08:00 – 09:00 Welcome coffee & Registration

09:00 – 10:15 Macroeconomic Context I Panel Discussions

Topics:

  • Maintaining a stable course for the Romanian economy in the next years. Key priorities.
  • Facing the country’s macroeconomic challenges. Recommendations for strengthening the economy.
  • The regional perspective. The strategies of other CEE countries on keeping macroeconomic indicators at bay
  • Growth patterns of the Romanian economy

Speakers:

  • Ionut Misa – Minister of Finance*
  • Valentin Lazea – Chief Economist, BNR
  • Oana Popescu – Regional Economic and Political Analyst

10:15 – 11:30 Enhancing Bilateral Economic Relations with Key Players 

Topics:

  • Enhancing the strategic ties between Romania and France, Germany and the US
  • Romania’s international profile as NATO member and its cooperation with allied countries
  • Romania as a supplier of security
  • Strategic investments of France, Germany and the US

Speakers:

  • HE Hans Klemm, U.S. Ambassador to Romania*
  • HE Michèle Ramis, Ambassador of France to Romania*
  • HE Gerhard Reiweger, Ambassador of Austria to Romania *
  • HE Stella Ronner-Grubačić – Ambassador of Netherlands in Romania*
  • HE Xu Feihong – Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Romania*
  • Andrei Tarnea, General Commissioner of the Romanian-France Cultural Season

Moderator: Jorg K. Menzer – Partner, Head CEE Offices, Noerr

11:30 – 11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 – 12:45 Country Strategy  I Panel Discussions

Topics:

  • The economic development model of Romania. Can it secure sustainable growth on the long run?
  • Harnessing growth through a tighter cooperation between foreign and domestic investors
  • Strategic approach to focus sectors of the economy
  • Enhancing the capacity of Romania to generate added value. The gradual shift from the low-cost model

Speakers:

  • Angela Cristea – Chief of Representation of the European Commission in Romania
  • Gheorghe Simon – Minister of Economy*
  • Franz Weiler – President, Foreign Investors Council
  • Dragos Paslaru – Partner, Civitta Romania
  • Matteo Patrone – Director for Romania, BERD

Moderator: Jorg K. Menzer – Partner, Head CEE Offices, Noerr

12:45 – 14:00 FDI Growth I Panel Discussions

Topics:

  • Destination for FDI: Fiscal incentives to attract fresh investments
  • State aid schemes for investors looking to expand operations in Romania
  • The role of EU funding in the financing mix
  • Investment drivers: What factors define the country as attractive? Perspective from a newly arrived investor

Speakers:

  • Ilan Laufer – Minister for Business Environment*
  • Alex Milcev -Tax & Law Services Leader, EY Romania
  • Adriana Record – Executive Director, CCIFER
  • Anca Harasim – Executive Director, AmCham
  • Charlie Crocker – CEO, BRCC

Moderator: Ovidiu Posirca – Senior Journalist, Business Review

14:00 – 15:00 Lunch

*pending confirmation

08:00 – 09:00 Welcome coffee & Registration

9:00 – 10:15 Focus on Manufacturing 

Topics:

  • How can Romania attract more manufacturing investments
  • Business strategies of key manufacturers
  • The impact of the manufacturing sector on the local economy (share of GDP/jobs created/amount of investment generated)
  • Gauging industry trends
  • Manufacturing growth strategies
  • Key employment law provisions for manufacturers

Speakers:

  • Yves Caracatzanis – CEO, Dacia Group & Managing Director, Group Renault Romania*
  • Gabriel Sicoe – President ACAROM*
  • Anca Vlad – Vice President AOAR*
  • Bogdan Stanciu – General Manager, Timken*

10:15 – 11:30 Focus on Transport & Infrastructure 

Topics:

  • Improving mobility of goods and mobility of people
  • Urban Infrastructure & Transportation (Bucharest and other crowded cities)
  • Development under smart cities principles
  • The right infrastructure mix for Romania: What should be the focus of investments
  • Consumer trends and investments in the electricity market – The outlook of urban mobility and demand for electricity
  • Romania’s profile as a provider of energy security – the role played by gas and offshore investments;
  • Enhancing the gas infrastructure in urban areas. What are the market challenges?
  • Improving the environmental impact of the city’s infrastructure – the efficient management of water in urban areas
  • Infrastructure in eastern Romania – the economic benefits of increasing transport links with the rest of the country
  • Potential of infrastructure investments through PPP

Speakers:

  • Felix Stroe – Minister of Transports*
  • Martin Zmelik – Country Manager, CEZ Group
  • Loredana Van de Waart – Partner, Gruia Dufaut Law Office
  • Engie – Paul Decuseara, Business Development Director*
  • Ştefan Ioniţă General Manager, CNAIR head*
  • Dragos Anastasiu – President, AHK Romania
  • Gabriel Stanciu – CEO, Alstom
  • Madalin Mihailovici, CEO, Veolia Romania*
  • Albin Budinsky – CEO, DB Shencker Romania*
  • Sorin Chirita – City manager, Bucharest*

11:30 – 11:45 Coffee break

11:45 – 12:00 Focus on Research & Development | Fireside Chat

Topics:

  • Fiscal incentives for companies developing R&D projects in Romania
  • Looking ahead. How Romania can champion R&D investments at regional level
  • The experience of companies developing complex R&D projects locally
  • The role of universities in building the R&D ecosystem

Speakers: 

  • Puiu Lucian Georgescu, Minister of Research and Innovation*
  • Cris Radu – CEO , Adobe Romania*
  • Manuela Furdui, Managing Partner, FiNEXPERT

