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re:Focus on Retail and Logistics

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re:FOCUS on Retail & Logistics is a one day event, committed to revealing the latest trends and predicting the future ones, while offering solutions to nowadays challenges of retail & logistics.

Join industry experts, retailers and entrepreneurs along the entire retail sector and its supply chain and learn how to adjust your business in terms of delivery times, small delivery sizes and large production ranges, return systems and instant product availability, as well as new trends in AI and automation.

Everybody shops, the difference is where how. As the market continues its permanent growth, retail and logistics sectors must evolve at the same pace and embrace new trends in AI and automation.

Local and foreign players, developers and industry experts come together for a series of panel discussions, keynote speeches and case studies from entrepreneurs choosing online or brick-and-mortar businesses, providing know-how and unique opportunities.

REASONS TO ATTEND
EXCLUSIVELY CURATED CONTENT
Learn more about automation technologies that can improve operations of your organization and make processes more repeatable and change your ecommerce strategy from being traditional to being data and customer centric.
RELEVANT NETWORKING
Network with professionals in the sector that lead their companies’ retail & logistics strategy, in order to learn valuable insights and form deep lasting business relationships.
INSIGHTFUL EXPERIENCE
Discover how to be hands on your platform for web commerce, product management and supply chain automation.
AGENDA

Transformation in the retail & logistics industry: moving beyond the “online vs. brick and mortar” debate and delivering on customers’ expectations.

January 29
08:30
Registration & Welcome coffee
09:00
Panel discussion | How did the world change and what really matters today

• Global trends and local approaches. What defines the Romanian market and local customers?
• Building and understanding the consumer needs: adoption of Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Machine Learning as effective marketing tools
• E-commerce growth drive: reaching operational excellence through logistics and data usage
• Innovation as future profit generator: from delivery drones to warehouse robots. What works in Romania?
• The transformation of physical retail centers in experience and entertainment platforms: balancing shopping and leisure facilities
• Mapping the development of the local retail scene – growth drivers and unexplored areas
• Omnichannel marketing: giving consumers the best experience whenever and wherever they want it

Geanina-Mihaela Ungureanu | Immofinanz
Marius Coman | Vodafone Romania
Florinel Ioan Chis | ARMO
Catalina Niculita | Cisco Romania
Moderator: Ovidiu Posirca | Business Review
10:00
Speech and Q&A
Liviu Rogojinaru
Ministry of Economy, Energy and Business Environment
10:20
Coffee break & Networking
10:40
Panel discussion | Horizontal and vertical development: opportunities for the logistics sector

• The key role of warehouses in maximizing retail productivity – trends in demand and investments
• Unexplored areas with significant potential for industrial and logistics investments
• Same day delivery drives results: managing transport and logistics networks efficiently
• Technologies that can disrupt the logistics operations and unlock new markets. Is blockchain the next big thing?
• Assessing investment in digitalization and automation – the experience of local logistics players

Andrei Jerca | CBRE
Mircea Vlah | Dumagas
Sinziana Pardhan | P3 Logistic Parks
Adriana Florenta Palasan | Arilog, ELA (European Logistics Association) representation
Lucian Baltaru | Sameday Courier
Moderator: Ovidiu Posirca | Business Review
12:00
Lunch & Networking
12:40
Fireside chat, powered by FEPRA | The big awakening. New generations of shoppers and retailers became aware of environmental protection

• Adopting coherent waste management and recycling policies, in line with the latest EU rules
• Implementing sustainable and green solutions across retailer’s chains
• Shifting marketing strategies towards a more sustainable future

Andrei Cosuleanu | Act for Tomorrow
Loredana Samoila | Kaufland Romania
Andreea Ghiocel | The CSR Agency
13:00
Panel discussion | How do we innovate & keep up with the increasing pressures of this new world?

• The evolution of omnichannel retail and the hybrid approach of consumers. Online & offline power play – how can these two channels work best together?
• Leveraging your data through cutting edge software platforms to offer a better consumer experience leads to efficiency
• Identifying and understanding the differences in the new generations of customers and employees through technologies
• Innovative solutions that streamline operations of retailers and delivery firms

Alex Matei | Carrefour
Catalin Pozdarie | Hervis Romania
Robert Berza | Fashion Days
Lucian Ungureanu | Microsoft Romania
Moderator: Aurel Constantin | Business Review
Speakers
Liviu Rogojinaru
State Secretary | Ministry of Economy, Energy and Business Environment
Andrei Jerca
Head of Industrial Services | CBRE Romania
Alex Matei
Information Technology & Digital Transformation Director | Carrefour Romania
Mircea Vlah
CEO | Dumagas
Geanina-Mihaela Ungureanu
Senior Leasing and Asset Manager Retail | IMMOFINANZ
Marius Coman
IoT Country Sales Manager | Vodafone Romania
Catalin Pozdarie
CEO | Hervis Romania
Robert Berza
General Manager | Fashion Days
Adriana Palasan
President & ELA representation | ARILOG
Sinziana Pardhan
Managing Director Romania | P3 Logistic Parks
Florinel Ioan Chis
Executive Director | ARMO - Asociatia Romana a Magazinelor Online
Catalina Niculita
Systems Engineering Manager | Cisco Romania
Lucian Ungureanu
Cloud Business Group Lead | Microsoft Romania
Lucian Baltaru
Managing Director | Sameday Courier
Loredana Samoila
PR Manager, Communication Department | Kaufland Romania
Andrei Cosuleanu
Founder | Act for Tomorrow
Andreea Ghiocel
Operation Manager | The CSR Agency
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Foreign Investors Summit – 6th edition

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As of last year Poland became a full member of the group of the most developed nations in the world, thus creating a path for Romania to join this elite group before long. Recent economic, political and social developments in our country, steady economic growth, a highly regarded Presidency of the Council of the European Union, reinforcement of the state policies through elections, have altogether created an ideal context for a new brighter perspective on the future.

• Is there a real evolution in Romania’s development and how we are to benefit from the new global positioning of our country?
• Is a spike in FDI rate to be expected after two years of stagnation?
• Have the local markets reached maturity, especially those with a traditional appeal to foreign investors: energy, IT, real-estate, services, banking and agriculture?

Answers to these important questions and many more will be debated during a comprehensive analysis of the market and of the foreign investors’ perception of Romania in the years to come.

Business Review proudly presents the 6th edition of the Foreign Investors Summit, the most awaited event that brings together foreign business communities, state authorities and diplomats. Join us, professionals across the main industries, an exceptional line-up of speakers and representatives of major FDIs in our country, for a discussion on leadership and ways to build a brighter and more sustainable future for Romania.

Reasons to attend
Attend the most complex B2B event dedicated to Romania’s competitiveness. Be part of a 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.
AGENDA
Day 1
8:00
Registration and networking coffee
9:00
Opening Keynote Speech
Ionut Simion, Country Managing Partner | PwC Romania; President | AmCham
9:20
Opening Panel Discussion | Is Romania ready to enter the developed countries’ club?

Poland recently attained the developed economy status, thus creating a precedent for other Eastern European peers to follow. When should we expect Romania to go from an emerging to a developed market and what should be done for that purpose?

