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Cristina

BARNA

Ad-Hoc Expert

Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
Economic educational background - Bachelor in Economics (1997) and PhD in Economics (2003) at Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania. Having a sound knowledge of ‘sustainability’, ‘socio - economic sustainable development’, ‘human development’, ‘social economy’, ‘resource - efficiency’, ‘circular economy’ concepts and also other related concepts to sustainable urban development. Assoc. Prof. PhD in Economics working with different higher education institutions in Romania, delivering Micro and Macro Economics & Business courses which covered transversely the general topic of sustainable development. Senior Expert (consultant / trainer / researcher) in many interdisciplinary projects financed ESF and Erasmus+, which covered important themes for sustainable urban development, such us entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, social enterprises, social inclusion, local development, integrated local development strategies, community development. Understanding the interdisciplinary approach of the social, economic and environmental processes of sustainable development in general and consequently of the sustainable urban development in particular.
B1. Assessment: 
1. Applicant shows an understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of integrated and sustainable urban development. Has a strong economic academic background and additional professional experience in social aspects of entrepreneurship and community development.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
Involved in exchange and learning activities in many projects which targeted identification, analysis and transfer of knowledge and practice from one country to another EU county in different fields: higher education (staff - exchanges in Leonardo da Vinci projects), scientific research (seminars and workshops under cooperation projects - COST - ESF), social entrepreneurship, financial inclusion (identification and analysis of best practices and case studies, study visits under ESF projects and Erasmus+ projects). Having a sound knowledge of the integrated approach of the stages of the learning process at transnational level and its overall coherence from preparation, effective implementation to follow -up (documentation and monitoring).
B2. Assessment: 
1. Applicant has experience in working on transnational EU projects in an academic and as well as professional scope.
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
English proficiency - being able to speak and perform in English language. Communicated fluently in English oral and written in many international projects, delivered presentations in English at different international seminars and conferences, delivered training in English, delivered academic courses in English, elaborated research papers, reports, chapters in books in English, communicated in English in Expert Groups and in international teams.
B3. Assessment: 
1 - Applicant's proficiency in English is confirmed as level C2 in CV.

Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:

C3.1 Assessment: 
N.A.
C3.2 Assessment: 
N.A.
C3.3 Assessment: 
N.A.
C3.4 Assessment: 
N.A.
Assessment: 
N.A.

