Foreign Investors Summit – 5th Edition
Where Romania Means Business
October 30 - November 1 | Sheraton Bucharest Hotel | Platinum Hall
Reasons to attend
Attend the most complex B2B event dedicated to Romania’s competitiveness. Be part of a 3-day summit full of powerful topics and macro level perspectives, investment opportunities, global inspiration and many more!
Be part of the leading business community in Romania. Join the team of high-level executives, entrepreneurs and investors from the strongest foreign communities and the top industries in Romania.
Meet top local and international speakers. Government officials, strategy experts, leading executives of multinational companies, forward-thinkers and actors
Share knowledge and get informed. More than 5 industries will be featured in discussion panels, workshops and key notes.
Get inspired by global leaders and innovators. We’ll bring you hands-on case studies, share success stories and best practices.
ABOUT

With a GDP increase of 7 percent in 2017, Romania is poised to remain among the European Union member states with the highest economic growth rates in 2018 as well. Moreover, after taking over the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019, Romania will be in a position to make its mark on the global stage. The local economy has remained on the radar of foreign investors resulting in fresh inflows of around EUR 4.5 billion in 2017. This figure is set to remain rather constant this year, according to analysts. In the Ease of Doing Business report of the World Bank, Romania was ranked 45th out of 190 global economies surveyed, ahead of fellow EU member states such as Italy, Hungary and Bulgaria. Moreover, multinational companies have continued to create jobs and invest in local operations, while also supporting a burgeoning network of smaller firms as suppliers, which, in turn, created business opportunities for local entrepreneurs. Against this backdrop, Business Review organizes the fifth Foreign Investors' Summit, which will bring together the main foreign business communities for a series of panels, dedicated workshops and keynote speeches in a bid to map Romania's business future. You are invited to join us and discuss the opportunities entailed by Romania’s growth with top-level Romanian and foreign, service providers, high-ranking public officials and key decision makers!

AGENDA

This is a working agenda, please check back periodically for updates

Day 1 - October 30
Country Strategy

Panel discussions, debates and moving-forward notes from decision makers, major actors and officials focusing on one main topic: improving how business is done.

8:00
Registration & Welcoming Coffee
9:30
Welcome to the 5th Edition of Foreign Investors Summit
Ionut Georgescu
CEO | FWEI & Partner | Business Review
9:45
Keynote Speech
Thomas Lubeck
Regional Manager for Central & Southeastern Europe | IFC
10:15
Panel Discussion | Harnessing Romania's growth future

•Strategic avenues for Romania's growth path in the next years
•The advantages of the local economy compared to countries the region
•Private sector’s perspective on Romania's main business challenges (HR, taxes, rule of law)
•Policymakers’ perspective on economic development

Lukasz A. Olszewski
Head of Business Development CEE, Turkey and Greece | S&P Global Ratings
Cristian Nacu
Senior Country Officer for Romania & Moldova | IFC
Florin Godean
Country Manager | Adecco Romania
Laurian Lungu
Economic Advisor | FIC & Co-Founder | CPAG
Alina Andrei
Founding Partner at Cabot Transfer Pricing
Moderator - Jorg K. Menzer
Partner, Head CEE Offices | Noerr
11:15
Short Coffee Break
11:30
Keynote Speech
Alejandro Hajdenberg
Resident Representative for Romania & Bulgaria | IMF
12:00
Panel Discussion | Eyes on the future. Ways to enhance Romania's attractiveness as an investment destination

•Future FDI generators in Romania
•Emerging industries with significant business potential on the local market
•Foreign investors’ perspectives on the advantages/challenges of doing business in Romania
•State programs that can increase Romania’s attractiveness for foreign investors (state aid, EU grants)

Radu Constantinescu
Managing partner | Qualitance
Serban Roman
Vice President, Country Director | Enterprise Investors
Daniel Heymann
General Manager | Dräxlmaier Group, Brasov, Romania
Sebastian Popescu
Financial Advisor & Auditor | Noerr Finance & Tax
Dragos Cabat
Managing Partner | RisCo Business Intelligence
Adela Jansen
Board Member | CCIFER & Coordinator | Coalitia pentru Dezvoltarea Romaniei
Moderator - Prof. Dr. Jörg K. Menzer
Partner, Head CEE Offices | Noerr
13:00
Lunch & Networking
14:00
Panel Discussion | Investing in tomorrows’ workforce. Companies’ involvement in education and training programs

• Does the current education offer answer the needs of the market?
• Examples of companies partnering with universities to offer programs and ensure transfer of knowledge
• Shaping the future of the workforce
• How can Romania’s workforce remain competitive in the face of automatisation

