RALUCA PAUNA

MSc Computer Engineering (BUCH), CI (UP), Researcher in Management of Innovation (WBS) 

 

Raluca is a senior technical and entrepreneurial executive with more than 23 years of experience in managing technical departments, managing research and innovation projects at design and implementation levels. She is a results-oriented achiever involved in identifying technological innovation that will accelerate economic growth.

 

Her strengths include assessing and auditing technical innovation projects in ICT, alternative and saving energy, bioscience, social and community based innovation and skill set includes Java development, web and database design, cloud service and computer architecture, PC boards design, mobile platforms and cloud services, big data analysis.   

 

Raluca started her career Romania where she worked as a System Engineer at Government Ministerial Departments. She then moved on to the role of Chief of Computer Department at the Research Institute of Fine Mechanics and Instruments in Bucharest.

 

Raluca then launched into her international career as a member of the EU Leadership Thinking Tank in Brussels and then onto TECHNONET AFRICA, a network for supporting Africa entrepreneurs working as a link coordinator for entrepreneurs , at UNDP. Raluca is also an IBM International mentor for IBM Global Entrepreneurship Program from 2013.

 

She is also a trustee of SA Institute of Inventors and Innovators from 2011. She adds her contribution for enhancing and nurturing the culture of innovation in SA by giving guidance to SA emerging innovators.   

 

She is currently based in South Africa as an external technical innovation consultant working part time for Support Program for Industrial Innovation (SPII) at IDC from 2000 and this year she was engaged by Resilient Africa Network - South African Innovation Laboratory - to coordinate their innovation department at UP. Under this position she developed and facilitated courses in Design Thinking and Theory of Change after she got trained by ChangeLabs/Stanford University/USA.  

  

She was recently invited to be a judge in the panel of judges for Innovation Summit Garage at Cape Town Competition 2014.

 

Achievements include:

  • Producing due diligence and audit reports for around 300 applicants involved in industrial innovation projects (mainly electric/electronic and IT).
  • Mentoring and coaching the SPII applicants (~300) for developing and implementing their innovation projects from idea to diffusion 
  • Mentoring more than 200 innovators, members and applicants enrolled at The Institute of Innovators and Inventors for developing their ideas to the market.
  • These innovators were guided with patience and care during the full cycle of innovation  
  • Finalist in innovation competitions in 2012 and 2013 and mentor and judge at IBM Smart Camp at San Francisco 

 

She is proficient in English, French and Romanian.

 

Raluca’s motto is, “Where the sun shines, there too is shadow. Be illumined by the light of knowledge no less than by its shadow”. (Patton, 2002, p. 429)

 

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