“In order to make a change, the first precondition is to CARE.” (Sebastian Burduja)

Sunt Sebastian Burduja și sunt un idealist pragmatic, bolnav de România.

This Saturday, 28th of October 2017, around 7 PM CEST time, Sebastian Burduja will hold a live seminar for the members of Butterfly Dreamer Network, regarding GLOBAL LEADERSHIP – 21ST CENTURY: THE RESPONSIBILITY TO LEAD. We would like to thank him for accepting our invitation and present a short interview with him – the story behind the bio. We would like all the members of the community to subscribe to the following event, by completing the following form: .

Who is Sebastian Burduja?

Sebastian Burduja is a civic, political, and business entrepreneur. He is the Managing Partner of RISE Consortium (Romania Investment Solutions Experts), an international network company dedicated to enabling Romania’s development as a strategic investment hub and global growth engine. He is also the president and founder of PACT (The New Civic Action Platform), a Romanian civic and political movement founded in 2016. Between 2012 and 2016, he served as Regional Development Specialist for the World Bank in Washington D.C., focusing on Europe and Central Asia. He also worked as a Consultant for Dalberg Global Development Advisors, a strategic advisory firm specializing in global development solutions., for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, for McKinsey & Co., and for the National Endowment for Democracy. He is the Founding President of the League of Romanian Students Abroad (LSRS), now the largest Romanian civic network in the world, and the co-founder of the CAESAR Foundation, a global research, educational, and civic action think tank. He has published extensively on Romania’s democratic consolidation, and is the author of book “Between Hope and Disillusionment: Democracy and Anticorruption in Post-Communist Romania” (Curtea Veche Publishing House, 2016), with a foreword by Larry Diamond of Stanford University.  Sebastian holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Politics from Stanford University. He is currently a PhD Fellow in International Economic Affairs at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, focusing his research on business ethics and solutions for combating private-to-private corruption.

BD Network: Tell us more about yourself. Who you are, what did you study, why do you do what you do.

Sebastian Burduja: My bio should say it all:

BD Network: In your opinion, what are the qualities of a good leader?

Sebastian Burduja: The 3Cs – competence, character, and cause. We’ll talk more about those during our seminar.

BD Network: What do you think it is needed nowadays in the current society?

Sebastian Burduja: Leadership – acknowledging the responsibility to lead and acting on it, particularly in the public sector.

BD Network: How can youngsters make a substantial change for the future generations?

“My dream is a world of citizens.” (Sebastian Burduja)

Sebastian Burduja: The first precondition is to care – about yourself, your family, your community, your country, and your world. The second is to plan – it is said that “plans are nothing, planning is everything.” Things may not always work out as planned, but it’s critical to put thought into it. The third is to act – simply DO things that make the world a better place.

BD Network: What motivates you?

Sebastian Burduja: The belief that we can make a difference in this world, and the acknowledgement that it’s better to try and fail than do nothing and all. Too many people have checked out, and that’s the greatest threat to humanity.

BD Network: Tell us a little bit about your mentor, prof. Steve Jarding. How he inspired you?

Sebastian Burduja: He’s Harvard’s best, quite simply (Teacher of the Year in 2016). His message is simple: think long and hard about what you’re leaving behind in this world. I’ll tell you more about what that means during our webinar.

BD Network: What do you want people to know about you?

Sebastian Burduja: My dream is a world of citizens. Authentic citizens who understand the value of participating in a representative democracy. Authentic citizens who are ready to sacrifice for the common good. Authentic citizens who believe again in public service, and who serve as examples that “public service is not about those who serve, it is about those who would be served.”

BD Network: Send a message for the new generation, for youngsters, for people who will be reading this.

Sebastian Burduja: You have a responsibility to live your lives in a meaningful way. Don’t worry about what other people think, don’t worry about how your resumes look, don’t worry about how much money you’re going to make. At the end of the road, there’s only one measure of a fulfilled life: have you left behind a better world than you found? To answer yes, go out NOW and change the world. And don’t stop for a single second. Oh, one more thing: watch this –

 BD Network: Thank you, Mr. Burduja.

The end.

“Have you left behind a better world than you found?” (Sebastian Burduja)

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