The ASPEN LEADERSHIP AND TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY EXECUTIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM is a 2-module program implemented in partnership with the Aspen Institute U.S. and Temple University – Fox School of Business, the largest, most comprehensive business school in the greater Philadelphia region and among the largest in the world, with a distinguished tradition of preparing business leaders, professionals, and entrepreneurs for successful careers.

The ALTA Executive Education Program offers a unique, cross-disciplinary view on the multifaceted impact of technology, by creating a space where participants will discuss topics at the intersection of innovation, technology, business, and politics in the context of disruptive economic and societal change.

The Program will enable them to explore the ethical and political challenges generated by the rapid development of technologies, as well as how they affect key areas such as public policy, global growth, strategic development, the future of employment or social and economic compacts.

Module 1 Technology and Society: The Experience of Life

Date: June 21-24, 2018

Place: “Complex Padina Ursului”, Fundata, Brașov

The seminar will explore the intersection of technology and society in the light of our experience of life.

What is the good we are seeking and how does modern technology help or hinder the pursuit of a life well lived?

Drawing upon classic and contemporary texts in moderated, Socratic dialogue, we will explore the moral contours of the modern experience of life with an eye to clarifying the benefits and costs of technological advancement. For more than 65 years this approach to discussing some of the most important issues of our times has challenged participants to think more deeply about timeless ideas and their implications for organizational leadership and meaningful lives.

Themes include the ethical dimensions of artificial intelligence, biotechnology, social and economic justice and the future of work and the texture of human relationships in a digital age. Participants will leave the seminar with a greater clarity about their own belief systems, greater understanding of the complexities of the moral-technical challenges we face and firmer confidence in being able to engage in creative decision-making at the crossroads of technology and society.

Moderator: Dr. Todd Breyfogle is Director of Seminars at the Aspen Institute US and is a frequent visitor to Romania, in collaboration with the Aspen Institute Romania. He holds a PhD from the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought, and degrees in theology and history from Oxford University.

Fee per Person: €2000

Module 2 Artificial Intelligence for Leaders: Preparing for the Not-So-Distant Future

Date: September 29 – 30, 2018

Artificial intelligence is making waves in a number of industries today, and will deeply impact the way we live and work in the years to come. As leaders, it’s critical to remain aware of significant trends and changes that impact business strategy. This empowers them to help their organizations thrive during a time of rapid change and uncertainty and anticipate opportunities that may emerge as the field of artificial intelligence continues to grow.

Join us on September 29th and 30th for an interactive, two day workshop with Dr. Subodha Kumar from Temple University’s Fox School of Business. 

This workshop will help leaders gain a comprehensive understanding of the artificial intelligence industry, how the field is progressing, and what impact it will likely have on the work environment, jobs, big data, and other core business strategies.

The workshop will analyze how Artificial Intelligence impacts emerging technologies/tools as Blockchain, FinTech, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Internet of Things (IoT), Chatbots, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), etc., can be utilized to transform future businesses.

The program incorporates high impact exercises, simulations, and case studies to illustrate key points and concepts through the duration of the workshop. Participants will ultimately come away with an appreciation for artificial intelligence and its impact on business, as well as concrete strategies to navigate this new wave of technology.

Key Topics Covered

  • What is Artificial Intelligence (AI)?
  • Different Types of Artificial Intelligence and Where It’s Going
  • Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Emerging Technologies/Tools such as Blockchain, FinTech, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Internet of Things (IoT), Chatbots, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) etc.
  • Reshaping Business and Redesigning Work with Artificial Intelligence: Big Ideas and Commercial Applications
  • The Business Value of Artificial Intelligence
  • The Role of Big Data and Analytics in the Implementation of Artificial Intelligence
  • New Jobs Being Created by Artificial Intelligence
  • Recent Advances to Artificial Intelligence in Romania
  • Strategic Approach to Artificial Intelligence in Romania
  • Romanian Academy Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence “Mihai Drăgănescu” (ICIA)
  • Future Trends and Challenges

Fee per Person: €2000

Potential Participants

  • Promising emerging leaders and mid and senior executives from fields such as (but not limited to) Information Technology and Communication, Industry and Automatization, Digital Markets, Cyber Security, FinTech, Digital Literacy and Education, Data Analytics, AI, R&D, E-Health, e-Government etc.
  • NGO representatives
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Public sector representatives

Thanks to the new concept of ALTA, Aspen Institute Romania’s fellows and alumni can also attend the program.

If you cannot participate, we would deeply appreciate your nomination of like-minded individuals, who would be interested in attending our program.

The final agenda and readings will be provided on confirmation of participation. The working language of the event is English.

For more information and to register, please contact Ms. Ioana Antonescu, Leadership Programs Coordinator, at or Ms. Raluca Stoican, Leadership Programs Officer, at or call at +4 021 316 4279.