Anamaria is an economist with a specialization in finance and an MBA alumnus of the Edinburgh Business School, UK, Founder and Managing Consultant, Ascend Consulting. Anamaria has 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship, business development, innovation, and access to financial support, accumulated in Romania, Malta, Hungary, and across Europe in general, including with/in various EU and UN organizations.
Anamaria has been working with the European Commission as staff of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, as Malta National Contact Point and Management Committee representative for the EU’s Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Program for SMEs, as well as independent expert, evaluator, and reviewer on a number of EU and governmental support programs focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and SMEs (e.g., in Malta, Cyprus, Ireland, UK, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Georgia). Working for the Malta Investment Management Co. Ltd., the consulting arm of the Ministry for Economy.
She was also involved in the structuring of the first ERDF funded JEREMIE financial instruments for Maltese SMEs. Moreover, as a Board member of the Malta Venture Capital Fund, she contributed to improved access to equity finance for SMEs. Today, Anamaria is herself a business angel investor.