Chairman of the Board of Directors
Nicolae Ratiu is President of the Ratiu Democracy Centre, Chairman of the Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation, Managing Director of Regent House Properties Ltd. Educated in the United Kingdom at Marlborough College, and New York University in the United States, with a BSc in Marine Transportation and Economics.
Born in Davos, Switzerland, on May 7th 1948, Nicolae Rațiu became involved in Romanian issues after the collapse of communism, when his father, Ion Raţiu returned to Romania. Mr. Rațiu was for 10 years the UK President of World Union of Free Romanians (WUFR), established by Ion Rațiu in 1984, linking all Romanian Diaspora exile anti‐communist organizations and publishing a monthly newspaper for the Diaspora. The newspaper ran from 1984 until 1996, when it ceased publication, superseded by the Rațiu‐owned daily Romanian national newspaper Cotidianul, of which Nicolae Rațiu was publisher and co‐publisher until 2006.
Bogdan Bulgaria is Eastern Europe BU Manager in Consolis Group, covering Romania, Hungary and Poland operations, General Manager for the ASA EPITOIPARI KFT (Hungary) și ASA CONS ROMANIA. He displays a significant professional experience in the multinational corporate environment, having more than 24 years of experience in general and industrial management, international and local operations, sales and logistics. From September 2018, ASA Cons Romania is involved in the Ratiu Democracy Centre projects and offers a significant support in the development and implementation of the monthly activities of the organization.
Indrei Raţiu is an educator, former journalist and broadcaster (at BBC, Rediffusion, London Evening Standard), involved in launching INSEAD’s now world-class Executive Development programs. A former consultant in management development for IBM, Schlumberger, BP, ICI, and the World Bank, Indrei cofounded ICM – InterCultural Management Associates, Paris; Pro Patrimonio (the Romanian Heritage Foundation), Transilvania Fest Association and the Raţiu Democracy Centre, Romania. Indrei holds degrees from Cambridge University and INSEAD.
Radu Albu Comănescu
Radu is a lecturer at the Faculty of European Studies of the Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca and a doctor in History. He has a BA in European Studies, followed by a double MA in Comparative European Studies and a DEA “Intelligence de l’Europe” at the Paris-Est, Marne-la-Vallée University, with a focus on geopolitics, culture and identities.
Radu teaches “EU Governance and Theories of European Integration” as well as “European and International Negotiations”. His fields of research extend to the history of Europe ; history of political and religious thinking; cultural, economic and public diplomacy; state-building, institutions and networks of power. Active in NGOs and think-tanks dedicated to public policies, Radu organised various conferences in partnership with Forbes and Bloomberg. At times, he is a columnist for “Ziua de Cluj”, a leading regional newspaper.
Executive Director of The Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation to Romania
Born in Los Angeles, California, in 1948, Pamela attended classes of Music and Classical Art at Florida State University, as well as theater classes at the Stella Adler Theater. She is the Executive Director of the Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation in Romania, administrator of Turda Development, initiator and coordinator of the Ratz de Nagylak hotel project, president of the Transilvania Fest Association, member of the board of directors of the Ratiu Democracy Centre, President of the Ratiu USA Foundation and initiator of many of the programs of the Ratiu Democracy Centre.
Pamela brings 30 years of experience in international management for both the public and private sector. Her expertise covers general management, event management, public relations and partnership development. Mrs. Ratiu joined the foundation in 2004 and has initiated the following programs: Ion Ratiu Debate Club, Turda Fest, anti-trafficking awareness campaign, Christmas for Children, Free Time Factory (community center) and Ion Ratiu Volunteer program.
Shajjad Rizvi first came to Romania in 1990 just after the revolution. Resettling in Cluj Napoca. Shajjad has successfully led for-profit and non-profit organisations, he co-founded the Little People’s children’s charity, which provides daily services to children, teenagers and young adults being treated for cancer in all major treatment centres in Romania. Shajjad is also the executive chairman for the Duke of Edinburgh Award program in Romania and also a founding member of Youth Cancer Europe, Europe’s leading youth cancer organisation. Shajjad is also a director of the British Romanian Chamber of Commerce and the Honorary British consul agent for Cluj Napoca. Shajjad is a British national from London of Asian heritage.