Theodor Alexandrescu has more than 20 years of international experience in Executive Management, as CEO and Board Member within AIG, MetLife and Zurich Insurance.
Forward-thinking executive with an accelerated career trajectory, ensuring consistent business growth in life insurance, pension and health insurance within markets from CEE and the EMEA Region.
Some highlights during his career include the initiation and coordination of two major structural reforms in different geographical areas: Health Reform (Dubai, UAE 2014-2018) and Pensions Reform (Romania, 2006-2008).
The set-up of successful greenfield Life Insurance and Pension companies and drive results to leading market positions and high profitability is another achievement Theodor ticked.
Also, Theodor successfully implemented and integrated M&A processes in Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania.
Theodor’s Areas of Expertise include but are not limited to:
· Strategic Leadership
· Digital Transformation and Implementation
· Corporate Governance
· M&A Process & Integration
· Regulatory Advocacy,
· Re-design customer experience
· Diversity, Team Growth and Leadership
· Accelerated embedded value and profitability
Cristian ALEXE has an important experience in the field of civil aviation in Romania with an activity of approx. 20 years. As a graduate of the Politehnica University of Bucharest - Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, he specialized in his professional activity in airport management with an emphasis on operational safety.
Since 2008 he held important positions within the Bucharest National Airports Company (CNAB), the company that manages the capital's airports, with a 2019 passenger traffic registered of over 14 million passengers and approx. 300 aircraft movements per day. He currently holds the position of Airport Safety Director, being responsible for the safe operation of aircrafts 24/7 and in all weather conditions, without any operational incidents at the airports managed by CNAB.
Since 2017 he was nominated in the board of ?tefan cel Mare Airport in Suceava, accepting the challenge of managing the activity of a regional airport and having as objectives the improvement of business activity and efficiency targets and the increase of passenger traffic in order to facilitate the connectivity of Romania's Northeast region in the European Context.
Cristian ALEXE holds numerous qualifications and specializations in the aeronautical field from designing flight procedures to ensuring business continuity and leadership. Having a certification as ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) auditor in the airport field he was invited to participate in audit activities of airports from three continents.
Sorana Baciu is a senior executive and consultant who supports organisations grow sustainable. She has extensive expertise in strategy development and implementation, change management and corporate governance, with over 20 years in senior positions in the private and public field. Mrs. Baciu has had an international career in investment and commercial banking (ING Bank and Porsche Finance Group, Romania), as well as in oil & gas (OMV Petrom SA and Romgaz SA). In the recent years (2015-2017) she was also a non-executive director for listed SOEs in Romania (Romgaz SA and IAR SA, a Romanian helicopter producer).
During 2015-2017, Mrs. Baciu was State Secretary with the Ministry of Economy and the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, and was responsible for Industrial Policy, Competitiveness and Corporate Governance for SOEs. Sorana Baciu also headed the Inter-ministerial Committee for co-operation with the OECD. She graduated from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Romania (MA in International Economic Relations), and McGill University in Montreal, Canada (MA in Economic Policy Management).
Mrs. Baciu is a committed civic activist and has held different positions with non-profit organisations.
Ileana is one of the pioneers of the Romanian capital market, having an experience in this field for over 25 years.
Since 1995, she works on the Bucharest Stock Exchange and has a rich experience in the corporate field, activating at the BSE as secretary general of the company, coordinating as a director the activity of admission to trading of the companies on the main market of the Stock Exchange and of the intermediaries to trading, the company's shareholder activity, the marketing activity, the communication and international relations specific to this field, as well as the corporate governance.
Ileana is currently coordinating the admission to trading at BVB, as well as two important projects developed by BVB in the field of corporate governance and financial education promoted through the seminars of the "Fluent in Finance" program.
She is a graduate of Romanian-Canadian MBA - Finance specialization, of Faculty of Finance and Banking Acadmy of Economic Studies, Dimitrie Cantemir's Faculty of Law, as well as a trainer certified by NAC.
She is actively involved in volunteer associations, being the Vice-President Women in the Professional Women Network Administrative Councils, Vice President of the Association of Independent Administrators, a member of the Romanian Association of Financial Banking-Analysts and ASEMER (Association of Spanish Companies in Romania), which she represents in the Coalition for the Development of Romania in the Financial Markets and Corporate Governance Task Force.
Alexandru Bute has a background in various front and management roles and pockets of finance, from Sales & Trading to Asset Management, to Consulting and to Wealth Management, combined with more and more stints with entrepreneurs in the tech and non-tech space along the way. Some of the names he has worked for include Credit Suisse, Societe Generale, Dubai Investment Authority, Syngenta and Avaron Asset Management.
He is an MBA graduate of Manchester Business School, where he focused on entrepreneurship and strategy and was awarded a University scholarship. Won as part of a three people team the RSM Private Equity case competition in 2011, held in Rotterdam, judged by TPG, PwC, and Waterline PE.
Since 2012, he has had a lot of exposure in privately advising first generation entrepreneurs in Continental Europe and/or their executive teams. Another of his area of experience is intergenerational succession in family-owned European private businesses with focus on corporate governance, cultural change and technological impact. He likes to approach situations from different industries/countries perspectives and come with fresh, unconventional strategies to tackle sensitive entrepreneurial issues. In 2012 he came from UK to Zurich, Switzerland, where he is still working.