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Active Inclusion of Target Groups
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Sub-themes: social economy, social enterprises and work integration social enterprises, social and financial inclusion of low income people from poor regions, financially excluded, Roma population, NEETs. Educational background is related to the topic - Bachelor in Economics (1997) and PhD in Economics (2003) at Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania. In 2011 - Certificate of completion of the training of trainers programme in management of social enterprises at European Research Institute on Cooperatives and Social Enterprises, Trento, Italy. In 2012 – 2014: member in GECES Group – European Commission Expert Group on Social Business; in 2013 - 2014 member in GECES sub-group on social impact measurement. 2013 - present: member in CIRIEC (International Centre of Research and Information on the Public, Social and Cooperative Economy) International Scientific Commission - Social Economy. From 2011 to present - involved in many projects related to social economy and active inclusion of different target groups, e.g.: project “SOCEC.NET - social economy network” financed by ESF (active inclusion of disadvantaged groups, including Roma population through WISEs), project « New Crops - Social entrepreneurship to create new opportunities for socially excluded in rural areas », project “ICAR - Inclusion by micro-credit and mutual help - sustainable strategy of social economy for employment and social enterprises start-up” etc.
D1 Assessment: 
1: Applicant has a strong educational and professional background in the field of Active Inclusion of Target Groups.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Author or co-author of many reports, papers, training manuals etc that fed in the learning process in the projects I was involved. E.g.: Co-author of the training materials elaborated in 2017 in the framework of the project Erasmus+ “New Crops - Social Entrepreneurship to create new opportunities for social excluded in rural areas”, contract 2014 - 1 - RO01-KA204-00 2980, which incorporated learning from exchange (best practices, case studies, study visits) in four EU countries - Romania, Italy, Spain, Sweden: Understanding agricultural cooperatives. A start up guide (available online - http://www.ies.org.ro/library/files/output_5_guide_start-up_farmers_cooperatives_en.pdf), Understanding social enterprises. A start up guide for rural social enterprises (available online - http://www.ies.org.ro/library/files/output_5_guide_start-up_rural_se_en.pdf), European Toolkit for starting up cooperatives and social enterprises in rural area (available online - http://www.ies.org.ro/library/files/output_7_eu_toolkit.pdf).
D2 Assessment: 
1: Applicant has the ability to produce thematic inputs, demonstrated by 4 examples of co-authored publications related to the Active Inclusion of Target Groups.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Contributed to many papers, reports, manuals that incorporated learning from exchange. I exemplify with: Coordinator of Handbook for social enterprise manager, Civil Society Development Foundation, Institute of Social Economy, 2012, ISBN 978-973-156-044-1 (elaborated in the project PROMETEUS – Promoting social economy in Romania through research, education and professional training at European standards, financed by ESF; this handbook incorporated learning from exchange in Trento, Italy, at EURICSE Research Institute), Co-author of the book Financial inclusion by social economy, Wolter Kluver Publishing House, 2015, ISBN 978-606-677-015-6 (elaborated in the project “ICAR - Inclusion by micro-credit and mutual help - sustainable strategy of social economy for employment and social enterprises start-up”, financed by ESF; this book incorporated learning from exchange in UK, John Moore University and UK credit unions).
D3 Assessment: 
1 - Applicant demonstrates ability to produce reports incorporating learning to recommend good practices. Illustrated with two example of projects on Social Economy.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Project results were used for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising. For example, information from the reports elaborated in the framework of the projects “PROMETEUS – Promoting social economy in Romania through research, education and professional training at European standards”, financed by ESF and “Making social economy visible in Romania”, financed by EC Enterprise & Industry Directorate General were further used for awareness raising in the field of active inclusion of different disadvantaged target groups from Romania through social economy initiatives (creation of work integration social enterprises, worker cooperatives, expanding membership in credit unions etc).
D4 Assessment: 
1 - Applicant has produced input for the benefit of policy design and awareness and shows understanding of how these results were used.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Assoc. Prof. PhD in Economics, involved in many social economy projects as trainer, consultant and researcher, which covered social economy, social enterprises and work integration social enterprises, social and financial inclusion of low income people from poor regions, financially excluded, Roma population, NEETs etc. In 2011 - Certificate of completion of the training of trainers programme in management of social enterprises at European Research Institute on Cooperatives and Social Enterprises, Trento, Italy. Involved in producing thematic inputs to feed in the learning process: presentations for national and international workshops and seminars, papers for international conferences, reports, training manuals, handbooks etc which incorporated learning from exchange in projects financed ESF and Erasmus+. Produced outputs further used for policy design and awareness raising in social economy field in Romania. Involvement at European level - in 2012 – 2014: member in GECES Group – European Commission Expert Group on Social Business; in 2013 - 2014 member in GECES sub-group on social impact measurement.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for the thematic field "Active Inclusion of Target Groups" with a score of 4 out of 4. No inconsistencies have been identified between the CV and application, nor between the responses and summary.
