Plenary Speakers RSACV2015

 Stanciulescu_LUMEN_20x25Traian D. STANCIULESCU

Professor PhD – Faculty of Philosophy and Political Sciences, “Al. I. Cuza” University of Iasi (ROMANIA)

PhD Professor graduated from the Institute of Architecture (Bucharest) and from the Faculty of Philosophy (Iasi), Philosophical Doctor (specialization: logic & semiotics). He is a currently full professor at the Faculty of Philosophy and Political Sciences, “Al. I. Cuza” University of Iasi, where he teaches semiotics and its application, the philosophy of creation, etc. and coordinates doctoral papers in the field of semiotics and creatology.  He is a senior scientific researcher (at National Inventics Institute, in Iasi, the President of AROSS (Romanian Association for Semiotic Studies), president of “Stefan Odobleja” Foundation, a Vice-president of ANATECOR, associated professor at AKAMAI Univerity (USA), a member of about 10 international scientific and professional associations. He sustained over 250 scientific (inter)national meetings, he has (co)authored 30 books and has received over 25 awards, medals and excellence diplomas for his research, books and inventions.

Cernenko_20x25Victoria CHERNENKO

PhD – Institute of Philosophical Practice (branch in Moscow) (RUSSIA)

She is affiliated to Institute of Philosophical Practice (branch in Moscow) – since 2010; Researcher at the Moscow Research Institute of Child Development. Leading numerous projects with school and kindergarten teachers. Since 2010 she has been developing philosophical practice in Russia and abroad (Norway, Turkey, Holland, Greece, Germany, Belgium, Thailand, Cambodia), conducting individual consultations and facilitating workshops with children and adults in the centers of children development, schools, universities, business organizations, etc. Since several years, she is a consultant in business organizations working on a system of arguments evaluation for the candidates applying for top management positions.She is organizing and teaching the course “Philosophical Counseling” at the psychology department of Moscow Institute of Distance Education, working with students and professors on the art of questioning. Since 2014 – developing experimental course “Critical Thinking” for elementary school at the Center of children development “Baby-club” that will be implemented in 2014 Since 2013 – specialist on systems of quality management at the fashion company “Carlo Pazolini”, applying practical philosophy for personnel recruitment. Since 2014 – co-facilitator of the 2 year program on “Philosophical counseling” at the Institute of Psychoanalysis in Moscow

Loue_LUMEN_20x25Sana LOUE

Professor PhD – Department of Bioethics of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (USA)

Sana Loue is a professor in the Department of Bioethics of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  She holds secondary appointments in Psychiatry, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Global Health and serves as the Vice Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity. Dr. Loue holds degrees in epidemiology (PhD), medical anthropology (PhD), social work (MSSA), secondary education (MA), public health (MPH) and theology (MA). She is a licensed lawyer, a licensed independent social worker and an ordained interfaith minister. She has conducted research domestically and internationally, focusing on HIV risk and prevention, severe mental illness, family violence, and research ethics. She has authored or edited more than 30 books and more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles.


Virgil_Stucker__2LUMEN_RSACV2015Virgil STUCKER

Founding Chairman and President of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care and is the current and founding Executive Director and President of CooperRiis Healing Community (USA)

Previously, he had worked for 14 years at Gould Farm, America’s oldest therapeutic community for individuals recovering from mental illness.  He was also the founding Executive Director of Rose Hill in Michigan which opened in 1992 and of Gateway Homes of Richmond, Virginia which opened in 1986. He was the founding Program Director of Gould Farm’s Boston Program, the past founding president of the REACH Community Health Foundation, Vice President of Planning and Development for Northern Berkshire Health Systems, President of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and Adjunct Professor of Philanthropy for the Visionaries Institute of Suffolk University. His holds a MBA with a focus on non-profit creation and management and a BA in philosophy. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Richard R. Karges_LUMEN_RSACV2015Richard R. Karges (Rick)

Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hopewell (USA)

Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hopewell (USA) , a therapeutic farm community serving adults with mental illness He was previously with Crisis & Counseling Centers, a community behavioral health center located in Augusta, Maine, where he was CEO for seven years. He received both his BS and MSW degrees from The Ohio State University and completed training at the US Army Academy of Health Sciences.  Rick was recognized for his outstanding work in the mental health field when he was named the 2007 Professional of the Year by the Maine Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). He has served as Chair of the (Maine) Governors Substance Abuse Services Commission and has been an adjunct Social Work instructor at Ohio State University and Case Western Reserve University. He has contributed to various professional journals addressing mental health issues and practice areas.





Professor PhD – Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest (ROMANIA)

Born in Bucharest, on February 11, 1952, Professor Dan CRACIUN, PhD, teaches Business Ethics and Applied Social Psychology at the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest. He published in Romanian and English 9 books on moral philosophy, business ethics and social psychology, as well as more than 40 articles, studies, and scientific papers. Professor Craciun has translated from English to Romanian almost 20 major books, written by prominent British and American authors, in various fields, such as philosophy, psychology, economy, game theory, history of science and technology. He has been granted by the British Council Romania two research scholarships in England, at Newnham College, Cambridge, and New College, Oxford.