Dragos Cabat has more than 20 years’ experience in the financial and banking sector in Romania. He worked in investment banking as a research analyst and corporate finance executive, and then in commercial banking as branch manager, chief economist, trainer, and risk director with UniCredit, OTP and Citi.
Since 2012 he is a managing partner with www.risco.ro, the leading business intelligence website in Romania.
Dragos holds an MBA since 1995, and is a CFA® charterholder since 2000. He was a President, Vicepresident and Board Member of CFA Romania during the period 2001-2013, a member of the Index Committee of the Bucharest Stock Exchange in Bucharest during the period 2007-2014, and a member of the Supervisory Board of Certinvest since 2010.
Dragos published a large number of articles in Romanian and international press, and is frequently interviewed by TV and radio stations on various economic topics.
Marius Calin Chereches
Over 18-year experience in the pharmaceutical industry, holding executive positions at all levels of the value chain – production, distribution, pharmacy chains.
For a cumulative period of more than 5 years he has held executive positions in listed companies from Romania (Terapia and Pharmapharm), gaining experience in respect of the relationship with the boards of directors and the rigors of the capital market.
He has been involved in numerous M&A processes:
Pharmatech – Lek
the purchase of Terapia by Advent International
the purchase of Pharmafarm by Kemofarmacija and subsequently by Celesio
the sale of Ozone business to Labormed
attracting investors in Ecofarmacia Network
As regards the activity areas, Marius has been involved in managing the functions of production, marketing and sales, regulatory affairs, supply and logistics during the 18 years since he has been active in the pharmaceutical industry.
Marius graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Târgu Mure? in 1996 and is member of the Romanian Chamber of Pharmacists. Since 2011 he has held the position of vicepresident of the Chamber of Pharmacists from Targu Mures.
Having a large professional background, Ph.D. in economics, economist and jurist, I gained robust experience in managing Financial and Accounting departments, as well as Audit Departments, in a wide range of fields, both in local and multinational companies, including listed companies.
I participated as CFO as well as Member of Directorate of SPEEH Hidroelectrica SA, the largest power producer in Romania, at the greatest transformation of a Romanian State own company. We managed to change Hidroelectrica from a company in insolvency to Romania's most profitable company in 2016, with a gross profit of almost lei 1.8 billion (according to IFRS) over the profits obtained by OMV Petrom and respectively ROMGAZ.
I have been focused on banking and financial and non-banking legislation, especially in the field of NFIs where I have worked for over 7 years. I know the legislation applicable to the energy sector where I also worked for about 4 years. I have participated to the implementation of many ERP systems, Oracle, Navision, SAP, etc. for which I have received European awards.
I am a member of the professional associations of accountants, auditors, tax advisors and internal controllers and I am a follower of corporate governance, including SOX type, as an effective tool for risk management but alsof or increasing the wealth of shareholders.
Managing Partner, Romania
Member of the Global Board
Oana Ciornei is the Managing Partner of Amrop Romania and Member of the Global Board.
Oana joined the organization in 2010 when her firm became Amrop in Romania.
Oana oversees the strategic direction and operations of Amrop in Romania and serves as Senior Consultant for the following practices: Digital, Consumer and Industrial.
She is a member of Amrop's global Digital Practice. She also led Amrop University, a global initiative designed to support broad professional development across the organization.
She began her executive search career in 2006, when she joined the affiliate office of Korn/Ferry in Romania as COO and Partner. Previously, Oana’s professional background includes a long and successful tenure with Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (9 years). Starting as Trainee Manager, she built her career up through varioustop management positions in HR, Performance Management & International Project Management and IT.
Oana assisted and advised leading companies on leadership and senior management appointments, strategic restructuring and talent acquisition programs.
Her former career gives her real-life sensitivity to many aspects of the performance requirements of the role. Her expertise includes multi-cultural leadership, linking business strategy to individual and organizational objectives, talent management and international project management.
She is a certified SHL assessor, MBTI practitioner and she completed several executive development programs at IMD Lausanne.
Oana holds a Bachelor Degree in Computers Science from the West University of Timisoara, Romania.
Alina Mioara Cobuz Bagnaru is a Senior Lawyer and a member of the Bucharest Bar since 1995. She is also a member of the International Bar Association (IBA – Section of Business Law), an Arbitrator of the Bucharest Stock Exchange, an Associated Lector of the Academy of Economic Studies, an Arbitrator of the Bucharest Chamber of Arbitration, a FIDIC specialist and a claim and litigation expert.
She represented the Romanian State and multinational domestic and foreign companies in over 80 internal and international arbitration cases in Paris, London, Viena, Zurich, Geneva and Osaka, all of which were conducted under the rules of ICC, CAB, UNCITRAL, FIDIC or ICSID. These cases derived from privatisation contract, consultancy contracts, infrastructure project, technological investment project and other alike. She is the author of Ad-Hoc Arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules, published by Universul Juridic.
Since 1999 she is the Managing Partner of Cobuz & Associates Law Firm and Senior Partner since the same year.
