Join us at Startup Grind Pretoria as we Celebrate Female Founders by hosting Raluca Pauna the founder of Global Institute for Accelerating Innovation and CEO of Eriscan innovation.
Raluca’s activities in technical innovation field are in area of innovation selection, innovation due diligence & audits and innovation management from idea and IP to the market. Her portfolio of innovations contains projects from BioScience and alternative energy to Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.
Raluca Pauna is an MSc engineer (ICT), (BUCH) and Master in Innovation Studies (WITS), with a degree in Competitive Intelligence (UP) and Theory of Change Studies (Stanford Univ., CA).
Raluca activities in technical innovation field are in area of innovation selection, innovation due diligence &
audits and innovation management from idea and IP to the market. I participated as a
general mentor in GCIP program supported by Cleantech International, UNIDO and Standford University,
CA since 2013.
She is the founder of Global Institute for Accelerating Innovation since 2006 and CEO Eriscan (Pty) Ltd. that is listed as technical innovation consultant service provider for Department of Trade and Industry.
Eriscan is also a Technical Innovation Support Center (“TISC”) registered with WIPO, Geneva and Department of Science and Technology, SA.
Raluca was appointed as a trustee at EgoliBio /Innovation Hub, part of SEDA, since 2015.
Internationally, Raluca is the industrial development director for South Africa for Growth Innovators Group from UK, an international group in support of commercialization of innovation. My links in Africa are
with Universities and Governments in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Angola, Mozambique, Uganda, Congo and Kenya. She is the inovator community ambassador for InnovatorCommunity.com and one of the founders of African Inventors’ Cooperation Organisation.
* Innovation Officer, lecturer in innovation at UP Medical Department Pretoria, and part of USAID RAN project 2014
* Judge in IBM Smart Camp at San Francisco, USA, 2014
* Design Thinking for IBM Innovation Center in 2016
* Design Thinking Training provider for participants at Innovation Hub GEP 2016
* Organizer of SCCIP: Innovators’ Panel in November 2018
Raluca's motto is “Where sun shines, there too is shadow. Be illuminated by the light of knowledge, no less by its shadow” (Patton 2002:429). This gives her the enthusiasm and pushes her to learn, relearn and motivate.
Global Institute for Accelerating Innovation and Eriscan
CEO & Founder
Raluca is a senior technical and entrepreneurial executive with more than 23 years of experience in managing technical departments, managing research and innovation projects at design and implementation levels. Her’s activities in technical innovation field are in area of innovation selection, innovation due diligence & audits and innovation management from idea and IP to the market.
Raluca is a senior technical and entrepreneurial executive with more than 23 years of experience in managing technical departments, managing research and innovation projects at design and implementation levels. She is a results-oriented achiever involved in identifying technological innovation that will accelerate economic growth.
Her strengths include assessing and auditing technical innovation projects in ICT, alternative and saving energy, bioscience, social and community based innovation and skill set includes Java development, web and database design, cloud service and computer architecture, PC boards design, mobile platforms and cloud services, big data analysis.
Raluca started her career Romania where she worked as a System Engineer at Government Ministerial Departments. She then moved on to the role of Chief of Computer Department at the Research Institute of Fine Mechanics and Instruments in Bucharest.
Raluca then launched into her international career as a member of the EU Leadership Thinking Tank in Brussels and then onto TECHNONET AFRICA, a network for supporting Africa entrepreneurs working as a link coordinator for entrepreneurs , at UNDP. Raluca is also an IBM International mentor for IBM Global Entrepreneurship Program from 2013.
She is also a trustee of SA Institute of Inventors and Innovators from 2011. She adds her contribution for enhancing and nurturing the culture of innovation in SA by giving guidance to SA emerging innovators.
She is currently based in South Africa as an external technical innovation consultant working part time for Support Program for Industrial Innovation (SPII) at IDC from 2000 and this year she was engaged by Resilient Africa Network - South African Innovation Laboratory - to coordinate their innovation department at UP. Under this position she developed and facilitated courses in Design Thinking and Theory of Change after she got trained by ChangeLabs/Stanford University/USA.
She was recently invited to be a judge in the panel of judges for Innovation Summit Garage at Cape Town Competition 2014.
Producing due diligence and audit reports for around 300 applicants involved in industrial innovation projects (mainly electric/electronic and IT).
Mentoring and coaching the SPII applicants (~300) for developing and implementing their innovation projects from idea to diffusion
Mentoring more than 200 innovators, members and applicants enrolled at The Institute of Innovators and Inventors for developing their ideas to the market.
These innovators were guided with patience and care during the full cycle of innovation
Finalist in innovation competitions in 2012 and 2013 and mentor and judge at IBM Smart Camp at San Francisco
She is proficient in English, French and Romanian.
Raluca’s motto is, “Where the sun shines, there too is shadow. Be illumined by the light of knowledge no less than by its shadow”. (Patton, 2002, p. 429)
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