy, exposing their talent & passion for acting through impro shows and plays. The Funkers is a 6-member group composed of students at University of Arts from Targu-Mures & Highschool of Arts, first united at AWAKE.

Dani Pavel & Daiana Hotnog

Co-founder / Nutrition Guru @YUMP.ro

Dani & Daiana are the perfect storm in the Romanian wellness industry. This January they launched YUMP, a concept both simple and disruptive – the first Live Streaming Fitness platform in Romania, designed exclusively for women.

DIANA SUGAR

Efficient Learning Coach

She is passionate about non formal education & she is always looking for the best teaching and learning techniques that will promote the idea of lifelong education. Diana has started Di-Academy, where she teaches effiecient learning techniques, by being inspired by this vision of a school where students can develop their qualities and abilities.

GEORGIANA BIRTHLER

Architect at unDAverde

She strongly believes in the power of communities & that great things can be accomplished with small gestures & dedicated people. She devotes everyday her time & work to sustainability & bringing communities together for a greater good. Architect at unDAverde, Georgiana is specialised in urban mobility & regional development & she will dive more into the topic of environment at Targu-Mures.

LUCIAN MATEI

Multimedia Artist

Lucian is a creative video artist, specialised in video concepts, design and animations, 3D projection mapping. He graduated at the Photo and Video Art School in Timisoara. His works on experimental and borderline documentary film brought him several awards such as the Jury Award – AMA Film Festival Otelu Rosu 2010 or Jecza Gallery Award for Best Short Experimental Movie at the Video Art Exihibiton 2012. In the past 3 years, he has collaborated extensively with the Timisoara National Theatre as well as with the Arad Classical Theatre „Ioan Slavici” on video concept and design for the stage and theatre promotional trailers.

SIMONA CIFF

Psychologist, Trainer

She is a doer & her work recommends her as a hard-working person, involved in activities designed for the well-being of various communities. Accredited psychologist, Simona Ciff invests her time into teaching others that some things can be done differently & for the better. She designed & managed projects focused on behavior & #emotional intelligence.

ALEX DONA

Entrepreneur, free spirit & media specialist

He is an entrepreneur with a free spirit, innovative & always relying on his creativity. With over 23 years experience in business, 12 of them being invested in media & marketing, Alex Dona initiated bold projects with one clear outcome: to satisfy the needs of the community & to share tips & tricks learnt the hard way. Armed with humor & a vast experience, he will join the stage for an in-depth discussion about #fakenews & #clickbait.

DJ SHIVER

DJ & Entrepreneur

He lives for, with & through music & for the past 16 years, he has been adding value to the events sector. Known for The SHIVER Show & his uplifting dj sets, DJ SHIVER knows not only to mix & match, but also to talk about his passion & his career path & his TEDx Talk is proof of his innovative spirit as he taught everyone that to become a party engineer is no easy job. Meet the artist in Târgu-Mureș on the 15th of April!

Sergiu Penciu

Digital Expert & Financial Education Professor at BCR

Sergiu is part of BCR’s Digital Banking department and is involved with George’s implementation nationwide. George is a symbol of innovation, this being the name given to the automated pilot in aviation. PhD graduate of Technical University Cluj-Napoca with studies in different areas such as journalism (college graduate), advertising/marketing (master graduate) always receptive to everything that’s new and always ready to act to take advantage of emerging opportunities. He is passionate about innovation and education in the financial world in the digital age.

SONIA DONCA-BERCUCI

Research & Development Direct at Green School

EDUpreneur and nature-lover, Sonia is working in the Research and Development department of Green School working on the educational architecture, program and project development, teacher training and Agile Learning Facilitator. She earned her PhD in Educational Sciences in 2013 from the Doctoral School of Psychology and Educational Sciences, in Bucharest. She has extensive experience in training, mainly in Education, including Youth in Action, Comenius, Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps. She co-founded Green School with a genuine belief that school can be different than it’s now in Romania, using her 11 years experience in the NGO sector.