Ionut Simion | PwC Romania | AmCham
Lara Tassan Zanin | European Investment Bank
Ramona Jurubita | Foreign Investors Council
Sebastian Metz | The German-Romanian Chamber of Commerce
Moderator
Prof. Dr. Jörg K. Menzer | NOERR
11:00
Networking coffee break
11:20
Panel Discussion | Investments in the real estate sector

•2019 has been a record-breaking year for M&A on the Romanian real-estate market, with multiple transactions above EUR 100 million. Does this mean that we can talk about a mature market, at least in the office sector?
•What are the main factors that could push up the current slightly lower yields and thus attract new investors?
• Bucharest, with its above EU average net income per capita and high concentration of businesses and institutions, is far from being a saturated market for foreign investments. Foreign investors have generally focused on the office sector, leaving most residential development to local players. Can we expect a change?
• When will underdevelopment cease to be an investment opportunity?
• Will the hotel market in Romania attract further investments?

Antoniu Panait | Vastint
Vlad Tanase | NNDKP
Frank Reul | AccorHotels; Orbis
Florian Nitu | Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii
Gijs Klomp | CBRE Romania
Didier Balcaen | Speedwell
Andreea Cotiga | Immofinanz
Moderator
Andreea Paun | Griffes
13:00
Lunch & networking
13:40
Panel Discussion | Investments in IT, Tech & Telecom

• Innovation should be the key word for Romania’s IT & technology sector
• Moving from an outsourcing country to an innovation hub
• Workforce issues in the IT sector: are they pushing away new potential foreign investors?

Elisabeta Moraru | Google Romania
Philippe Beucher | Accenture
Florin Popa | Orange Romania
Serban Roman | Enterprise Investors
Vlad Nicolae Doicaru | Huawei Romania
Mircea Bozga | PwC Romania
Andrei Georgescu | Suciu Popa si Asociatii
Moderator
Claudiu Vrinceanu
15:00
Panel Discussion | Investments in Energy

• Black Sea resources are a great opportunity for both Romanian economy and local energy sector and should spark an explosion on the whole domain.
• Investments in renewable energy sources have stalled. Is there any way to revive the sector?

Sebastian Enache | Monsson Operation; BZEE Association
Carla Parnica | Tinmar Energy
Johan Meyer | Franklin Templeton Investments
Witold Urbanowski | CIECH Soda Romania
Saniya Melnicenco | ROPEPCA
Alexandra Posea | Romgaz
Moderator
Daniela Serban | Romanian Investor Relations Association
Day 2
8:30
Registration and networking coffee
9:00
Opening speech
HE Michèle Ramis, Ambassador | Embassy of France in Romania
9:15
Panel Discussion | Investments in the banking and insurance sectors

• Is there a reverse in trends on the local banking market?
• Does Romania still provide opportunities for investments in the banking sector? How appealing is the rural sector with its big chunk of non-bankable population? What about the fintech sector?
• Home and life insurance are still heavily underdeveloped. Why are foreign companies playing it safe when it comes to investing in these sectors?

Alina Radu | NNDKP
François Bloch | BRD
Oana Motoi | Cromwell Evan Global
Florin Danescu | Romanian Banking Association
Moderator
Cristian Nacu | International Finance Corporation
10:30
Networking coffee break
10:50
Panel Discussion | Investments in automotive components and auto industry

• Romania is already a hallmark of the European car making industry, thus creating a context of logistics networks and suppliers, especially in the western part of the country. Should we expect new big foreign investments from other global car makers?
• The horizontal auto industry - automotive components - is now one of the biggest employers in Romania, with no signs of slowing down. Is there room for new investments considering the scarcity of workforce in the sector?
• As one of the main budget contributors, does the auto industry not have a rightful claim to better infrastructure?

Christophe Dridi | Dacia and Groupe Renault Romania
Andreas Lier | BASF
Miruna Suciu | Suciu Popa si Asociatii
Moderator
Marian Orzu | Dunwell Industrial Brokerage
11:40
Panel Discussion | Investments in agriculture

• Time for some hard decisions! What is the path to follow: consolidating farmers’ business and increase productivity or stay on traditional farming and benefit from bio and organic agricultural production?
• How to promote Romania’s agricultural interests and strategy at the European Commission and how to promote local brands abroad

Florian Ciolacu | Romanian Farmers Club for Performant Agriculture
Lara Tassan Zanin | European Investment Bank
Ioan Chiper | DLA Piper Dinu
Jean Valvis | Valvis Holding
Moderator
Cristian Preotu | Le Manoir
12:20
Lunch & networking
13:20
Key presentation | Creating the present. Looking to the future
Liu Kai | Huawei Romania
13:40
Concluding Panel Discussion | Is the road from emerging to developed country a threat to FDIs?

• While Romania’s said to be the most stable country in the SEE region, its foreign investment levels are declining. Is this a temporary phenomenon or is it a trend? And why is this happening?
• What does Romania look like in the eyes of local vs. foreign investors?
• Romanian companies should start investing in other markets, which would be a signal that our country has reached the level of a developed economy. What keeps our local business champions from expanding abroad and what can be done?

Rozalia Pal | European Investment Bank
Serghei Bulgac | RCS&RDS
Istvan Jakab | Representation of the European Commission in Romania
Loredana Chitu | Dentons
Moderator
Charles Vernon | Vernon | David
Closing remarks
Speakers
Ionut Simion
Country Managing Partner | PwC Romania; President | AmCham
HE Michèle Ramis
Ambassador | Embassy of France in Romania
Lara Tassan Zanin
Head of Office | European Investment Bank
Istvan Jakab
Economic Adviser | Representation of the European Commission in Romania
Rozalia Pal
Country and Financial Sector Analysis, Economics Department | EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK
Andreea Cotiga
Senior Leasing Manager Office | IMMOFINANZ
Antoniu Panait
Managing Director | VASTINT Romania
Florian Nitu
Managing Partner | Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii
Prof. Dr. Jörg K. Menzer
Head CEE Offices | NOERR
Alina Radu
Partner, Head of Banking & Finance | NNDKP
Vlad Tanase
Partner | NNDKP
Serban Roman
Vice President | Enterprise Investors
Miruna Suciu
Managing Partner | Suciu Popa si Asociatii
Oana Motoi
Managing Partner | Cromwell Evan Global
Andrei Georgescu
Partner | Suciu Popa si Asociatii
Vlad Nicolae Doicaru
Vicepresident | Huawei Romania
Charles Vernon
Managing Partner | Vernon, David & Associates
Ramona Jurubita
President | Foreign Investors Council
Philippe Beucher
Managing Director | Accenture
François Bloch
CEO | BRD
Christophe Dridi
MANAGING DIRECTOR | GROUPE RENAULT ROMANIA; CEO | AUTOMOBILE DACIA
Liu Kai
Vicepresident | Huawei Romania
Florian Ciolacu
Executive Director | Romanian Farmers Club for Performant Agriculture
Elisabeta Moraru
Country Manager | Google Romania
Frank Reul
Head of Development | Orbis - Accorhotels Eastern Europe
Andreea Paun
Managing Partner | Griffes
Carla Parnica
Marketing & Corporate Communication Manager | Tinmar Energy
Claudiu Vrinceanu
Entrepreneurship & Communication Expert
Sebastian Enache
Business Development Manager | Monsson Operation and Board Member | BZEE Association
Sebastian Metz
General Manager and Board Member | The German-Romanian Chamber of Commerce (AHK)
Florin Popa
Business to Business Director | Orange Romania
Serghei Bulgac
CEO | RCS&RDS
Cristian Preotu
Owner | Le Manoir
Gijs Klomp
Head of Investment Properties | CBRE Romania
Cristian Nacu
Senior Country Officer for Romania and Moldova | International Finance Corporation
Johan Meyer
CEO | Franklin Templeton Investments
Didier Balcaen
General Manager | Speedwell
Loredana Chitu
Partner and head of the Capital Markets group Bucharest | Dentons
Andreas Lier
CEO | BASF
Saniya Melnicenco
President | ROPEPCA
Witold Urbanowski
CEO | CIECH Soda Romania
Daniela Serban
President & Co-Founder | Romanian Investor Relations Association
Mircea Bozga
Partner, Risk Assurance Services | PwC Romania
Florin Danescu
Executive President | Romanian Banking Association
Ioan Chiper
Head of Finance, Projects & Restructuring | DLA Piper Dinu
Marian Orzu
Managing Partner | Dunwell Industrial Brokerage
Jean Valvis
CEO | Valvis Holding
Alexandra Posea
Investor Relations | Romgaz
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Energy in Focus

