Awards and Recognition

Team Awards (EFdeN, energiaTa & PRISPA)

Solar Decathlon Competition (2018 Dubai, Middle East, 2014 Versailles, France & 2012 Madrid, Spain)

  • 1st – Communication Contest
  • 2nd – Engineering and Construction Contest
  • 2nd – Comfort Conditions Contest
  • 2nd – Energy Efficiency
  • 2nd – Public Choice Award
  • 3rd – Sustainability Contest

Other National or International Competitions (+35, selection)

  • Special Prize for Innovation – Civil Society Gala
  • Winner at the Data&Tech, Energy, Water and Citizens Category – Smart City Industry Awards
  • 2nd Prize for Defense of individual/collective rights – Civil Society Gala
  • Romania’s Educational Initiative of the year – Romania Green Buildings Council
  • PR In-House Team of the Year – Romanian PR Awards
  • Eco-Home Award – Forbes Romania Green Awards
  • Green Buildings Special Mention – Ab Plus Events
  • 2nd Education and Research – Civil Society Gala
  • Special Jury Award – Romanian Energy Award
  • 2nd Environmental Protection – Civil Society Gala
  • Excellence Diploma – EduManager Gala
  • SILVER: ‘Budget -, Creativity +’ – Romanian PR Awards
  • Excellence Award – Biz Social Media Awards
  • SILVER: NGOs – Romanian PR Awards

100 People for Romania of Tomorrow – DOR (Decât o Revistă)

After 8 years of hard work, this year was a good one from lots of perspectives. This year Romania celebrates 100 years from its birth and DOR (Decât o Revistă) made a list with 100 people and I am one of them. It was a great week for me, after I had just received, a day earlier, the award for Young Energy Professional of the Year.

I am thankful to everybody who made all this possible: people, companies, friends, family.

Mihai’s goal is to create sustainable housing at affordable prices. Yet are only prototypes, homes that produce more energy than it consumes, EFdeN association reached twice to final of the international competition Solar Decathlon – with amazing results in 2018 in Dubai. For the large-scale transition, demand and laws are missing today. And Mihai also has to learn about the construction of the future, so he wants to work in research and, later, to create a startup. Then he would like to build a house on Mars.

I am the Young Energy Professional of the year

The 6th edition of Awards has reunited, on December 5 this year, at the National Military Center, in Bucharest, over 200 high representatives of the most important and most dynamic companies in the Romanian energy sectors, including electricity, O&G, renewables, thermo, and mining, and all the themes – energy efficiency, smart energy, M&A, investments,.

Young Energy Professional category is open to all under 35 years old Romanian professionals with up to 10 years’ experience in in the industry. The award recognizes work and achievements in 2018, relevant within the Romanian or regional energy sector.


I am proud and honoured to be selected as the Young Energy Professional of the Year thanks to energiaTa and EFdeN where I am cofounder and general manager and Future Energy Leaders Romania where I am chairman.

The video with the speech is here, available in Romanian only.

We won 1 gold and 2 silvers at Romanian PR Award

I have some amazing news. We won one gold, 2 silvers at Romanian PR Award which is the most prestigious competition of public relations. And one nomination. It was fantastic for us to be on stage with the best campaigns of the year, with Romania’s top companies and agencies. This was our first participation and all that we’ve done was done in house with almost 0 budget.

🏆PR In-House Team of the Year
🥈SILVER: Budget -, Creativity +
📋Nomination: Media Relations

Forbes 30 under 30 – Part Two

In 2016 I was selected to be part of the Forbes 30 under 30 generation in Romania and bonus to that, somehow some very lovely people put me on the cover, it was awesome! The lyrics ”Uh, I wanna be on the cover of Forbes magazine / Smiling next to Oprah and the Queen.” are now reminding me of that special moment. And yes, I know there’s no Oprah, and there’s no Queen, but it doesn’t matter. I have never imagined that something like this will happen.

In the last years, I received numerous awards and somehow every time I receive one I feel it is not mine to win, but it is the sum of work of all the others people that matters and should be awarded, 500+colleagues, +150companies, +10people in universities.

In 2012 I co-founded the project with Claudiu and some fantastic people (Alexandra, Ioana, Eduard, Dumitru), but today there are only two still standing, Claudiu and I.

Yesterday we received a special award from Forbes for what we’ve done as cofounders of the EFdeN to build this amazing project it came to be today. It was addressed to previous generations of 30 under 30 that continued to push the boundaries in what they are doing.

When we started EFdeN, our mission was to create an incredible house, to help reducing pollution and climate change, to make Romania more sustainable and to create more opportunities and experiences for young people, especially architects and engineers. Awards, public recognition or money where not even on the list and as you can see, it is a big one.

Now EFdeN may be one of the most important sustainability organisations in Eastern Europe. We do R&D with students in designing and building green homes; we do education and social awareness related to sustainability and climate change for various categories of people: from kids to professionals and we also design and build other products: solar trees, EV charging stations. Furthermore, for one year now we are trying to change the legislation in România related to prosumers. In the next years, we aim to continue what we are doing and create more ambitious projects.

I am humbled and grateful to Forbes for their public recognition, and hopefully, we will never stop pushing boundaries, both in performance and kindness.

Featured in European Heroes

European Heroes aims to inspire young people to take action at a local, national and European level by providing them with role models and hands-on advice.

Some people chose me to be part of it and I am very humbled and grateful for that. Hero is such a big world and Europe is also quite big so I am honoured and someday, who knows… I may get a secondary role in Avengers.

Automation, Digitalisation and AI will lift productivity and economic growth, but millions of people worldwide may need to switch occupations or upgrade skills. In the next 25 years, around 47% of today’s jobs will disappear according to Oxford, anything that is routine or repetitive will be automated. Furthermore, Dell tells us that 85% of jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t been invented yet. Climate Change is world’s most important challenge and one of the most important we ever faced. The heroes we build today should tackle this kind of challenges.

Thank you, David and Alin, for inviting me and for the awesome job you did with this interview!