Theme / Policy: 
Entrepreneurship and competitive SMEs
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Sub-themes: start -ups, business planning, women entrepreneurship, young entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship. My educational background is related to the topic - Bachelor in Economics (1997) and PhD in Economics (2003) at Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania. Beginning with 2010 I was involved in many projects (as trainer, consultant, researcher) in entrepreneurship field, e.g.: 2017 - Training Coordinator, elaborating training materials in the project Erasmus+ «New Crops - Social entrepreneurship to create new opportunities for socially excluded in rural areas», 2015 - Trainer and consultant for start -ups in the project « IDEAL - Investing intelligent for Economic Entrepreneurial Development and Jobs » financed ESF; 2010 - 2013 : Expert trainer in the framework of the project “Start for your business!” financed by ESF; delivering lectures in the specialization programme “Entrepreneurship at feminine”, model elaborated and validated by University ESSEC Business School – Paris and implemented in Romania in the framework of the project “Entrepreneurship at feminine”, financed by ESF, Short term Expert for business support services for entrepreneurs in the project “eLife – Development of innovation, creativity and sustainability of the Romanian Entrepreneurship” financed by ESF; Expert Trainer in the project “Programme of integrated measures for employment in Bucharest – Ilfov Region”, Scientific Expert in the project “Entrepreneurship at feminine”.
D1 Assessment: 
1- Applicant has a strong professional background in the field, illustrated by examples of projects related to Entrepreneurship or SMEs.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Author or co-author of many reports, papers, training manuals etc that fed in the learning process in the projects I was involved. E.g.: Co-author of the training materials elaborated in 2017 in the framework of the project Erasmus+ “New Crops - Social Entrepreneurship to create new opportunities for social excluded in rural areas”, contract 2014 - 1 - RO01-KA204-00 2980, which incorporated learning from exchange (best practices, case studies, study visits) in four EU countries - Romania, Italy, Spain, Sweden: Understanding agricultural cooperatives. A start up guide (available online - http://www.ies.org.ro/library/files/output_5_guide_start-up_farmers_cooperatives_en.pdf), Understanding social enterprises. A start up guide for rural social enterprises (available online - http://www.ies.org.ro/library/files/output_5_guide_start-up_rural_se_en.pdf), European Toolkit for starting up cooperatives and social enterprises in rural area (available online - http://www.ies.org.ro/library/files/output_7_eu_toolkit.pdf).
D2 Assessment: 
1- Applicant has the ability to produce thematic inputs illustrated by two examples (guide, training material) of work in the field.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Co-author of the study regarding Women entrepreneurship in Romania and in EU (in the project “Entrepreneurship at feminine”, POSDRU ID 59924, which incorporated learning from ESSEC Business School - Paris, partner in the project); Author of the research study Analyze and research study in order to connect the existent resources and services for supporting the development of new businesses in Bucharest – Ilfov region (in the project “eLife – Development of innovation, creativity and sustainability of the Romanian Entrepreneurship”, financed by ESF).
D3 Assessment: 
1 - Applicant has the ability to produce concise reports illustrated by 2 examples of reports co-authored in the field of Entrepreneurship.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Project results were used for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising. For example, the study regarding Women entrepreneurship in Romania and in EU (elaborated in the project “Entrepreneurship at feminine”, financed ESF, POSDRU ID 59924) raised awareness regarding women entrepreneurship in Romania and in other EU countries, and it was used for policy initiatives in Romania by Association for the Development of Women Entrepreneurship.
D4 Assessment: 
1 - Applicant has produced input for the benefit of policy design and awareness.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Assoc. Prof. PhD in Economics, involved in many entrepreneurship projects as trainer, consultant and researcher. Over 7 years of training & consulting experience in entrepreneurship, with a special focus in start-ups, business planning, women entrepreneurship, young entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship. Involved in producing thematic inputs to feed in the learning process: presentations for national and international workshops and seminars, papers for international conferences, reports, training manuals, handbooks etc which incorporated learning from exchange in projects financed ESF and Erasmus+. Produced outputs further used for policy design and awareness raising in social entrepreneurship and in women entrepreneurship fields.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for the thematic field "Entrepreneurship and Competitive SMEs" with a score of 4 out of 4. No inconsistencies have been identified between the CV and application. What's more, the CV provided more examples of experience in the field.
Theme / Policy: 
Local Economic Development