Sorin Mindrutescu
Country Manager & Central and Eastern Europe Cloud Leader | Oracle Romania
Florin Godean
Country Manager | Adecco Romania
Swantje Kortemeyer
Head of Economic Section | German Embassy in Romania
Daniela Buscan
Program Director | Academy + Plus
Flavia Popa
Secretary General | BRD Groupe Societe Generale
Moderator - Oana Barbu
General Manager | ASBIS Romania
15:00
Panel Discussion | Romanian cities growing into regional champions

•How local policies can help cities become more attractive for large investors
•Patrulaterala Vestului - Four cities in Romania partner up to develop large-scale projects in multiple sectors
•Success stories of collaboration between municipalities and private investors
•Industries ripe to generate regional champions
•How local authorities can overcome the challenges of the past and prepare the city for the future

Dan Hodoș
Urban Development Expert Alba Iulia Smart City
Ioan Popa
Mayor | Resita, Caras-Severin County
Stefan Ilie
Mayor | Luncavita, Tulcea County
Moderator - Gratian Mihailescu
Founder | Urbanize Hub
Day 2 - October 31
Competitive Power

The second day will highlight Romania’s competitive edge in its bid to attract foreign investment, with a focus on the country’s potential to become an energy hub, the attractiveness of the real estate market and expansion potential of homegrown technology companies.

8:00
Registration & Welcoming Coffee
9:00
Country Strategy - Day 1 In Review
9:15
Opening Remarks | Day 2 | Competitive Power
Stefan-Radu Oprea
Minister For Business, Trade and Entrepreneurship
9:45
Fireside Chat | A Romanian Perspective on the Three Seas Initiative. Conclusion
Razvan Nicolescu
Energy & Resources Industry Leader | Deloitte Consulting
Moderator - Sorin Melenciuc
Journalist | Business Review
10:15
Panel Discussion | Resources and energy - Foreign investment opportunities in Romania

•The potential of Romania’s Black Sea gas reserves and the impact of the new Offshore Law
•Romania’s strategic position at the crossroads of energy infrastructure/resources
•Gauging the energy investment needs of Romania
•Romania's potential to become a regional energy hub

Bogdan Stanescu
President of the Board | Depogaz
Ruxandra Bologa
Partner, Co-Head of Energy and Natural Resources practice | NNDKP
Alexandru-Valeriu Binig
Senior Advisor | Ernst&Young Romania
Constantin Gheorghe
President | Offshore Competent Authority in Romania
Moderator - Gabriel Avacaritei
Chief Editor | Wing Media Energy Consulting
11:15
Short Coffee Break
11:30
Keynote Speech
Ioannis Markos
Minister Plenipotentiary for Economic and Commercial Affairs, Head of the Commercial Section | Embassy Of Greece in Bucharest
12:00
Panel Discussion | Real Estate – A Foreign Investment Review

•The most attractive property markets in Romania
•Drivers of real estate investments on the local market
•What it takes to bring Romania’s real estate market over the EUR 1 billion investment threshold
•Trends in residential/office/retail/industrial developments

Antoniu Panait
Managing Director | VASTINT Romania
Vlad Tanase
Partner NNDKP, Real Estate practice
Catalin Gavrila
Head of Land Development | Crosspoint Real Estate
Mihai Zaharia
Director of Investments and Capital Markets | Globalworth
Moderator - Andreea Paun
Managing Partner | Griffes
13:00
Lunch & Networking
13:45
Keynote Speech
Christian Von Albrichsfeld
CEO | Continental Automotive Romania
14:15
Panel Discussion | Romania 2.0 – Low Tech & High Tech Investments

•Making Romania more attractive for R&D intensive companies
•Digitalization journey for local companies
•The growth patterns of Romania’s IT sector – its role as driver of economic growth
•Romania becoming more attractive for tech giants – how to consolidate this trend

Shibu Nambiar
SVP & COO | Genpact Europe
Bogdan Popescu
VP | ANIS, Marketing & Operations Director, Interim. GM | Microsoft Romania
Catalina Dodu
Country Manager | Atos IT Solutions & Services
Dorin Pena
General Manager | Cisco Romania
Philippe Beucher
Executive Managing Director | Capgemini Romania
Ioan Cocan
Managing Partner | Tremend
Bogdan Florea
CEO | Connections Romania
Moderator - Dan Nechita
Co-Founder & President | Smart Everything Everywhere
15:15
Panel Discussion | Roads to Romania - Hopes for better infrastructure

•How to speed up the development of physical infrastructure in Romania
•Legal and funding solutions for efficient infrastructure investment
•The transportation industry’s approach to the slow pace of infrastructure development

Cristian Nacu
Sr. Country Officer for Romania and Moldova, IFC
Sebastian Metz
General Manager | AHK RUMÄNIEN
Sebastian Burduja
Managing Partner | RISE Consortium, Romania Investment Solutions Experts
Gratian Mihailescu
Founder - Urbanize Hub
Moderator - Sorin Melenciuc
Journalist | Business Review
16:15
Panel Discussion | The economic case for sustainability

