Core Team

Dr. Ing. Pietro ELISEI

Founder and managing director

pietro.elisei@urbasofia.eu

(+40) 731 159 785

Town and regional planner, senior researcher and policymaker. He collaborated, as consultant, with ministries, cities and towns all over Europe, holding important positions in international organizations dedicated to urban planning (PLANUM, ISOCARP).

International expert in urban regeneration policies, integrated planning for small-medium sized cities and topics related to smart cities. A collaborator with EU universities and research centers, he works with international institutions (European Commission: URBACT and UIA Secretariats, UN-Habitat, UNECE) for important planning research. Dr. Elisei also routinely holds keynote speeches in international conferences and publishes a number of scientific articles on topics related to urban planning.

Sabina LEOPA

Strategic Planning Expert

sabina.leopa@urbasofia.eu

(+40) 773 702 216

Urban and regional strategic integrated planner working in Transnational / EU R&I projects. PhD candidate researching multilevel governance as an instrument for integrated strategic planning at metropolitan level. Assistant at the „Ion Mincu” University for Architecture and Planning in Bucharest, Romania. URBACT Ad-Hoc Expert, Romanian Professional Association of Urban Planners (APUR) Vicepresident and in-house consultant for ISOCARP.

Worked on several integrated urban development strategies for small and middle-sized cities as well as metropolitan areas in the EU, SUMPs, sectoral / SC strategies. Designing and implementing projects on Horizon2020, Interreg DTP, former FP7, URBACT, recently UIA. Certified trainer.

Miruna DRĂGHIA

Urban, territorial & landscape planner

miruna.draghia@urbasofia.eu

Strategic urban and territorial planning expert currently enrolled as a PhD candidate (FU UAUIM), where she is working as an associated teaching assistant. Former Erasmus student at Faculty of Architecture from University of Lisbon (FAUL). Her research study is mainly oriented towards methodologies, tools and policies for spatial planning at the level of functional urban areas.

She is particularly focused on urban and territorial pressing challenges, being actively engaged in European-funded cooperation projects (Horizon 2020, UIA, INTERREG Danube, URBACT III), paying particular attention to mobility-related topics, cultural heritage as a catalyst for urban development, governance frameworks and collaborative actions of multiple actors, as well as systemic and circular approaches for urban regeneration processes.

Prof. Dr. Nicoleta Silvia IOANA

Executive director

nicoleta.silvia.ioana@urbasofia.eu

Holding a degree in Philology and a Post-Degree in Communication and Public Relations, Nicoleta is currently involved in projects with a strong social dimension, being responsible for education and continuous professional training and works as a trainer and evaluator of FPC competences. Within Urbasofia, she is responsible for the internal management and project coordination, being involved in overseeing financial, administrative and communication activities.

Natalia ONEȘCIUC

Urban Planner

natalia.onesciuc@urbasofia.eu

 

Strategic urban planner holding a degree in Urban Planning and Design, currently enrolled in a master programme in Urban Management for Competitive Cities at “Ion Mincu” University for Architecture and Urban Planning.

By combining her analytical approach, creativity and a profound passion for urban challenges, Natalia has offered her support in urban and territorial analysis and planning, and also in proposal writing in programmes such as Interreg Danube and HORIZON2020. Leveraging on her strong inclination to research, she has also contributed at articles writing which she has presented at international level. Her fields of interest are related to sustainable urban development (traditional/nature based solutions and circular economy in both architecture and urban planning), industrial/socialist heritage and the social issues related to them, environment protection.