Alina graduated from the Law School of University of Bucharest, she has a master’s degree in Business Law from the University of Sorbona and a master’s degree in Comparative Law from the University of Luxembourg. She is a Doctor of Law specialised in matters of internal and international arbitration. She is also a graduate of the Arbitration School of Bruxelles.
Business Consultant, Business Developer, Project Manager, Trainer, UK and RO Accredited Mediator; CIPM , CIPP/E (IAPP), Data protection expert, Member of the Board of Administrators/Board of Directors.
Soriana is a business consultant with an on-field experience of over 20 years, acquired in companies operating in various industries (financial services; pharmaceuticals; natural supplements; real estate acquisitions and development; mineral aggregates extraction and distribution; production units; migrants economic integrations), within start-ups, SME’s, group of companies and multinationals.
Her expertise developed in a diverse and multicultural environment, includes the following areas: international and national project management and implementation, business administration and development, mergers and acquisitions, real estate acquisitions and development, negotiation and mediation, training, data protection and investigations.
Member of the Board for 6 different companies, Soriana also contributed directly to the set-up of Simplu Credit IFN S.A, project where she transformed a business idea in a profitable company, from the design, development and implementation stages of the business plan and development strategy, to the effective participation in the company management and administration, in her capacity of General Manager and Chairman of the Board of Administrators.
Soriana directly participated to the negotiation and realisation processes of M&A’s from pharmaceutical industry, with a total value of over 40mil Euro (e.g. Ozone - Labormed / ADVENT International)
Soriana is involved in voluntary activities with ‚Asociatia pentru evolutie ROTAS’, association that gives a chance trough education to marginalised children.
Radu Craciun is currently CEO of BCR Pensions after being in the previous 2 years the Chief-Economist and Director of Financial Markets Research at Banca Comerciala Romana. Until the spring of 2016, Radu Craciun was the Chairman of the Romanian Association of Financial-Banking Analysts. His professional background blends the solid expertise acquired on the one hand in financial markets research and asset management and, on the other hand, in corporate governance and strategic management.
Radu Craciun has been working for more than 17 years in domestic and international financial markets, holding positions such as: Chief Investment Officer in Eureko Private Pensions, Chief Analyst in ABN AMRO Bank Romania and ABN AMRO Securities Romania. On top of the already mentioned professional background comes the additional expertise in corporate governance acquired both as Senior Consultant in Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, and subsequently as member of the Eureko Pensions executive team or as a Board member of the Romanian Pension Funds’ Association. Since 2018 he is the President of the Association.
He graduated from the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering and holds a Master’s degree in Organisational Development from the University of Hertfodshire in Great Britain. He graduated from an Executive MBA provided jointly by the Bucharest Academy for Economic Studies and the University of Washington. He also attended training programmes provided by the Amsterdam Institute of Finance, Euromoney and Ashridge Business School.
In 2018 he graduated the International Directors Programme of INSEAD and was awarded the Certificate in Corporate Governance.
Radu Craciun has carried out presentations in front of students from IMD (Switzerland), Kennesaw University (U.S.), Academy of Economic Studies (Bucharest), Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien and other educational centres.
International senior economist and subject-matter expert, specialized in macroeconomic statistics, known for unveiling deep insights into a country’s economic drivers. I have 20+ years of experience leading massive international projects and advising countries world widely regarding statistical reporting and data-gathering processes in furtherance of their efforts to improve the lives of their citizens and maintain compliance with applicable international requirements.
More recently, I have devoted my passion for macroeconomic analysis and research to a project commissioned by a Romanian entrepreneur interested in economic innovation. I have got to lead a research project “Confidex” aiming at compiling a composite index, “Leading Economic Index (LEI)” to characterize the trend in Romanian business cycles (the U.S. Conference Board Leading Index (LEI) type).
My professional experience interfacing with government officials and stakeholders at every level combined with active memberships in various Working Groups and task forces was built while serving public institutions tasked to maintain macroeconomic stability, and/or monitor economic performance and competitiveness. I have spent my career working in Government Institutions and Economic Development NGOs across Europe, North America and Africa for organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the National Bank of Romania.
For more than 20 years in the service of the National Bank of Romania I supported the development of the central bank macroeconomic reporting and data-capture methodologies aligned with international requirements.
During the tenure with the European Commission, Eurostat, I was the Eurostat Secretary of the Committee on Monetary, Financial and Balance Statistics Task Force on European Harmonized Routine Revisions and, a member of Technical groups focused on statistical data capture of illegal activities.
As Senior Economist/Project Manager the IMF, I lead a $3.9m international project to improve the statistical systems and capacity potential of 17 West and Central African countries.
While assisting various countries, among which couple of emerging countries (the most recent United Arab Emirates) build statistical capacity, I have got to master the designing & adjusting of national development strategies by carefully analyzing and transposing the economic reality into sustainable growth models.
I am a member of Professional Women’s Network Romania, since 2018. I thrive in multicultural environments; I am passionate about innovation in economy and about improving governance in the institutions I work with.
