Dragoș Bucurenci

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Dragoș Bucurenci
Dragos Bucurenci speaking.jpg
Born Dragoș Radu-Bucurenci
(1981-08-30) August 30, 1981 (age 36)[1]
Bucharest, Romania
Alma mater Stanford Graduate School of Business
National University of Arts, Bucharest
Occupation Environmentalist, journalist

Dragoș Bucurenci (born August 30, 1981) is a Romanian communication strategist and coach,[2] civic activist[3] and television personality. In 2010, his Process Communication Model course was awarded Best Training of the Year Prize at the Romanian Business Edu Gala.[4] In 2014 he joined the cabinet of the European Commissioner for Regional Policy as Communication Adviser,[5] but left a year later citing "different work styles".[6]

He founded MaiMultVerde, a well-known[7] environmental organizations in Romania. He was featured on the cover of Esquire Romania October 2008 edition, among "15 people who innovate, challenge and change the world we live in".[8][9]

In 2016, he hosted the Romanian edition of the Survivor television series on ProTV.[10]

Organizations[edit]

Save the Danube Delta[edit]

A group of Romanian environmentalists founded "Save the Danube Delta" Association in 2004 in response to the Ukrainian Government's plans to reopen navigation on the Bystroye Canal, which posed a severe threat to the biodiversity of the Danube Delta and sparked an international outcry.[11][12] Dragoș Bucurenci was appointed Executive Director and coordinated the public campaign against the Ukrainian project.[13]

Bucurenci also led advocacy campaigns for the protection of the wildlife in the Romanian part of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve and for the ecological restoration[14][15] of the large areas of the Danube Delta that the Romanian Communist Government had drained and transformed into agro-industrial zones.[16] The organization successfully enlisted the public support of Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu[17][18] and of President Traian Basescu.[19] In 2006, the Romanian Government announced a plan to invest 37 million euros in the ecological reconstruction of the Danube Delta[20] and issued a 10-year ban on the fishing of endangered species of sturgeons.[21][22]

In 2007, "Save the Danube and the Delta" Association was awarded the Grand Trophy at the Civil Society Gala, the most prestigious award that a non-profit organization can get in Romania.[23]

MaiMultVerde[edit]

In 2008, Bucurenci founded "MaiMultVerde" ("More Green") Association, under the high patronage of HRH Crown Princess Margareta of Romania, with the aim to increase youth participation in volunteer programs for the environment.[24] "MaiMultVerde" developed partnerships between central and local authorities, private companies and mass-media that resulted in nationwide reforestation and environmental cleanup campaigns.[25][26] By the end of 2010, the organization had worked with 14,000 volunteers, planted 450,000 saplings and collected 600,000 lbs of waste from natural areas.[27]

A 2004 survey by The Gallup Organization revealed that only 13% of young urban people in Romania had volunteered for charities in the past 12 months and only 8% of volunteers had been involved in environmental programs.[28] In 2010, a survey by GfK showed that the percentage of young urban Romanian who volunteered increased to 29%. Of them, 51% had been involved in environmental programs.[7]

"MaiMultVerde" also created Bucharest's first rent-a-bike system, Cycloteque, in partnership with Unicredit Tiriac Bank.[29]

In 2008, Esquire Romania featured Bucurenci on the cover of its October edition, among "15 people who innovate, challenge and change the world we live in".[8][9] Later that year, on Romania's National Day, the Romanian Public Television presented Bucurenci with the "Romania in our Hearts" award for his work on promoting volunteerism.[30] In 2009, Infomediu Europa magazine named him "Green Man of the Year".[31]

Media[edit]

Bucurenci was a columnist for Elle, Esquire, The One and Evenimentul Zilei, a national newspaper.[32]

He produced and presented television programs on almost all mainstream Romanian TV channels:

In 2006, he defended historian of religion Mircea Eliade in a documentary broadcast by the Romanian Public Television as part of the "Great Romanians" program (a licensed version of BBC's "Great Britons").[38][39]

In 2010, he competed as a celebrity contestant in the Romanian version of the reality television series Dancing with the Stars.[40][41]

In 2016, he hosted the Romanian edition of the Survivor television series on ProTV.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Bucurenci was one of the first public figures in Romania who spoke openly about their sexuality. In a May 2008 piece for Elle magazine, he came out as bisexual[42]

Education[edit]