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After years of robust growth in Romania’s energy sector, businesses are facing major challenges in 2019 mainly because of regulatory changes. Substantial changes were introduced in the sector: a tax of two percent of turnover, gas price capping, among others.

Representatives from Government & regulatory bodies, leading energy corporations and professional organizations meet at Energy in Focus to talk about the first effects the regulatory changes have on local businesses, on investment & business plans, on market structure and on the perspectives of the energy sector in Romania.

Reasons to attend

Companies and consultants in the energy industry searching for the best ways to adapt to new regulations, understand the current trends, look for the possible answers on new regulations in energy, prepare for future challenges and find possible ways to transform challenges into business opportunities.

Speakers
Anton Anton
Minister of Energy
Andrei Bobar
CFO | Romgaz
Timur-Vasile Chis
General Manager | Conpet
Moderator:
Razvan Nicolescu, Partner | Deloitte Romania; Central Europe leader for gas, oil and chemicals sector | Deloitte
Daniel Apostol
External Affairs Director | The Oil and Gas Employers’ Federation (FPPG)
Saniya Melnicenco
President | ROPEPCA
Viorel Lefter
President | PATRES
Dinu Drog
Founder | Cooperativa de energie
Silvia Vlasceanu
General Manager | ACUE Federation
Iulian Angheluta
Founder | Free Miorita Association
Adrian Dumitriu
CFO | Nuclearelectrica
Matei Neagu
Commercial Director | Alaska Energies Romania
Moderator:
Gabriela Moroianu, Owner | Focus energetic
Agenda
July 17, 2019
14:00
Registration, networking and welcome coffee
14:30
Panel discussion | Electricity & Renewables

· Trend change: Romania has become an electricity importer during the first months of 2019. How Romania could avoid becoming an electricity importer
· How businesses in energy adapt to new regulation changes in 2019
· Waiting for the new wave in renewable energy in Romania: prosumers, solar, wind or other energy sources
· The role of nuclear power in the energy mix: perspectives & needs

Silvia Vlasceanu | ACUE (Federation of Associations of Energy Utilities)
Matei Neagu | Alaska Energies Romania
Dinu Drog | Cooperativa de energie
Iulian Angheluta | Free Mioriţa Association
Adrian Dumitriu | Nuclearelectrica
Martin Moise | PATRES
Moderator:
Gabriela Moroianu | Focus energetic
16:00
Coffee break & Networking
16:20
Panel discussion | Oil & Gas

· Does the Romanian energy sector still attract investors?
· Trends: Changes in gas/fuel prices businesses and households should expect in the short, medium and long term; Electric cars - threat or business opportunity?
· First effects of business & regulatory changes: Q1 2019 results of energy groups in Romania compared to Q1 2018
· Romania’s offshore gas production threatened by new regulations?

Anton Anton, Minister of Energy
Timur-Vasile Chis | Conpet
Andrei Bobar | Romgaz
Saniya Melnicenco | ROPEPCA
Daniel Apostol | The Oil and Gas Employers’ Federation (FPPG)
Moderator:
Răzvan Nicolescu | Deloitte
18:00
Networking cocktails
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Start-ups vs. Scale-ups

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Business Review teamed up with Schoenherr in order to offer start-ups and scale-ups communities legal and funding advice, as well as success stories from local entrepreneurs, so that they can reach their business goals.

The meeting is meant to bring international know-how and good practices to Romanian start-ups and scale-ups, from legal experts, investment funds and successful start-uppers and scale-uppers.

Reasons to attend

Register and get free entry at our event (valid only with prior confirmation from our team. Only 40 seats available!) and find out what makes start-ups and scale-ups succeed!

Speakers
Madalina Neagu
Partner | Schoenherr Romania
Thomas Kulnigg
Partner and Head of Technology & Digitalisation | Schoenherr Attorneys
Ciprian Nicolae
Principal responsible for CEE investments | Credit Value Investments
Cosmin Mihai Marinescu
Managing Partner & Business Strategy & Development | Lummetry.AI
Cristian Logofatu
Co-founder & CFO | Bittnet Group
Laurentiu Ciocirlan
Managing Partner | Equiliant Capital
Moderator: Alex Glod
Senior Trainer, Online Instructor & TEDx Speaker
Agenda
June 13 | 58 Stirbei Voda Street, 5th floor
9 am - 11.30 am
What to consider when you’re looking to raise funds
Tips and tricks for start-ups & scale-ups in protecting copyrights, patents, and trademarks
Be ready for an exit
Employee incentive programs
Legal pitfalls for start-ups & scale-ups
Venture capital transactions
Corporate venture capital
Shareholding schemes
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Working Romania

May 7, 2019 | ARCUB | BUCHAREST

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Business Review's Working Romania Event looks at the new trends that challenge the leading local human resources industry to uncover how they navigate the changes affecting the manner in which we work, as well as at the ways companies and human resources executives are changing their recruitment practices in order to attract and retain top talents.

The conference this year will focus on the two major trends on the local labour market:

  • Romania is becoming the biggest importer of workforce in South-East Europe in an attempt to cover the workforce crisis in sectors like constructions, HORECA or services, and
  • Companies seeking highly qualified employees are developing sophisticated strategies that help them meet the needs and expectations of young employees - customizing office space, offering unique benefits, high salaries and flexible schedules or integrating new technologies that can improve employee experience.
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with +150 professionals, developments experts and business leaders and grow your professional network
Learn
and recharge with senior leaders who have a major role in helping businesses anticipate and adapt to the changing workforce needs.
Experience
practical case studies and research solutions from inspiring speakers from across all industries and sectors, all under one roof.
AGENDA
08:30
Registration & welcome coffee
09:00
Panel discussion | Importing workforce: Romania en route to becoming the biggest workforce importer in SEE

Major industries like HORECA, construction and services are importing workforce, mainly from Asia,
in order to keep up with demand and mitigate the workforce deficit on the Romanian market | An open debate between Government top level officials and national authorities in dialogue with representatives of major players from different industries and sectors.