Valentin has a 20-year work experience in investment banking/corporate finance and private equity investment funds and another 7 years as engineer in a construction and installation company for the oil and gas sector. During his career, he provided M&A advisory services for mergers & acquisitions of companies, including privatizations, identified investment opportunities in Romanian companies for foreign private equity funds and, after the completion of the transactions, he represented the investors in the Board of Directors of the acquired companies, supporting the improvement of their performances.
Currently, Valentin is Member of the Supervisory Board of Complexul Energetic Oltenia, one of Romania’s largest energy companies and Senior Project Manager with NCH Capital, an US-headquartered private equity fund with more than 3bn USD under management.
Previously, he was Senior Project Manager and Investment Director, respectively, for two private equity funds dedicated to Romania – Axxess Capital and UK-based NBGI Private Equity, as well as M&A Director for one of Romania’s largest industrial groups – UTI.
Between 1998 and 2006 he worked as Investment Manager and, subsequently, as Corporate Finance Director for the investment banking company Capital S.A. (renamed Eurobank Finance S.A. after being acquired by the Greek group EFG Eurobank), when he represented the UK private equity fund Romanian Reconstruction Capital in the Board of Directors of investee companies and advised on several M&A transactions, respectively.
Valentin started his career in finance in 1996 with the UK-based investment bank Charterhouse Bank plc., and started his professional carreer as an engineer with CIPROM (Constructions and Installations for the Oil Industry – Romania).
He got his Electrical Engineering MSc. degree in 1988 from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest and since 1996 he holds an MBA degree from the University of Quebec a Montreal / Canadian MBA Program in Romania. Valentin is certified as Investment Management Professional (since 2007) and Corporate Finance Representative (since 1997) by The Securities & Investment Institute of London – authorised by the Financial Services Authority of the UK.
Senior business leader with extensive experience in the financial services industry.
As Executive VicePresident of Alpha Bank Romania, Cristian is currently responsible for running the retail banking activities.
Prior to joining Alpha Bank, he held various local executive management (C-Level) and board membership positions with GE Money (a division of GE Capital, the financial services unit of General Electric Company) and Garanti Bank (currently part of BBVA Group).
Areas of expertise include retail banking, SME banking, insurance, consumer finance, and leasing. His 20yrs+ professional experience accumulated in multi-cultural environments covers execution of accelerated organic growth strategies, mergers & acquisitions, post acquisition integration projects, and digital transformation programs.
Cristian Dragos graduated from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest (Aerospace Engineering Department) and received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Rollins College (USA).
He is also a graduate of GE Capital’s Global Leadership Development Program, a CFA charterholder, and has completed an executive education program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Bogdan J. Dumitrescu is the Founder and CEO of BJD Reinsurance Consulting, LLC, a global financial and strategy advisory firm, established in the United States. The organization benefits of the Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
Among some of the responsibilities and activities, Bogdan is an Advisory Board Member of ARISE, the Private Sector Alliance for the United Nations International Resilient Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Ambassador of the International Insurance Society in Europe, and a Founding Member of the Board of Directors of the Insurance Guarantee Fund in Romania.
With nearly 30 years of experience in finance, banking, insurance and reinsurance, he has worked intensively with risk-management industries, financial sectors, regulators and international organizations, focusing primarily on under-insurance at all levels and protection gaps. Bogdan advocates for the Sustainable Development Goals and the United Nations 2030 agenda.
Bogdan remains dedicated to education through exchange of experience, teaching and organizing events around the world. He is an active support for several associations and foundations including Planet Finance Foundation as a former Vice President of Planet Finance Corp. in New York and a member of its board of directors (Positive Planet - the new name French nonprofit organization founded by Jacques Attali in 1999).
Bogdan is a graduate of the Faculty of Economics and Econometrics at the Paris-Nanterre University and has earned a Master in Economics, Statistics and Econometrics applied to Economics and Finance at Paris Panthéon-Assas University. He attended Paris professional specialization in Finance and Actuarial Sciences at the Arts & Métiers Conservatory, the Actuarial Studies Center and the Institute of Statistics at the University of Paris Pierre and Marie Curie. He was an instructor in Actuarial Science and assistant professor at the Paris-Nanterre University.
As a citizen of the world, Bogdan shares his time and activities in several countries.
Angela has an experience of 15 years in the Boards of Directors, in companies listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange and in non-listed companies, accumulating relevant experience in corporate governance and in different industries: pharma, healthcare, energy, hospitality, services. In addition, Angela was an investment manager in 3 private equity investment funds, managed by EFM Austria, GED Spania si Axxess Capital.
Angela was a board member in Terapia - Cluj Napoca, for 4 years. Terapia was a company listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange. Following the success story in Terapia, Angela started to strongly believe in corporate governance, experiencing how corporate governance generates excellence in business.
As a 3 month OECD consultant on corporate governance, Angela was the co-author of the report “Organization and functioning of the Boards of Directors in Romania”, the first progress report dedicated exclusively to directors. From 2001 until 2004, Angela participated to the 6 regional conferences organized by OECD, based on which OECD wrote the reference report “The White Book on Corporate Governance in South-East Europe”.
Angela was the first Deputy General Manager of the Bucharest Stock Exchange and worked for 5 years in the Bucharest Stock Exchange team.