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Local economic development - sub-themes: Strategies for integrated local economic development, Local economic development based on social economy. Economic educational background - Bachelor in Economics (1997) and PhD in Economics (2003) at Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania. In 2014 - 2015 involved in the project “SOCEC.NET - social economy network” financed by ESF, OP-HRD, working on 3 Local Development Strategies based on social economy for 3 rural communities from Romania, Calarasi County, which included Roma communities. In 2016 involved in a FLAG project, working on a Community Led Local Development Strategy for a Fishery Local Action Group - River Arges Area, Romania, composed of 7 administrative territorial units - 1 town and 6 communes. Research activities, co-author of the paper Social economy and territorial development in Romania: the challenge of clustering coops and new social entreprises and re-thinking production and trade chains - chapter in progress for part 1 „SEE and territory: the economic crisis as a source for local innovations” of a collective and comparative publication of CIRIEC International Scientific Commission - Social Economy, Working Group Social and Solidarity Economy and Territories: between interaction and co-construction, publisher Peter Lang (CIRIEC Series).
D1 Assessment: 
1 - Applicant has a a strong educational background in economic development and specific professional background in Local Economic Development.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Involved in producing thematic inputs to feed in the learning process: presentations for workshops and seminars, papers for conferences, reports, training manuals, guides etc. For example: presentation Historical, economic, social and political context of the development of agricultural cooperatives in Almeria - Spain, position in the vegetables supply system in Europe - opportunities and challenges, international conference „Agriculture, agricultural and credit cooperatives in Europe. Lessons learnt from Italy and Spain” May 2016, organized under the project Erasmus+ New Crops - Social Entrepreneurship to create new opportunities for social excluded in rural areas, contract 2014 - 1 - RO01-KA204-00 2980; Co-author of the paper - Credit Unions in Romania – a strong social enterprise model to combat financial exclusion and over indebtedness presented at 5th CIRIEC International Research Conference on Social Economy, Lisbon, Portugal, July 15 - 18, 2015 (also Convenor and member of the Scientific Committee, Chair of session „Social economy, society and territories”) - under the project “ICAR - Inclusion by micro-credit and mutual help - sustainable strategy of social economy for employment and social enterprises start-up”, financed by ESF, OP-HRD.
D2 Assessment: 
1- Applicant has the ability to produce thematic inputs illustrated by examples (presentation, conference, paper) of work in the field.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Contributed to many papers, reports, manuals that incorporated learning from exchange. I exemplify with the most recent reports elaborated in 2017 in the framework of the project Erasmus+ “New Crops - Social Entrepreneurship to create new opportunities for social excluded in rural areas”, contract 2014 - 1 - RO01-KA204-00 2980, which incorporated learning from exchange (best practices, case studies, study visits) in four EU countries - Romania, Italy, Spain, Sweden: Understanding agricultural cooperatives. A start up guide (available online - http://www.ies.org.ro/library/files/output_5_guide_start-up_farmers_cooperatives_en.pdf), Understanding social enterprises. A start up guide for rural social enterprises (available online - http://www.ies.org.ro/library/files/output_5_guide_start-up_rural_se_en.pdf), European Toolkit for starting up cooperatives and social enterprises in rural area (available online - http://www.ies.org.ro/library/files/output_7_eu_toolkit.pdf).
D3 Assessment: 
1 - Applicant demonstrates ability to produce reports incorporating learning to recommend good practices. Illustrated with examples of reports created from case studies and study visits in multiple EU member states.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Project results were used for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising. For example, in the project described at D3, some information from the reports where I was involved as co-author were further used for public policy recommendations - ‘Farmers’ coops and social enterprises, key actors in combating rural poverty in EU - policy frameworks and capacity building needs’ - document available online - http://www.ies.org.ro/library/files/output_8_report_and_policy_recommendations.pdf. I have coordinated the reports, deciding the general structure of the 2 guides described at D3, which were translated in four languages and disseminated online in the four countries from the project. More information on the project ‘New Crops – Social entrepreneurship to create new opportunities for socially excluded in rural areas’ can be found at www.ies.org.ro/erasmus.
D4 Assessment: 
1 - Applicant has produced input for the benefit of policy design and awareness, designing the structure of the guides on rural local development.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Sound experience in local economic development, especially in elaborating strategies for integrated local economic development and in local economic development based on social economy. Involved in producing thematic inputs to feed in the learning process: presentations for national and international workshops and seminars, papers for international conferences, reports, manuals, guides etc which incorporated learning from exchange in projects financed ESF and Erasmus+. Produced outputs further used for public policy recommendations.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for the thematic field "Local Economic Development" with a score of 4 out of 4. No inconsistencies have been identified between the CV and application.
Theme / Policy: 
Research, Innovation and Knowledge Economy
