Patricia Casandra Papuc is the founder and president of Issues Without Borders. She decided to start the organisation in 2013 because she wanted to create a network of active citizens from around the world who are interested in promoting human rights and fighting for change.
Originally from Tîrgu Mures in Transylvania, Patricia obtained a Bachelor of Laws at Nicolae Titulescu University in Bucharest and an LLM from Copenhagen University in Denmark (writing her master thesis on the Free movement of people and workers inside and outside the Schengen space. Case study Roma people). She is currently pursuing a PhD in International Public Law at Nicolae Titulescu University in Bucharest with the thesis title The role of international NGOs in tackling the refugee issue. Her PhD research will also focus on the work conducted by Issues Without Borders and the IWB for Refugees project, meant to map a new European legislation on migration.
Aside from her studies, Patricia did a 12-month traineeship with UNOPS in Copenhagen in the Audit and Investigations department, and has volunteered with Red Cross Romania as well as smaller NGOs providing practical and legal support to migrants.
Patricia has extensive legal experience with national as well as international companies, and has worked with consultancy firms, lawyers and cable and energy companies.
Currently, she is working as a Scrum Master at E.ON Romania.
Patricia is fluent in Romanian and English, and has a good command of French, Spanish and Italian.
In her spare time, Patricia enjoys swimming, reading history books, watching movies and travelling.