Management team

Ciprian Morcan

Cluster Manager (Chief Executive Officer)

He is a persevering man of action, who invests time and energy in the ideas he believes in and is convinced that the financial benefits are only the consequence of work done with passion and devotion. Ciprian is a dreamer well-anchored in reality, which helps him keep his focus on important projects.

Experience:
● 2013-Present: Department Coordinator, AgroTransilvania Cluster
● 2012-Present: General Manager / Project Manager, Transylvanian Furniture Cluster
● 2007-Present: Partner / General Manager, S.C. Hygia Consult S.R.L.
● 2016-2017: Representative of the Cluster Consortium from Northern Transylvania
● 2014-2015: Representative of the business environment in the thematic group “Business environment and smart specialization” from the Regional Planning Committee for the elaboration of the Regional Development Strategy 2014-2020 of the North-West Region of Romania.

Education:
● 2001 - 2005: Bachelor's degree: Specialization "Legal Sciences - Law", Faculty of Law "Simion Barnițiu", "Lucian Blaga" University Sibiu, Romania
● 2000– 2003 Certificate of professional competences: “Electronist”, graduate of the School of Application for Transmissions, Informatics and Electronic Warfare, from Sibiu, Romania;

Other specializations and qualifications:
● 2017: Course (MOOC) "Designing a Smart Specialization Strategy", organized by the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne & BAKBASEL Economic Research & Consultancy in Lausanne, Switzerland;
● 2015:
○ “Introduction to Cluster Management Excellence” course, organized by the European Foundation for Cluster Excellence, in Barcelona, Spain;
○ "Pre-gold workshop", organized by the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis - ESCA, in Brussels, Belgium;
○ Specialization course: "Trainer", organized by Intratest S.A., in Cluj - Napoca, Romania;
● 2014:
○ “Cluster Academy 2014” course, organized by Clusterland Oberosterreich, in Linz - Austria;
○ “Cluster management mentoring session”, organized by the North-West Regional Development Agency and Aerospace Valley France Cluster, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
● 2008:
○ Course "How to improve our consulting skills", organized by the Ministry for Small and Medium Enterprises, Trade, Tourism and Liberal Professions, Post-Privatization Foundation, in Bucharest, Romania;
○ Specialization course: "Project Manager", organized by Euro Best Team S.R.L, in Bucharest - Romania;
● 2007: Course "SQL Administration", organized by the Training Center for Communications and Informatics "Decebal", in Sibiu, Romania.

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Lucian Maier

Financial Manager (Chief Financial Officer)

Lucian is a balanced, analytical and organized person. He likes numbers and nature. He is not a man of words but a man of deeds, a reliable colleague and a friend in the category of the rare ones. He has a healthy lifestyle and the saying „Healthy mind in a healthy body certainly” applies to him.

Experience:
● 2014-Present: Economic Director, Transylvanian Furniture Cluster Association
● 2008-Present: Economist Advisor, Associate, S.C. Hygia Consult S.R.L.
● 2007-Present: Economist Advisor, S.C. CIVIM S.R.L
● 2008-2012: Economist Advisor, S.C. DGD S.R.L.
● 2005-2007: Production Supervisor, Pilgrim’s Pride USA
● 1996-2004: Telecommunications Technician / Telecommunications Center Supervisor, Ministry of National Defense - Telecommunications

Education:
● 2010-2017: Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), United Kingdom - affiliate status
● 2012-2015: Oxford Brookes University - Bachelor's Degree in Applied Accounting
● 2007-2009: Master’s degree in Financial Analysis and Evaluation, Academy of Economic Studies, Faculty of Accounting and Management Informatics
● 2007-2008: Faculty of Economic Sciences, "Babes-Bolyai" University Cluj-Napoca
● 1999-2004: Specialization: Economic Engineering in Agriculture, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca
● 1997-1999: Postgraduate School of Accounting, "Iulian Pop" Economic College Cluj Napoca

Other specializations and qualifications:
● 2016-Financial controller course
● 2015-Project manager course
● 2012-Project Evaluator Course

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Andra Rotar

International Projects Expert

Andra is part of the very young generation, which gives her the biggest advantage: she approaches everything with enthusiasm. She is a convinced optimist and always tries new things that make her stand out and bring her a sense of well-being and fulfillment.