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Sub-themes: research in economics, social economy, social innovation. Involved in research in higher education institutions, research centers, private institutions - NGOs. 2005 - present: researcher in many projects, e.g.: PROMETEUS – Promoting social economy in Romania through research, education and professional training at European standards, financed by ESF, Making social economy visible in Romania, financed by EC Enterprise & Industry Directorate General, SECOIA - WP 3-T3.1 - Expertise méthodologique par pays portant sur les indicateurs et pratiques de mesure d’impact ‘différencié’ des entreprises d’économie sociale, COST Action ISO701, 2008 – 2012, Comparative Analysis of Enterprise Data: Industry Dynamics, Firm Performance and Worker Outcomes, COST Action 34, 2005 – 2009, Gender and Well – Being: Work, Family and Public Policies etc. 2013 - present: member in International Centre of Research and Information on the Public, Social and Cooperative Economy, International Scientific Commission - Social Economy. 2010 – present: founder member and Vice-President of Pro Global Science Association, Romania; 2011 - present – Managing Editor of Review of Applied Socio-Economic Research, issued by Pro Global Science Association: see www.reaser.eu. In 2013 - successful candidate at selection procedure EPSO/CAST/S/5/2013 Researcher (FG IV), Human and Social Sciences. Author of many research articles, e.g. articles indexed in REPEC - https://ideas.repec.org/f/pba964.html.
D1 Assessment: 
0 - Applicant demonstrates insufficient experience on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc. While the applicant has familiarity with the field, the examples do not reflect deep knowledge on Research, Innovation and the Knowledge Economy and its challenges.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Author or co-author of many reports, papers, books etc that fed the learning process in the projects I was involved. E.g.: Author of Atlas of Social Economy. Romania 2014, Civil Society Development Foundation, Institute of Social Economy, 2014, ISBN 978-973-0-17000-9 (elaborated in the project Making social economy visible in Romania, financed by EC Enterprise & Industry Directorate General), Co-author of Social Innovation. Romania Country Report, prepared for Social Innovation Europe initiative in 2013, Expert consultant for the report Proposed Approaches to Social Impact Measurement in European Commission legislation and in practice related to EuSEFs and EaSI, GECES sub-group on Social Impact Measurement, European Commission 2014, Expert for the report Recent evolutions of the Social Economy in the European Union (2017) by CIRIEC-International - Centre international de recherches et d'information sur l'économie publique, sociale et cooperative, Directors: Jose Luis Monzón & Rafael Chaves, CES/CSS/12/2016/23406, elaborated for European Economic and Social Committee.
D2 Assessment: 
0 - Applicant provides less than two relevant examples that demonstrate the ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of projects related to the theme.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Contributed to many papers, reports, manuals that incorporated learning from exchange. I exemplify with: Coordinator of Handbook for social enterprise manager, Civil Society Development Foundation, Institute of Social Economy, 2012, ISBN 978-973-156-044-1 (elaborated in the project PROMETEUS – Promoting social economy in Romania through research, education and professional training at European standards, financed by ESF; this handbook incorporated learning from exchange in Trento, Italy, at EURICSE Research Institute), Co-author of the book Financial inclusion by social economy, Wolter Kluver Publishing House, 2015, ISBN 978-606-677-015-6 (elaborated in the project “ICAR - Inclusion by micro-credit and mutual help - sustainable strategy of social economy for employment and social enterprises start-up”, financed by ESF; this book incorporated learning from exchange in UK, John Moore University and UK credit unions).
D3 Assessment: 
1 - Applicant demonstrates the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning to put forward good practice, showcased through examples.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Project results were used for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising. For example, the Atlas of Social Economy. Romania 2014 (elaborated in the project Making social economy visible in Romania, financed by EC Enterprise & Industry Directorate General) raised awareness regarding the dimension and the impact of social economy sector in Romania, and provided data used for policy design in social economy field in Romania.
D4 Assessment: 
0 - Applicant provides less than one relevant examples that demonstrates an understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising, etc in the theme.
Assessment: 
The applicant is not validated for the thematic field "Research, Innovation and Knowledge Economy" with a score of 0 out of 4 due to a insufficient specific examples on experience and familiarity with the field of Research, Innovation and Knowledge Economy. Assoc. Prof. PhD, involved in research in higher education institutions, national and international research centers, private institutions - NGOs, with 19 years of academic & research experience. Sound experience in research, innovation and knowledge economy, especially in research in economics, social economy, social innovation. Involved in producing thematic inputs to feed in the learning process: presentations for national and international workshops and seminars, papers for international conferences, reports, manuals, handbooks etc which incorporated learning from exchange in projects financed ESF, EC, COST, Erasmus+. Produced outputs further used for policy design and awareness raising.

Expertise support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing & delivering integrated and participatory policies

E.1 Assessment: 
N.A.
E.2 Assessment: 
N.A.
E.3 Assessment: 
N.A.
E.4 Assessment: 
N.A.
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N.A.

Informations

Residence location:
Romania
Languages:
Romanian - Mother tongue
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Email:
cristina_barna1412@yahoo.com

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