•New directions for a sustainable future
•The political and economic case for sustainability
•The potential of the circular economy to help Romania’s development
•Trends in waste management and their business implication
•The role of technology in helping Romania meet recycling targets

László Borbély
State Advisor, Head Of The Department For Sustainable Development
Alexandru Mustata
Campaign Coordinator | Bankwatch Romania
Roxana Sunica
Marketing, Communication & Corporate Affairs Manager | FEPRA International
Codruta Vulcu
Owner/CEO | Artmania
Moderator - Claudiu Craciun
Lecturer in European Politics | SNSPA
Day 3 - November 1
Mapping Growth

The third day of the Foreign Investment Summit will take a look at the kind of growth companies need to achieve and the means to achieve that. We’re discussing about the collaboration between corporations and startups that has become crucial for innovation and growth; we’re also acknowledging the Romanian star cities who’ve taken a lead in attracting investments and discuss best practices. As an important ingredient in Romania’s growth, we’re taking a look at the Romanian entrepreneurial ecosystem and its readiness and urge to play internationally.

8:00
Registration & Welcoming Coffee
9:00
Competitive Power | Day 2 In Review
9:15
Opening Remarks Day 3 | Mapping Growth
9:30
Keynote Speech
Emanuele Musa
Co-Founder | Babele
10:00
Panel Discussion | Multinationals harnessing growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem

•Multinationals are embracing the startup attitude – what it means for innovation
•Boosting the role of incubators, accelerators, universities and other higher education institutes in the Romanian entrepreneurial ecosystem
•Large companies’ role in boosting the local entrepreneurial scene

Catalin Calota
Account Manager | Mastercard Romania
Dan Oros
Marketing Manager | Google Romania
Claudiu Vrinceanu
Advisor and Co-Founder | RISERS NET
Dan Nechita
Co-founder and President | Smart Everything Everywhere
Florin Grosu
President | Young Leaders Club
Irina Roncea
Deputy Managing Director | Golin Bucharest
Moderator - Matei Dumitrescu
VP TechAngels & Director | Founder Institute
11:00
Short Coffee Break
11:15
Panel Discussion | Why invest in Romania now. Companies that entered the Romanian market recently discuss growth opportunities

• What attracted foreign companies that entered the Romanian market
• Why is Romania a competitive investment destination now?
• Local challenges and opportunities vs. countries in the region
• Inter-regional competition. Which regions are most attractive for investors and why?
• Growth opportunities forecasted for the first year on the market

Irina Scarlat
Country Manager, Romania | Revolut
Dragos Gheban
Managing Partener | Catalyst Solutions
Ivan Mihaylov
Director Sofia Technical Center | Visteon Corporation
Ionut Constandache
FX Dealer | Ebury
Moderator - Mihai Ivascu
CEO | Modex & CEO and Founder | MoneyMailMe
12:15
The Innovation Labs Project
Horia Velicu
Head of Innovation Lab at BRD - Groupe Societe Generale
Daniel Rosner
Progam Manager | Innovation Labs Romania
13:00
Lunch & Networking
14:00
Harnessing Stratup Innovation for the Triple Bottom Line: PepsiCo & ReUse Hub
Walentin Stefanov
East Balkan CFO | PepsiCo
Lucian Gramescu
Innovaton & Incubation Manager | Impact Hub Bucharest
14:30
Panel Discussion | The need for Romanian companies to go global and play internationally

•Why is it important for Romanian companies to start growing into international ones and what it takes to get there.
•A closer look to those who’ve done it: lessons along the way.
•Challenges and opportunities: what are the main advantages and what are some of the challenges of tapping new markets?
•How do you test product market fit in new markets

Matei Dumitrescu
VP | TechAngels & Director | Founder Institute
Calin Vaduva
CEO | Fortech
Xenia Muntean
CEO & Co-Founder | Planable
Mihai Ivascu
CEO | Modex & CEO and Founder | MoneyMailMe
Dragos Doros
Tax Partner | KPMG Romania
Gabriel Iștoc
General Manager | B-team Consult and Services
Moderator - Diana Popp
Co-founder & Vice President | Smart Everything Everywhere
Testimonials
“5 percent of growth is your red ocean. Keep it going and add blue ocean elements such as the location of the country, health and education systems”
John Riker
Blue Ocean Strategy – Initiative Centre
“When going abroad, Dacian Ciolos is in the middle of attention. (…) Right now, we are having people from Germany, France that want to have bilateral meetings with us”
Dragos Pislaru
Minister, Ministry of Labor
“At the FIC we believe that there are 3 pillars important in the infrastructure, infrastructure of all kinds, human capital, the efficiency of the public and private sector”
Eric Stab
President, Foreign Investors Council
Speakers
Stefan-Radu Oprea
Minister for Business, Trade and Entrepreneurship
László Borbély
State Councilor, Head of the Department for Sustainable Development