• How local businesses are trying to bring back Romanians working abroad
• Supply and demand on the Romanian market
• Retention of “brains” in a globalized workforce environment

Marius-Constantin Budai | Minister of Labour and Social Justice
Dragos Anastasiu | Eurolines Group
Cristian Erbasu | Constructii Erbasu
Mircea-Catalin Roman | Noerr
Lecturer Dr. Andrei Tinu | National Citizenship Authority
Vlad Nastase | Concilium Consulting & Turnaround Management Association, the Romania Subsidiary
Moderator:
Andreea Cretulescu | Journalist
10:15
Presentation | HR technologies from the future
Mihai Gavan | TotalSoft
10:35
Coffee break & networking
11:00
Presentation | How important and how “imported” employees are in Romania
Dan Puica | BestJobs
11:20
Panel discussion | The future of work

• How do corporations prepare for the new generation of workers?
• Generation Z and challenges for HR professionals
• Millennials’ expectations and how organizations meet their professional needs
• Recruiting talent in the “age of millennials”
• Embracing future tech – is your workforce agile enough?
• Gamify your recruitment to engage candidates and attract the best talent
• Core practices for future work habits: how will the future workplace look like and how AI will change the way we work?

Smarandita Schnel | TELEKOM
Dan Puica | BestJobs
Alina Dumitru | Zepter Romania
Mihaela Cretulescu | Immofinanz Romania
Moderator:
Oana Datki | C Team Romania
12:20
Presentation | Innovative HR trends and solutions embracing the future and changing the HR practices
Miruna Stoica | Oracle Romania
12:40
Employer branding for the #futureofwork

• Standing out in a competitive job market – enhancing your brand in the age of instant social media reviews
• Innovative HR trends and solutions that change recruitment & retention practices
• The power of employer branding in attracting talent
• Gender equality policies - an engine for economic competitiveness
• Empowering employees: favorite extra-salary benefits

Madalina Racovitan | KPMG Romania
Monica Oltean | Wellington
Moderator:
Oana Datki | C Team Romania
Adelina Dabu | Concordia Employers Confederation
13:30
Lunch & networking
Speakers

*Stay tuned! More top speakers to be announced soon.

Marius-Constantin Budai
Minister of Labour and Social Justice
Dan Puica
CEO | BestJobs
Oana Datki
SEE Managing Partner | C Team Romania
Mihaela Cretulescu
HR Business Partner | IMMOFINANZ Romania
Alina Dumitru
General Manager | Zepter International Romania
Dragos Anastasiu
Owner | Eurolines Group
Cristian Erbasu
CEO | Constructii Erbasu
Mircea-Catalin Roman
Senior Associate | Noerr
Miruna Stoica
PreSales Cloud Solution Consultant | Oracle
Smarandita Schnel
HR BPO Director | Telekom
Lecturer Univ. Dr. Andrei Tinu
President | National Citizenship Authority (ANC)
Madalina Racovitan
Partner | KPMG Romania
Mihai Gavan
HCM Global Sales Director | TotalSoft
Vlad Nastase
CEO | Concilium Consulting & President | Turnaround Management Association, the Romania Subsidiary
Monica Oltean
Health & Wellness Director | Wellington
Adelina Dabu
Public Policy & International Relations Senior Adviser | Concordia Employers Confederation
Andreea Cretulescu
Journalist
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REALTY Forum 2019

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As Business Review hosts the 18th edition of REALTY Forum, its flagship event for the Romanian real estate market, this significant milestone will underpin the concept of this year’s conference. Business Review has been covering the impressive growth of the property sector in the last 18 years and the challenges stemming from economic headwinds and shifting trends of consumers.

In this period, the image of Bucharest and other regional cities has changed significantly due to the development activity that has evenly covered the whole market segments.

The real estate sector continues to progress as more Romanian entrepreneurs and large foreign funds are developing quality projects that can compete with similar ones in other international cities.

REALTY Forum will review the development of the sector in the past 18 years and will also start a conversation about the future of real estate and its innovation potential driven by technology.

REASONS TO ATTEND
NETWORKING
with +150 real estate key decision makers, professionals and influencers
EXPLORE
the latest market demands, legal updates and innovative business solutions
UNDERSTAND
from top level leaders, the latest industry trends and evolution
DISCOVER
up-to-date forecasts and reports brought to you by relevant industry players
Speakers

Stay tuned for further updates!

Antoniu Panait
Managing Partner | Vastint
Laurentiu Manea
Manager for Office Buildings Openville Timişoara
Andreea Cotiga
Senior Leasing Manager | Immofinanz
Florin Furdui
Country Manager | Portland Trust
Dorel Nita
Managing Partner | Imobiliare.ro
Marian Orzu
Managing Partner | Dunwell Industrial Brokerage
Alex Skouras
Managing Partner | Alesonor
Ivan Lokere
CEO | Alinso Group
Mihai Zaharia
Director of Investments and Capital Markets | Globalworth
Razvan Ionescu
Marketing Director | Impact Developer & Contractor
Sebastian Dragomir
Head of Office Advisory and Member of the Board | Colliers International
Tim Wilkinson
Partner | Cushman & Wakefield Echinox
Andrei Jerca
Account Director in Industrial&Logistics | CBRE
Dan Borbely
Partner | Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii
Adrian Cionca
General Manager | RPC Group
Agenda
May 15, 2019

The 18th edition of Business Review’s REALTY Forum continues to reflect the growing contribution of the property sector in the Romanian economy. As the leading real estate event on the Romanian market, the REALTY Forum hosts a series of key panel discussions on the outlook of the industry and its investment potential.

14:00
Registration, networking and welcome coffee
14:30
Panel discussion | Building the Romanian real-estate from the early 2000s to present day and forward

➱ The biggest players on the Romanian real-estate market who have been here from the beginning analyze the market evolution and how they adapted and enriched their portfolios in an ever changing business environment to stay ahead of the game.
➱ Discussion on trends of the future.

Florin Furdui | Portland Trust
Tim Wilkinson | Cushman & Wakefield Echinox
Sebastian Dragomir | Colliers International
Alex Skouras | Alesonor
Ivan Lokere | Alinso Group
Mihai Zaharia | GLOBALWORTH
Moderator
Dan Borbely | Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii
16:00
Coffee break & Networking
16:20
Panel discussion | New trends in Office | Residential | Industrial

➱ The delivery pipeline of new office projects: expected stock in 2019 in primary and secondary cities
➱ The delivery pipeline of new residential projects: expected stock in 2019 in primary and secondary cities
➱ The investment strategies of leading players in the industrial and logistics industry | Trends to consider
➱ How the right work space can support retention and recruitment of skilled employees
➱ Can technology make tenants happy? Building Information Modelling (BIM), PropTech. Can robots replace agents?
➱ Space as service & culture of collaboration: co-working, flexible space, wellness

Antoniu Panait | Vastint
Andreea Cotiga | Immofinanz
Laurentiu Manea | OPENVILLE TIMIŞOARA
Dorel Nita | Analize Imobiliare
Razvan Ionescu | Impact Developer & Contractor
Marian Orzu | Dunwell
Andrei Jerca | CBRE
Moderator
Adrian Cionca | RPC Group
18:00
REALTY’s 18th anniversary cocktails
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Tax & Law Conference

About

Tax & Law Conference, now at its 17th edition, is the landmark event for tax and legal professionals in the Romanian industry, that offers a full perspective regarding the latest fiscal and legislation changes that impact the private sector.

