About Me

WHO I AM

Welcome to my personal website!

Those who know me best describe me as a passionate and genuine EU affairs and strategic communication expert. I am also a digital entrepreneur and a proud European citizen, although keeping the global perspective in my mind.

I am passionate not only about my work, but also about universal history, sociology, languages, art, science and astronomy. I am a curios traveler and a big football fan. I love French wine, Belgian beer, Italian and Asian food, British diplomacy, German efficiency, American entrepreneurship and the Spanish coast. I am a loyal friend and an ambitious professional.

I was born in a country under totalitarian communist rule and was raised mostly during the transition period to democracy and free market that followed after. I have experienced quite a few societal experiments directly, which provide a hands-on experience that one does not acquire from books or conferences alone. This has also given me an extended sense of humour needed to overcome constant changes, but also the motivation to be entrepreneurial, structured and perform with excellence in mind, as the only way to succeed in becoming the master of one’s domain.

The political science and media studies I did in university have their merits in framing this whole experience in a broader context (by the way, I enjoyed watching House of Cards, but find it exaggerated).

WHAT I DO

I analyse big quantities of data through customised software I designed, in order to produce a unique mapping of the EU political world (and beyond).
I manage the development of data visualisation and communication tools (websites, mobile apps, graphs, videos) to explain complex social and political phenomena to the wider public in an effort to make EU decision-making process more democratic. I am frequently invited to speak to the media, professional associations, students and to make predictions.

I lead my team, make business plans, develop communication strategies and supervise their execution, coordinate the impact assessment.

I am located at the intersection of a plethora of sectors (politics, business, NGOs, think tanks, media, academia) and I meet regularly with representatives from all of them. It is a tremendous experience which has given me a genuine understanding of the challenges that each face, the different angles they look at things from and the complexity of interactions between them.

I have met with key experts and politicians from around 30 countries, thus I am familiar with particular national sensitivities. I have interacted with and mapped the views of decision-makers from across the political spectrum from all of these countries, therefore I am very familiar with their visions, driving forces, cultural and ideological diversity.

MY ACHIEVEMENTS

In my late 20s I wanted to challenge myself, test my entrepreneurial skills and develop something from scratch. So far so good. I have co-founded successful organisations in 3 different countries.  In Romania, I have co-founded the Euro-Quorum Institute for Participatory Democracy in 2008, a mostly ‘do tank’ which has trained thousands of youngsters the democratic processes ever since (credit goes to its current executive team for building on it).

In 2009, I co-founded in the UK and later in Belgium a one-of-a-kind international organisation which provides unique insights to citizens across the European Union and beyond – VoteWatch Europe (credit goes to professor Simon Hix and lecturer Sara Hagemann for co-founding it and for supporting me throughout all this time, for which I am immensely grateful).

From my executive management position, I have worked to develop the organisation from just an idea to becoming a world-wide recognised institution. VoteWatch is now the leading analytical information source on developments in the European Parliament, being used by over a 1.000 experts every day (EU professionals from the public institutions, private sector, NGOs, academia and journalists).

Over the past few years, my analyses on EU affairs have been quoted by leading media outlets in over 35 countries on 4 continents, including the Economist, Financial Times, New York Times and many more (see “Who trusts me” page). The communication projects that I have coordinated content-wise have reached over 10 million beneficiaries Europe-wide.

I have been invited to share my experience and my analyses by reputed institutions, such as the European Parliament, Center for European Policy Studies, European and American Chambers of Commerce, London School of Economics and many more.

I am always open to partnerships and innovative ideas, so feel free to contact me at doru@frantescu.eu.

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MY WORK IN BRIEF
Manage international projects

I have co-founded a one-of-a-kind international organisation, VoteWatch Europe. I have managed research and innovative on-line communication projects, which covered over 20 countries and delivered content in 24 languages, reaching an audience of over 10 million people. I lead an international team in the Capital of Europe, Brussels.

Cutting-edge predictions

Alongside my team, I develop unrivaled real-time analysis and predictions concerning developments in EU affairs. All is fact-based, statistically-backed information with a proven high rate of accuracy.

Media programs

I frequently speak in the international media on topics covering EU affairs (see “Who trusts me page”) and have co-produced a weekly radio programme called “Profit or Loss”, discussing interactions between business and politics.

Deliver training

I am frequently invited to share my experience and analyses in public or private events by businesses, professional associations, think tanks, NGOs and universities across the EU. I use trendy visualisation tools to explain complex phenomena to a diversified audience.