Mr. BORBÉLY has an extensive expertise in fields such as Global Environment Protection, Sustainable Development, Climate Change, Regional Development and Foreign Affairs, especially due to his experience as Secretary of State in the Ministry of Public Works and Regional Planning (1996-2000), Minister-Delegate in the Ministry of Transportation, Constructions and Tourism (2004-2007), Minister of Development, Public Works and Housing (2007-2008) and Minister of Environment and Forests (2010-2012). Starting May 2017 he is a State Counsellor of the prime-minister of Romania on Sustainable Development coordinating the implementation of the UN Agenda 2030 at national level.

Lukasz A. Olszewski
Head of Business Development CEE, Turkey, Greece and Ukraine | S&P Global Ratings

Lukasz is Head of Business Development in CEE region, Turkey, Greece and Ukraine with primary responsibility for generating new interactive relationships and market outreach. In addition Lukasz also manages relationships with the largest existing S&P clients in the region. Before joining Standard & Poor’s, Lukasz was a Director in the Investment Banking departments at Citigroup (London and Warsaw), Haitong and PKO BP. At Citibank Handlowy he was actively involved in re-establishing investment banking operations in Warsaw.


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Thomas Lubeck
Regional Manager Central and South East Europe | IFC

Thomas E. Lubeck is the Regional Manager for Central and Southeastern Europe at IFC. In this capacity, he oversees IFC activity in 15 IFC member countries including strategy, business and partnership development. He has two decades of successful investing in emerging markets in Southern and Eastern Europe and South Asia. He led innovative projects in capital market development, renewable energy infrastructure and anti-crisis investing in the financial sector. Mr. Lubeck joined IFC in 1997 as an investment analyst and has since worked in Southern Europe, Latin America and South Asia. He holds a Masters in Accountancy from George Washington University in Washington, DC


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Alejandro Hajdenberg
Resident Representative for Bulgaria and Romania | IMF

Mr. Hadjenberg is Argentinian; has been the IMF Resident Representative for Romania and Bulgaria since April 2016. Before he was senior desk economist for Cyprus, where he played an important role in the financial assistance program following the 2013 financial crisis. Mr. Hajdenberg’s previous country experience includes assignments on Hungary, Serbia, Turkey, Colombia, Uruguay and Georgia. Prior to joining the European Department, he spent six years in the Fiscal Affairs Department, where he was involved in a wide range of fiscal policy issues. He has strong analytical skills and a thorough knowledge of IMF policies and procedures.


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Cristian Nacu
Senior Country Officer for Romania & Moldova | IFC

For 10 years Cristian Nacu has been Partner in Enterprise Investors, one of the largest and oldest private equity firms in Central and Eastern Europe and he managed EI's Representative Office in Romania. Previously, Cristian Nacu worked as investment professional for over 6 years for International Finance Corporation within the World Bank Group and for two years as top executive for Fondul Proprietatii de Stat, the former governmental privatization agency. He also had a prestigious non-profit activity being board member or chairing many professional or non-profit organizations. He is Chairman of the board of Junior Achievement Romania, one of the world largest educational organization for entrepreneurial skills and has been for many years President of SEEPEA, the South Eastern European private equity association and board member of Nesst Foundation Romania.


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Adela Jansen
Board Member CCIFER & Coordinator of Coalitia pentru Dezvoltarea Romaniei

Adela Jansen is the standing coordinator of Coaliția pentru Dezvoltarea României, the biggest Romanian business organization. Its main purpose is to provide a cohesive basis for consultation with the Government and other public institutions on topics that impact the business and economic environment in Romania. With an extensive experience in HR, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Romania (CCIFER) and in some other private associations.

Swantje Kortemeyer
Head of Economic Section | German Embassy in Romania
Ioannis Markos
General economic & commercial counselor, Embassy of Greece in Romania
Laurian Lungu
Economic Advisor| FIC & Co-Founder | CPAG

Laurian Lungu is the co-founder of Consilium Policy Advisors Group (CPAG) economic think-tank. He holds a PhD in Economics from Cardiff University, a MA in Economics from University of Liverpool and a MBA degree from the Canadian MBA Program. Previously, he taught at Cardiff University’s Economics department while carrying out applied research in the fields of macroeconomic forecasting, economic policy modelling and international finance. He authored and co-authored a number of articles and analyses published in internationally renowned professional journals and books as well as in the domestic media.