This year’s edition focuses on the raft of fiscal changes that address the telecom, energy and banking sectors, alongside the latest fiscal trends in the European Union that are also taking ground locally.

Reasons to attend
  • Attending the event & workshop will bring participants 5 CPD units offered by ACCA, 5 unstructured CPD hours offered by CAFR and 5 hours of professional training offered by CCF
  • Stay up-to-date with the recent changes in the Fiscal Code
  • Find out what are the benefits and challenges of the new regulations
  • Gain practical insights through case studies and workshops
  • Tap into the expertise of a powerful group of professionals with CFOs, accountants and fiscal & legal consultants
Speakers
Eugen Orlando Teodorovici
Minister of Public Finance
Madalina Nicola
Head of Accounting & Payroll Department | Noerr Finance & Tax
Vasile Ciolpan
Director of Energy Trading | Romgaz
Frank Hajdinjak
CEO | E.ON Romania
Adrian Vasilescu
Strategy Consultant at the National Bank of Romania (BNR)
Zoltan Nagy-Bege
Vice President | Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE)
Doru Dudas
General Director | Legislation&Fiscal Procedure Cod, Nonfiscal Regulation Direction-Ministry of Finance
Raul Mihu
Partner | Dentons
Viorel Sbora
Transfer Pricing Partner | ATIPIC Solutions
Florin Danescu
Executive President | Romanian Bank Association (ARB)
Alexandru Maximescu
Public and Regulatory Affairs Director | OMV Petrom
Alexandra Smedoiu
Partner Tax | Deloitte Romania
Oana Motoi
Managing Partner | Cromwell Evan Global
Ioan Niculae
InterAgro
Cristian Erbasu
CEO | Constructii Erbasu
Moderator: Dragos Doros
Tax Partner | KPMG Romania
Moderator: Monica Ghiurco
TV PRODUCER, BANII TAI SHOW | TVR1
AGENDA

Business Review announce the 17th edition of the Tax & Law Conference, its flagship event that offers a full perspective regarding the latest fiscal and legislation changes that impact the private sector. This year’s edition focuses on the raft of fiscal changes that address the energy and banking sectors, alongside the latest fiscal trends in the European Union that are also taking ground locally.

9:00
Registration & Welcoming Coffee
10:00
Panel discussion

Changes made to Romania’s tax regime that impact large companies operating locally: changes made to the Emergency Ordinance (OUG) 114/2018 and the law’s implementation procedures. Government officials facing the most impacted players in the industry: Banking and Energy.

Moderator: Monica Ghiurco
TV Producer, Banii Tai Show | TVR1
10:00
First session

Impact on the financial sector

Eugen Orlando Teodorovici
Minister of Public Finance
Florin Danescu
Executive President | ARB
Adrian Vasilescu
Strategy Consultant at the National Bank of Romania (BNR)
10:30
Second session

Impact on the energy sector

Eugen Orlando Teodorovici
Minister of Public Finance
Zoltan Nagy-Bege
Vice President | ANRE
Vasile Ciolpan
Director of Energy Trading | ROMGAZ
Frank Hajdinjak
CEO | E.ON Romania
Alexandru Maximescu
Public and Regulatory Affairs Director | OMV Petrom
Ioan Niculae
InterAgro
11:30
Q&A Session
11:50
Coffee break & Networking
12:20
Presentation | When competition meets data protection
Raul Mihu
Partner | DENTONS
12:35
Panel Discussion | Major fiscal changes rolled out in 2019 and the ways they shape operations of companies

• Differential increase of the minimum wage – new tax regime for construction workers
• Implementing the electronic cash register system - challenges and solutions
• The impact of fiscal measures on business in the medium and long term
• New reporting obligations with impact on the way companies manage their transfer pricing. Advantages and disadvantages of obtaining an advance pricing agreement
• What’s next: Expectations of taxpayers and the approach of tax authorities during audits

Madalina Nicola
Head of Accounting & Payroll Department | NOERR Finance & Tax
Viorel Sbora
Transfer Pricing Partner | ATIPIC Solutions
Alexandra Smedoiu
Partner Tax | Deloitte Romania
Doru Dudas
GENERAL DIRECTOR | LEGISLATION&FISCAL PROCEDURE COD, NONFISCAL REGULATION DIRECTION-MINISTRY OF FINANCE
Oana Motoi
Managing Partner | Cromwell Evan Global
Cristian Erbasu
CEO | Constructii Erbasu
Moderator: Dragos Doros
Tax Partner | KPMG Romania
13:45
Lunch & networking
14:30
Workshop

Powered by: ATIPIC SOLUTIONS and held by Viorel Sbora, Transfer Pricing Partner & his team

ATIPIC SOLUTIONS specialists will discuss with you, in an interactive seminar, the following topics:
• Tools available for estimation of the minimum and maximum exposure to transfer pricing adjustments
• Frequent situations where the tax authorities disagree with taxpayers and the solutions offered by the Romanian courts
• The segregation of a profit and loss account in the preparation of a transfer pricing file and the importance of management accounting data in this process
• Transfer pricing audit step by step
• Q&A session

* The workshop will be held in Romanian and attendance is included in the conference fee, with prior confirmation

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Jury Members

Business Review Awards Jury Members 2009 - 2018

2018

  • Fady Chreih - CEO, Regina Maria
  • Anca Harasim - ‎Executive Director, AmCham
  • Marius Ștefan - CEO, Autonom
  • Cătălina Rousseau - CEO, BDR Associates
  • Maria Tudor - Chief Media Officer and Business Development Lead, Central and Eastern Europe, Publicis One
  • Marius Ghenea - Partner, 3TS Capital
  • Florian Nițu - Managing Partner, Popovici Nițu Stoica & Asociații
  • Șerban Roman - Vice President, Country Director Romania, Enterprise Investors
  • Dan Nechita - Co - Founder and President, Smart Everything Everywhere
  • Cristian Sporiș - Vice President, Raiffeisen Bank
  • Dan Petre - Partner, D&D Research

2017

  • Anca Rarau - Marketing Director, BCR
  • Cosmin Alexandru - Transformation Partner, Wanted Transformation/Entrepreneurship Academy
  • Istvan Kocsolade - Manager, Accenture Management Consulting
  • Joshua Burke – Commercial Attache & Deputy Senior Commercial Officer, US Embassy Bucharest
  • Marius Ghenea – Investment Director, 3TS Investors
  • Matteo Patrone – Director for Romania, EBRD
  • Oana Bulexa – Managing Director, The Practice
  • Oana Craioveanu – CoFounder, Impact Hub
  • Silviu Stoica – Partner, Popovici Nitu Stoica si Asociatii
  • Sotiris Chatzidakis – Executive Vice President, CEO Clubs

