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Cornel Amariei

BSc Electrical Engineering & Computer Science | 2015

Nationality: Romania

Current Position: CEO & Co-Founder at .lumen, Bucharest, Romania
Position at time of interview: Head of Innovation at Continental, Munich

I’m CEO and Founder at .lumen, which is a blind-assisting device which helps the visually impaired navigate. For all of my services and success, Forbes nominated me as one of the “30 under 30” in Europe.


Interview with Cornel Amariei

“I came here for structure. And I got it.”

Cornel Amariei is a renowned Romanian inventor, speaker, and entrepreneur known for creating .lumen – a startup that builds glasses that empower the blind to live a better life.

Cornel was born in a family where his parents and sister lived with disabilities, severely limiting their mobility. Growing up in such an environment allowed Cornel to understand the role of assistive technology.

Founding his first two companies in high school, he managed to support himself while studying in Germany at Jacobs University Bremen – the place where he first came up with the idea of “glasses for the blind”.

When he realized how little is being done for people with disabilities, Cornel had one purpose – to help. This way, .lumen became an opportunity to work on something that would soon change the world.

Before founding .lumen, Cornel Amariei was known for operating as Head of Innovation at Continental Automotive Systems, one of the largest automotive manufacturers in the world, where he had developed more than 20 innovations.

For his work, and amongst 70 international distinctions, Cornel was recognized as the first Romanian on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list, the first Romanian to win the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World award, and the first Romanian inducted into the Global Business Hall of Fame. Awards previously won by personalities such as Elvis Presley, Levi Strauss, and John F. Kennedy.

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