Ciuca_20x25Aurora CIUCA

Professor PhD – “Stefan cel Mare” University of Suceava (ROMANIA)

Professor PhD at Stefan cel Mare University, teaching International Law and International Human Rights Law. LLM in International Law, Notre Dame University, USA. PhD in International Private Law, “AL. I. Cuza” University, Iasi, lawyer, Iasi Bar of Barristers. Interested in the field of Bioethics and Human Rights, member of the Romanian Bioethics Society, co-author of the books: “Bioethics, the Sciences of Life and Human Rights” and “From Bioethics to Biolaw. An Introduction to Biolaw” (G.Scripcaru, A. Ciuca, V. Astarastoaie, C.Scripcaru). Visiting professor at Panthéon-Assas University, Paris II, France.
Published books: Drept international public  (Public International Law) – Cugetarea Publishing House, Iasi, 2000, -2nd edition, Axis Foundation Publishing,Iasi, 2005.
Statut personal si nationalitate in dreptul international privat (Personal status and nationality in private international law), Editura Fundatiei Axis, Iasi, 2005.
Protectia internationala a drepturilor omului (International protection of human rights)
Sanvialy Publishing, Iasi, 2nd edition in 2005, Axis Foundation Publishing, Iasi 3rd edition, 2009, Axis Foundation Publishing, Iasi.
Drepturile omului-un mozaic european (Human Rights –a European Mosaic), PIM Publishing, Iasi, 2012, Deontologie judiciara. Syllabus. Sedcom Libris Publishing, Iasi, (co-autor).
Persoana fizica în dreptul international public. Prolegomene (The Individual in International Public Law . Prolegomene), PIM Publishing, 2014.




Professor PHD – “Al. I. Cuza” University from Iasi, Department of Philosophy, Iasi (ROMANIA)

Professor at the “Al. I. Cuza” University from Iasi, Department of Philosophy. Has lectures of Medieval Philosophy and The History and Philosophy of Religions (at the specialization Philosophy, in the BA programme of studies), Reason and Faith (at the specialization Philosophy, in the MA programme of studies), Europe of Religions (at the specialization European Studies of Integration and Security, in the MA programme of studies), Social Order and Religious Violence (at the specialization Security of Community and Violence Control, in the MA programme of studies), Theories of Interpretation (at the specialization Philosophy, Ph.D. School). Coordinates Ph.D. theses in the field of Medieval Philosophy and Philosophy of Religions.
Deputy dean at the Faculty of Philosophy and Social – Political Sciences from the “Al. I. Cuza” University from Iasi.
Is part of the editorial board of some magazines: Convorbiri literare (Literary Conversations), Analele stiintifice ale Universitatii din Craiova (Scientific Annals of the University of Craiova) (section of Philosophy), Analele stiintifice ale Universitatii „Stefan cel Mare” din Suceava (Scientific Annals of the “Stefan cel Mare” University from Suceava) (section of Philosophy), European Journal of Science and Theology. Is member in Scientific Council of the Publishing House Institutul European from Iasi and is part of the Scientific Council of the County Library “Gh. Asachi” from Iasi.
Published books: Schita pentru o istorie subiectiva a filosofiei (Sketch for a Subjective History of Philosophy), Junimea Publishing House, Iasi, 1999; Filosofia substantei (Philosophy of Substance), Institutul European Publishing House, Iasi, 1997; Literatura si Filosofie Crestina (Christian Literature and Philosophy), Fides Publishing House, Iasi, 1997; Filosofie (Philosophy), Polirom Publishing House, Iasi, 1997. second edition revised and with additions, Polirom Publishing House, Iasi, 1999; Filosofia Sfantului Augustin (The Philosophy of Saint Augustine), Polirom Publishing House, Iasi, 2001; Filosofie. Teste-grila pentru bacalaureat (Philosophy. Tests for the Exam of Maturity), Polirom Publishing House, Iasi, 2003 (coauthor); Filosofie. Sinteze, comentarii, teste grila (Philosophy. Synthesis, Comments, Tests), Polirom Publishing House, Iasi, 2006, (coauthor); [si] Filosofia lui Camil Petrescu ([And] the Philosophy of Camil Petrescu), Timpul Publishing House, Iasi, 2008; Cum viseaza filosofii (How Philosophers Dream), ALL Publishing House, Bucuresti, 2008; Filosofie si Teologie la Sfântul Augustin (Philosophy and Theology in Saint Augustine), Publishing House of the Romanian Academy, Bucuresti, 2009; Fenomenologia celuilalt (Cazul Platon – Banchetul) (The Phenomenology of the Other (the Case of Plato – Symposium), Publishing House of the Romanian Academy, Bucuresti, 2011.

