Irina is also a board member of NESsT, the first venture philanthropy outfit in Central and Eastern Europe
Irina was appointed in 2011 to be a member of the Romanian National Council of Development and Innovation
Irina has also executive prerogatives in respect to the South Eastern Europe's Private Equity and Venture Capital Association
After being selected as one of the 25 emerging leaders of the world in 2008, in 2010 Irina became the youngest member of the Global Alumni Advisory Council of Eisenhower Fellowships
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In 2008 Irina was selected as one of the 25 emerging leaders of the world by Eisenhower Fellowships
In 2010 Irina got a David McLaughlin Scholarship for the prestigious Aspen Executive Seminar in Aspen, Colorado
In 2009 Irina was a Mason Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, where she got also an International Student Merit Scholarship and was elected Vice President of the Private Equity and Venture Capital PIC
In 2008 Irina was one of the 4 Global Ambassadors Worldwide of GEW
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To change the World for the better one person at a time through education, creativity, technology and cooperation. Recently returned to Romania with a burning desire to assist in the process of moving the Romanian mindset to a more entrepreneurial approach, based on the strong belief that the solution to many of the challenges in the region is shifting the people's attitude from "entitlement" to "accountability".
Universitatea N. Titulescu PhD in Law - in progress
MIT Sloan School of Management - Leadership and Organizational Change - (2010)
Harvard Kennedy School | MC/MPA - (2009-2010)
Consortium between MIT, Harvard and Tufts | Program on Negotiation - (2006)
Harvard Law School | Program of Instruction for Lawyers - (2005)
University of Ottawa & HEC Montreal (BSM) | MBA - (2002-2004)
Faculte Internationale de Droit Comparé, Strasbourg France | Specialization in Comparative Law - (2001)
University of Bucharest | Specialization in Pedagogy and Teaching Methodology - (1998-1999)
University of Bucharest,Law School | LLB - (1993-1997)
Frequent speaker/panelist/organizer at international events (in more than 20 countries) on topics related mainly to:
private equity and venture capital;
future of the legal profession
Irina is the Secretary General of the South Eastern European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, and sits in the Representative Group of the European Venture Capital Association. She is also a member of the Romanian Council for Development and Innovation since 2011 and she is the founder and CEO of an NGO focusing on stimulating entrepreneurship and innovation in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2008 she was one of the 4 Global Ambassadors of the Global Entrepreneurship Week, covering 77 countries and she was also the President of the Future of the Profession Commission of Association Internationale des Jeunnes Avocats (AIJA), the largest international association of young lawyers, being responsible for designing policies for young lawyers worldwide. During the same year, she was selected by Eisenhower Fellowships as one of the 25 emerging leaders of the world who were included in their Multi-Nation Program.
One of the pioneers in the field of legal advice for private equity funds financing entrepreneurial ventures in Eastern Europe, Irina Anghel is an enthusiastic supporter of entrepreneurship who 10 years ago left KPMG to create the first Romanian law firm specialized in advising both funds and entrepreneurs in connection to private equity transactions. The law firm under Irina’s management provided legal advice on many of the leading private equity transactions, and was involved in many pioneering projects. Alongside her activities in the field of law Irina followed her passion of supporting entrepreneurs to raise finance for their businesses.
Irina earned an MC/MPA degree from Harvard Kennedy School, she also holds an MBA degree from the program of HEC Montreal and University of Ottawa in Bucharest and she is currently pursuing her PhD in Law in Bucharest. Irina spent one year at Harvard Kennedy School, as a Mason Fellow, and she focused on the role of venture capital in stimulating entrepreneurship and innovation and on policy measures aimed at creating a venture capital ecosystem leading to economic growth. While at Harvard, Irina was also the Vice-President of the Venture Capital and Private Equity PIC at Harvard Kennedy School.
During the past 10 years Irina lectured, organized workshops, was a speaker at or an organizer of local, regional and international events all over the world (in more than 20 countries). Her most recent public speaking engagements (during the past 12 months) were in El Salvador, Republic of Georgia, Canada, US, Romania and Turkey. Irina also has an academic career teaching civil law at a Law School in Bucharest and a special course, that she developed herself, specifically aimed at Romanian MBA students.
A strong believer that leadership is essential for the transition in her part of the world, Irina organizes and supports various types of leadership programs. Besides the work with her own NGO, Irina is a member of the Leadership Committee of Aspen Institute Romania and one of the moderators of Aspen events and Aspen Executive Seminars in Europe.
Sitting on boards of various national and international organizations, she is also the youngest member of the Global Advisory Council of Eisenhower Fellowships in the US and she chairs the Advisory Board of Fundatia Culturala Genesis, an Advisory Board composed only of Mason Fellows from Harvard with extensive professional experience in education. Since 2011 she is the President of Harvard Club Romania Moldova.