Hello! My name is Sergiu and I am an explorer, environmental geoscientist, mountaineer and freelance photographer. I design multifaceted projects in mountains, combining cutting edge scientific field research, high altitude and technical mountaineering, creative multimedia, and community development initiatives.
As an individual, I am passionate about exploration, mountaineering, earth and climate science. I enjoy setting foot where few have been and explore the world in a sustainable and innovative fashion – leaving seeds for positive environmental, economic and social change.
I have eight years experience as a project manager, scientific investigator or athlete for several mountaineering, scientific, video and photographic expeditions throughout the world’s mountain ranges including the Himalayas, Thien Shan, Andes, Caucasus, Alps, Mount Kenya, Scottish Highlands, and Carpathian mountains.
Some of my notable mountaineering achievements include the ascent of Khan Tengri (7010m), Yerupaja (6617m), Artesonraju (6025m), Alpamayo (5947m), Kangyatze I (6400m), Mount Kenya – Lenana (4985m), Eiger (3970m), Mont Blanc (4810m), Matterhorn (4478m), Monch (4107m), Jungfrau (4158m), Elbrus (5542m) and Donguz Orun (4478m).
Furthermore, I initiated and participated in three scientific research projects dealing with environmental issues. These included contemporary landscape changes in mountain environments in Peru (funded in part by the National Geographic Society, Young Explorers Grant Scheme), the impacts of extreme storm events on the geomorphology of high elevation glaciated catchments in India, and the impact of human activities on the tropical marine and terrestrial ecosystems in Jamaica.
Additionally, I participated as a guest speaker at several public conferences and events including TEDx Square Mile, London and seminars such as Edinburgh University Expeditions Committee and Edinburgh University Atmosphere and Biosphere Programme. Additionally, I have worked two periods as a science communicator for the Edinburgh International Science Festival.
Besides my exploration, scientific and mountaineering endeavours, I have been engaged with different forms of event management. From managing photographic and video presentations to organising inspiring talks and conferences, I have worked for charities, societies and mountain clubs including the Edinburgh University Expedition Society and Explorer Club Romania.
Recently, I worked for a hydroponic farming company based in Nairobi, Kenya. For three months I designed and managed a successful customer service and marketing strategy, doubled the network of clients, and researched and profiled the company’s customer base. The net result of my coordinator role within the company was a reduction in marketing expenditure of $1700/month and a doubling of sales. I also gained considerable experience in the technical aspects of hydroponic farming including nutrient chemistry, water circulation systems and livestock nutrition.
My special skills include project management, environmental research, fundraising, mountaineering, photography and science communication. Additionally, I have advanced knowledge of organisational leadership, teamwork, strategic analysis, conflict resolution and response to adversity, resource management, branding, advertising and online marketing.