Secil_Tastan_RSACV2015Secil BAL TASTAN

PhD – Marmara University Faculty of Business Administration (TURKEY)

(PhD) is working in Marmara University Department of Business Administration (Lectured in English), Sub Department of Organizational Behavior. She has bachelor degree from Istanbul University Faculty of Economics, Department of Public Administration. She had master’s degree of Human Resources Management and Development and has doctorate degree of Organizational Behavior. Her academic research studies include the organizational behavior, management and organization, industrial and organizational psychology, human resources management, organizational culture and leadership. She has authored a number of academic research studies in academic journals and international conferences on these subjects.

Antonio_Sandu_LUMEN_RSACV2015Antonio SANDU

Professor Ph.D – “Stefan cel Mare” University of Suceava (ROMANIA)

Currently works as Professor Ph.D at the “Stefan cel Mare” University from Suceava, and as a Researcher at the Lumen Research Centre in Humanistic Social Sciences in Ia?i (Romania). He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Health Policy of “Gr. T. Popa” University from Iasi. He has a BA in Philosophy and another BA in Social Work from “Al. I. Cuza” University, an MA in Probation and Social Reintegration from “Al. I. Cuza” University, and a PhD in Philosophy from the “Al. I. Cuza” University in Ia?i (Romania). His main areas of interest include ethics, bioethics, social work, social philosophy. He authored more than 15 books in Social Work, Philosophy, and Applied Ethics, more than 8 articles in Scientific Journals covered in Thomson Reuters and more than 50 other scientific articles.

Lukas_Valek_LUMEN_RSACV2015Lukas VALEK

MB. University of Hradec Kralove, Faculty of Informatics and Management, Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic)

He completed his bachelor´s degree in financial management in 2006 at University of Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic and master´s degree in corporate finance and business in 2009 at Brno University of technology, Czech Republic. He passed through many job assignments from manual work through customer care or freelance lecturer, to volunteering. Voluntary work gave him new way of perspective and he became leader of voluntary projects and later trainer in the field of voluntary activities and non-formal education. In 2010 took part in 9 months long project of European Voluntary Service in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia on Czech consulate and supporting local voluntary activities. He got established in non-profit sphere by becoming a member of the board of mid-sized NGO (non-profit, non-governmental organization) INEX-SDA in Prague which resulted in foundation of own NGO called KURO Hradec Kralove in city of Hradec Kralove in Czech Republic which is focused on promotion of volunteering as a real life and working experience and organization of cultural events.
At the present time, aside of running of the NGO, he is working on his Ph.D. research on Faculty of informatics and management of University of Hradec Kralove, which deals with phenomena called time banking, a community exchange and social system of a “time currency” and other ways of complementary economies and its relation to knowledge management. Economic education along with rich experiences from the NGO sphere gives him ability to look critically on both fields and try to get the best out of them at the same time. In the past he lived long term in Greece, Russia, UK and Ireland.

Claudio_Bolzman_LUMEN_RSACV2015_2Claudio BOLZMAN

Professor at the Graduate School of Social Work, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO) and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of Geneva.

He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Geneva in 1991. From 2004 until 2012, he was head of the Research Centre on Cultural Diversity and Citizenship at HES-SO.  Nowadays he is leading a research project on Romanian Ageing Migrants and the Welfare State financed by the Swiss National Scientific Foundation (SNF). His main research interests are migration and ageing, transnational practices and welfare states, immigrant ways of incorporation and immigration policies. He is the author of more than hundred publications on these issues.

Nicu_Gavriluta_LUMEN_RSACV2015Nicu GAVRILUTA

Professor PhD, ,,Alexandru Ioan Cuza,, University, Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences (Romania)

Author of five books, coordinates two collective volumes and signed more than fifty articles and studies in collective volumes and prestigious journals:Human Trafficking. Secularization and Public Policy Intervention (2013),  Sacred Rituals, the Body’s Religious Symbolism and Human Trafficking  (2013). He participates and coordinates national and international research and projects on many topics.

Cristina_Gavriluta_RSACV2015Cristina GAVRILUTA

“Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University, Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Iasi (Romania)

Author of five books, coordinates two collective volumes and signed more than fifty articles and studies in collective volumes and prestigious journals:  Human Trafficking. Secularization and Public Policy Intervention (2013), The Social Construction of Justice  (2010),  Sacred Rituals, the Body’s Religious Symbolism and Human Trafficking  (2013). Participates and coordinates national and international research and projects on many topics: 2003 – Socio-Professional Reintegration through labor of former prisoners, 2009-2012 Children of Prisoners, Interventions & Mitigations to Strengthen Mental Health”, acronym COPING.

Cristian_Pirvulescu_RSACV2015Cristian PIRVULESCU

Professor PhD, Political Science Faculty, Bucharest (Romania)

He is political scientist, political commentator and activist for democracy and human rights. As a professor at the Faculty of Political Science of the National School of Political Science and Public Administration, which operates since 1992, he teaches political science (Fundamental concepts in Political Science, Political Institutions, And Comparative Politics). Since 2005 he is the dean of the faculty. He participate current to the academic, civic and political debates in the media.  Now he is Honorary President of the Pro Democracy Association, whose president was from 1999 to 2013. Since 2007 he is member of the European Economic and Social Committee.