Bucurenci received his BA in Art History and Theory from the National University of Arts in Bucharest, Romania and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.[43] He is a certified NLP Coach by the Academy of Coaching and NLP.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dragos Bucurenci" (in Romanian). ProTV News. 22 April 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Amalia Enache si Dragos Bucurenci prezinta prima data un eveniment impreuna" (in Romanian). "Gândul". 3 October 2014.
  3. ^ "800 people attend Hope Concert: Impressive show dedicated to Romania’s most vulnerable children". "Nine O'Clock". 13 April 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  4. ^ http://www.ecomunicate.ro/comunicate-de-presa/afaceri-comert/2/gala-business-edu-awards-2012-evenimentul-anului-in-industria-de-learning-development-16014.html
  5. ^ Mihai, Cătălina (October 31, 2014). "Corina Crețu și-a prezentat echipa. Ioana Rus și Dragoș Bucurenci, printre colaboratorii comisarului.". Mediafax News Agency. 
  6. ^ Palmeri, Tara. "A commissioner’s work habits prompt staff upheaval". "Politico". 12 October 2015.
  7. ^ a b Marcu, Diana. "Portretul voluntarului roman: tanar si preocupat de mediu" (in Romanian). Gândul. 30 September 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  8. ^ a b Esquire Romania past editions. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  9. ^ a b Lupsa, Cristian. "Poti avea incredere in acest om?" (in Romanian). Esquire Romania. October 2008: 56-65. Print.
  10. ^ a b Heath, Ryan. "Brussels Playbook: Cyprus reunification on track — Brussels and Paris less liveable — When tomatoes attack". "Politico". 18 August 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  11. ^ July 2006. United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. "ESPOO Inquiry Commission Report on the Likely Significant Adverse Transboundary Impacts of the Danube - Black Sea Navigation Route at the Border of Romania and the Ukraine". Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  12. ^ Schiermeier, Quirin. "Ukraine deluged by protests over plans for Danube delta". Nature 431: 727 (14 October 2004). Print.
  13. ^ Nitoi, Ana Maria; Alexe, Anca. Kievul a amanat inaugurarea canalului Bastroe (in Romanian). Hotnews. 25 August 2004. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  14. ^ "Avocatul biodiversitatii din Delta" (in Romanian). Interview with Dragos Bucurenci. Adevarul. 26 July 2007. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  15. ^ "Delta isi recapata baltile inapoi" (in Romanian). Adevarul. 24 September 2007. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  16. ^ Rank, Michael. "Danube's Wild Delta Saved by Uprising". Los Angeles Times. February 25, 1990. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  17. ^ The Press Office of the Romanian Government. "«Allons dans le Delta!», en respectant l`environnement" (in French and Romanian). Official Website of the Romanian Government. 8 July 2006.
  18. ^ The Press Office of the Romanian Government. "Le Premier ministre Calin Popescu-Tariceanu a lancé aujourd`hui l`opération « Allons dans le Delta !», une initiative censée sortir le Delta au grand jour par le biais du tourisme et du respect de la nature"[permanent dead link] (in French). Official Website of the Romanian Government. 7 July 2006. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  19. ^ Caloian, Otilia. "Basescu vrea sa faca din Delta prima destinatie turistica a Romaniei" (in Romanian). 9AM. 9 August 2006. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  20. ^ Vlad, Adelina. "Promovarea Deltei, blocata intre poluare si proasta administrare" (in Romanian). 9AM. 10 July 2006. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  21. ^ Thorpe, Nick. "Danube sturgeon on the brink of extinction?". BBC News. 9 April 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  22. ^ International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River. "Romania bans sturgeon fishing for ten years". Danube Watch. February 2006. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  23. ^ "Marele Premiu la Gala Societatii Civile a fost acordat Asociatiei 'Salvati Delta - AC'". IQAds. 6 June 2007. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  24. ^ "Principesa Margareta a lansat asociația de protecție a mediului "MaiMultVerde" Archived June 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. (in Romanian). Realitatea.net News. 21 April 2008. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  25. ^ MaiMultVerde Association. "Raport Anual 2008" (in Romanian). 5 May 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  26. ^ MaiMultVerde Association. "Annual Report 2009". 29 April 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  27. ^ MaiMultVerde Association. "Annual Report 2010". 6 June 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  28. ^ The Gallup Organization. "Being Young in Romania Market Research". British Council Romania. May - November 2004. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  29. ^ "S-a lansat Cicloteque, centrul de inchiriat biciclete" (in Romanian). Ce se intampla, doctore?. July 2008. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  30. ^ "Premiul ‘’România din suflete’’ pentru Dragoș Bucurenci și MaiMultVerde" (in Romanian). 'MaiMultVerde website'. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  31. ^ "Istoric 2009"[permanent dead link] (in Romanian). Infomediu Europa. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  32. ^ TEDx Talks. "Dragos Bucurenci - Alegerile care conteaza". TEDx Eroilor. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  33. ^ "Dragos Bucurenci revine la TVR" (in Romanian). EvZ. 3 October 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  34. ^ "Totul despre... "Buna ca viata"" (in Romanian). Adevarul TV. 18 February 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  35. ^ ""Romania verde", la Realitatea TV" (in Romanian). EvZ. 5 October 2007. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  36. ^ "Din 10 octombrie, Dragos Bucurenci este “Voluntar de profesie”, la Prima TV" (in Romanian). Prima TV News. 4 October 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  37. ^ "Incepe Lectia de prim ajutor la ProTV. Invatati ce sa faceti intr-o situatie medicala de urgenta" (in Romanian). ProTV News. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  38. ^ Morosanu, Andrei. Mircea Eliade documentary with Dragos Bucurenci. September 2006.
  39. ^ "Dan C. Mihailescu vs. Dragos Bucurenci" (in Romanian). TVR.ro. 27 September 2006. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  40. ^ "Dragos Bucurenci va participa la Dansez pentru tine" Archived June 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. (in Romanian). Realitatea.net News. 24 February 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  41. ^ "Pregatiri pentru sezonul 9" Archived March 4, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. (in Romanian). ProTV. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  42. ^ Bucurenci, Dragos. "Bisex cu ochii deschisi" (in Romanian). Elle. May 2008. Print. Published online as "O incursiune in lumea ambigua a bisexualilor" and with the original title on the author's blog. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  43. ^ Iana, Florentina. "Dragos Bucurenci, un roman la Stanford" (in Romanian). OK Magazine. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2013.