Custom Leadership Seminars

The custom leadership seminars are organized at the intersection between the Leadership Programs and the Public Policy Programs of the Aspen Institute Romania, being financed under the afore-mentioned policy programs.

Under the guidance of the moderators, each seminar would challenge 20 – 25 members of the Public Policy Programs’ communities (including public decision-makers) to think more critically and deeply about the good society and to have an informal, constructive debate on topics of relevance to the respective programs.

First editions of the custom leadership seminars were organized in person in the year 2019.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, Aspen Institute Romania organized in 2020 adapted online editions of the custom leadership seminars.

Online 3rd editions of the custom leadership seminars are scheduled for April and May 2021.

Please find below details about the custom leadership seminars organized by the Aspen Institute Romania in 2019 and 2020.

2020

ASPEN CUSTOM HEALTHCARE SOCRATES SEMINAR 2020 (online)

  • 2nd edition of the Seminar: October 22-23, 2020
  • Partner: Aspen Institute US – Socrates Program
  • 15 participants became part of the Aspen Alumni community

The seminar was organized under the framework of the Aspen Healthcare & Quality of Life Program and had as its main theme The Future of Public Health: Building a More Resilient Post Pandemic System.

The seminar debated the resilience of healthcare systems and key challenges in public medicine, in the context of the SARS – COV- 2 pandemic.

The moderators of the seminar were Dr. Jennifer Lee, Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and Dr. Vlad Mixich, Executive Director of the Romanian Health Observatory. The Seminar also benefited from the support of Univ. Prof. Dr. Alexandru Rafila, Aspen Healthcare & Quality of Life Program Director and the presence of two guest speakers, Ms. Carmen Mihălcescu, Vice-President of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, and Mr. Cristian-Silviu Bușoi, Member of the European Parliament.

The participants to the seminar included multiple stakeholders from the Aspen Healthcare & Quality of Life Program community.

ASPEN ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES & FINANCING THE ECONOMY CUSTOM LEADERSHIP SEMINAR 2020 (online)

  • 2nd edition of the Seminar: November 16 – 19, 2020
  • Partner: Aspen Institute – Executive Leadership Seminars
  • 19 participants became part of the Aspen Alumni community

Already at its 2nd annual edition, the custom leadership online seminar was organized under the framework of the Aspen Economic Opportunities & Financing the Economy Program.

Throughout the 4 days, the participants explored through Socratic dialogue the ways in which economic policies and financial instruments can facilitate or hinder the strengthening of a prosperous and just society.

The seminar was moderated by Dr. Todd Breyfogle, Managing Director of Executive Leadership Seminars at Aspen Institute US, and Mr. Florin Ilie, Aspen Institute Romania Member and Deputy CEO & Head of Wholesale Banking at ING Romania.

The 19 participants, leaders from the public, private, academic, and non-governmental sectors, with background in finance, banking, insurance, and capital markets, are now members of the Aspen Alumni community.

2019

In the 2nd part of the year 2019, Aspen Institute Romania developed two custom leadership seminars dedicated to the communities of the following two public policy programs:

HEALTHCARE AND QUALITY OF LIFE PROGRAM

  • 1st edition of the Seminar: October 11-13, 2019, in Pitaru, Dâmbovița county (Romania)
  • Partner: Aspen Institute US – Socrates Program
  • 17 participants became part of the Aspen Alumni community

The Custom Socrates Leadership Seminar 2019 was partially underwritten by the Simona and Adrian Bot family and organized under the auspices of Aspen Institute Romania Healthcare & Quality of Life Program.

Having as its main theme Technology, Breakthrough Medical Research and the Future of Healthcare, the seminar explored the ways in which public health policies expand and evolve in transforming democratic societies.

The seminar was co-moderated by Adrian Bot, M.D., Ph.D, Vice President, Translational Medicine; Dr. Kapil Parakh, Medical Lead, Google Fit; Simona Bot, Vice President, Community Outreach, Blue Heron Foundation and Prof. Alexandru Rafila, Aspen Institute Romania Healthcare & Quality of Life Program Director.

More details regarding the seminar organized in October 2019 are available here.

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES AND FINANCING THE ECONOMY PROGRAM

  • 1st edition of the Seminar: September 19-22, 2019, in Fundățica, Brașov county (Romania)
  • Partner: Aspen Institute US – Executive Leadership Seminars
  • 13 participants became part of the Aspen Alumni community

Relying upon the classic Aspen Method of moderated, Socratic dialogue, the themes of the seminar included the relationship between economics, politics, and the common good, the ethical dimensions of market-based economies, the roles of government and of individual initiative, and the texture of human relationships in a changing economy.

The seminar was moderated by David Blázquez, Chief of Staff to Madrid’s Region Minister for the Economy and Labor.

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