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Dr. Daniel Heymann
General Manager | DRÄXLMAIER Group, Brasov, Romania

Dr. Daniel Heymann graduated from Rosenheim University, Germany, specializing in Engineering in Wood Technology. In November 2010, he obtained his PhD in Wood and Fiber Technology from the University of Mechanical and Engineering Sciences in Dresden, Germany. After completing his studies, he worked in the research department at Competenz Zentrum Holz GmbH, Vienna, Austria. He joined the DRÄXLMAIER Group in 2008 where he first worked in the department of Technology and Innovation Management in Vilsbiburg, Germany. In 2012, he transferred to the DRÄXLMAIER plant site in Brasov, Romania, to head the Industrial Engineering department. Daniel Heymann was named plant manager of the DRÄXLMAIER site in Brasov in February 2016.


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Christian Von Albrichsfeld
Country Manager | Continental Romania
Dan Oros
Marketing Manager | Google Romania

Dan is leading the Marketing department at Google, managing the B2B, B2C and Brand & Reputation initiatives of the company. Prior to joining Google, Dan was Country Manager for BlaBlaCar, the world largest’s carpooling platform, in Romania, Hungary and Croatia. Before that he worked as management consultant for A.T. Kearney and as Head of Special Projects for Ana Holding.


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Florin Godean
Country Manager | Adecco Romania

Experienced Country Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the staffing and recruiting industry, Florin graduated Management and Economics specialization at West University of Timisoara (1996 – 1999). He completed his studies in Lausanne, at the International Institute for Management Development (2008-2010). Florin is a strong sales professional, skilled in: Negotiation, Outplacement, Business Planning, HR Consulting and Coaching. Florin Godean leads the Adecco team in Romania since 2010. He has been with the company ever since it entered the Romanian market in 2000 (Timisoara). He ensured that all internal processes have a foundation for a healthy and efficient growth. In 2011, when he has been assigned as the Country Manager of Adecco Romania, the company took over the leadership of the national HR services market.


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Sorin Mindrutescu
Country Leader | Oracle Romania

Sorin Mindrutescu is the Country Leader for Oracle Romania, as of February 2008. In this role, he is responsible for local sales and project delivery. In this position he has the responsibility to coordinate Oracle's business on the Romanian market as well as to coordinate technical support and support services for customers in Romania and abroad.


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Bogdan Popescu
Vicepresident | ANIS, Marketing & Operations Director | Microsoft Romania

Bogdan Popescu is the Marketing and Operations Director and Interim GM of Microsoft Romania. In his primary role, Bogdan is responsible for the implementation of all marketing programs Microsoft is running in Romania, in close coordination with other global initiatives, as well as for all product related activities, aimed to promote and explain to various industry verticals the opportunities and the benefits these products can bring to their operations.


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Dorin Pena
General Manager | Cisco Romania

He started his career in 2005, as instructor within CATC Romania. During the same period he worked with Bucharest Polytechnic University, as university assistant. Between 2006 and 2007 he occupied the network specialist position within Ness Technologies, where he was responsible for supporting the sales team in what regards promoting and selling the Cisco products and solutions. In 2007 and 2008 he graduated a Cisco Sales Associate Program in Amsterdam and continued within the team as networking consultant engineer. Between 2009 and 2010 he worked for Romtelecom and then returned to Cisco as Account Manager.


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Shibu Nambiar
Chief Operating Officer | Genpact Europe

Shibu Nambiar is a global services executive with over 20 years of experience in business operations, project management, transformation, digital technologies and delivery center set ups. He currently leads a team of over 6000+ professionals across 10 delivery centers in Europe, providing business process management, consulting and digital transformation services for a wide range of industries. Shibu is a promoter of digital transformation strategy, he supports advanced technology deployed on the processes, in order to deliver outstanding experiences for customers and enhanced employees’ experience.


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Philippe Beucher
Executive Managing Director | Capgemini Romania

Philippe’s role in Capgemini involves managing Romanian operations and business development on the local market, but also providing services in other European & North American countries with Romanian expertise. He is in charge with the strategy and coordination of the local management team. Philippe managed 3 different IT & Consulting companies in Romania in the last 14 years


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Claudiu Vrinceanu
Advisor and Co-Founder | RISERS NET

Claudiu is an advisor (VP Connections) with projects and experience in entrepreneurship, media and governmental institutions. RISERS NET is a startup-founder community built around experienced professionals trying to build their own business


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Emanuele Musa
Co-Founder | Babele
Ionut Georgescu
CEO | FWEI & Partner | Business Review
Prof. Dr. Jörg K. Menzer
Partner, Head CEE Offices | Noerr

Prof. Dr. Jörg K. Menzer coordinates Noerr's CEE practice for international clients. He specializes in M&A transactions, and concentrates on structuring major foreign investments and business expansion projects in CEE. He has extensive experience in acquisitions and greenfield investments, based on his knowledge of the business and legal environment in CEE and his excellent networking in the region. In addition, Jörg K. Menzer has worked on many restructurings, private equity investments and capital measures, as well as for public listed companies.