She graduated the Academy of Economic Studies and the MBA program from Pittsburgh University.
Angela nominalized 15 members and 1 associate in the Association, in the period 2015 – 2017.
Societatea Nationala a Sarii
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Electrica Distributie Transilvania Sud
Non -executive Board Member
Simona Fatu is an experienced manager standing for more than 10 years in the management boards and boards of directors of large companies included in the financial sector, energy, mining and food. Her area of expertise includes, without being limited to: corporate governance, business strategy, corporate finance and business development.
Simona graduated the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest and build her expertise while pursuing the investment banking carrier, being involved in the foundation of Romanian capital market of the years ’90+, first as a regulator, then as a consultant and later on as an investment banker specialized in equity area. Her professional maturity took place in the commercial banking area, in a period characterized by fast development and growth specific to the years 2000 – 2008 followed by a deep restructuring period amid 2009-2011. Starting the year 2000, she was promoted in managerial positions, middle management at first and, beginning 2006 in top management positions.
At present, Simona considers herself in the consolidation phase, by entering into non-executive board positions within two large companies acting in electricity and mining field. She wishes to continue current professional activities as she considers having the appropriate experience and expertise for increasing the value of the companies.
At the same time, she is willing to get involved more into educational activities as well as into volunteering activities.
Stefan-Alexandru Frangulea are o experienta de 20 de ani în sectorul financiar-bancar si în cel energetic, în domenii precum: servicii bancare pentru corporatii, trezorerie corporatista, finante corporative, strategie, piete financiare si de capital, management general, dezvoltarea afacerii, in pozitii executive si de management. Absolvent al Academiei de Studii Economice, facultatea Finante, Banci, Asigurari si Burse de Valori precum si al programelor profesionale Executive MBA ale Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (WU) si IEDC Bled School of Management, Stefan s-a alaturat echipei Electrica în februarie 2018 pe pozitia de Director Departament Trezorerie, Colectarea Creantelor si Managementul Riscului de Credit, ulterior devenita in urma modificarii organigramei Director Departament Trezorerie. De asemenea, Stefan este membru al Consiliilor de Administratie ale celor trei filiale de distributie a energiei electrice din cadrul Grupului Electrica si anume SDEE Transilvania Nord SA, SDEE Transilvania Sud SA si SDEE Muntenia Nord SA.
Stefan are o vasta experienta in sectorul bancar, lucrand in zona de servicii bancare pentru corporatii pentru mai multe institutii bancare de top, precum Citibank, Raiffeisen Bank, UniCredit-HVB Tiriac si Erste Bank-BCR, find responsabil inclusiv de relatia acestora cu companii din sectorul energetic. A fost de asemenea Trezorierul responsabil pentru gestionarea lichiditatii institutiilor financiare nebancare din cadrul Grupului Garanti (fost GE Money) si Vice-Presedinte pentru Finantarea Clientilor in regiunea Europei de Sud Est in cadrul General Electric (GE) Corporate.
In perioada octombrie 2012-septembrie 2016, Stefan a fost membru al Consiliului de Administratie al Companiei Nationale “Administratia Canalelor Navigabile” SA, pozitie obtinuta in urma recrutarii realizate de o firma de recrutare in baza OUG 109/2011, in perioada martie-septembrie 2016 fiind chiar Vice-Presedinte al Consiliului de Administratie.
In perioada aprilie 2014-noiembrie 2016, Stefan a ocupat diverse pozitii in cadrul SPEEH Hidroelectrica SA, incluzand pozitiile de Sef Serviciu Strategie si Manager Departament Strategie si Cooperare Internationala, cu atributii legate de restructurarea si pregatirea companiei pentru listare. Intre noiembrie 2016 si noiembrie 2017, Stefan a fost Bancher Principal in cadrul biroului local al Bancii Europene de Reconstructie si Dezvoltare.
Stefan este unul din membrii fondatori si actualmente Presedintele Consiliului Director al Asociatiei Trezorierilor din Romania, organizatia profesionala a trezorierilor de corporatie din tara noastra, afiliata la European Association of Corporate Treasurers (EACT) si International Group of Treasury Associations (IGTA).
Cristina Harea is an experienced senior executive in financial services with over 20 years public and private sector background, member of executive and supervisory boards.
In 2016-2020 Cristina served as a Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Moldova (NBM), being part of a reformist team that implemented an ambitious transformation of the Moldovan banking sector post crisis - adoption and transition to EU- harmonized legislation, transparency and fit & proper requirements for banking shareholders and administrators, attraction of international quality investors into the local banks, implementation of best practices in corporate governance, risk management, etc. These reforms were supported and highly appreciated by international development partners like International Monetary Fund, EU Commission, World Bank, National Bank of Romania, etc.
Prior to joining the NBM, Cristina Harea worked for over 14 years in private equity, gaining significant investment experience and professional seniority with leading regional firm Horizon Capital (Ukraine, Moldova) and later on with Gazelle Finance (Georgia, Armenia). Cristina has been involved in all stages of private equity deal cycle and gained significant exposure to industries like banking and financial services, agribusiness processing, FMSG, industrial goods manufacturing, etc.
