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Biodiversity conservation and community development in Transylvania
Conservarea biodiversităţii şi dezvoltare comunitară în Transilvania

Our team


Cristi Gherghiceanu: in-country project co-ordination and financial control. He graduated from Brasov University in IT, economics and accounting. He has been working for rural development NGOs since 2000. He has been guide and translator for numerous World Bank missions. He runs his own consultancy undertaking market research for foreign companies. Languages: Romanian, English, German.

Nat Page: project management, fund raising. A graduate in Zoology, 15 years in H.M. Diplomatic Service (1st Secretary, British Embassy Bucharest, 1991-95), he now divides his time between managing his organic beef farm in southwest England and promoting conservation of the high nature value farmed landscapes of Romania. He has been working in Romanian rural development since 1998. Languages: English, Romanian. 

Razvan Popa: biodiversity and agri-environment, including farmer training and extension. Graduate of Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj, in Ecology, currently engaged in a PhD in protected area management planning.  Speaks Romanian, German and English.



Dr John Akeroyd: key advisor on grasslands and their conservation management, and also leads botanical tours of the project area. He has carried out field research, student teaching and lecturing in many European countries, and has extensive knowledge of the flora of Greece, Balkans and Romania, Poland, Ireland and Britain. He was Member of Flora Europaea Editorial Committee (1988–1998) and is author of numerous scientific and popular publications.

Laura Chirila:  Responsibilities include developing economic incentives for farming linked to biodiversity (marketing, branding etc.), communications and public awareness. Speaks Romanian, English, French, Italian.

Ben Mehedin: graduate of Technical University, Iasi, in chemical engineering. Various diplomas in marketing, rural business entrepreneurship. Special responsibility for farmer training and extension services, assisting farmers with access to funding and implementaion of projects for small producers. Also schools activities and local community relations.  Speaks Romanian and English.

Diana Schuster-Costea: tourist information centre. Speaks Romanian, German and English. 

UK Trustees

Moritz Fried is the founder of Moritz Eis, an artisan ice cream business based in Belgrade, Serbia. Prior to this, he worked with a small investment boutique covering Romania and Serbia, and also has spent time with two American banks. Moritz graduated from ESCP-EAP European School of Management in Paris and speaks German, English, French, Spanish and Romanian. He is also a Trustee of the Romanian charity Pro Patrimonio (UK).

Nicolae Ratiu
businessman and philanthropist: Born Davos, Switzerland 1948, Managing Director of Regent House Properties Ltd., UK, and Chief Executive of the RH Group in Romania with interests in media (Realitatea Catavencu Group), printing (RH Printing) and real estate – Bucharest and Campulung Industrial Parks, Carol Park Residence, and others; Chairman of The Ratiu Foundation; Treasurer of The Romanian Cultural Centre London; Trustee of Pro Patrimonio (The National Trust of Romania); Trustee of The Relief Fund for Romania; President of Fundatia Ratiu, Romania.

Tim Scott Bolton
worked as a land agent in Yorkshire, then in Kenya. He subsequently managed farms on Salisbury Plain for the Ministry of Defence. In 1984 he became a full time landscape painter and his work takes him all over the world, especially India and Romania where he regularly takes groups of painters. He and his wife Tricia run the Summerleaze Gallery in their redundant farm buildings.

Libby Simon (Chairman of Trustees) is Project Director of the Conservation Foundation (based at the Royal Geographical Society London), developing ideas that can be turned into either community and or environmental projects/initiatives. These projects are funded either by the corporate sector or by DEFRA (Department of Environment etc). Projects include O2 It’s Your Community awards programme. The Foundation’s work with DEFRA involves sustainable development and influencing current behaviour patterns in consumption.

Liz Radford is International Projects Manager for Plant Life International.


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25.01.2018 24-26 Jan 2018 - Fundatia ADEPT Transilvania is attending the ILCN Global Congress in Santiago, Chile  Read more

21.09.2017 ADEPT won the European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN) Award 2017  Read more

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ADEPT staff

ADEPT staff in front of the office in Saschiz

The ADEPT office in Saschiz acts as a
  • farmer advice drop-in point, providing information on and promotiong access to agri-environment schemes
  • centre for development of local food markets, eco-tourism
  • grassland conservation field centre
  • administative centre.
We aim that the ADEPT Saschiz office will act as a one-stop-shop providing information for rural communities on all areas of farming and wildlife, and rural income diversification, so that it brings together the range of rural support measures and delivers them effectively at local level.
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