15TH OF MAY 2012

Hotel Radisson Blu (Calea Victoriei 63-81), Electra 1 & 2 Halls



The Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Bucharest (FSPUB), through its Professionals in International Relations and European Studies (ProRISE) Program, has the pleasure to invite you Tuesday, 15th of May to a new Ryszard Kapuscinki Lecture on international development organized with the support of the European Commission and the United Nations Programme for Development.

The event addresses the Joys and Anguishes of Innovation in International Development and is built around a keynote lecture on innovation, complexity and development by influential ODA blogger and former adviser of UK Prime Minister, Owen BARDER.



Green” Five o’clock tea (Lobby, 1st floor)


Welcome remarks (Electra 1 & 2 Halls, 1st floor)

Prof Dr  Liviu PAPADIMA (Vice Rector, University of Bucharest)

Mr Daniel HANSPACH (UNDP Bratislava Regional Center)

Mr Niculae IDU (Head, Representation of the European Commission in Romania)


Keynote lecture: Development, complexity and innovation
Mr Owen BARDER, Director for Europe
Center for Global Development, Washington DC


Panel discussion: The joys and anguishes of innovation in international development

Dr Bogdan RADU (Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca)

Dr Luciana Alexandra GHICA (University of Bucharest)

Ms Olivia BACIU (President, FOND Romania)


Closing remarks

Ms Luminița ODOBESCU (State Secretary, Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, TBC)

Ms Yesim ORUC (Resident Representative, UNDP Romania)


The conference is part of the "Kapuscinski Development Lectures", a joint initiative of the European Commission, the United Nations Development Programme and partner universities through which experts from around the world deliver lectures on development and development cooperation at universities and think-tanks across the European Union. The series “Kapuscinski Lectures” is named for Ryszard Kapuscinski, a Polish reporter and writer who covered developing countries. 

In Romania, ProRISE already organized the first two series of Kapuscinski lectures, with HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway (2009-2010) and Paul Collier, University of Oxford (2010-2011) as guest speakers.  

More on the Kapuscinski lectures http://ec.europa.eu/development/services/events/kapuscinski/.


The event will take place at Hotel Radisson Blu (Calea Victoriei 63-81), Electra 1 & 2 Halls, and it will be broadcasted live via Internet from 18:00 (EEST).

Guests arriving as early as 17:15 will be welcomed with a small “green” buffet and will have the opportunity to socialize and interact informally with the guest speaker.

Due to the limited number of available seats, you are kindly asked to confirm your participation by Monday, 14th of May at prorise@fspub.unibuc.ro (attn. Luciana Alexandra Ghica, event coordinator).

Owen Barder is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and the Director for Europe. Barder was a British civil servant from 1988 to 2010, during which time he worked in the UK Treasury, No.10 Downing Street and the Department for International Development.  He was Private Secretary (Economic Affairs) to the Prime Minister and previously Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.  In the Department for International Development he was variously Director of International Finance and Development Effectiveness, Director of Communications and Information, and head of Africa Policy Department. During 2005-2007 Barder was a Senior Program Associate at CGD, where he worked on the Advance Markets Commitment for vaccines. Barder has also worked in the South African Treasury on budget strategy, and was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.  Barder is a non-executive director of Twaweza. He writes a personal blog at http://www.owen.org/blog and hosts a development podcast at http://DevelopmentDrums.org