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Awards & Credentials

I am honored to be a recipient of the following awards and distinctions:

Marinela Ardelean @ Gala GONAF


Awarded for excellence at the CONAF Gala “Women in Economy – Day by day Heroes”, the largest event dedicated to celebrating female excellence, organized by the National Confederation for Female Entrepreneurship – CONAF along with the National Association of Entrepreneurs – ANAA


Speaker at TEDx Cornișa Women in Târgu Mureș, Romania 

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.


Winner of “The Active Role in Society” Award, from the Association for a Healthy Life (Asociația pentru O Viață Sănătoasă din România)  at Women Gifting Health Gala, Bucharest, Romania

Honorary Member, Baia Mare Rotary Club, Romania


Winner of the “Special Projects” Award at the Romanian Values Gala Bucharest, Romania


Second Place, Gourmand Drinks Awards, “50 Romanian Wines Meet 50 Italian Dishes,” Yantai, China

Special Mention, International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), “50 Romanian Wines Meet 50 Italian Dishes,” Paris, France

“Tessera di Italofono” from  the Italian Foreign Ministry, Italian Embassy to Bucharest, Romania


Dame Chevalier, L’Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne, Reims, France 

Winner of the “Romanian Wine Promoter Award” from the Unauthorized Wine Tasters’ Club, Arad, Romania

Winner of “Best Romanian Sommelier” Award, from the Romanian Sommeliers’ Association (A.S.I. member), Bucharest, Romania

Winner of the “Vini nel Mondo Awards, “Vantaggio donna” category, Spoleto, Italy

Sommelier d’onore, Fondazione Italiana Sommelier, Roma, Italy 


Città Impresa Award, Nordesteuropa Editore, Vicenza, Italy

Finalist, “Ambassadeurs du Champagne” in Italy, Comité Interprofessionnel du vin du Champagne, Milan, Italy

Semifinalist, “The Best Sommelier in the World, ” Worldwide Sommelier Association (W.S.A.), London, UK 



PhD in Marketing with a thesis in “Correlating the Country Brand and the Romanian Wine Brand Capital” at The West University of Timișoara (Romania)

Executive MBA – MIB School of Management (Trieste, Italy)

Study tour in Champagne with focus on Terroir (Reims, France)

Tasting & Assemblage courses at L’École du Vin de Bordeaux (Bordeaux, France)

Sommelier diploma at Associazione Italiana Sommelier (Treviso, Italy)

Emerging Markets – MIB School of Management (Trieste, Italy)

Certified Scotch Professional at The Council of Whiskey Masters (Los Angeles, USA)

Wine Business – MIB School of Management (Trieste, Italy)
Study tour in China with classes at Lingnan College – Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou, China)

Graduate of The Faculty of Legal, Economic & Administrative Sciences Management program at “Spiru Haret” University (Brasov, Romania)

Studies at School of Psychology, University of Padova (Padova, Italy)

Graduate of The Faculty of Law at “Vasile Goldis” Western University of Arad (Arad, Romania)

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