2016

  • Cornel Marian - Managing Director, Oresa
  • Omer Tetik - CEO, Banca Transilvania
  • Andreia Radu - Principal Investment Officer, IFC
  • Sergiu Negut - Associated Dean, Maastricht School of Management
  • Peter Barta - CEO, Post Privatization Foundation
  • Kostas Loukas - Country Manager, Microsoft Romania
  • Razvan Iorgu - CEO, CBRE
  • Silviu Stoica - Partner, Popovici Nitu Stoica si Asociatii
  • Fady Chreih - CEO, Regina Maria
  • Hortensia Nastase - Vice-president, MullenLowe Romania
  • Carmen Peli - Partner, PeliFilip
  • Florin Godean - Country Manager, Adecco Romania

2015

  • Lucian Croitoru - Senior Advisor on Monetary Policy at National Bank of Romania
  • Viorel Ciocoiu - Adviser to the Secretary of State, Head of the DPIIS
  • Felix Patrascanu - Managing Partner at FAN Courier
  • Cristi Sporis - Vice President at Raiffeisen Bank
  • Catalina Rousseau - President & CEO at BDR Associates
  • Manuela Furdui - Managing Partner at Finexpert
  • Matei Paun - Managing Partner at BAC Investment Bank
  • Ion Sturza - Owner of Fribourg Capital, shareholder at Elefant.ro
  • George Butunoiu - Managing Partner at George Butunoiu Executive Search

2014

  • Ilinca Paun - Managing Director, Colliers Romania
  • Ufuk Tandogan - CEO, Garanti Group Romania
  • Mihai Marcu - President of the Administration Board, MedLife
  • Gerard Chandran - General Manager, Mondelez International
  • Iulian Stanciu - General Manager, eMAG
  • Bogdan Ion - Country Managing Partner, EY Romania
  • Ioana Manoiu - Managing Partner, GMP PR
  • Mamas Koutsoyiannis - Director, Baker Tilly
  • Mihai Sfintescu - Partner, 3TS Capital Partners

2013

  • Traian Halalai - President, Eximbank
  • Andrea Multari - Country Managing Director, Accenture
  • Javier Garcia del Valle - General Manager, Happy Tour
  • Anca Harasim - Executive Director, American Chamber of Commerce
  • Alexandra Olteanu - Managing Director, Initiative Romania
  • Bogdan Ion - Country Managing Partner, Ernst&Young
  • Valentin Jurcut - Enterprise Sales & Services Director Romania and CEE, Bitdefender
  • Sergiu Negut - Partner, Wanted Transformation Consultancy
  • Cristian Nacu - Partner, Enterprise Investors

2012

  • Steven Van Groningen - President, Foreign Investment Council & CEO, Raiffeisen Bank – President of the Jury
  • Florin Pogonaru - Chairman, AOAR – Romanian Businessmen Association
  • Wargha Enayati - Managing Director, Regina Maria, the Private Healthcare Network
  • Emma Popa Radu - Managing Director, Advent International Office in Bucharest
  • Aneta Bogdan - Managing Partner, Brandient
  • Dan Bulucea - Country Manager, Google Romania
  • Oana Petroff -Managing Director, Mindshare Romania

2011

  • Steven Van Groningen – CEO, Raiffeisen Bank Romania & President of the Jury
  • Serban Toader – Senior Partner and Head of Advisory, KPMG Romania
  • Jean Valvis – CEO, Valvis Holding
  • Doru Lionachescu – Chairman, Capital Partners
  • Linda Griffin – General Manager, Athenee Palace Hilton
  • Eliza Rogalski – CEO, Tempo Creative Group
  • Robert Maxim – Managing Partner, Ensight Management Consulting
  • Daniel Anghel – Partner, Indirect Taxes, PwC Romania

2010

  • Steven van Groningen - President & CEO, Raiffeisen Bank- President of the Jury
  • Mariana Gheorghe - CEO, Petrom
  • Alexandra Gatej - Counselor, Romanian Presidency
  • Oliver Olson - Country Manager, CEU Business School
  • Peter Jansen - Managing Partner, Cohn&Jansen
  • George Alberts - President, KD Investments
  • Ion Florescu - General Manager, New Europe Capital
  • Friedrich Niemann - General Manager, Athenee Palace Hilton
  • Sorana Savu - Senior Partner, Premium Communications
  • George Mucibabici - Chairman, Deloitte Romania
  • Eva-Simone Perauer - Managing Director, Casa Austria
  • Matei Paun - Managing Partner, BAC Romania

2009

  • Anca Harasim - Executive Director, Amcham Romania
  • Benoit Blarel - Country Manager, International Bank for Reconstruction & Development, World Bank
  • Dan Pascariu - President of the board, UniCredit Tiriac Bank
  • Andrei Caramitru - General Manager, McKinsey & Company
  • Horia Manda - Senior Vice-President & Chief Investment Officer, Romanian-American Enterprise Fund RAEF
  • Jonathan Youens - Managing Director, Creative Global Property

Business Review Awards Gala 2019

About

Over the previous 13 editions of the event, Business Review sets the spotlight on the achievements of the business community, thus awarding and celebrating the companies, business leaders and entrepreneurs that showed drive, initiative and who achieved the best results in their class of business.

Facts & Figures from the previous editions

  • 13 Editions of BR Awards
  • Over 110 Honorable Jury Members
  • Over 500 of Romania’s most inspiring leaders, entrepreneurs, companies and initiatives in the spotlight
  • More than 2,000 representatives of Romania’s business elite
Why attend
INVEST IN YOURSELF

Witness inspirational initiatives, programs and companies and meet the people behind these successful accomplishments

NETWORK

250+ influential top executives, active investors, successful entrepreneurs, officials and diplomats

GET INSPIRED

A truly special evening in the company of like-minded individuals that aim to create value for businesses, for people, for Romania