ROBERT KATAI

Content Marketing Manager at Bannersnack

Robert Katai is the content marketing manager of Bannersnack, a professional banner creation app for designers and marketers. His work was featured on Entrepreneur, Adweek, Marketing Profs, Content Marketing Institute and other places. He is also blogging on his personal website: www.robertkatai.com

ANDREI MUTU

Founder BrandMax & I Love Cluj

Andrei has put his native creativity into founding ILoveCluj, a countrywide renowned local brand & symbol for Cluj-Napoca. After more than 10 years of experiences with ILoveCluj, he founded the boutique marketing agency Brandmax.

BOGDAN MEZOFI

Vocalist of Grimus

He performed over 400 concerts nationwide & abroad & alongside his band he opened well-known concerts such as Placebo, Red Hot Chilli Peppers & Roxette. Bogdan is full of energy, always talking passionately about music & the empowering feeling it gives to him.

SIMONA NĂSTASE

Trainer & Psychologist, Founder of Voce Autentică

Simona founded Voce Autentica as she is a true-lover of authenticity and truth and she would like promote these values further. She started in the corporate environment where he gained experience, after which she specialized in training and acting. After an intense workout of five-year academic career in acting she brought actor’s elements to training and the corporate world.

CIPRIAN STANESCU

Futurist, Social Innovation Solutions

He talks  & teaches about the future & he supports social initiatives designed to contribute to the future. Ciprian is the Curator of Innovations for Tomorrow, Alumni of Global Shapers Bucharest Hub & also a teacher at The Entrepreneurship Academy & the Alternative University in Romania.

FLORIN ARHIRE

Designer and environmental activist

He’s involved in the life of the community by always taking part into actions that matter. Activist & digital artist, Florin Arhire also known as Florinakkis uses stencils, lettering, digital drawing as ways of expressing himself, letting his creativity flow & inspire him. 

ANDREI LASC

Native creative @Cu Substrat Advertising, Writer @ Poevie

Creating smart campaigns for businesses that do good in the world (Teach for Romania, Bookster, Frufru). Writing vividly about my inner world on Poevie and recently published a travel journal independently 07:07 – with my soul in the east.

SONIA OPREAN

Senior Trainer & Consultant

She was the Senior Portfolio Manager of NESsT Romania, a global organization that supports social enterprises & she is a Board Member of Mai Bine, one of the pioneers in sustainable development in Romania.

CIPRIAN STANESCU

Futurist, Social Innovation Solutions

He talks  & teaches about the future & he supports social initiatives designed to contribute to the future. Ciprian is the Curator of Innovations for Tomorrow, Alumni of Global Shapers Bucharest Hub & also a teacher at The Entrepreneurship Academy & the Alternative University in Romania.

DAN BUGARIU

Co-founder of Growceanu, President of Smart City Association

Dan is software architect and entrepreneur. He is coordinator of MultipleXity, president of Smart City Association, Government advisor on OGP Romania and co-founder of Growceanu Angel Investment. Some of his current projects are MultipleXity, Upgrade My City, Timisoara Startup Ecosystem and Timisoara Data Portal.

Radu Rusu

Environmentalist, co-founder of EcoStuff Romania

He has been doing volunteering work for many years now & has surrounded himself with people who work together for a greater good. Eager environmentalist, Radu is the co-founder of EcoStuff Romania, an NGO which strives to empower, educate & collaborate with people & organizations in order to impact positively the planet.

Alexandru Vițalariu

Serial Entrepreneur @Decât O Dubă @Grin. @Brandfood

Alexandru turned a Food Truck into a successful business, and that’s not his first hit. “Decât o dubă“ is the project he designed to encourage creativity, and his van can now be rented for events, parties, small businesses, or even commercials. He also owns the advertising agency Grin and Brandfood.

Antoneta Galeș

People Developer & Author

Antoneta’s main talent is to inspire others to become the best version of themselves. Since 2014 she founded Sonas, a company specialised in training, development and communication and she also has published five fiction novels and a poetry collection on the pen name Tony Mott.

