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 approximately 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 will be granted fellowships for participation to the program.

The program seeks to consolidate good governance and the rule of law through the identification and uniting of 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. 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 citizen 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.

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


Module 1, the Aspen Seminar “Leadership, Public Service and the Common Good” 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.

For the first edition of the program, the first module took place on November 15-18, 2018 at Cheile Grădiștei – Fundata Resort, Brașov County.

Module 2, a 2- day workshop in partnership with the consultancy firm FSG, was organized on February 24-25, 2019 at Casa Vlăsia, Snagov, Ilfov County.

The workshop focused on the concept of Shared Value and was facilitated by Marc Pfitzer, Managing Director FSG and Helge Mahne, Associate Director FSG.

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 was organized in partnership with École Nationale d’Administration in June 12-13, 2019 and focused on Impact assessment and making an impact in public policy-making.

The module focused on sharing knowledge on the best practices in the field and developing the participants’ professional skills. 

Through the program, through studying and conversation, the participants 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.

The first edition of the Aspen Public Service Leadership Program was kindly supported by:

Enel Romania

Banca Comercială Română (BCR)

ENGIE Romania


  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. Valentin Ionescu – Acting Director, Financial Supervisory Authority
  6. Liviu Mălureanu – City Counsellor (Bucharest), Save Romania Union (USR)
  7. Andrei Nicolae – Member of Parliament – Chamber of Deputies, Social Democratic Party (PSD)
  8. Ioan Alin Nistor – Dean, Lecturer, Faculty of Business, Babeș Bolyai University
  9. Andrei Pop – Member of Parliament, Chamber of Deputies, Social Democratic Party (PSD)
  10. Alexandra Popa – Counsellor, Human Resources, Ministry for the Environment
  11. Alina Mariana Popa – Executive Director, Euronest Intercommunity Development Association
  12. Iosif Popa – Head of Strategy and Data Department, National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications
  13. Pavel Popescu – Member of Parliament, Chamber of Deputies, National Liberal Party (PNL)
  14. Florin Rădoi – General Director – Supervisory Department, Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority
  15. Costin Ioan Răsăuțeanu – Deputy Mayor, Constanța Municipality
  16. Alexandru Roja – Lecturer, West University of Timișoara
  17. Radu Constantin Samson – President of USR Neamț, Save Romania Union (USR)
  18. Iuliana Laura Scântei – Senator, Notary, National Liberal Party (PNL)
  19. Nicoleta Sprîncenatu – Counsellor, Prahova County Council
  20. Florin Ionuț Stancu – General Directorate of Social Assistance and Child Protection, Dolj City Council