Agenda
19:00
Registration & Welcome Cocktail
20:00
Awards Gala & Celebratory Dinner
21:30
Networking Cocktail
Categories
1. BEST COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE - Companies
Winner: Microsoft Romania for their Alt Viitor campaign
  • Ariston Thermo Romania - The Ariston Comfort Challenge Romania
  • KAUFLAND ROMANIA – In stare de bine program
  • Microsoft Romania – Alt Viitor
  • Zitec - #cei 1024
The Community Development - companies category - awards the CSR initiatives of both Romanian and foreign companies and recognizes their contribution to the community, by demonstrating their commitment to implementing medium and long term programs/projects. It looks to reward companies’ involvement in community development programs with a high social and or economic impact on the society.
  • Proven social impact of the business / initiative (community impact) in terms of number of direct beneficiaries, the impact on the community it is implemented in, the added value for the local CSR market / civil society scene;
  • Developing long term programs or projects for local communities (long term commitment to the local community);
  • The initiatives coming from both companies and NGOs must address a real need of the community (e.g. education, social intervention, health, environment, smart city);
  • Being transparent to the local community by publishing annual sustainability reports (GRI 4) is an advantage.
2. BEST COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE - NGOs
Winner: Teach for Romania
  • Junior Achievement Romania
  • Romanian Business Leaders
  • Teach for Romania
The Community Development - NGOs category - awards the initiatives of local NGOs and recognizes the their contribution to the local community or society as a whole, by demonstrating their commitment to implementing medium and long term programs/projects. It looks to reward NGOs involvement in community development programs with a high social and/or economic impact on the society.
  • Proven social impact of the business / initiative (community impact) in terms of number of direct beneficiaries, the impact on the community it is implemented in, the added value for the local CSR market / civil society scene;
  • Developing long term programs or projects for local communities (long term commitment to the local community);
  • The initiatives coming from both companies and NGOs must address a real need of the community (e.g. education, social intervention, health, environment, smart city);
  • Being transparent to the local community by publishing annual sustainability reports (GRI 4) is an advantage.
3. INNOVATION IN TECHNOLOGY
Winner: Instant Factoring
  • Genpact for its Attrition Predictive Tool – A Machine Learning Engine
  • Happy Recruiter for Dora robot
  • Instant Factoring
  • Vodafone for Telemedicine center for insulin-dependent children
This award recognizes novel, innovative and research-driven strategies, developed in/for Romania. The category is meant to cover the many developments related to the introduction of new products, services or campaigns, as well as the roll-out of R&D oriented investments.
  • Clear element/elements of innovation of the business/service;
  • Financial support received for implementing the idea (which demonstrates its innovative potential);
  • The outcome/impact on the economy/society;
  • The potential to be scalable.
4. BEST EMPLOYER
Winner: Autonom
  • Autonom
  • Banca Transilvania
  • Kaufland Romania
  • Microsoft Romania
Now more than ever, organizations are investing in the improvement of their people practices. Gone are the days when HR operated as an external entity – hiring, firing and moderating conflict. The world of HR is constantly evolving, and now the key objective for attracting and retaining top talent into business is the focus on people practices.
  • Career opportunities within the company;
  • Personnel turnover;
  • Impact of the company on the local labor market;
  • The importance of the company for the local economy (as sector, number of employees, products/services it offers);
  • Qualitative reviews: employees’ feedback, employer branding efforts, engagement, retention;
  • Worldwide HR trends (such as to focus on people-centric themes, including digitalization, millennials, transparency, diversity and inclusion and wellbeing – subjects that look at increasing employee drive and satisfaction) applied within the Romanian branch/the local company (could be Romanian, not just multinational);
  • Employee conditions;
  • Developing talent throughout all levels of the organization and demonstrating its leadership status in the HR environment.
5. DEAL OF THE YEAR
Winner: Banca Transilvania – Bancpost
  • Banca Transilvania - Bancpost
  • Dedeman - The Bridge (Forte Partners)
  • Softvision - Cognizant
This category acknowledges the most important business transactions of the previous year, regardless of the transaction type. It recognizes the deal that had the most impact and significance in 2018, in financial terms and in the development of the local economy, or of a particular industry. It looks at novel elements of the respective transaction, and how the deal stands out on the local or regional business scene.
  • Value of the transaction;
  • Impact within the industry/ local business scene and economy as a whole;
  • Novelty elements characteristic to the transaction;
  • The company’s value – transaction’s value ratio is to be considered (for the seller company).
6. BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR - Best CEO of large companies
Winner: Felix Patrascanu, FAN Courier
  • Marco Hoessl, Kaufland Romania
  • Felix Patrascanu, FAN Courier
  • Ömer Tetik, Banca Transilvania
The award seeks to recognize remarkable achievements of business people that go above and beyond their daily roles and responsibilities as head of companies, local or international. For the first time this year, this category is split in two sub-categories: Business Leader of the Year for CEOs of large companies and for CEOs of SMEs.
  • the company’s results measured against the market conditions in the respective industry;
  • their involvement in improving the business environment and on trying to solve some of the society’s current challenges;
  • their quality of being key opinion leaders would be an advantage;
  • The company’s organizational culture: e.g. oriented towards empowering their employees;
  • The main changes that took place within the company in the last year and the way its leader reacted to (e.g. implementation of digitalization process, a takeover, adjust/extend their activity, etc);
  • Evidence of the nominee’s achievements and role as a leader within the community;
  • SMEs (companies with less than EUR 50 million in turnover)
7. BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR - Best CEO of SMEs
Winner: Marius and Dan Stefan, Autonom
  • Monica Cadogan, Vivre.ro
  • Alexandru Lapusan, Zitec
  • Marius and Dan Stefan, Autonom
The award seeks to recognize remarkable achievements of business people that go above and beyond their daily roles and responsibilities as head of companies, local or international. For the first time this year, this category is split in two sub-categories: Business Leader of the Year for CEOs of large companies and for CEOs of SMEs.
  • the company’s results measured against the market conditions in the respective industry;
  • their involvement in improving the business environment and on trying to solve some of the society’s current challenges;
  • their quality of being key opinion leaders would be an advantage;
  • The company’s organizational culture: e.g. oriented towards empowering their employees;
  • The main changes that took place within the company in the last year and the way its leader reacted to (e.g. implementation of digitalization process, a takeover, adjust/extend their activity, etc);
  • Evidence of the nominee’s achievements and role as a leader within the community;
  • SMEs (companies with less than EUR 50 million in turnover)
8. EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS
Winner: Banca Transilvania
  • Autonom
  • Banca Transilvania
  • Farmec
This award recognizes the outstanding achievement of a local business over a longer period of time, looking at aspects such as innovative character, development achievements, market share and the overall relevance for the local business environment. In today’s hyper-fast world, excellence requires building flexible, nimble organizations that can quickly adapt to rapidly changing markets without losing sight of their vision of winning.
  • A bias for action;
  • Staying close to the customer;
  • Autonomy and entrepreneurship;
  • Clear and compelling organizational values;
  • Focusing on what they do best;
  • The strategy for development in the past years;
  • Business growth over the previous year;
  • Unique endeavors to support the local business community;
  • Sustainable development strategy;
  • Top market position;
  • Exceptional business growth compared with peers.
9. BEST START-UP in the services industry
Winner: Keez
  • Keez
  • The Beer Institute
  • Instant Factoring
This award recognizes the overall impact of the new investors that have made their entrance on the local market in 2018. For the first time this year, this category is split in two sub-categories: start-ups specialized in delivering services and start-ups specialized in manufacturing products.
  • Number of jobs created;
  • The value of the total investment in the business so far;
  • The added value / level of innovation it brings for the sector it activates (for services start-ups);
  • The dimension of the business created;
  • The economic impact: recovering an economic sector or a region of development, contributing to the diminishing of the unemployment rate;
  • Its potential to extend abroad.
10. BEST START-UP in the manufacturing industry
Winner: KHAR
  • Disofa
  • KHAR
  • Nalu
This award recognizes the overall impact of the new investors that have made their entrance on the local market in 2018. For the first time this year, this category is split in two sub-categories: start-ups specialized in delivering services and start-ups specialized in manufacturing products.
  • Number of jobs created;
  • The value of the total investment in the business so far;
  • The added value / level of innovation it brings for the sector it activates (for services start-ups);
  • The dimension of the business created;
  • The economic impact: recovering an economic sector or a region of development, contributing to the diminishing of the unemployment rate;
  • Its potential to extend abroad.
11. BEST GREEN PROJECT
Winner: Kaufland Romania for the first store reorganised based on a plastic-free strategy
  • Act for Tomorrow and NEPI – The Empty Shop
  • Kaufland Romania – The first store reorganized after a plastic free strategy
  • ViitorPlus – social business RECICLETA
This category awards the efforts made by companies / NGOs to bring their contribution to the environment protection, by implementing projects with a high impact on the environment and society as a whole. It aims also to recognize their efforts towards educating Romanians in the spirit of recycling and protecting the environment.
  • The real impact of the project to the environment;
  • It should be a long-term commitment / initiative;
  • The investment made in the project;
  • Its potential to be developed nationwide.
12. BEST EMERGING ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Winner: Alexandru Lapusan, Zitec
  • Razvan Crisan, The Kane Group
  • Claudia Goga, CareToPets
  • Alexandru Lapusan, Zitec
  • Radu Savopol, 5 to Go
This award recognizes the entrepreneurial efforts and achievements of a local emerging business person who has managed to develop a successful regional or national business (expansion on the local and other foreign markets, significant organic growth, high potential for development of their business both on a local or international market).
  • Development of the business over the past year;
  • Sustainable growth of their business;
  • Potential to become a major player in their specific industry / sector at national level and/or abroad;
  • Look at the ethics and values exemplified in the business;
  • The pace of increasing its annual turnover.
13. BEST FINANCIAL PARTNER FOR SMEs
Winner: Instant Factoring
  • Banca Transilvania
  • ING Bank
  • Instant Factoring
This category awards the efforts made by financial institutions in their endeavor to improve the SMEs sector in Romania, considering that SMEs represent the driving force for any economy.
  • The financial support offered for supporting the businesses of SMEs (EUR mln offered as banking loans);
  • Types of businesses (their sector of activity) financed and their impact on the development of the local economy;
  • The importance of innovation in selecting the SMEs that will be financed throughout a banking loan;
  • The importance of the sectors where SMEs are active for the local economy.
14. BEST ACCELERATION PROGRAM FOR START-UPS
Winner: Techcelerator
  • Impact Hub Bucharest
  • Orange Fab Romania
  • Techcelerator
This category awards the efforts made by business accelerators and incubators in their endeavor to improve the Romanian start-ups and to encourage the entrepreneurial initiative in Romania.
  • The support offered for local start-ups;
  • Types of businesses (their sector of activity) incubated and their impact on the development of the local economy;
  • The importance of innovation in the businesses that will be incubated or included in the acceleration program;
  • The importance of the sectors where the start-ups incubated/accelerated are active for the local economy.
Nominate a candidate / project

