The Founding Team

The Fly for MS team is entirely composed of volunteers who came together due to a shared passion for a novel, creative approach to raising support for MS. However, its strength proved to be its diversity and complementary expertise.

Native of 8 countries, most of the team comes from Wall Street or the fashion industry, but backgrounds also include aviation, non-profit, technology, law, film, and media. One is a police officer, many are experienced entrepreneurs, others have worked for reputable names in corporate America, and half are Ivy League educated. The youngest is 21, the oldest 39, and two are mothers. Two have MS.

Hover over pictures for brief bios.

Andrei Floroiu (founder)

  • Entrepreneur. Previously with Invus Group, McKinsey & Co, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, IBM
  • Education: MBA, The Wharton School; MS, University of Maryland; BS, Politehnica University of Bucharest
  • Other: Private pilot, single and multi-engine rated

Keith Siilats

  • Entrepreneur, software engineer; Previously with Goldman Sachs, Alliance Capital
  • Education: MA, Cambridge University; BA, Cambridge University
  • Other: Private pilot, multi-engine, instrument rated, certified flight instructor

Matt Feig

  • Wall Street securities lawyer; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, NY
  • Education: J.D., Columbia Law School; B.A., NYU Film School
  • Other: Film producer

Tudor Hulubei

  • Software engineer; Google Inc., NY
  • Education: Ph.D. University College, Cork, Ireland; MS, University of New Hampshire; MS & BS, Politehnica University of Bucharest

Otilia Aionesei

  • Fashion model, Major Model Management, NY; Freelance writer
  • Education: Columbia University
  • Covers: Psychology Today, U.S.; Class, Romania
  • Movies: Men in Black III with Will Smith
  • 1st runner up, Ford Supermodel of the World, 2005

Calin Huidu

  • Entrepreneur; Previously with Mediapro, Romtelecom, ZTE, Siemens, Comverse
  • Education: Austrian NLP Center; MBA, Natl. School of Political and Admin. Studies; BS, Politehnica University of Bucharest

Ailin Ibraim

  • Editor in chief Bolero Romania, Ringier Romania
  • Education: MA, Faculty of Communication and Public Relations, Bucharest; BA, Ovidius University, Constanta

Alessandra von Eikh

  • Securities law, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, NY
  • Education: BA, Mount Holyoke College

Paul de Luna

  • Photographer, journalist, film-maker
  • Publications: Elle, The Wall Street Journal, and other prestigious publications worldwide
  • Exhibits: NY, LA, and London
  • Education: BA, San Diego State University

Maria Pulice

  • Social Media Specialist at Goldstein Communications. Previously: Founder, Marketing Director at Pure Records
  • Education: BS, Hofstra University

Margrét "Malla" Una Kjartansdóttir

  • Fashion model, Ford Models
  • Advertisements: Elm design , Icelandair , Mer du Nord
  • Education: BS, Columbia University

Silvia Giurca

  • PR Manager at TBWA, Bucharest
  • Education: MS, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest; BS, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest

Mihai Badoiu

  • Software engineer; Google Research, Google Inc., NY
  • Education: Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); MS, MIT; BS, MIT

Kristi Poldsam

  • Financial analyst, Cantor Fitzgerald; previously with Merrill Lynch, Rodman & Renshaw
  • Education: BA in Economics, Harvard University

Agata Antoniuk

  • Police Officer, NYPD
  • Education: BA, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

Daniela Mirzac

  • Marilyn Models, New York
  • Covers: D, Italy

Ruth Golan

  • Entrepreneur. Former Wall Street investment banker, private equity investor with: Bear Stearns, JP Morgan, GE Equity
  • Education: MBA, The Wharton School; BA, Boston University

Sveta Utkina

  • Fashion model, IMG New York / Paris
  • Covers: Grazia, Italy, #8 2007; Zink, U.S., Aug 2005
  • Campaigns: Estée Lauder, Lacoste, Anthropologie, Redken

Ilinca Avram

  • Anchor and journalist, Jurnal TV
  • Education: BS, ASEM Bucharest

Nigel Harris

  • Entrepreneur
  • Education: MA, Cambridge University

Reni de Boer

  • Member of the MS International Federation (MSIF)
  • MS advocate, speaker, writer; living with MS since 1997
  • Mis(s) Netherlands 2007
  • Education: Policy Analysis & Management, TU Delft; Art History, Leiden University

Irina Gabudean

  • Graphic designer

Egon Johansen

  • ASE Handling, Copenhagen
  • Aviation photographer,

Valentina Santomo

  • Graphic designer
  • Education: BA in Art History, University of Florence

Click here to see our 2011 fundraising event team