Experience:
● 2018-Present: Expert accessing European structural and cohesion funds, Hygia Consult, Cluj-Napoca
● 2018-Present: Assistant Manager, Transylvanian Furniture Cluster, Cluj-Napoca
● 2017 (Aug-Oct): Accountant, Sales Consulting SRL, Cluj-Napoca

Education:
● 2018-Present: Master’s degree: Sustainable Regional Development, FSEGA, UBB Cluj-Napoca
● 2018-Present: Master’s degree: Audit and financial management of European funds, FSEGA, UBB Cluj-Napoca
● 2015-2018: Bachelor's Degree, Specialization in Economics and International Affairs, Faculty of Economics and Business Management, UBB Cluj-Napoca
● 2015-2017: Technician in tourism activities, "Alma Mater" post-secondary school, Hunedoara

Other specializations and qualifications:
● 2019: Manager project, ANC accredited certificate

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Cristina Dobrescu

Marketing manager

A true spirit of leadership acquired through years of work and devotion. Responsible for staff training and education for 7 years, Cristina is one of the best mentors you can have.

Experince:
● 2018-Present: Marketing Manager, Transylvanian Furniture Cluster Association
● 2014-2015: Project Manager, Transylvanian Furniture Cluster Association
● 2014-2015: Production Manager, Transylvanian Furniture Cluster Association
● 2003-2010: Executive Manager, ID Point SRL
● 2001-2002: Software programmer, SoftVision SRL

Education:
● 2008-2009: MBA, Excellence in Management Program, ASEBUSS Bucharest
● 2001-2002: Master’s degree, Faculty of Informatics, UBB Cluj-Napoca
● 1998-2001: Bachelor's degree, Faculty of Informatics, UBB Cluj-Napoca

Other specializations and qualifications:
● 2019: Course "Emotional Intelligence and Efficient Communication", BMM Academy, Cluj-Napoca
● 2014: Course "Performance Management", BMM Academy, Cluj-Napoca

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Raluca Bugnar

PR Manager

Raluca is an idealistic person, whom experience has taught her to be pragmatic and persevering. The time spent in the PR department formed her beautifully, currently excelling in everything she does. In addition to her day-to-day work, Raluca works with volunteers educating the younger generations about the art of cinema.

Experience:
● 2017-Present: PR Consultant, public relations specialist - Hygia Consult, Transylvanian Furniture Cluster, Create.Act.Enjoy Association, EducaTIFF - film education program for children and youth
● 2016-Present: Volunteer coordinator, public relations specialist within the association Create.Act.Enjoy (annual projects Therapy through Art and the Creative Moon - non-formal education for students)
● 2015-Present: EducaTIFF Coordinator, event organizer (School Otherwise, Young Audience Award at Cinema Victoria, EducaTIFF Cinematheque, workshops and film screenings at TIFF Cluj, Sibiu and Bucharest)
● 2010-2018: Event moderator: TIFF Cluj, Les Films de Cannes in Cluj, Cluj International Comedy Film Festival, TIFF Oradea, various gala premieres for Romanian films
● 2010-2015: Journalist, PR, social media, web editor CinemaRx.ro
● 2010-2013: Journalist within the editorial office of the newspaper AperiTIFF, the publication of the TIFF festival
● 2009-2010: Editor, web editor of the daily Foaia Transilvană
● 2007-2009: Journalist daily Cluj Expres, S.C. InformMedia SRL

Education:
● 2004-2008 - Department of Journalism, "Babeș-Bolyai" University, Cluj-Napoca

Other specializations and qualifications:
● 2016 - training course, National Authority for Qualifications (NAQ), through the Ministry of Labor, Family and Social Protection and the Ministry of Education, Research and Innovation

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Mădălina Tantana

Management Assistant

The initiative is something appreciated and desired by everyone, and Mădălina has plenty. She is eager to get involved and always ready to help. Very well organized and attentive to everything that happens around her, she is a good listener and coordinator of multiple activities.

Experience:
● 2019-Present: Expert accessing European structural and cohesion funds, Hygia Consult SRL
● 2019-Present: Marketing Referent, Transylvanian Furniture Cluster Association

Education:
● 2019-2021: Master’s degree, Audit and Financial Management of European Funds, FSEGA, UBB Cluj-Napoca
● 2019-2021: Master’s degree, Sustainable Regional Development, FSEGA, UBB Cluj-Napoca
● 2016-2019: Bachelor's degree, Economics and International Relations, FSEGA, UBB Cluj-Napoca

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Levente Miko

Legal Adviser & Procurement Expert

Levi is a serious, responsible person, oriented towards solving situations. He is a perfect consultant and in a continuous search for improvement. For 9 years, he carried out social assistance activities, helping to solve hundreds of cases of poverty, family abandonment or financial aid.

