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15+ years of experience in IT (programming, testing, project management, manager of Research and Development, cofounder of DevAcademy, Innovation Master)

9+ years of experience in learning (technical and soft-skills trainings, designing internship programs, mentoring, personal and professional development, design thinking)

About me

I attended the University Politehnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers and obtained my Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Information Technology in 2006 and then continued with a Master of Business and Projects at The Bucharest University of Economic Studies.

During the last 5 years I have been working with METRO SYSTEMS Romania as Innovation Product Owner (and from mid 2019 as Innovation Coach), creating a team of innovators to develop the culture of innovation and a proactive, intrapreneurial mindset. In other words, I organize and deliver innovation events (learning experiences, hackathons, workshops) and I support teams in building and launching their own projects. I used a mix of Design Thinking with Lean Startup and entrepreneurial mentorship.

In the last 6 years I have been involved in Digital Nation (named DevAcademy between 2013 and 2017) in various roles helping build a digital learning experience. I co-founded DevAcademy in 2013 and up until 2017 I was building our learning experiences, preparing mentors and participants learning experiences. Now I am a Strategic Advisory and Board Member for Digital Nation.

In the last 10 years I have been delivering workshops and trainings for various teams of IT people. Most of them were focused on testing, programming, life cycle development methodologies (Agile, XP). I also helped teams overcome various difficulties, blockages or help them move faster through process optimization, digitalization and custom developed technologies.

My skills are mainly focused on IT related specializations like programming (mainly Ruby, some Python and a little JavaScript), manual and automated testing with focus on web app and some mobile apps (ISTQB Foundation Level Certified Tester, ISTQB Certified Mobile App Professional Tester). I have experience as a Product Owner, Department Manager and Project Manager.

My IT knowledge is complemented by an important set of soft skills, which include like training, learning and development architect, public speaking, mentorship and a positive mindset focused on proactivity, entrepreneurship, solution thinking, rational decision making, user-centered approach and business oriented overview.

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