Trustees

Nicolae Raţiu

Nicolae Raţiu

Chairman

Nicolae Ratiu is Chairman of The Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation, President of the Ratiu Democracy Centre, Managing Director of Regent House Properties Ltd., and senior advisor to the family’s Bellerive group of companies in UK,  France, and Romania, with a major portfolio in real estate development and investment. Educated in the United Kingdom at Marlborough College, and New York University in the United States, with a BSc in Marine Transportation and Economics.

Nicolae is the younger of two sons of the former Romanian politician Ion Ratiu. Born in Davos, Switzerland, Nicolae became more involved in Romanian issues in his early 40s in 1990 after the collapse of communism when his father returned to Romania to run for the presidency. His principal responsibility alongside his father was the founding of the COTIDIANUL daily newspaper and its supporting printing company.

As Chairman of The Ratiu Foundation, a  British registered charity with its headquarters in London, Nicolae chairs a board which awards annually up to 100 grants, worth c. GBP 200000,  in a wide variety of fields of study,  research, and travel. Funding for projects is today focused more on civil society and democracy-related initiatives.

A businessman and philanthropist, alongside the Ratiu Foundation, Nicolae is also a trustee of a number of further charities in Romania and the UK, amongst which are The Romanian Cultural Centre in London, Pro Patrimonio (The National Trust of Romania),  ADEPT,  and The Relief Fund for Romania.

Indrei Raţiu

Indrei Raţiu

Indrei Raţiu is educator, former journalist and broadcaster (BBC, Rediffusion, London Evening Standard), involved in launching INSEAD’s now world-class Executive Development programs. A former consultant in management development to IBM, Schlumberger, BP, ICI, and the World Bank, Indrei cofounded, ICM – InterCultural Management Associates, Paris; Pro Patrimonio (the Romanian Heritage Foundation.), Transilvania Fest Association and the Raţiu Center for Democracy, Romania. A former trustee of the Rainford Trust, UK, he is currently a trustee of the Raţiu Family Charitable Foundation, UK, and a board member of the International School in Cluj, Romania. Indrei holds degrees from Cambridge University and INSEAD.

Dan Dan, Dr.

Dan Dan, Dr.

Dan Dan, MD is a trustee of the Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation. He is a graduate of the Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, with postgradual training in General Medicine (Emergency Hospital, Bucharest), Internal Medicine (Memorial Medical Center, Savannah, Georgia), Cardiology (Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, Ohio) and Cardiac Electrophysiology (Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia). Since 2008 he is Electrophysiologist at the Piedmont Heart Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, between 2008 and 2010 he acted as Director of Clinical Electrophysiology Research for the Piedmont Heart Institute in Atlanta. Dan has experience in teaching and training cardiology and EP fellows, in rounding and lecturing fellows and residents and has developed training programs with lectures and curriculum for EP staff for 10 years aiming for HRS board certification for Allied Professionals. He published extensively and participated in numerous conferences and scientific reunions worldwide. Dan is a fellow of AMA, ACC and American Autonomic Society.

Kitty Willis

Kitty Willis

Kitty is a wife and mother of three children. She has worked in the Counselling world in England for the past 15 years. She is a Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Supervisor and Trainer and works with children and young people as well as adult clients. Kitty is interested in the psychological assistance offered to trafficked survivors. She is particularly interested in the overlap between spirituality and counselling. She is also a member of the Anglican Church and an Associate of a religious order. In the past she has been a school governor and worked as a PA.

Her father was Romanian and was a cousin of the Ratiu Family. She has been involved with RFF for 5 + years which she enjoys and is challenged by.

Richard Pollitzer

Richard Pollitzer

Richard is a long standing friend of the Ratiu family. He was fortunate enough to participate in that extraordinary journey back to Bucharest with Ion Ratiu in January 1990 and to witness some of the memorable events that followed, including ultimately attending Ion Ratiu’s burial in Turda 10 years later. Born and raised in England, his family originally came from Budapest in the mid-19th century , and founded Beck & Pollitzer in London at that time. Coincidentally, the family also had pre-war connections with the Pilkington business via the late Sigmund Pollitzer and glass engraving.

He has worked as a stockbroker for over 35 years, looking after private individuals and their family interests. He is also involved with several charitable trusts, both as a trustee and advisor.

Ioana Raţiu-Răileanu

Ioana Raţiu-Răileanu

Ioana Raţiu-Răileanu is an expert in communication and international marketing for luxury goods, previously employed by Estée Lauder UK and France, Sonya Rykiel, Karl LAGERFELD, Révillon, Charles Jourdan, Payot Cosmetiques, Rochas; directly involved in the creation and international promotion processes.

Ioana has been awarded the Grand Trophy at The Leipzig Cosmetics Trade Fair, 1981 for the Sonya Rykiel 7-ème Sens body lotion, The Oscar Cosmetics Award for the “Most original masculine perfume” French Line, Révillon, 1985, The Oscar Award for the “Best poster campaign” French Line, Révillon, 1985, the Epica Award for the “Best publicity campaign”, cosmetics section for Payot Cosmetiques, 1994.

Ioana is member of Cosmetic Executives Women, Fashion Group France and board member of Pro Patrimonio France. Daughter of the famous director George Georgescu, she is involved in organising events in honor of her father’s memory and the International Contest for Performing Artists, Tulcea.

Ioana has a son, Alexandru Raţiu and is married to the well known essayist and RFI journalist Petre Răileanu. She lives in Paris and Bucharest.

Peter Harrap

Peter Harrap

Peter Harrap is a Brighton based British Romanian Artist and Curator. His exhibitions include, Constable and Brighton ‘Something out of Nothing’ Brighton Museum 08 April-08 Oct 2017 as artist curator with an accompanying book by Scala publishers and also No New Thing Under the Sun at the Royal Academy of Arts October 2010-January 2011 as an assistant artist curator.  Peter Harrap’s grandfather arrived in London from Romania in October 1939 .