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
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
9:00
Welcome to the 5th Edition of Foreign Investors Summit
9:15
Opening Remarks | Day 1 | Country Strategy
Speaker to be announced
9:45
Keynote Speech
Thomas Lubeck
Regional Manager, Central and South East 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 Olszewski
Head of Business Development CEE, Turkey and Greece | S&P Global Ratings
Cristian Nacu
Senior Country Officer for Romania & Moldova | IFC
Adela Jansen
Board Member | CCIFER & Coordinator of Coalitia pentru Dezvoltarea Romaniei
Florin Godean
Country Manager | Adecco Romania
Laurian Lungu
Economic Advisor | FIC & Co-Founder | CPAG
Moderator - Jorg K. Menzer
Partner, Head CEE Offices | Noerr
11:15
Keynote Speech
Alejandro Hajdenberg
Resident Representative for Romania and Bulgaria | FMI
11:45
Panel Discussion | Consolidating business ties with key foreign investment communities

•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)

Daniel Heymann
General Manager | Dräxlmaier Group, Brasov, Romania
Sebastian Popescu
Financial Advisor & Auditor | Noerr Finance & Tax
Moderator - Prof. Dr. Jörg K. Menzer
Partner, Head CEE Offices | Noerr
More speakers to be announced soon
12:45
Lunch & Networking
13:45
Keynote Speech - To Be Announced
13:45
Panel Discussion | Talking partnerships – large international companies and local players

•Technology transfer models and elements in the university-industry collaboration
•How large international groups create opportunities for local firms
•The role of multinationals in Romania’s economy
•The potential of the local economy to attract new multinational players

Bogdan Popescu
VP | ANIS, Marketing & Operations Director, Interim. GM | Microsoft Romania
Sorin Mindrutescu
Country Manager & Central and Eastern Europe Cloud Leader | Oracle Romania
More speakers to be announced soon
14:15
Day 1 Closing Remarks - To Be Announced
Day 2
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
Opening Remarks | Day 2 | Competitive Power
Stefan-Radu Oprea
Minister For Business, Trade and Entrepreneurship
9:30
Fireside Chat | A Romanian Perspective on the Three Seas Initiative. Conclusion
More speakers to be announced soon
10:00
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

Ruxandra Bologa
Partner NNDKP, Co-Head of Energy and Natural Resources practice
Alexandru-Valeriu Binig
Senior Advisor | Ernst&Young Romania
Moderator - Gabriel Avacaritei
Chief Editor | Wing Media Energy Consulting
More speakers to be announced soon
11:00
Keynote Speech - To Be Announced
11:30
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
More speakers to be announced soon
12:30
Keynote Speech - To be Announced
13:00
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

Bogdan Popescu
VP | ANIS, Marketing & Operations Director, Interim. GM | Microsoft Romania
Dorin Pena
General Manager | Cisco
Shibu Nambiar
SPV & COO | GENPACT EUROPE
Ioan Cocan
Managing Partner | Tremend
More speakers to be announced soon
14:00
Lunch & Networking
15:00
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 I. Burduja
Managing Partner | RISE Consortium, Romania Investment Solutions Experts
More speakers to be announced soon
16:00
Panel Discussion | The economic case for sustainability

•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 Depatment For Sustenaible Development
Alex Mustata
Campaign Coordinator | Bankwatch Romania
Moderator - Claudiu Craciun
Lecturer in European Politics | SNSPA
More speakers to be announced soon
17:00
Day 2 - Closing Remarks
Day 3
Mapping Growth

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
Opening Remarks Day 3 | Going Global | To be Announced
9:30
Individual Speech - To be Announced
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

Dan Oros
Marketing Manager | Google Romania
Claudiu Vrinceanu
Advisor and Co-Founder | RISERS NET
More speakers to be announced soon
11:00
Keynote Speech | To Be Announced
11:30
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

Gheorghe Falca
Mayor | Arad, Arad County
Ioan Popa
Mayor | Resita, Caras-Severin County
Stefan Ilie
Mayor | Luncavita, Tulcea County
Moderator - Gratian Mihailescu
Urbanize Hub
More speakers to be announced soon
12:30
Individual Speech | To be Announced
13:00
Lunch & Networking
14:00
Individual Speech | To be Announced
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

Xenia Muntean
CEO & Co-Founder | Planable
More speakers to be announced soon
15:30
FIS 2018 Closing Remarks
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

More speakers to be announced soon!

Stefan-Radu Oprea
Minister for Business, Trade and Entrepreneurship
László Borbély
State Councilor, Head of the Department for Sustainable Development
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
Alejandro Hajdenberg
Resident Representative for Bulgaria and Romania | IMF
Cristian Nacu
Senior Country Officer for Romania & Moldova | IFC
Adela Jansen
Board Member CCIFER & Coordinator of Coalitia pentru Dezvoltarea Romaniei
Laurian Lungu
Economic Advisor| FIC & Co-Founder | CPAG
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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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
SPV & COO | 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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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

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
Gheorghe Falca
Mayor | Arad, Arad County
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
Alexandru Mustață
Campaign Coordinator | Bankwatch Romania
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