Business Review’s Inspiring Voices: Empowering Women Leaders & Entrepreneurs coming up on May 10

Mihai-Alexandru Cristea 08/05/2023 | 18:26

Tune in with the Inspiring Voices of a select line-up of extraordinary women leaders in their fields and join us in Empowering Women Leaders & Entrepreneurs, May 10, 2023, starting with 10:30 AM, at the CENTRUL INFOEUROPA, Calea Victoriei, 88, Sector 1, Bucharest!


Business Review announces the second edition of the Inspiring Voices exclusive event, titled Empowering Women Leaders & Entrepreneurs. Seats in the on-site audience are limited so book yours now by confirming your participation at or registering on the event’s page.

With the extraordinary participation of H.E. Ramona CHIRIAC, Head of the European Commission Representation in Romania. Speakers: Lara Tassan Zanin, Head of the European Investment Bank Group Office in Romania; Miruna Suciu, Managing Partner at Suciu Popa; Livia Stan, Public Affairs & EU Funds Director at e.on; Estera Anghelescu, Recruiting & Employer Branding Director Kaufland Romania. Moderator: Nicoleta Munteanu, Vice-President CONAF – Confederația Națională pentru Antreprenoriat Feminin.

Ramona Chiriac is the Head of the Representation of the European Commission to Bucharest, Romania, and a member of President Ursula von der Leyen’s professional team. Ramona Chiriac previously served as General Consul at the Romanian Consulate General in Munchen, Germany.

Lara Tassan Zanin is an experienced professional with 20+ years of experience in banking, economics and engineering, having been with the EIB since 2006, initially as a Transport Engineer, then as Adviser to the EIB Executive Director (2011-2013). Between 2014 and 2016 she was the EIB Representative in Ankara, followed by the role of Senior Loan Officer in charge of corporate lending in Czech Republic and Slovakia (2016-2018). Since October 2018 she is the Head of the EIB Group Office in Romania.

“Every day I try my best to lead by example, act with fairness and respect, and actively fight against biases and discrimination. I actively promote emotional and cultural intelligence as values. I do not shy away from showing vulnerability and empathy. I am impressed with the long-term commitment of my colleagues here in Bucharest, who are helping Romanian authorities prepare and implement projects to speed up the absorption of EU funds.” Says Lara Tassan Zanin.

Miruna Suciu is regarded as one of the most experienced practitioners in mergers & acquisitions, energy & natural resources and related regulatory matters, as well as in finance and capital markets. She has advised a significant portfolio of top-tier corporate clients, investment funds, private equity and banks in cutting-edge transactions of both domestic and international dimension.

Livia Stan is the Public Affairs & EU Funds Director at E.ON. She has an in-depth understanding of the legal and administrative frameworks specific to the Romanian central and local administration, and extensive expertise in policy formulation and implementation along with a relevant international experience in the field of public procurement, concessions, PPPs, competition, and state aid, as well as access to finance both from national and EU funds.

Estera Anghelescu is the Recruiting & Employer Branding Director Kaufland Romania & Moldova. She is also the A.C.C.E.S. Program Coordinator and Vice-President of the Romanian Diversity Chamber of Commerce. With 18+ years of experience and focus on Recruitment & Employer Branding, her mission is to drive organizational growth through innovative strategies, strong team leadership, and a dedicated focus on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) initiatives.

“As an employer that embraces equality, our Employer Branding strategy, which integrates dedicated programmes for a variety of audiences, promotes diversity and inclusion at all levels, in terms of both recruitment and integration processes.” Says Estera Anghelescu.

Nicoleta Munteanu, Vice-President at CONAF, but also an entrepreneur for more than 20 years, will be the moderator of the conference. She is an experienced Attorney at Law, Insolvency Practitioner, and Mediator, who also serves as an Ambassador and Mentor in the European Network of Female Entrepreneurship Ambassadors and the European Network of Mentors for Women Entrepreneurs, honours awarded by the European Commission.

“Many women entrepreneurs start their businesses without any education and then have to learn what a business is all about. I learned as a child that it is very important for young female entrepreneurs to have financial and economic education before starting a business. Entrepreneurial, financial and legal education is important to be done from the earliest possible age, and even if they don’t become businessmen, education will help them a lot in life”, says Nicoleta Munteanu.


What to expect at the second edition of Inspiring Voices

Empowering Women Leaders & Entrepreneurs: The business community has a stake in and is responsible for gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace, and community. Empowering women is essential to the health and social development of communities, families, and countries. When women live safe and productive lives, they can reach their full potential, contributing their skills to the workforce and powering sustainable economies.

Around the world, women are key drivers of innovation growth. The private sector plays a crucial role in creating an environment where women can more meaningfully participate in the economy.

The event spotlights inspiring success stories of outstanding women leaders and entrepreneurs taking the lead in their companies. It highlights the importance of women’s leadership and decision-making in society, engaging on further eliminating the gender inequality issues met by women in the field of work.

We want to inspire you with our comprehensive topics and a relevant list of guest speakers presenting story cases and ideas to overcome most of the barriers that women usually encounter on the way to becoming leaders. Also, we would very much like to go in-depth analysing Romania’s business environment regarding gender equality, success achieved, and challenges, in order to make it a better place for women to grow and develop and to create new opportunities for women to become leaders.


Save the Date: May 10th, 2023, at CENTRUL INFOEUROPA, Calea Victoriei, 88, Sector 1, Bucharest.

Event Partners: European Commission, Delgaz Grid, Kaufland, Suciu Popa, the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Centrul InfoEuropa, Romanian Portuguese Chamber of Commerce, British Romanian Chamber of Commerce, CONAF


About the event

Inspiring Voices is the latest addition to Business Review’s events calendar, is an exclusive event and conference which will take a close look at the business case of diversity & inclusion (D&I) and why companies that are championing this cause and drive the real progress are much better fitted to succeed in the long run.

The event and conference focuses on issues such as gender equality & women’s empowerment and will highlight inspiring success stories of powerful women taking the lead in traditionally male-dominated industries. Leading professionals and experts from various industry sectors will take center stage to discuss and make a case for diversity and inclusion in corporate leadership, showing how and why the most diverse companies are more likely to outperform their less diverse competitors.
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