Ioan Cocan
Managing Partner | Tremend

Ioan Cocan is a tech entrepreneur with more than 18 years' experience in software engineering and management. After a career as a software consultant and inspired by his Silicon Valley startup working experience, he co-founded Tremend in 2005. As Managing Partner, he helped grow Tremend's business from a small consulting shop to a 200+ people organization. Tremend has clients in over 15 countries and is frequently featured in various industry rankings such as Deloitte Technology Fast 50 (fastest Romanian company in 2016), FT 1000 and Inc 5000.Aside from software management, Ioan is interested in organizational development, constantly learning from the Romanian community or while visiting various clients. He is an avid reader and an active promoter of Romanian values.


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Alexandru-Valeriu Binig
Senior Advisor | Ernst&Young Romania

Valeriu Binig is a Senior Advisor within the Advisory Department in EY Bucharest. Valeriu has 32 years of professional experience in the energy sector and he joined EY in 2014, after 6 years as Corporate Finance Director with Deloitte. Former Deputy General Director for Development,Member of the Board of Administration of RENEL/CONEL (1997 – 2000); Chairman of the Board of Administration for Electrica and Termoelectrica (1998-2000). Has held project management positions in strategic projects dedicated to privatization and attraction of investors in the Romanian energy sector.


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Antoniu Panait
Managing Director | VASTINT Romania
Bogdan Florea
CEO | Connections Romania
Serban Roman
Vice President, Country Director | Enterprise Investors
Ruxandra Bologa
Partner, Co-Head of Energy and Natural Resources practice | NNDKP
Vlad Tanase
Partner, Real Estate practice | NNDKP
Ioan Popa
Mayor | Resita, Caras-Severin County
Stefan Ilie
Mayor | Luncavita, Tulcea County
Gratian Mihailescu
Founder | UrbanizeHub
Gabriel Avacaritei
Cheif Editor | Wing Media Energy Consulting
Sebastian Popescu
Financial Advisor & Auditor, Noerr Finance & Tax

Sebastian Popescu is a member of the Romanian Chamber of Financial Auditors and the Romanian Association of Management Consultants. Mr. Popescu has extensive experience in practice areas such as business valuation, financial due diligence, financial auditing according to IFRS, US/German GAAP and Romanian standards, and financial reporting. In cooperation with our specialised state aid team, he has successfully advised on various greenfield investments and expansion projects in Romania and Hungary.


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Sebastian Metz
General Manager | AHK Rumänien
Xenia Muntean
CEO and Co-Founder | Planable
Claudiu Craciun
Lecturer in European Politics | SNSPA

Claudiu Craciun is Lecturer in European Politics, Faculty of Political Science, SNSPA. He has been involved in various civic and environmental campaigns. From 2009 he serves as expert for the European Economic and Social Committee.


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Alexandru Mustață
Campaign Coordinator | Bankwatch Romania

Alexandru joined Bankwatch Romania in 2015 to run the national campaign on coal power plants and mines. His interests expanded to solutions for the energy system and for the people, becoming CEE Bankwatch's Just Transition Coordinator in 2017 and supporting the network's campaign in six European countries. He has a degree in International Relations and European Studies.


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Dan Nechita
Co-founder & President | Smart Everything Everywhere
Diana Popp
Co-founder & Vice President | Smart Everything Everywhere
Alina Andrei
Founding Partner at Cabot Transfer Pricing

Alina Andrei is partner at Cabot Transfer Pricing, the transfer pricing company affiliated to Biriș Goran. Alina has experience in the preparation of transfer pricing files since 2008, the year of the publication of Order no. 222 / 2008 on transfer prices. Up to present, Alina has assisted over 100 local and European companies with the preparation and documentation of transfer pricing files and has advised over 20 companies during TP file audits. Alina is a member of the Romanian Chamber of Tax Consultants and has recently graduated the Executive MBA program at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.


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Bogdan Stanescu
Chairman of the Board | Depogaz
Razvan Nicolescu
Energy & Resources Industry Leader | Deloitte Romania
Sebastian Burduja
Managing Partner | RISE Consortium

Sebastian Burduja is a development advisor and entrepreneur with significant experience across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. He is the Managing Partner of RISE Consortium, a global network company supporting foreign investments in Romania. His areas of focus include: regional and urban development, corporate and public governance, and infrastructure projects. From 2012 through 2016, he served as a Regional Development Specialist for the World Bank in Washington D.C., focusing on Europe and Central Asia. Previously, he worked as a Consultant for Dalberg Global Development Advisors, a strategic advisory firm specializing in development solutions. He has also worked for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, McKinsey & Co., and the National Endowment for Democracy.


