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Bringing Technovation Challenge to Ukraine

After having volunteered for three years in Moldova for the world’s biggest tech entrepreneurship challenge for girls – Technovation Challenge – I have now been appointed Regional Coordinator for Ukraine! It’s such an honour and a big challenge. Luckily I have already identified a first group of volunteers and partners who are going to share…

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Embracing diversity in Moldova, from theory to practice

[originally posted on the UN Development Group blog Silo Fighters at http://www.silofighters.org/embracing-diversity-in-moldova-from-theory-to-practice/] Last year the Diversity Task Force of the United Nations in Moldova tasked us, its communication focal points, with conducting an internal diversity survey to verify the degree of diversity among UN staff in the country, and staff attitudes towards diversity. The results were…

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RockIT Summit in Chisinau

The Rockit Regional Digital Summit was the first and the biggest regional digital and entrepreneurship conference. Organised in Chisinau on 5 and 6 February 2016 by Granat for the Digital Communication Network, it really was an extraordinary event in terms of content, logistics and variety of speakers and events. It was an honour being one of the…

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Women Entrepreneurs Get Organized in Moldova

For a few months I had the opportunity to support ODIMM, Moldova’s agency  for the development of small and medium enterprises, in its effort to develop a women business’ organisation that could effectively coordinate all efforts to support women entrepreneurship. In a country where only 27% of all companies are run by a woman, and even…

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Professional organisations in the digital world: me and IABC

Since a few months I am active in the regional board of the International Association of Business Communicators for Europe, Middle East and North Africa. Networking in a professional organisation (with paid membership) may sound old-fashioned when it is so easy to connect with like-minded professionals on Twitter, LinkedIn and even Facebook. However, there is a value in associating in…

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Doing business in Moldova

Patrick Miller, a long-term Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova, created a series on ‘Doing business in Moldova’ on his blog SouthEast Dispatch, aimed at foreign business entrepreneurs wanting to expand or invest in Moldova. Here’s the post where Patrick interviews me. If you are interested in the topic I recommend you check the website of the…

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Training Moldovan organisations on communication matters

Yesterday I held the first of a series of full-day training sessions on professional communications at the French/Moldovan Chamber of Commerce in Chisinau. The training covered web writing and social media and was attended by an amazing group of enthusiastic communicators from large private companies, as well as cultural and educational organisations. Contact me if…

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Technovation Challenge Moldova

In 2014, for the first time Moldova participated in the global girls-only app-development challenge Technovation, which encourages girls to engage in IT careers. The program lasts 12 weeks. During this time, teams of 3 to 5 girls, guided by a mentor, follow an online program to learn the basics of app development and how to prepare a…

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TEKEDU

I am a proud member of the Advisory Board of TEKEDU, a Moldovan NGO that focuses on bringing quality IT education to disadvantaged kids, and in particulars those living in residential schools (“orphanages”). TEKEDU collects donations of computers and IT-expert volunteers to set-up computer laboratories and training programs in Moldovan schools around the country. I advise them…

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