Bogdan Micu

Enviromental Entrepreneur

Bogdan is a successful Romanian entrepreneur active in the field of renewable energies. With over 15 years of experience in active business in North America, South America and Europe. At the same time he is very active in the fight for environmental protection.

Cătălin Ciupală

Maths Teacher @National College “Andrei Saguna”

Cătălin has a PhD in Mathematics and also likes biking. Together with his colleagues, he initiated a Mathematics club – ClubMateSaguna with the principle scope to change the way of thinking and doing Maths. They began with a Virtual Reality Laboratory and they are building a learning platform for students.

Cristian Oroșanu

Conductor & Artistic Director

Cristian is passionate about innovative projects that break the classic patterns. His professional reputation determined his presence on major international stages, with famous ensembles like the Bucharest National Radio Orchestra, Tonhalle Zurich, the BBC Scottish Orchestra, the Bordeaux-Aquitaine National Orchestra, or the Philharmonic Orchestras in Bucharest, Brussels, Iasi, Strasbourg, Cluj, Porto, etc.

Irina Toma

Sustainability Expert

Irina describes herself as a “pragmatic visionary” and wants to use her international experience to translate policies and concepts from the European agenda – such as evidence-based policy making, digitization or circular economy into action concrete, applicable and useful at the local level. Besides agriculture and sustainable development, Irina is also interested in data, technology and innovation.

Mihai Dumitrescu

Co-founder & CTO @Lampix

Mihai is the Founder, CEO and CTO of Rosoftlab, a research and development firm in computer vision, augmented reality and related mobile and web apps. Rosoftlab’s continuous progress has led to the creation of multiple companies, such as VanillaNAV, an easy to set up an indoor navigation system.

Raluca Mihăilă

Managing Owner Utopic Brain

Raluca is the founder of Utopic Brain & she is constantly connecting the world’s dots from a multidisciplinary point of view: marketing strategy, photography, creative writing, psychology, social and cultural research, education and business planning.

Andrei Dinu

Founder @EVENTHEROES, Licensee @TEDxBucharest

Founder & Organizer of Feed Your Mind and this event’s moderator, Andrei is passionate about ideas and possibilities to change people, mentalities and the world, putting his shoulder to this desiderate through the events he organizes. He has been involved in the organization of the TEDxBucharest event series since 2009, organized independently and voluntarily under the license of the famous TED conferences, to which he has participated two times to develop the organization locally.

Livia Ilie

Prof. PhD @”Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu

Livia Ilie has an MBA degree in Finance and a PhD in Economics. With over two decades of teaching and research experience (in Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu and Academy of Economic Studies Bucharest) and more than 10 years in academic management (Romanian – Canadian MBA in Bucharest and Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu) she developed a particular interest in the strategic management of higher education institutions. In her capacity as vice-rector responsible with the strategic development of Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu (LBUS) she developed important projects for students’ soft skills development.

Ioan Bebeșelea

Chef & Co-owner Syndicat Gourmet

Ioan is a self-taught chef, who discovered his passion relatively late, after started serious cooking at 30 years old. Since 2014 he is a chef and co-owner of the Syndicat Gourmet restaurant in Sibiu. The overall vision of the restaurant is: “Good Food, Local Sourced Ingredients”, they focus on seasonal quality ingredients without being premium. They like to discover forgotten ingredients and integrate them into their recipes, simple ingredients that many do not even be taken into account but bring back the tastes from childhood.

Rareș Helici

Photographer & Manager Crispus – The Art of Fire

One of the most famous photographers in Sibiu found his great passion after he set up, together with his sister, in 2003, the first fire performance band in Romania, “Crispus – The Art of Fire”. The project is focused on visuals and the need to promote it have determined him to borrow a camera and eventually to start editing photos. Photography became more than just a passion for Rareș, and he is known for his photography projects, “1,000 portraits” and “Black and White portraits”.

