HR & Business
The future of Romanian IT
Sebastian Văduvă - Managing Director @ Advanced Solutions
12nd November, 17:30-18:30
In the past couple of decades, the Romanian IT&C sector has transformed the Romanian business landscape. IT&C has given rise to world-renowned unicorns, has changed the physical outlook of many Romanian towns, and has offered Romanian developers access to the global market. Outsourcing (to the USA) and nearshoring (in the EU) have since been our success recipes steeped in a long-standing tradition in the field of technical education and in the reduced labor cost. How will Romanian IT develop in the absence of these competitive advantages? We believe that Romanian IT will move towards digital consultancy, global Romanian products and Asian developer managers.
Dr. Sebastian Văduva, MBA is a successful Romanian-American professor, entrepreneur, consultant and corporate trainer with an extensive international experience in business and IT.
Having immigrated to the US in 1989, he started his first company at age 17 and several others after that. Upon returning to Romania in 2004 he continued a series of educational startups, most notably the Informal School of IT.
After completing his undergraduate studies with a marketing degree, he obtained an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at the height of the dot.com boom and bust, experiencing the ups and downs of the technology wave. In 1999 he became one of the youngest international business and marketing instructors at the University of Akron and in 2001, the director of The Center for Organizational Development. At the same time he was co-directing a sizable US State Department grant under which he pursued his 1st doctoral degree at the Academy of Economic Studies of Bucharest in the area of comparative entrepreneurial systems and mentalities. In 2012 he obtained his 2nd PhD in entrepreneurial public management from The National University of Political Studies and Public Administration of Bucharest.
In 2004 he was recruited by the Fulbright commission as an international MBA program director and from 2005 until 2016 he served as the dean of the Griffiths School of Management and IT within Emanuel University of Oradea and from 2016 he serves as the director within the same school. He is also a visiting professor at UBB Cluj – The Master in Informatics and Concordia University of Texas.
As the managing director of Advanced Solutions, an international training and consulting firm, Sebastian has delivered over 8.000 hrs. of corporate executive education in the areas of leadership, entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial mentality, communication and presentation, sales and marketing, customer orientation, team management and motivation, etc. His work has been predominantly in the Romanian IT sector, where he continues to train, mentor and coach numerous companies in the broad area of talent development.