Cristina has served as a non-executive board member, including as an independent director, in seven companies with quality international shareholders. She has also served as President of the American Chamber in Moldova (AmCham Moldova) for four consecutive terms (2012-2016) and member of the AmCham Moldova Board since 2006, actively promoting business environment reforms in the Republic of Moldova .
Cristina holds an MBA from Duke University and a diploma in foreign languages from Moldova State University.
Peter Jansen is a seasoned general manager, principal lecturer and entrepreneur, increasingly active as Non Executive Director/Member of Advisory Board. His main competences are Principal Lecturer, Non Executive Director, General Management and Strategy & Management Consulting. His areas of expertise are Corporate Governance and Board Effectiveness, Corporate strategy, Sustainable Business Development and Marketing & Communication.
Peter is currently a Principal Lecturer at InterActive/London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) and at GISMA Business School Berlin.
He is also a member of the Board of Directors (Independent Director) and President of the Audit Committee at SNGN Romgaz SA. Peter is currently doing his PhD in Corporate Governance and Board Effectiveness at TIAS School of Management, University of Tilburg in The Netherlands.
Experienced top manager – 19 years in management board positions of which 9 years as CEO of companies with turnover up to 115 Euro m and number of employees up to 1100;
Consultant on topics of business development – marketing and sales, cost and supply management, performance improvement for managers and sales representatives;
Viewing improvement both as innovation and as better effectiveness / efficiency of existing business model;
Optimistic and committed to objectives and teams, open to sharing knowledge and helping others;
Pursuing business processes effectiveness based on standards, demanding tasks to be carried out completely, correctly and on time, managing difficulties by change and success by replication while considering cash flow and P&L implications.
Dr. Axel Kravatzky is Managing Partner of Syntegra-ESG, advising and guiding leaders on how to develop, activate and amplify the power of their brand and people to positively impact society and the natural environment profitably.
As the practice lead for Purposeful Governance and Strategy he has been working with Boards of Directors, Board Committees and Executives for over 20 years. His specialties are the financial, state-owned enterprise, utilities, and non-for-profit sectors.
Axel is the Vice Chair of ISO/TC309 Governance of Organizations. He also serves as the co-convener ISO/TC309/WG1 which has developed the first international benchmark for good governance: ISO 37000:2021 Governance of Organizations — Guidance. The committee currently consists of 78 countries and 25 organizations in liaison. Axel was the lead editor of ISO 37000:2021. The standard was unanimously approved and published after a ballot of all 163 ISO member countries in September 2021. Axel is currently also project leader of “ISO 37006 Indicators of effective organizational governance – Guidance”.
Axel was the founding Chairman of the Caribbean Corporate Governance Institute (CCGI), initiated the development of the T&T Corporate Governance Code (2013), and lead the development of the first and only accredited Corporate Governance training programme in the Caribbean region.
Axel has worked in the Caribbean, Europe, and USA with Senior Managers and Board members on leadership development as well as consultant to boards and governments on corporate governance reform. Axel was the lead World Bank financed consultant for the Ministry of Public Finance (Romania) drafting the methodological norms (Government decision 722/2016) for the selection process of directors of state enterprises in Romania in accordance with law 109/2011.
He is an experienced Non-Executive Director and a member of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) and the Romanian Association of Independent Directors.
To bring my capital of experience, expertise in each and every Project/Company where I will be involved in.
Analysis and decision-making skills, created during the years of experience and enriched by communication skills, team spirit and dedication to the assumed responsibilities.
EXPERIENCE - in executive positions:
UTI GRUP - Vicepresident, Corporate Finance & Strategic Development
Raiffeisen Bank Romania Bucharest - Executive Director, Corporate Banking Division
Raiffeisen Bank Romania Bucharest – Product Management & Public Sector Director, Corporate Banking Division
Feb. 1999 – 2001
Romtehnica R.A. - Chief Executive Officer
1998 - 1999
Romtehnica R.A. - Chief Executive Officer
1993 – July 1998
Romtehnica R.A. - Chief Financial Officer
- Strategic management as CEO and Vice president – more than 7 years
- Corporate Finance as CFO; more than 20 years
- Corporate banking - Structured Trade Finance, Project Financing M&A, Buy outs – more than 9 years
Independent Non Executive Director, with +10 NED roles experience, serving for listed (BVB, LSE) and not-listed financial institutions, not-for-profit, private and public sector organisations, adding value in all Board of Directors Committees, especially as Chairman of the Audit Committee.
Trusted Advisor, working with CEOs and CFOs to unleash the value-creation potential and help the clients drive through uncertainties, supported by deep finance, risk management, corporate governance and Big4 advisory expertise.
Extensive executive experience in global financial institutions, authorised by FSA, having for +20 years CFO and dCEO roles. Involved in M&A, acquiring or being acquired, being responsible for integration and change management.
