At 15 years old he has opened the first Computer Club in Bacau, Romania (in May 1995, if somebody had one earlier in Romania, please let him know) where children who cannot afford a computer could learn how to use a computer, play computer games or engage in exciting multi-player activities. This was just the beginning, following the next years he has developed together with his father, a software and ICT Training company in Bacau, Romania. Dedicating the next years to the education, Adrian moved in Bucharest where he studies Computer Science at University Politehnica Bucuresti. He still kept a close contact working with his parents when he was delegated to solve different special ICT problems for various companies in Bacau and nearby cities.
In December 2001, he took part at an event organized by an youth organization, attending a winter course in Paris. Impressed by the dedication, multi-cultural environment and the possibilities and opportunities open by been part of a student organisation, he decided to involve in a student association.
Shortly he got involved in AEGEE, where in short time, due to his knowledge in ICT, he has offered an helping in hand in various local projects. Following a quick but ambitious path, been active on local level for the next eight months, in less then 6 months he reached the European level of the organisation involving in several bodies and projects and later on, after only one year, to be elected as Secretary General of AEGEE-Europe. He is now part of several initiatives on the European level of the association. If want to know what AEGEE is, feel free to ask him or visit the AEGEE-Europe website.
Part of his interest in policy and decision making process, he was involved in the Youth Caucus for World Summit on the Information Society, where he has attended several meetings part of the participatory process ( Pan European Regional Conference , PrepCom-2, Intersessional Meeting), PrepCom-3 and the final World Summit on the Information Society 10-12 December 2003 -part of the Romanian Guvernamental delegation .
Part of his past activities, he is member of a team that pursue to develop a low-cost computer, he had several interviews at the National Romanian Radio Channel, he has articles published in various magazines, books and a couple of AEGEE publications and attend a lot of youth events and activities across Europe (European School II Aachen, Training for Trainers, European School I Torino, Student Convention, Youth Convention and Youth Convention Follow-up and many more), represented AEGEE at the NGO Assembly at Council of Europe and various meetings in the European Parliament in Brussels.
Now, in only one 1 year and 6 months after joining AEGEE he succeded to reach the position of President of European Students Forum (AEGEE).
Here is what he thinks about TakingITGlobal:
"I believe that youth are an element of change as they have curiosity, are innovative and cross-cultural thinking. As they are united in a group, youth can bring visibility and representation to global or local problems. Youth can proactively provide leadership, organize around concrete projects as they can spend time to identify challenges clearly. But we are not disconnected from each other. Internet has just provided an new channel for interaction, it helps to connect our initiatives and share ideas and best practices, globalise our thoughts and visions. TakingITglobal is the best example for this through an easy to navigate web-interface, the pool of fast-growing members and the amount of youth-related and useful information shared and exchanged through the website by young people all over the world.
I believe that young people involved in youth organsations, are fore-runners, living in a world which will exist ten years later than the actual one. Enriched with a vision pursued by a dream, they leave behind any prejudices, material concerns and sadly sometimes even friends, in order to run faster and push others to follow their way.
But dreaming is not enough, we have to be able to put turn them into concrete things. For this, online activities are not enough. By been part of an organized structure as an youth NGO, we will be able to achieve our dreams and reach our goals. Helping the others, we are helping ourselves.
Start dreaming, start doing"
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