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About me In a Nutshell

I love transforming ideas into reality. My motivation comes from the challenge and satisfaction coming out of the work such a process requires.

Writing is also very important to me. My articles focus on life stories and social issues as seen through photojournalism and documentary films. I find it important to understand the frames and meanings these films and photos convey, because I am fairly convinced they have to power to make and change people's minds and hearts.

My Work

Independent

Apr 2011Present

Journalist

For the past five years, I have been writing features, interviews, reviews and background articles for publications such as Guernica Magazine, dutchnews.nl, The Holland Times, Romania Libera, DOX Magazine, Point of View Magazine, Metro, totb.ro, Dilema Veche among others. I am also a regular contributor to award winning blog Feature Shoot.

My articles are mainly focused on social issues as seen through photography and documentary films.

Springer Nature

Jun 2016Present

Transfer Coordinator

In this role, I support researchers, scientists and journal editors, by coordinating the transfer of scientific manuscripts between different Springer journals.

European Patent Office, Rijswijk

Jan 2015Jun 2016

Administrative Officer

My role was to help digitize the organization's information, applications and publications. I edited and processed patent applications and different scientific publications.

Eastwards

Jan 2015Present

Co-founder Eastwards and Spotlight: Romania. A Film and Photography Festival

The first edition of the Spotlight:Romania Festival took place the whole month of October in The Hague. The festival was organized in collaboration with GEMAK Art Gallery and De Nieuwe Regentes Theater, and was a showcase for contemporary Romanian photography and film. The underlining theme was ’migration’.

Besides the film program and the extensive photo exhibition I curated, we also organised a side program consisting of workshops and documentary screenings.

On the overall, the festival attracted more than 1300 visitors. Because of its success, the Spotlight:Romania photography exhibition was extended for another month.

In addition to curating the photography exhibition, I was involved in all aspects regarding the organisation of the festival, including planning and development, communication and funding.

Platform Spartak, The Hague

Jul 2014Jul 2015

Event Programmer and Coordinator

Ulysses' Gaze was an international project focused on migration which took place in several countries across Europe.

I was in charge of the project in The Netherlands and I programmed and organised monthly film screenings of Eastern European films about migration, followed by discussions with experts, which I moderated.

Rank a Brand, Amsterdam

Aug 2010Apr 2011

Junior Communication Officer

I developed the communication plan of the organisation. I was also in charge of daily administrative tasks.

Fairfood International, Amsterdam

Apr 2010Aug 2010

PR Assistant

My tasks included writing and editing, coordinating petition initiatives and different administrative tasks, including database management and clean-up.

Education

University of Amsterdam

Feb 2008Oct 2009

Msc in Communication

During my master studies I focused on visual culture, photojournalism and research methods.

My thesis ”Looking at Beautiful Drama: Framing Photojournalistic Images” is a study on how the representation of social issues in press photography influences people’s perception of these issues.

Because the subject was relatively new and I conducted an extensive research, I was one of the few Master students invited to present at the International Communication Association conference in Singapore, June 2010.

Babes-Bolyai University

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Bachelor in Political Science

My main interests during my bachelor studies were political theory, migration issues and human rights.

My thesis ”Violence, Ideology and Romanian Communism” is a research into the double life people were forced to live during communism.

The thesis was well received and published in Studii Politice, vol.3, edited by S
Gherghina and V Boari, Presa Universitara Clujeana, 2008.

Courses

Thompson Reuters Foundation

Nov 2012Nov 2012

Writing and Reporting News (UK)

Intensive course on writing and reporting news, including practical
assignments under time pressure.

ACTIS / ETH Zurich

Sep 2011Sep 2011

Youth Encounter on Sustainability (Switzerland)

Intensive three week course on sustainability, which incorporates academic
work, field trips, workshops, cultural and social activities.

Top Quality Management

Sep 2007Oct 2007

Training of Trainers TUV Certified Diploma (Romania)

Knowledge and practical tools for organizing and conducting trainings.

Portfolio: Events

Portfolio: Articles

Skills

Interpersonal Skills

I am a team player, empathetic, assertive and creative. I focus on finding solutions for problems, I have good analytical skills and often I think outside the box.

Languages

English (fluent), Romanian (fluent), Italian (fluent), Dutch (NT2), French (intermediate understanding and reading), Spanish (basic).

Software

Microsoft Office, WordPress, Joomla, MailChimp, InDesign, SharePoint, SPSS, Google Analytics.

Volunteering

Volunteer & Buddy (STEK Den Haag, 2013 - now)

I am a social buddy for victims of human trafficking. Part of this, I show them around the city, help them meet others, socialize and re-learn to enjoy and trust the company of others.

When I became part of this project, I initially worked in a women's shelter and helped small events.

I n these last two years, I learned a lot about human trafficking, health and emotional issues and eventually about human nature. On a personal level, this experiences teaches me how important small things are and also puts in perspective my own worries.

www.stekdenhaag.nl


Caretaker (Egelopvang, 2013 - 2014)

During my time at the shelter, I took care of wounded and sick hedgehogs. I cleaned, fed them, weighted them and gave them medicine and food.

This was such a beautiful and rewarding experience. The shelter is ran by a family and they were so warm and taught me everything I now know about hedgehogs and how to take care of them.

www.egelopvang-westland.nl


United Nations Online Volunteering Program (2010 - 2012)

For two years, I wrote and edited communication materials for organizations from Africa and Asia. Some of the organisations I worked for are Free World Foundation, Ghana and Grace Association, Pakistan.

www.onlinevolunteering.org

My (Other) Interests

Besides photography, documentaries and events, I am also much fond of animals (I volunteered in several animal shelters in The Netherlands), distance running (this year I will run my 3rd half-marathon and will attempt a full marathon in October), reading and remote places.

I dream of running a marathon at the North Pole.

And I love the Eastern Europe feel and stories.

I write short fiction in my free time and draw a character called Veve, which has his own Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/100thingsaboutveve/photos