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Catalina Dodu
Global Presales Director for Cybersecurity Services | Atos

Catalina is Global Presales Director for Cybersecurity Services Atos. Additionally, she runs the operations of Atos IT Solutions and Services Romania since February 2014. With an experience of over 19 years in IT, previous to being appointed Country Manager, Catalina managed the System Integration division of Atos Romania, and before that, she was Director of Product Management at Bitdefender. Catalina holds a degree in Economics from the Faculty of Cybernetics, Statistics and Economic Informatics of the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, as well as a Master degree in IT Project Management. In 2007 she graduated the Romanian-Canadian MBA program.


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Calin Vaduva
CEO | Fortech
Radu Constantinescu
Managing partner | Qualitance

Radu truly believes in the power of technology to change the world. He founded QUALITANCE in 2007 with Ioan Iacob and has been coordinating the company’s operations ever since. At the same time, he has been involved in mentoring the new generations of experts as a professor at Cybernetics/Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies.


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Oana Barbu
General Manager | ASBIS Romania

Oana is General Manager of ASBIS, the IT distribution company that represents, for 20 years in Romania, the business of ASBIS Enterprise. Locally, the company had a turnover of more than 200 million RON and is a trusted partner for over 1500 companies in 3 major business segments: retail - online (consumer focus), traditional resellers (partners with a mixed business model) and partners that focus exclusively on B2B solutions integrators.


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Florin Grosu
President | Young Leaders Club

Florin is the president of Young Leaders Club an organization of students and entrepreneurs dedicated to finding the most promising graduates and startups and help them achieve their potential by leveraging a global network of amazing people. Currently YLC runs two programs: YLC Finance, dedicated to the best and brightest in finance & economics looking to jumpstart their international career, and YLC Entrepreneurship, a program bridging startups in the CEE with world class accelerators.


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Daniela Buscan
Program Director | Academy+Plus

Daniela is Program Director at Academy+Plus, coding school, tuition free, part of the international network 42. From this position, Daniela developed IT educational products, mentorship programs, exchange programs between trainees and IT companies and revenue streams. Prior to that, Daniela held several positions in marketing, brand management, business development across various industries such as IT, pharmaceutical and advertising. In 2015, Daniela graduated an ExMBA programme from ESCP Europe and she is licensed in Marketing.


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Andreea Paun
Managing Partner | Griffes
Catalin Gavrila
Head of Land Development | CROSSPOINT

Catalin Gavrila graduated the Academy of Economic Studies, BSc in Marketing, holding an MBA in Finance and is currently Head of Land Development department. His area of expertise includes investments in real estate markets, financial modelling, sales management, as well as marketing. Catalin joined the Crosspoint team in 2014, taking several roles within different departments in order to get a holistic perspective on the market. For a period, he was in charge with the expansion strategies of the firm’s major retail accounts, with direct involvement on land development sites, identifying desired locations, managing the acquisition process, coordinating the filling of urban plans and bringing together mixed teams of surveyors, agents, architects and urban planners.


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Matei Dumitrescu
VP TechAngels & Director | Founder Institute
Irina Scarlat
Country Manager, Romania | Revolut

Entrepreneur at heart, full-stack marketer and experienced people & projects manager, Irina Scarlat has 10+ years of business experience, 7 of them in tech, product marketing & managing teams. She currently leads Revolut's operations in Romania and is committed to putting Romanians back in control of their money. Before joining forces with Revolut, she has been leading the marketing efforts of Uber in Romania, shaping the local strategy and working on strategic regional projects & initiatives. During her time at Uber she has launched 3 cities, scaled the market to 1M users and built the marketing team from scratch. She is a global citizen that has been living, studying & working in seven cities across Europe and the United States and she speaks four foreign languag


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Catalin Calota
Account Manager | Mastercard

Cătălin is Account Manager at Mastercard Romania since 2016. He joined Mastercard from Mastercard Advisors and has previous experience in project management, management consulting and FMCG. Cătălin manages business relationships with several traditional Mastercard partners in Romania, while also supporting internal strategic projects. As a management consultant, Cătălin worked on projects in Romania and abroad, dealing mostly with financial institutions, utility companies and FMCG. He is a graduate of the Electrical Engineering Faculty of the Polytechnics University of Bucharest, with a specialization in Industrial Engineering.


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Dragos Doros
Tax Partner | KPMG Romania

Dragoș, Tax Partner, has over 23 years’ experience in tax consultancy, mainly in the private sector, but he has also served as President of the National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF) and Director of the Department of Legislation and Direct Taxation within the Ministry of Public Finance. Since joining KPMG he has been instrumental in building the leading Tax Consulting practice in Romania. He has worked with clients from numerous sectors and industries, using his detailed knowledge of legislation and of Romania’s fiscal administration.


