Meet our colleagues!

Pamela Roussos Ratiu
Executive Director

Pamela Ratiu is executive director to Romania of U.K. registered Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation and of the Ratiu Forum, a project run in partnership with the London School of Economics IDEAS Think Tank. Her expertise covers management, event concept, public relations and partnership development. Pamela has 30 years of experience in international management for both the public and private sector, actively supporting sustainable non-profit organizational development in Transylvania. Pamela joined Ratiu Democracy Centre in 2004 and has actively supported the partnership with Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in offering the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award to those fighting for democracy around the world. She has also initiated the Ratiu Dialogues on Democracy, a series of lectures that aim to strengthen discussions and visions on democracy, reuniting professionals with diverse backgrounds who share an interest in current challenges facing Balkan nations, with a particular emphasis on Romania. Pamela Ratiu is also coordinating the sustainability initiatives run by the Ratiu foundations in Romania to support the local community projects of the Ratiu Democracy Centre. Throughout the years she developed a sustainability ecosystem in Turda, seat of the Ratiu family. This includes social businesses in the field of hospitality and creates local employment opportunities. 

Communication and Events Manager

Dana has been working with the Ratiu Foundations since 2013. She has a background in Journalism and Public Relations and a decade of experience in designing and executing comprehensive communication and event strategies for both NGOs and corporate clients. She has also coordinated a wide range of communication activities for different CSR initiatives in the fields of vocational education, digital education and environmental protection, as well as ample fundraising campaigns and events.

History Programme Manager

Doinița has worked for the Ratiu Center for Democracy since 2007,
where she coordinated events. She then transitioned to the role of
office manager and subsequently took over the HR coordinator role,
acting as a mediator and ensuring adherence to departmental
procedures. She graduated from Babeș-Bolyai University’s Faculty of
Economics and Business Administration.
She also has previous work experience in sales and marketing within
the online and print advertising industry.
In 2023, following a series of intensive courses, Doinita earned
certification in Human Resource Management and Business Communication
from the British Academy of Business and Communication, achieving the
highest grade.

Graphic&Web Designer

Nicoleta has an Art&Design background and a BA in Science Education, and has been working with the Ratiu foundations since 2007. She holds a postgraduate certificate in graphic&web design obtained in Milan, where she has also worked as a graphic designer for various fashion press offices.


Meet our board members!


Mihai Cazacu is a graduate of a Military High School, holding a degree in Law issued by the Police Academy in Bucharest. He worked for the Ministry of Administration and Interior for almost 12 years, investigating a large number of cases of trafficking in human beings (THB) related to many European countries.


Vlad Zigarov is a European Affairs Associate at LSE IDEAS and senior adviser on foreign policy at the European Union in Brussels. He holds an MSc in International History from LSE and an MA from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at UCL.

Cora Moţoc

Currently the Executive Director of Justice and Care Romania, Cora Moţoc was a Senior Political Officer at the British Embassy in Bucharest and an adviser to the Romanian Government (PM’s Office) with the Unit for Sustainable Development and a Coordinator of Projects with the Rule of Law Program of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

Radu Albu Comănescu

Radu is a lecturer at the Faculty of European Studies of the Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca and a doctor in History. He has a BA in European Studies,  followed by a double MA in Comparative European Studies and a DEA “Intelligence de l’Europe” at the Paris-Est, Marne-la-Vallée University, with a focus on geopolitics, culture and identities. Radu teaches “EU Governance and Theories of European Integration” as well as “European and International Negotiations”. His fields of research extend to the history of Europe ; history of political and religious thinking; cultural, economic and public diplomacy; state-building, institutions and networks of power. Active in NGOs and think-tanks dedicated to public policies, Radu organised various conferences in partnership with Forbes and Bloomberg. At times, he is a columnist for “Ziua de Cluj”, a leading regional newspaper.

Shajjad Rizvi

Shajjad Rizvi first came to Romania in 1990 just after the revolution. Resettling in Cluj Napoca. Shajjad has successfully led for-profit and non-profit organisations, he co-founded the Little People’s children’s charity, which provides daily services to children, teenagers and young adults being treated for cancer in all major treatment centres in Romania. Shajjad is also the executive chairman for the Duke of Edinburgh Award program in Romania and also a founding member of Youth Cancer Europe, Europe’s leading youth cancer organisation. Shajjad is also a director of the British Romanian Chamber of Commerce and the Honorary British consul agent for Cluj Napoca. Shajjad is a British national from London of Asian heritage.