Experience:
● 2014-Present: Public procurement expert, SC HYGIA CONSULT SRL
● 2015-Present: Legal Adviser, Transylvanian Furniture Cluster Association
● 2015-2016: Public Procurement Expert, Student Plus Association
● 2006-2015: Legal Adviser, Turda City Hall - Turda Public Social Assistance Service

Education:
● 2009-2011: Programmer-Informatics Analyst, Turda Technical College
● 2005 - 2007: Master’s degree, Criminal Sciences and Criminology, “Dimitrie Cantemir” Christian University, Faculty of Law Cluj Napoca

Other specializations and qualifications:
● 2016: Specialization: Human Resources Inspector
● 2010: Training course for Mediators, organized by the Association of Ultrasilvam Mediators from Cluj Napoca
● 2009: Training: "Public Procurement Expert"
● 2008: Improvement: "Management of European projects", "Communication in a foreign language" (English)
● 2007:
○ Internships in: "Environmental Management", "Labor Law", "Communication"
○ Specialization: "Public Procurement Manager"
○ Specialization: "Legal Management"

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Diana Morcan

Head of the internationalization office

Diana is a person inclined towards people, she likes to interact with those around her and she is passionate about personal development. She reads a lot and documents herself on this subject or goes to classes, as time allows. She takes positive energy from her family, with whom she has a great pleasure to spend time. She loves to cook from traditional, reinvented dishes to completely new dishes - it's an activity that helps her disconnect and put her thoughts in order.

Experience:
● 2018 - present: Internationalization Manager, Transylvanian Furniture Cluster
● 2015 - 2017: International business specialist, Transylvanian Furniture Cluster
● 2014 - present: European funds access expert, Hygia Consult
● 2014 - 2016: Financial Consultant, Kunden Broker S.R.L, Cluj-Napoca
● 2012: Internship organization department, Michelin Romania SA, Zalău

Education:
● 2014 - 2016: Master – ”Babeș-Bolyai” University, Faculty of Economics and Business Management, Cluj-Napoca, Specialization Econometrics and Applied Statistics
● 2011 - 2014: Bachelor's degree – ”Babeș-Bolyai” University, Faculty of Economics and Business Management, Cluj-Napoca, Statistical Specialization and Economic Forecasting

Other specializations and qualifications:
● 2017: Certificate of completion of the "Advanced Microsoft Excel" course
● 2015: ANC accredited certificate of graduation of the "Project Manager" course
● 2015: ANC accredited certificate of graduation of the course "Public Procurement Expert"
● 2014: Consulting course
● 2014: Course program director
● 2014: Proposal Writing in Horizon 2020 and the SME Instrument

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Valeria Manea

Assistant economist international economic relations

Valeria is an efficient person, who prefers to let the facts speak for her. She is firmly convinced that patience, consistency and curiosity are the foundation of success. She is characterized by the desire for development and the pragmatism with which she approaches projects, skills that contribute to her training in a reliable consultant. She speaks Russian and Polish, skills that only she has in our team and that we strive to highlight, in order to increase the dynamics of international relations.

Experience:
● 2021 October - present - Assistant Professor at FSEGA, "Babeș-Bolyai" University Cluj-Napoca
● 2020 - present: Consultant, Hygia Consult
● 2020 - present: Expert accessing European structural and cohesion funds, Transylvanian Furniture Cluster
● 2019 - present: Debt / debt collector, Geri.ro East
● 2018: Internship - analysis of SWIFT transactions, Alpha Bank
● Internship - marketing, Sinterom

Education:
● 2019 - present: Master - Sustainable Regional Development, FSEGA, Cluj-Napoca
● 2016 - 2019: Bachelor's Degree - Economics and International Affairs, FSEGA, Cluj-Napoca

Other specializations and qualifications:
● 2021 October: Diploma of graduation of the training program "Negotiation Techniques" within the project Transilvania Inovativa 2.0
● 2021 July: Certificate of participation in the Financial Analysis course organized by the Romanian Banking Institute
● 2020: Learn Consulting, Do Consulting, professional training program

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Georgiana Pop

Assistant manager

Georgiana is a graduate of studies in the field of statistics and economic forecasting, which she continued with a master's program - "Audit and Financial Management of European Funds”. Although she is very good at interpreting and correlating numbers, she loves to help the people around, be they colleagues, clients, partners. She is characterized by the desire to get involved in new and exciting activities, appreciates punctuality and describes herself as very organized.

Experience:
● 2021 May – present: Assistant manager Cluster Mobilier Transilvan
● 2020 August – present: Expert for structural and cohesion funds accessing

Education:
● 2019 – 2021 - Master Audit and Financial Management of European Funds, “Babeș-Bolyai” University Cluj-Napoca
● 2016 -2019 - Bachelor's degree in statistics and economic forecasting, Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Faculty of Cybernetics, Statistics and Economic Informatics

Other specializations and qualifications:
● 2020: Learn Consulting, Do Consulting, training progra

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