Ana Vasilache is an architect and town planner, with a vast experience as trainer and facilitator of participating processes of strategic planification in communities and organisations.
Ana is founding member of FPDL - Partners for Local Development Foundation, a non-governmental organisation that in recent years has played an important role in the promotion of good governance and democratic administration in Romania, Central and Eastern Europe and well beyond it. Ana was the Executive Director of FPDL until 2013 and president of its executive council until 2016, when FPDL merged through absorption with Close to You Foundation. At the moment, Ana is member of the Support Council of Princess Margaret of Romania Foundation and was part of the Executive Committees of Cities Alliance and Charpathian Foundation.
Under her management, FPDL has successfully developed innovations, guided by the idea that poet Antonio Machado has so beautifully expressed: Caminante, no hay camino, camino se hace al andar! `Walker there is no path, you make the path as you go' Ana and her colleagues were social entrepreneurs long before what they were doing was named in this way. Ana was active in the domain of international development long before it became a public policy after Romania's entry into the European Union. She promoted learning through experience with interactive and participative methods. As trainer and consultant, Ana contributed to the development of the skills of over 1.600 trainers and facilitators, agents of change involved in the reform of the public administration in their countries: Romania and more than 50 countries in Central and Eastern Europe, West and East Africa, Central and South Asia. Ana has been awarded the prestigious UN HABITAT Scroll of Honour Award 2000 for her activity in the promotion of good governance in Central and Eastern Europe. She promoted mediation as alternative method for conflict settlement, militating for its regulation by law. She managed strategic planification participative processes in communities and organisations, long before these processes were promoted through European local development public policies.
In the last 12 years, Ana, in collaboration with Ronald MacLean Abaroa and based on the theoretical concepts of professor Robert Klitgaard, has elaborated and disseminated in more than 10 countries in Central and Eastern Europe and in 25 city halls, the Anti-Coruption Methodology “Integrity Islands”, with the aim of multiplying the successful experience of mayor Ronald MacLean Abaroa. The Anti-corruption methodology has received international recognition through UN Public Service Award 2011.
Ana is also an experienced graphic facilitator, promoting visual language in order to make more efficient the learning, planification and issue settlement processes: for details visit https://www.facebook.com/anagraphicfacilitator/
Ana's favourite motto is a quote of Margaret Mead:
Never doubt that a small group of citizens, thoughtful and committed citizens, can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has!