Mihai Leontescu

Social Entrepreneur

Mihai creates memories that sometimes he feels are worth sharing. After 5 years of living and studying in 5 different countries he decided to return to Romania to dedicate part of his youthful energy in a place where the unpredictable present can be turned into a brighter future. He worked for 2 years with cultural projects and communication for the Swedish Embassy in Bucharest where he sharpened his emoji skills. Now he lives in Brasov and is testing his civic and political appetite. OGRADA is his first social project that gradually developed from a story into a dream.

Ciprian Ciocan

Executive Director @Sibiu Community Foundation

Ciprian is known throughout the city because he has set up the Sibiu International Marathon, perhaps the only event that joins thousands of people willing to change something in their community and make Sibiu a better city. His dream is for tourists from the country and the world to come to Sibiu and see how a community gathers and tries together to solve their problems. Sibiu can become a model of good practice through the combination of civilization with running and touring.

Marius Amza

Web Development Department Manager @Swiss WebAcademy

Together with the Swiss University – Haute École Arc Ingénierie, he has developed and improved the Web Software Engineer, Web Programmer and Web Designer courses. As an educator, Marius has been teaching Information Technology courses for as long as 10 years, to multiple companies and governmental institutions. In France, Marius is teaching at the IUT de Belfort-Montbéliard | Université de Franche-Comté to the Bachelor Degree students, Web Technology courses. Marius holds qualifications in Web Software Development, Web Programming and Web Design, Project Management, Software Engineering and Application Programming.

Andrei Dinu

Founder @EVENTHEROES, Licensee @TEDxBucharest

Founder & Organizer of Feed Your Mind and this event’s moderator, Andrei is passionate about ideas and possibilities to change people, mentalities and the world, putting his shoulder to this desiderate through the events he organizes. He has been involved in the organization of the TEDxBucharest event series since 2009, organized independently and voluntarily under the license of the famous TED conferences, to which he has participated two times to develop the organization locally.

Cătălin Lupoaie

Business Grower @BCR-InnovX Accelerator

Cătălin has an experience of over 10 years in marketing and communication, being a former business journalist. Last year he joined the BCR communication team and he became one of the business growers of BCR-InnovX Accelerator, a program designed to help Romanian tech start-ups to scale-up.

Cristian Dascălu

Vlogger & Software Engineer

25 years old. Vlogger with a community of almost 130k subscribers on YouTube. Passionate software engineer who worked for Facebook and Google and declined their full time offers. Trying to have a positive impact on the world around us

Cristiana Oprea

Rally Driver & Blogger @emoticar.ro

Cristiana gave up architecture for the automotive industry, knowing this is how she can make the world a better place. Motorsport became a lifestyle and she embraced the mission of dismantling the “women stereotype” in motorsport and in society.

Eliza Bunu

Voice Liberation Guide & Self-expression Coach

Eliza’s mission is to set people’s voices free. With her background of 11 years of canto, she continued her journey with alternative education, where she learned facilitation, personal development and practiced as a mentor. She will tackle the complexity of voice and its surprising implications in all aspects of life.

Sorin Badea

Radio Host & Science Enthusiast

Sorin has been producing unique shows at RADIO GUERRILLA since 2010, and he’s now putting his journalistic background of more than 18 years to the service of promoting ideas and projects on-air which build on curiosity, ingenuity, creativity or imagination.

CIPRIAN STANESCU

Futurist, Social Innovation Solutions

He talks  & teaches about the future & he supports social initiatives designed to contribute to the future. Ciprian is the Curator of Innovations for Tomorrow, Alumni of Global Shapers Bucharest Hub & also a teacher at The Entrepreneurship Academy & the Alternative University in Romania.

Andrei Dinu

Founder @EVENTHEROES, Licensee @TEDxBucharest

Founder & Organizer of Feed Your Mind and this event’s moderator, Andrei is passionate about ideas and possibilities to change people, mentalities and the world, putting his shoulder to this desiderate through the events he organizes. He has been involved in the organization of the TEDxBucharest event series since 2009, organized independently and voluntarily under the license of the famous TED conferences, to which he has participated two times to develop the organization locally.