The goal of the program is to motivate, educate, update and inspire promising representatives from various authorities who can become promoters of change and improvement in the public sector.
The program aims to promote the “Esprit de Corps” and a new sense of mission and purpose for the representatives of the public sector.
The concept of the program is blending speeches, Socratic seminars and thematic workshops/case studies with courses of universal appeal.
The program is attended by 20-25 people per year, employees in public authorities, with diverse background in terms of gender, political affiliation, aged between 25 and 45 years old, who are granted fellowships for participation to the program.
The program seeks to consolidate good governance and the rule of law through the identification and bringing together the most promising leaders. The participants may be members of the legislative system, professionals from the local or central public administration (government, city halls and municipalities, local and county councils), universities or promising members of political parties, with a socio-economic profile.
They must assume the role of decision-makers, whether they are already in office or are preparing for a public office, to be promoters of nonpartisan dialogue to the benefit of the citizens and of good governance and they must be able to engage in the reform of the areas that are essential for the development of Romania, disregarding their political and ideological affiliation.
Benefits of the program for the target group:
 Completing a leadership program under the Aspen Institute Romania name;
 Being part of a group with the mission of improving governance in Romania;
 Being exposed to interesting subjects and ideas;
 Exposure to the most prestigious domestic European and US education, governance, and leadership professionals, skills and techniques;
 Meeting peers and other relevant people and sharing thoughts/ideas/plans.
 Becoming part of the Aspen Institute Romania community of alumni of the leadership programs and access to information regarding events and social gatherings.

The first edition of the program started in November 2018 and will end in June 2019.

STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAM
Module 1, the Values and Leadership Seminar is organized in partnership with The Aspen Institute (USA) and moderated by Todd Breyfogle, Director of Seminars Aspen Institute USA.
The first module of the program follows the lines of the classic Aspen Executive Seminar, a Socratic debate based on a series of readings, from the greatest thinkers of past and present—authors from Plato and Aristotle to Martin Luther King and Vaclav Havel— and guided by skilled moderators. Participants are challenged to clarify the values by which they take their decisions and shape our society at large. Discussing topics like liberty, equality, ethics and responsibility, faith and spirituality, freedom and dissent, participants are offered the time and space to test their beliefs and the beliefs of their peers, in both a personal and collective leadership journey. All Seminar sessions are subject to the Chatham house rule, a strict not-for-attribution policy encouraging collegiality, an informal atmosphere and the free exploration of new ideas.
For the first edition of the program, the first module took place on November 15-18, 2018.
Module 2, a 2- day workshop in partnership with the consultancy firm FSG, is organized on February 24-25, 2019 and focuses on the concept of Shared Value.
FSG is a consultancy firm created by Michael E. Porter, Harvard Business School Professor and Mark Kramer and specialised in the field of social innovation strategies.
Module 3 will be organized in partnership with a prestigious foreign university in the field of political sciences. The module would focus on sharing knowledge on the best practices in the field and develop the participants’ professional skills.
The 3rd Module for the first edition of the program will be organised in June 2019.

Through the program, through studying and conversation, the participants will explore the values and principles which represent the foundation of democracy, the relation between the individual and community, but most of all, the responsibilities of public leadership. The program also seeks to promote a political system based on nonpartisan, meditative and constructive dialogue.
The Aspen Public Service Leadership Program aims to support the current and future leaders in public administration and the legal system to reach their maximum potential in public service. Its mission is to offer the participants an instrument for levelling-up and for becoming aware of their own capabilities to reform the administration. It creates a combination of leadership and soft skills development and technical or professional training, to generate this change in the vision and abilities of the participants.

Aspen Public Service Leadership Program
Participants to the first edition of the program (2018-2019)

1. Anca Bujor – Assistant Counsellor, Ministry of Energy
2. Angela Carabaș – Head of Unit, International Financial Cooperation Unit, International Financial Relations General, Ministry of Finance
3. Ioana Laura Chiriță – Judicial Counsellor, Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority
4. Georgiana Crețan – Associate Professor, Bucharest University of Economic Studies
5. Gabriela Goran – Personal Counsellor to the Minister, Ministry for Business Environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship
6. Valentin Ionescu – Acting Director, Financial Supervisory Authority
7. Liviu Mălureanu – City Counsellor (Bucharest), USR
8. Andrei Nicolae – Member of Parliament – Chamber of Deputies, PSD
9. Ioan Alin Nistor – Dean, Lecturer, Faculty of Business, Babeș Bolyai University
10. Andrei Pop – Member of Parliament, Chamber of Deputies, PSD
11. Alexandra Popa – Counsellor, Human Resources, Ministry for the Environment
12. Alina Mariana Popa – Executive Director, Euronest Intercommunity Development Association
13. Iosif Popa – Head of Strategy and Data Department, National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications
14. Pavel Popescu – Member of Parliament, Chamber of Deputies, PNL
15. Florin Rădoi – General Director – Supervisory Department, Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority
16. Costin Ioan Răsăuțeanu – Deputy Mayor, Constanța Municipality
17. Alexandru Roja – Lecturer, West University of Timișoara
18. Radu Constantin Samson – President of USR Neamț, USR
19. Iuliana Laura Scântei – Senator, Notary, PNL
20. Nicoleta Sprîncenatu – Counsellor, Prahova County Council
21. Florin Ionuț Stancu – General Directorate of Social Assistance and Child Protection, Dolj City Council