12:00 – 13:00 Focus on Environment 

Topics:

  • Key legal environment provisions that investors need to know about
  • Implementation of EU environmental policy into national legislation
  • Companies’ perspective: Doing business in a sustainable manner

Speakers:

  • Andrei Orban – President, Environ
  • Robert Uzună, Corporate Affairs Director, Ursus Breweries
  • Radu Merica – President, RER*
  • Oana Bodea, General Manager, Kronospan*

Moderator: Ionut Georgescu – President, CA Fepra

 

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:45 Focus on Technology & Innovation 

Topics:

  • Digitizing Romania: The challenges and long term benefits for the economy
  • Latest tech developments helping companies keep a competitive edge
  • Turning Romania into a regional IT hub – Cities to watch
  • Generating Intellectual Property (IP) in Romania
  • Understanding blockchain: Its influence on business and the public sector

Speakers:

  • Ion Sturza – Managing Partner, Fribourg Capital
  • Razvan Copoiu – Vice President, South & Eastern Europe, Schneider Electric
  • Vlad Sorici – Project Manager, Orange Fab*
  • Diana Rusu – Executive Director, Spherik Accelerator
  • Andra Barac – Founder, Coinflux
  • Cosmina Simion – Partner, NNDKP

Moderator: Teodor Blidarus – President, ANIS

15:45 – 16:45 Panel discussions | Focus on Real Estate 

Topics:

  • The Romanian real estate investment market in the regional context and investment trends in CEE
  • Catching up with regional competitors in terms of investment volume and number of high profile players
  • New areas of interest for office developments in Bucharest and overview of the office market outside the capital
  • Potential for new investors entering the industrial market following recent market consolidation moves

Speakers:

  • Antoniu Panait – Managing Director, Vastint
  • Robert Miklo – Associate Director, Investment Services, Colliers International
  • Vlad Tanase – Partner, NNDKP
  • Geo Margescu – Co-Founder & CEO, Forte Partners
  • Ofer Lieberson – CEO, Tagor Properties*

*pending confirmation

08:00 – 09:00 Welcome coffee & Registration

09:00 – 10:00 Money Makes the World Go Round. Tapping into Venture Capitalism & Private Equity

Topics:

  • Funding environment and trends
  • The financing ecosystem for start-ups, Romania vs other Eastern European countries
  • Innovation industry status
  • Emerging sectors on the radar of venture capitalists
  • Initial Coin Offering (ICO) the new IPO?

Speakers:

  • Marius Ghenea – Investment Director, 3TS Capital
  • Dan Sturza – General Manager, Fribourg Digital
  • Bogdan Iordache – MVP Academy
  • Sebastian Cochinescu – Co-founder & CIO, Cyber Swarm

Moderator: Dan Visoiu, Venture Connect*

10:00 – 10:30 What are bigger funds looking for? I Fireside Chat

Speakers:

  • Serban Roman – Country Director Romania, Enterprise Investors
  • Dragos Rosca – President, Delta Asset Invest

Moderator: Sergiu Negut – Associate Dean of Entrepreneurial Growth, Maastricht School of Management Romania*

 

10:30 – 11:15 The Knowledge Economy I Fireside Chat

Today’s knowledge pool is more than “information” and resides in an increasingly digital world, encompassing human capital, intelligent supply chains, and changing customer demands. How will the next digital wave impact global business worth?

Topics:

  • The European vision on Industry digitalisation. Industry 4.0
  • Digital innovation hub
  • Human capital meets digitalization: The skills of the employees of the future
  • The ecosystem of the digital consumer

Speakers:

  • Dan Nechita – Co-founder and President at Smart Everything Everywhere
  • Ionut Georgescu – seed investor Digitaljob.org
  • Sergiu Negut – Associate Dean of Entrepreneurial Growth, Maastricht School of Management Romania*

11:15 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30 Demand for Skills: Why Workforce Development is More Critical than ever

The panel will introduce successful, innovative approaches to workforce development and analyze how today’s workforce is educated and trained (and retrained) to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s industries.

Topics:

  • The case for dual education; how professional reconversion can impact the work force
  • How are the younger generations – millennials – changing the recruitment and retention policies of companies
  • How strong is the correlation between employee satisfaction with the workplace environment and their “engagement” with the business?
  • What should companies do to be a desirable employer for today’s workforce?
  • How does today’s workforce see and set their career? The hottest industries for today’s workforce
  • Financial and non-financial incentives for the new generation of employees: their expectations vs. reality
  • Work 4.0 – the 4th industrial revolution

Speakers:

  • Mihaela Perianu – Managing Partner AIMS*
  • Dan Petre – Partner D&D*
  • Matthew Dezzani – CEO Digitaljob.org
  • Oana Toiu – World Economic Forum
  • Cosmin Alexandru – Partner Wanted Transformation*
  • Dragos Gheban – Managing Partner, Catalyst

12:30 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 14:00 Building Social Impact 

Topics:

  • Creating significant social impact: Who did it successfully in Romania
  • The link to Romania: Global shapers & trends
  • Developing social businesses in Romania

Speakers:

  • Ciprian Stanescu – Partnerships Manager, ASHOKA
  • Gratian Mihailescu – Urbanize Hub*

14:00 – 15:00 Made in Romania 

Topics:

  • The exit strategies: Stories of Romanian entrepreneurs
  • Local brands gaining market-share abroad
  • The new Made in Romania tag: Uniting local and foreign investors

Speakers:

  • Liviu Nistoran, Founder & CEO, Evolio*
  • Mihai Raneti – Founder, Cyber Swarm
  • Jean Valvis – CEO, Valvis Holding*

*pending confirmation

 

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