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10 Romanian change makers in Financial Times’ 2016 New Europe 100 List

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The 2016 New Europe 100 is the third annual list of Central and Eastern Europe’s brightest and best people — plus the organisations who are changing the region’s societies, politics or business environments and displaying innovation, entrepreneurialism and fresh approaches to prevailing problems.

The aim is to raise the profile of world-leading changemakers in emerging Europe and to build connections among those in the vanguard.

The challengers were selected by Res Publica, the Warsaw-based journal; Google; the state-supported Visegrad Fund promoting integration within central Europe; and the Financial Times.

Looking at the list, there are 29 challengers in the Society and Politics area, 54 in Innovative Business, 7 in Media and Culture and 10 in Science. We are happy to see on the list a lot of projects aimed to either increase transparency in the public administration, fact-checking apps or to encourage the interaction between youth (and citizens in general) and state.

Romania has 10 very talented and ambitious challengers, who have brought amazing value to their communities and society. We are humbled and proud to be nominated on this list of exceptional people and this will drive us to work even harder to meet our objectives and bring the administration closer to the people and in the people’s interest. Below are the 10 Romanian challengers of 2016, according to Financial Times. You can find more about them and their projects on the New Europe 100 website.

Andrei Dunca

Chief technical officer and co-founder of LiveRail, which connects marketers to publishers on the web and on mobile. Facebook bought the company in 2014.

Dumitru Popescu

Chief executive at ARCA Space Corporation, which has developed the ArcaBoard, a commercially available electric flying machine.

Raul Popa

Co-founder, chief executive and data scientist at TypingDNA, a biometrics company that verifies people according to the way they type.

Dan Nechita

Counsellor to the Prime Minister of Romania on information systems and cyber security.

Mihai Raneti, Claudia Dehelean, Adina Brutaru, Kacper Gogol

Ethical hackers at Clepsisoft CyberFog, who help protect organisations by creating thousands of fake computers and services, thus helping hide the actual equipment.

Andrei Avadanei

Chief executive of Bit Sentinel Security, a cyber security company.

Roxana Rugina

Founder of Simplon Foundation, which organises coding workshops for adults and children.

Andreea Hanganu

Co-founder of the Institute for Digital Government.

Radu Puchiu

State Secretary, Prime Minister’s Chancellery. Head of the Online Services and Design Department.

Attila Bustya, Andras Lenard

Co-founders of Spider Drone Security, drone specialists.

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Andreea Hanganu

Peste 6 ani de experienta in comunicare si relatii publice, organizare de evenimente si comunicare online. Timp de 4 ani am coordonat strategia de comunicare in social media pentru una dintre cele mai mari reprezentante diplomatice din Romania, Ambasada Marii Britanii la Bucuresti.

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