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Ionut Constandache
FX Dealer | Ebury

Ionut Constandache holds the position of Senior Dealer within the local branch of Ebury Romania. Ionut Constandache has a 10-year experience in the banking sector and is specialized in treasury sales and loans to SME working with OTP bank & Intesa Sanpaolo Bank Romania. In the Ebury Senior Dealer position, he is responsible for providing customized foreign exchange (FX) risk management solutions to corporate clients involved in global trade so that his clients can benefit, control and / or limit the impact of currency volatility on their company’s profit margin.

Roxana Sunica
Marketing, Communication & Corporate Affairs Manager | FEPRA International
Mihai Zaharia
Director of Investments and Capital Markets | Globalworth

Mihai Zaharia is Director of Investments and Capital Markets at Globalworth since the beginning of 2018. He has an experience of 15 years in the banking sector, period during which Mihai held a series of positions in different companies. Before joining Globalworth team, he was Head of Project Finance Department in OTP Bank Romania’s Corporate Banking Division for 9 years, managing the activity of the Head Office team and the Corporate Coordinators from 12 countries. During the time he was part of OTP Bank team, he also held the positions of Senior Project Manager and Relationship Manager, having a focus on projects targeting the real estate sector. Mihai has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Management Information Systems and a master’s degree in Information System in Economics from the Bucharest University of Economic Studies.


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Flavia Popa
Secretary General | BRD Groupe Societe Generale

With over 17 years of experience in the financial and banking system in Romania, Flavia has been active throughout the career in the field of legal advice, leasing and banking. He started his career as a lawyer and then went through stages and involved in all areas of legal activity in a bank, from legal advice to lending, leasing or market operations to legal assistance in litigation, recovery or governance. From 2012, Flavia is Secretary General of BRD. As such, it coordinates various areas such as communication and quality, corporate governance, etc.


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Mihai Ivascu
CEO | Modex & CEO and Founder | MoneyMailMe
Dragos Gheban
Managing Partener | Catalyst Solutions

Co-founder of Catalyst Solutions, Dragos has over 10 years of experience in Human Resources field, Employer Branding and Recruitment Marketing. During his career, he has worked with local and multinational companies from various industries: telecommunications and technology, FMCG, consulting, banking, engineering, retail and BPO. He has a deep understanding of business dynamics and challenges and has the capacity to design tailored solutions in order to meet the company's employer branding and recruitment needs.


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Ivan Mihaylov
Director Sofia Technical Center | Visteon Corporation

As the director of Visteon’s Technical Center in Sofia, Bulgaria, Ivan Mihaylov leads engineering operations at the site and is responsible for growing the facility into Visteon’s largest software development center globally. He is also the Chairman of the Board of the Automotive Cluster in Bulgaria, a non-profit organization which represents the interests of automotive manufacturers, suppliers and organizations providing services for the automotive industry. Mihaylov has more than 15 years of experience in IT, telecommunications, utilities and automotive businesses. He holds a master’s degree in technology commercialization from University of Texas, a master’s degree in management from Sofia University and a master’s degree in computer science from the Technical University in Sofia


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Daniel Rosner
Progam Manager | Innovation Labs Romania
Horia Velicu
Head of Innovation Lab | BRD - Groupe Societe Generale
Constantin Gheorghe
President of the Romanian Offshore Regulatory Authority

More than 30 years of full-time experience in the oil & gas industry, with 26 years offshore in various positions spanning Central and Eastern Europe, Black Sea, West and North Africa, Mediterranean Sea and North Sea, Brazil and Persian Gulf. In possession of a broad experience in all HSE aspects of the E&P operations in the domestic and international petroleum industry, doubled by significant experience in management, operations and coordination. Leading the development and implementation of the integrated HSEQ Management System for GSP group of companies since 2006. In September 2014, included in the Group of Initiative established by the Government of Romania for the transposing of the Offshore Safety Directive.

Dragos Cabat
Managing Partner | RisCo Business Intelligence
Gabriel Iștoc
General Manager | B-team Consult and Services SRL
Codruta Vulcu
Owner/CEO | Artmania

Codruta is the founder and festival director of ARTmania, one of Romania's most established events with its 14th edition scheduled for 2019, promoting mainly rock acts. She is also director and founder of Blaj aLive Festival, launched in 2013, which focuses on alternative and electronic music. These two boutique festivals are hosted in Transylvania, the western, historical region of Romania.


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Sorin Melenciuc
Journalist | Business Review
Irina Roncea
Deputy Managing Director at Golin Bucharest

With +12 years experience in communication and an extended expertise in brand and corporate PR, as well as CSR and digital PR, Irina manages today Golin`s team of more than +40 PR experts. Also, she is coordinating the work for over 30 companies and brands, local and multinational, and leading award winning campaigns for over 6 years in Golin, the relevance agency that puts strategic and creative thinking at work for its clients, has excellence and performance at its heart and never thinks “this is impossible”.


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