Robert Ion is Deputy CEO/COO for Junior Achievement, one of the largest providers of education programs for entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy. Prior to this role, he was Head of Fundraising for Hope and Homes for Children, which supports institutionalized children and children at risk of being separated from their families. As an independent consultant, Robert collaborated with consulting firm McGuireWoods Romania and advised various other non-profits (e.g., OvidiuRo Association, The Bucharest Community Foundation). His fundraising career started and was honed in New York, where, for 7 years, he worked in various capacities, from Director of Corporate Relations to Director of Development Operations. Before switching to the world of non-profits, Robert held editorial positions at SanomaHearst Romania (currently Burda Romania), in Bucharest, and in New York. In 2017, he received the Fundraiser of the Year Award at the People for People Gala. Robert holds a BA in Political Sciences and Sociology and an MA in Advertising, both from the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, in Bucharest.