#BRA2021 Shortlist | Who are the final candidates in the race to become Romania’s business champions of 2020

Mihai-Alexandru Cristea 03/06/2021 | 16:14

After a week of deliberating and analyzing the nominations submitted for the 11 categories of the Business Review Awards 2021, the Jury Members have cast their votes and decided the final nominees who will enter the race at the June 15 Gala. The contest was very balanced and the scores reflected the high quality of the nominees, some categories were tied in the 5th, 6th, and even 7th places, which resulted in a shortlist of 6 and 7 nominees respectively. Save the date for the 2021 edition of the Business Review Awards Gala and join us at the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel to meet and celebrate Romania’s business heroes!


1. Best CSR Initiative of the Year: This category awards the CSR initiatives of both Romanian and multinational companies with the highest impact on the community during the current pandemic. It also recognizes the efforts made by the business environment to support the communities and / or the sectors that have been hit hard by the negative economic impact of the SARS-CoV 2 outbreak.
  • Auchan Romania: Bucureștii Noi & Cluj Sala Polivalentă Medical Support Units;
  • Autonom: The Help Initiative;
  • Cosmopolis: The first free medical hotline in Bucharest;
  • Globalworth Foundation: Narada.ro, crowdfunding platform for teachers;
  • Kaufland Romania: Act for Water, A.P.A. 2020 edition;
  • Sodexo Pass Romania: Together for Tomorrow;


2. Best supporter of healthcare services: This category recognizes the efforts made by all the players active in the healthcare services sector be it pharma companies, medical clinics, medical technology players in order to come up with solutions meant to support the healthcare system to manage the pandemic in Romania.
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  • Continental Sibiu;
  • Enayati Medical City;
  • Farmec SA;
  • Medlife;
  • Recomedica;
  • Regina Maria – The Private Health Network;


3. Employer of the Year | Working Romania Champion: The Working Romania Champion of the Year category awards the outstanding achievement of the companies active on the Romanian market – Romanian or multinational ones – when it comes to their HR strategy seen from different perspectives: work from home strategy, motivation and compensation plans, retention of their employees, non-financial benefits adapted to the specific of the pandemic (including measures taken to diminish the negative psychological pressure on their employees).
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    • Autonom Group;
    • Groupe Renault Romania;
    • ING Bank Romania;
    • Microsoft Romania;
    • Orange Romania;
    • Superbet;
    • Telekom Romania;



4. Most Adaptive Business Model in 2020: The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic disrupted the normal course of the global economy, including the local one. Flexibility and adaptability of the business models were the most important characteristics of a company in such a difficult year. This category recognizes the most innovative companies which managed to adapt their business model last year and became a role model for their sector or other industries.
  • 5 To Go;
  • Farmec SA;
  • Groupe Renault Romania;
  • Kaufland Romania;
  • Kinderpedia;


5. Innovator of the Year: 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 in order to bring their contribution to a better life.
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  • BCR
  • Kinderpedia
  • Mastercard Romania;
  • Regina Maria – The Private Health Network;
  • Teach for Romania;
  • Vodafone Romania Foundation;


6. Executive of the Year: This award has been developed to recognize innovation, excellence and results in a corporate setting. Our key goal is to recognize individuals who have demonstrated tangible successes across a number of industries and sectors. Plus, 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.
  • Fady Chreih, CEO Regina Maria – The Private Health Network;
  • Fulga Dinu, Country Manager Operations Immofinanz Romania;
  • Mădălin Mihailovici, CEO Veolia Romania;
  • Corina Popescu, CEO Electrica;
  • Alex Skouras, Managing Partner Alesonor;
  • Iulian Stanciu, Executive Chairman eMAG;


7. Excellence in Business: 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.
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  • eMAG;
  • ING Bank Romania;
  • Ivatherm;
  • Laptaria cu Caimac;
  • Lidl Romania;
  • Zitec;


8. Most Dynamic Company of the Year: This award recognizes the most dynamic company in 2020, a challenging year for the local and global economy, by highlighting the growth of the business and the pace to which this growth has been registered. It also acknowledges the importance of the company for the increase of the sector and its impact on the economy and society as a whole in such a difficult year.
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  • Dedeman;
  • Laptaria cu Caimac;
  • Netopia Payments;
  • Sameday;
  • Tazz by eMAG;


9. Entrepreneur of the Year: This award recognizes the entrepreneurial efforts and achievements of a local business person who has managed to develop a successful regional or national business, looking either at the innovative nature of the business started or at the growth parameters and the created value.
  • Dr. Wargha Enayati, Chairman Enayati Group;
  • Dr. Ionut Leahu, CEO Dr. Leahu Dental Clinics Network;
  • Dragoș & Adrian Paval, owners Dedeman;
  • Anca Rarău, Managing Partner la Brandocracy;
  • Radu Savopol, Co-founder 5 To Go;


10. Company with the Highest Social Impact in 2020: The Company with the Highest Social Impact in 2020 award acknowledges the social impact of the companies on the Romanian market from the economic perspective. It also looks to the companies that have powerful initiatives to drive social change and are committed to making a difference alongside their business goals.
  • Globalworth;
  • Kaufland Romania;
  • OMV Petrom;
  • She is Mom;
  • Vodafone Romania;


11. Personality of the Year: This award recognizes the impact of a local personality on economy, society, health and community, considering the current pandemic and its negative impact on all the aspects of our lives.
  • Raed Arafat, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Internal Affairs;
  • Florin Citu, Prime Minister of Romania;
  • Dr. Catalin Denciu, Piatra Neamt Hospital intensive care specialist;
  • Valeriu Gheorghita, the coordinator of the national coronavirus vaccination campaign in Romania;
  • Simona Halep, Romanian professional tennis player;
  • Carmen Uscatu & Oana Gheorghiu, Founders of Dăruiește viață (Give life) NGO.
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