Hosted by Dr Mike Phillips OBE, British novelist, historian and curator
Monday 19 April 2010
19.00-21.00, The Ratiu Foundation / Romanian Cultural Centre, Manchester Square, 18 Fitzhardinge Street, London W1H 6EQ; Tel. 020 7486 0295, ext 108; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Entry is free but booking is essential.
“My aim is to make you believe that anything and everything in the smoke and mirrors of government can be learned, internalized, dissected. I shall attempt to give you a glimpse of the workings of government in Romania and the UK. Expect biting comments, a touch of irony and an analytical view.
There are four things this talk would like to show to you:
– There is nothing magical about political power – everything can be learned with specialized skills and a determined mind;
– The government is a machine working in its own strange ways – politicians vary in the degree of control over ‘the system’;
– The system is sensitive to citizen pressure, but only in a few particular ways which are going to be discussed;
– The things you can do to make government more accountable and responsive to YOU.
I shall be looking at this evening as a first step in a conversation that I hope will continue for years to come.” – Razvan Orasanu
Razvan Orasanu holds a BSc in Philosophy and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), which he followed with graduate level courses in 2007, 2008 and 2009 at Harvard University Extension School, Joint Vienna Institute/ European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and International Monetary Fund Institute. While studying at the LSE, Razvan Orasanu was a Ratiu Foundation Scholar.
Razvan is an economist, editorialist for ‘Ziarul Financiar’ and ‘Capital’, former Senior Advisor on Economic Affairs for the Prime Minister of Romania (2005-2009). He helped structure Romania’s framework agreements with the World Bank and the EBRD and advised on stand-by loan negotiations with the IMF in 2005. Razvan was the President of the Authority for State Assets Recovery (AVAS), from January to October 2006.
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Organised by The Ratiu Foundation / Romanian Cultural Centre in London.
Culture Power is a programme initiated by the Ratiu Foundation, consisting of a number of presentations and constructive dialogue with an invited audience.
With the support of ProFusion International Creative Consultancy.