Florentin Albu, Non-Executive Director, Business Innovation and Digital Development
Treasure Earth is delighted to announce the appointment of Florentin Albu as Non-Executive Director – Business Innovation and Digital Development effective 1 December 2018.
Expert in the business application of digital, agile innovation and advanced technologies Florentin brings 20+ years of public and private sector experience as creative, passionate and highly skilled digital leader, board member and trusted strategic advisor.
He has undertaken many varied roles since the start of his career developing the IT infrastructure to the Romanian Tennis Open, then as senior computer specialist to UNESCO, IT Consultant to Cap Gemini followed by almost 8 years as IT Manager and IT Program Director at Amnesty International’s global HQ the International Secretariat, the global hub of the major human rights campaigning organisation, whose founder the late Peter Benenson was presented with the Pride of Britain Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2001. From there Florentin moved on to another senior leadership role as Manager of Information and Communication Technology, providing vision and strategic guidance for corporate IT at the high-tech aerospace research / weather satellite operator European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), the intergovernmental organisation responsible for the launch and operation of the satellites and for delivering satellite data to end-users as well as contributing to the operational monitoring of climate and the detection of global climate changes.
Following a role as Chief Information Officer and IT Director at the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations, he moved on to an advisory role as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Advisor Strategic Information Technology at the IDLO (the International Development Law Organisation), and then to a role as Chief Information Officer and Executive Member of the Board at Rothamsted Research, a world-leading non-profit research centre focussed on strategic agricultural science for the benefit of farmers and society worldwide. At Ofgem, again as Chief Information Officer and Member of the senior leadership team he led the digital transformation, technology innovation, and advanced data analytics, enabling renewable energy transactions worth £billions per year.
He is currently CEO and Founder of Utility Computing Ltd and also Group Chief Digital Officer at Westcoast Limited, a multi-billion pound company consistently ranked in the Sunday Times Top Track 100 Largest Privately-owned UK Companies.
Florentin holds an MSc in Management and Business Administration from Hult Ashridge Business School, United Kingdom and a BSc in Engineering, from the University “Politehnica” Bucharest, Romania.
He is also qualified in: APMG Principles of Change Management; Six Sigma Master Black Belt (quality management); AIIM Information Organisation Practitioner.
His professional memberships include: Open Compliance & Ethics Group OCEG, Institute of Information Security Professionals, Association for Information and Image Management, British Computer Society.
He speaks fluent English and Romanian, intermediate French and some Italian and holds dual English and Romanian nationality.
Florentin has previously volunteered with the Grameen Foundation, a global nonprofit based in Washington DC that works to replicate the Grameen Bank microfinance model around the world through a global network of partner microfinance institutions. The founding member of Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006, the Ramon Magsaysay Award 1984, the Independence Day Award 1987, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 1989, the World Food Prize 1994, the Pfeffer Peace prize 1994, the Gandhi Peace Prize 2000, the Volvo Environment Prize 2003, the Presidential Medal of Freedom 2009, and the Congressional Gold Medal 2010.
The valued skill-set that Florentin brings to Treasure Earth C.I.C complements our existing team perfectly and will contribute greatly to the success of the Paradigm Prizes, to the strategic direction of the company and to the vision of the Treasure Earth challenge addressing major global challenges of the 21st century in areas of peace, climate, CSR and humanitarian care and with a particular focus on youth.