In pursuing all our initiatives and research we sought to partner and worked with many teams, organisations, and extremely talented people, from whom we’ve learned so much. We are grateful for their civic contributions, and relentless spirit. Their testimonials documenting the stages, challenges and benefits of cooperation can be found in the Initiatives section. You can further explore what they do by following the links embedded in the logos.
Catalina is affiliated with the University of Fribourg as a doctoral candidate in European studies and international relations, focusing on the role of national and international actors in conflict resolution. Since 2018, Catalina has dedicated herself to researching migration, civil society, and good governance issues.
She diligently conducts our over-arching strategy of engagement: with institutions, academia, international organisations, and civil society. Catalina previously led the Survey of International Organisations, as a teaching fellow within the American College Programme. Between 2012-2014 she was research coordinator with the Institute for International & European Studies in Luxembourg, overseeing the implementation of international projects and the organisation of high-level policy and academic conferences. Catalina closely liaised with the Permanent Representation of the European Commission in Luxembourg as well as other diplomatic posts. Between 2009-2011 she coordinated the public relations department, at the Embassy of South Africa in Romania, promoting cultural and economic bilateral relations. In 2011 she was awarded the Government Excellence Scholarship by the Swiss Federal Government.
Andra is pursuing a part-time doctorate in International Relations at University of Cambridge, focusing on the history of ideas and geopolitics. She previously worked for the British Army, specialising in operational research, and for think-tanks such as the Foreign Policy Centre (currently a Research Fellow), RUSI (Whitehall, London) and RAND Europe.
Since 2018, and in a bid to change the outlook, Andra has dedicated herself to researching diaspora, civil society, and good governance issues. She is particularly interested in social networks and their strategic capacity to effect change. She believes in societal transformation through civic participation and accountability. She also believes, quite strongly, in the civic identity and voluntary spirit of her fellow Romanians. Their astonishing capacity to mobilise for social justice truly inspired her to contribute. Together with Catalina her former high-school classmate, founded The Diaspora Initiative in 2018 after debating an idea.