Alexandru Lupea is an experienced finance and financial reporting professional, having worked for Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers for the last 24 years, the last 14 years as partner. He has worked with clients in various industries (energy, industrial manufacturing, transportation, services) in Romania and a number of countries in Eastern Europe (Russia, Moldova, Ukraine, Serbia, etc). Among these were listed companies, such as Alro, Rompetrol Rafinare, Rompetrol Well Services, Teraplast, Transgaz, Vimetco, etc. He also has experience in managing professional services firms, currently being the leader of the Assurance service line of Ernst & Young Romania (which includes the following departments: audit; fraud investigations; and financial accounting advisory services). He has also been the partner in charge of the regional offices in Romania and Moldova of the two firms.
Prior to this, he experienced the non-profit environment, working for four years for The British Council, initially coordinating the regional expansion of the Council’s footprint in Romania and subsequently as the manager of the administrative and finance department. Also, at the beginning of his career, he was an Assistant Lecturer in the Bucharest Polytechnic.
Alexandru is a graduate of the TRIUM Executive MBA program, is a fellow of the UK Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA), member of the Romanian Chamber of Financial Auditors
Robert Maftei has over 18 years of leadership in banking, leasing and automotive industries with considerable expertise in organizational and business development, corporate affairs and sales.
Mr. Maftei played a crucial role in developing the portfolio and major business segments for groups such as BRD Groupe Société Générale and UniCredit, his experience covering a wide range of activities in the field of corporate & trade finance, financial leasing and operational leasing. In recent years, he coordinated the significant expansion of Arval and UniCredit’s presence in the operational leasing market. His focus was on accelerated but sustainable growth, implemented different solutions of change management, automatization and digitalization.
Robert had various roles in Executive Committee, Board or Administration Committee for different companies from BNP Paribas or UniCredit group.
Mr. Maftei successfully managed different local and international projects, with multi-disciplinary teams and effectively dealt with different stakeholders (both internal and external).
Robert Maftei is a graduate of the Executive MBA program at the Vienna University of Business and Economics and holds a PhD in Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest. Moreover he graduated Diploma program of Open University UK, as well as a Master in Banking Management and European Integration In-Depth Courses at Academy of Economic Studies. He has a bachelor in Economics and Business Law. His passions are sailing and traveling.
Andreea Manta is a senior manager with more than 20 years of experience in financial audit and consultancy. Andreea has experience in auditing and consulting multinationals, large management projects as well as complex organizational structures.
Her experience is focused on diverse industries such as automotive, production, chemical industry, media, logistic and transportation services, oil and gas.
Andreea started her career with KPMG in Romania in 1996 where she stayed till December 2015. She had various positions within the organization and in 2007 became an Audit Partner. Since 2016, she is a Partner with Stein & Partner Management Consulting and is involved in large executive search projects, organizational change consultancy, coaching and development.
She has experience in strategy and business development, business administration, shareholders relations, organizational restructuring and change management, personnel and management development. As well, she has experience as project manager and strategic restructuring and participated in numerous public presentations.
Andreea graduated from the Academy of Economic Studies – Economic Studies in Foreign Languages (FABIZ), since 2002 she is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and since is a Financial Auditor with the Romanian Chamber of Financial Auditors.
Neil McGregor is a British corporate & commercial lawyer and man of business who has been based in Bucharest since 1996, working with international and local companies in various countries in south central Europe. A corporate governance specialist, he began his career working with listed companies in the UK and began to invest in listed companies in the privatisations carried out under Margaret Thatcher’s government. As well as dealing with the practical issues of regulatory disclosures, organising general meetings of shareholders and liaising with institutional investors, his UK experience includes taking one client company to an initial listing on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) and subsequently to a full listing on the London Stock Exchange.
In addition to the legal work which he and his colleagues provide for Romanian companies (including mergers and acquisitions work relating to listed and unlisted targets), Neil continues to provide legal work under English law for companies in the UK, using the same standards in each. This includes dealing with company secretarial work, such as acting as the company secretary of a regulated educational charity in the UK.
Particularly since becoming the Chairman of the bilateral British Romanian Chamber of Commerce, Neil has sought to use the Chamber and its links with business, government and diplomacy to promote good corporate governance and, consequently, of the participation of good companies with sustainable businesses in the capital markets.
In early 2018 Neil became an independent non-executive director of Purcari Wineries Public Company Limited on its IPO, being a Cypriot company listed in the main index of the Bucharest Stock Exchange with operational subsidiaries in Romania and in Republica Moldova. Neil chairs the nomination, remuneration & corporate governance committee and also sits on the audit committee of the Board of Purcari Wineries.
Having made his legal studies at the University of Aberdeen and at King’s College London, Neil has previously been a partner in the international law firms Stephenson Harwood (with which his law firm McGregor & Partners maintains an association) and Sinclair Roche & Temperley. He is a solicitor qualified in England & Wales and in Scotland, as well as being a member of the Bucharest Bar in Romania and the Sofia Bar in Bulgaria.
Although resident in Bucharest, he retains his links with the UK: he is one of the founders of the Bucharest Caledonian Ball (supporting guide dogs for the blind in Romania) and is a member of Scottish Enterprise’s GlobalScot business network.