Companies can enter the competition until February 15, taking into account the judging criteria for each category. Please drop us a line if you need details, here: events@business-review.eu 

Jury
Ilinca Păun
CEO | The Entrepreneurship Academy
Oana Gheorghiu
Co-founder | Daruieste Viata
Carmen Uscatu
Co-founder | Daruieste Viata
Dragoș Gheban
Managing Partner | Catalyst Solutions
Șerban Roman
Vice President, Country Director Romania | Enterprise Investors
Cristian Nacu
Senior Country Officer | International Finance Corporation
Franz Weiler
CEO, Uniqa Asigurări | President, Foreign Investors Council
Dan Balotescu
Managing Partner | Media Investment
Florian Nițu
Managing Partner | Popovici Nițu Stoica & Asociații
Horațiu Florescu
CEO | Knight Frank Ro
Dragoș Tuță
Founder & General Manager | The CSR Agency
Judging Procedure

The Jury:

  • Consists of top senior professionals representing the business community
  • Is to apply qualitative & quantitative assessments for each candidate based on the information they are given
  • Is assembled to nominate and vote the best representative for each category
  • Members of the jury cannot be nominated (as individuals)

The president of the jury, voted at the first Jury Meeting, will:

  • Cast the deciding vote in case of a tie
  • Have full access to all information submitted by the nominees (directly into the online platform)
  • Supervise the final voting process and scores

Judging process

  • Will consist of two stages (two Jury meetings and an online vote) as follows: a nomination stage – First Jury Meeting (January 2019) and a review stage (short listing – online vote on the eve of the Second Jury Meeting when the final vote is cast – February 2019)
  • Each member of the jury is responsible for their proposals and should nominate candidates which meet the eligibility requirements

The nomination stage:

  • The jury will assemble once for the nomination stage. For each category every member of the jury can propose up to 3 candidates. After the jury meeting, the proposed candidates will receive a standard form to fill in and submit before the second round of the judging process.
  • In case a jury member is representing a company that has been nominated for one or more categories he will not take part at the vote for that specific category (categories)
  • Any company who fits the eligibility requirements can submit an application (self-nomination) on the Business Review Awards event page (https://bit.ly/2SDojE0) or at events@business-review.eu until February 15

Eligibility requirements:

  • Have at least one-year performance history through to December 31st, 2018;
  • Have consistent and positive investment objectives over the past year in accordance with the judging criteria of the specific category they are applying for.

Shortlisting and final voting stage

All candidates will fill-in and submit a standard online form. These standard forms will be the support for the decision taken by the jury during the second meeting. If there are more than 3 nominees in one category, the jury will short list the top 3-5 by a ranking system previous agreed on, or simply using qualitative assessments.

Confidentiality

All information regarding the nominees is confidential and shall not be disclosed by the jury to the public or any other third party.

 

BEST PROMOTER OF ROMANIA THROUGH ART
We believe culture and arts have a crucial role in shaping us and in our well-being, therefore this year Business Review invited you to be a part of the voting process and choose your favorite initiative that makes us proud to be Romanians.  The winner will be announced at Business Review Awards Gala, on March 4.
Thank you for voting by February 28, 16:00.
  • WINNER: UNTOLD Festival - 49% of votes
  • ART SAFARI Bucharest - 41% of votes
  • Sibiu International Theatre Festival (FITS) - 4% of votes
  • The Transilvania International Film Festival - 4% of votes
  • Sonoro Festival - 2% of votes
Nomination process

Step 1: Choose the category/categories that best fit/s your achievements or the company’s accomplishments.
*you can fill-in multiple online forms in different categories and the nomination process is free of charge

Step 2: Business Review team sends you an email describing the judging process and criteria and attaches the online as well as Word versions of the form for each of the selected categories. Submit your nomination, in English, and enter the competition by February 15!

Step 3: The Jury evaluates all submitted forms and makes a shortlist including 3 to 5 nominees that are the most successful in complying with the requirements. The short list will be announced on the website on February 28.

Step 4: The shortlisted nominees receive a VIP invitation to Business Review Awards Gala.

Step 5: The winners are awarded their prizes at the Gala in March 4, in the presence of more than 200 business leaders, officials, leading foreign investors, diplomats and entrepreneurs.

At its 14th edition, the Awards will celebrate 2018’s pacesetters in an intense competition evaluated by an independent jury which ensures the integrity and transparency of the judging process. The nominees for each category will undergo a judging process and the winners will be publicly announced and presented with their awards during the Gala ceremony on March 4, in the presence of Romania’s 200 top business community representatives.

If you are unable to attend the event for any reason, we require at least 7 days’ prior written notice – letter, or email or you may make a substitution at no extra charge but we would appreciate prior notice.

No refund or credit will be offered on cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the start date and any outstanding payment will be required in full (this also applies to delegates who do not attend on the day).

Attendance fees will not be refunded (irrespective of the date of booking) in the event of circumstances outside of the organizer’s control.

By filling out this form you understand and agree that your personal information will be entered in our database and that you may occasionally receive updates from BUSINESS REVIEW and its partners through any available communication method (print, by phone, e-mail, sms).

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