Ovidiu Bujorean

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Ovidiu (Ovi) Bujorean is Program Manager for the GIST Initiative. The GIST Initiative aims to accelerate technology commercialization and entrepreneurship in the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and Southeast Asia. Between 2011 and 2013, GIST is organizing two technology idea competitions (GISTech-I) and business plan competitions open to all entrepreneurs in the region interested in the fields of information technology, energy, health care and agriculture. The Initiative is also building the GIST Network, designed as a virtual platform for aspiring entrepreneurs, the academic community, and investors to BUILD entrepreneurship skills, to NETWORK with peers and CONNECT with mentors. In addition, GIST promotes University-Industry linkages in the regions mentioned above.

Ovidiu is member of the Board of Directors and Regional Chair for Washington DC and Virginia for MIT Enterprise Forum. He also serves as an Advisor to the MIT Portugal Entrepreneurship and Innovation Initiative. Previously, he was the Senior Associate at Rudyard Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in consumer technology opportunities for the global marketplace. Ovidiu managed a $600k UNDP e-government Project for the Romanian Presidency. The project was recognized by UNDP as regional best practice in capacity building and public administration reform. He also worked with Gemini Consulting, Deutsche Post Consulting, and BCG.

Ovidiu also founded and led LEADERS, an organization who impacted the lives of approximately 10000 young leaders and entrepreneurs in Romania and Southern-Eastern Europe. The partnership he built between Leaders and Vodafone was recognized by the Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum as a worldwide best practice in developing young leaders. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of The Capital Network, City of Cambridge, AIESEC at Harvard and as a judge in the competition Startup Chile.

He was invited to speak on the topic of "Professional Networking" by the MIT Portugal Entrepreneurship program, the Swiss government, Columbia University and The State Department TechCamp initiative. He was the winner of Mayor Menino Boston World Partnership Battle of the Network Stars competition that included 125 top Boston connectors.

He is a graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management MBA program and the inaugural Sloan Entrepreneurship and Innovation program in Technology. Ovidiu also holds an MPA degree from the Harvard Kennedy School, an MA in Organizational and Business Psychology and an MA in Governance and Institutional Development. He holds a BA in trade from Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest.

He served two terms as the National President of AIESEC in Romania.

Linked in: www.linkedin.com/in/bujorean

Blog: www.ovibees.com

Email: obujorean@crdf.org Cell: +1 617 744 9674