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I was born in the heart of Transylvania, in the small city of Mediaș. Here I lived until 18.
In elementary school my classmates used to call me Cri-Cri. In Romania we believe that crickets make a “cri-cri” sound. The sound of the crickets was first mentioned in a famous Romanian poem about a cricket, who didn’t manage to collect food during the summer, and died in the cold of the winter. This piece of poetry is one of the firsts Romanians learn in elementary school. I remember reciting it in front of my class with a passionate intonation. Since then, my classmated called me Cri-Cri. Cris_utza is my teenager nickname, and also the ID I today use on Instagram. Follow me. The rest are affectionate appelations, and you are free to use whichever you prefer.
I have completed my bachelor´s degree in Bucharest, at the Academy of Economic Studies. At 19 I started working as a journalist at the first business television in Romania, The Money Channel, and their website – www.money.ro. Here I discovered my passion for writing. I had this job for three years, while I was also studying fulltime. Those years proved to be the busiest of my life: I used to wake up every day at 6:00 am, and arrive home at 22.00 earliest, sometimes even after midnight. Overall it was a fun period, where I had (finally) grown up.
In 2008 it was the turn of another passion of mine, the one for stock markets. So I took a MSc. in Finance. One year later, I was being granted a scholarship at BI Norwegian Business School to continue my masters. I moved to Norway, and since then I have been living here.
Norway is the country which taught me much. Cultural differences, acceptance, loyalty, sincerity. But one particular thing, it taught me the importance of networking. The easiest way to create a network of people that you like is to do volunteer work. LSRS (The League of Romanian Students Abroad) was the first I got involved in. Then I discovered entrepreneurship, so I joined Startup Weekend and Startup Norway.
Other things I’ve done: launched the Norwegian-Romanian Chamber of Commerce, launched a tourist guide for Oslo (wouworld), arranged tech startup events, workshops and seminars, helped out startups (DasData), and lead a Romanian cultural organization in Norway. My fulltime job is now with IFS. I work as a consultant on finance and project management, with clients in the oil&gas and energy industries.
Moving on to my personal side, I like to surround myself with positive people. I don´t believe in impossible, nor in clichés. I believe every problem has a solution. I believe in dreams and fulfilling them. I say “never give up, dreams do come true”.
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