Carmen-Daniela Micu is a senior executive with over 20 years’ experience in marketing and communication industry, locally and globally, within companies such as: Wella, Beiersdorf AG Hamburg, Prodal Group, Omnicom Media Group, covering FMCG, Pharma and MarCom industries. In 2013 Carmen embarked on an entrepreneurial journey, founding of OneSelf Marketing – a platform for strategies evaluation & development, providing professional support for individuals and companies, and YOUNITY, a community of professionals running original programs designed to help people learn how to apply marketing and management principles and techniques to create their professional &life strategy. She has an MBA-ASEBUSS, is an alumni of Kellogg Northwestern University, of the Global CEO Program IESE& Wharton University& CEIBS, and certified in Hogan psychological evaluation systems. Carmen is VP Membership Experience volunteer within Professional Women’s Network Romania and member of IAA Romania.
Senior Executive, with more than 20 years of experience in General Management and Corporate Governance in several industrial sectors in Romania.
From November 2010 to September 2017 Bogdan was the President of Smithfield Romania, a Group of companies which includes distinct operational entities responsible for as many different complementary sectors, in the pork meat production industry starting with hog farming / feed mill production (Smithfield Farms), hog sloughtering / fresh pork meat production and processing (Smithfield Prod), and ending up with wharehousing distribution and logistics (Agroalim Distribution and Logistics). He served as CEO and Chairman for all the companies mentioned above besides his involvement in the leadership of other industry professional associations : Vice President of APCPR (The Association of Hog Farmers/Pork Meat Producers from Romania), Member in the board of ARC (The Romanian Meat Association), Member in the board of OICP/OIPA.
Bogdan has extensive experience in the consumer goods industry, with substantial functional track record in general management, business development, NPD, production, marketing and distribution.
Bogdan Mihail joined Smithfield Romania in 2007 as Managing Director of Smithfield Ferme. Previsosly he served as Vice President and CEO of Prodal Group.
He is a graduate of ‘Carol Davila' University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania. During 1999-2001, he took an Executive MBA at ASEBUSS & Washington University of Seattle, followed in 2002 by Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School (HBS) USA. In 2006 he graduated the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD France.
Bogdan is a member of IoD (Institute of Directors) UK since 2010 and Fellow since 2014. He is a certified International Director (INSEAD IDP’c) since 2015 and coresponding member of EcoDa (the European Confederation of Directors Associations) for Romania.
Madalina Paisa is the partner of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Law department at Mitel & Asociatii Attorneys-at-law, being involved in numerous significant transactions on the Romanian market.
Madalina also specialized in complementary areas of expertise, such as Personal Data Protection, Banking and Finance, Energy and Natural Resources, Labor Law and Competition Law.
The full advice provided to clients includes company incorporations, restructuring of the corporate governance rules (both in one-tier and two-tier systems), spin-offs, privatizations, mergers, advice for the meetings of the management bodies of companies, structuring of complex procurement transactions, drafting and negotiation of transaction documents and of shareholders agreements.
Her clients are renowned corporations, domestic and foreign companies, State-owned and private companies, strategic investors, local entrepreneurs, investment funds, private equity funds, central and local public institutions and authorities.
Madalina graduated from the University of Bucharest – Faculty of Law and from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and is a Bucharest Bar member.
Mihaela is an experienced senior executive with excellent reputation among top clients in Romania and South-East Europe.
She graduated from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, with a degree in Economics.
Since 2011, member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and completed the Harvard Business School YPO-WPO Presidents’ Program, Leading with Purpose Programme INSEAD.
Joined the Bucharest practice of PwC Romania in 1997 and became a Partner in July 2004. Starting with 1 July 2013, appointed Tax & Legal Services Leader for the PwC Romania and South-East Europe.
She has extensive experience in both Romanian and international taxation, coordinating a wide range of complex assignments for multinational corporations and local companies including restructuring, privatisation, tax compliance, tax optimisation schemes, due diligence, setting up international structures and taxation rules applicable mainly in EU Member States;
Advising high profile individuals (Romanian nationals or expatriates) on personal tax matters;
Frequently invited as keynote speaker or moderator in prominent business events; relevant expert opinions often featured in Romanian mainstream media.
Assisting the Romanian Government and the industries players in introducing the Romanian state aid scheme (cash rebate) for movie industry. Mihaela is well known in the entertainment industry as being the consultant for state aid implementation.
Member of the Romanian Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (CECCAR), former Vice-president and Member of the Board of the Romanian Chamber of Tax Consultants (CCF) and former Vice-president of CFE (Confédération Fiscale Européenne), an Independent External Auditor. Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching, Academy of Executive Coaching.
Starting July 1, 2019, Mihaela accepted a new challenge by joining the Tax team of EY Romania and becoming the Tax & Law Leader for South Europe. The cluster includes Albania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Romania.
Alexandru Mnohoghitnei has over 25 years experience in financial management, private equity and corporate restructuring. He is dealing now with financial consulting and M&A.
Mr. Mnohoghitnei was the CFO of Domo Retail (2004-2013), a large Romanian retailer in household electrical & IT appliances, following an extensive experience in Private Equity as Senior Investment Officer at Danube Fund (1999-2004), a fund financed by EBRD, IFC and Alpha Bank. He has significant experience in corporate restructuring as participant in projects of United Nations Industrial Development Organisation-UNIDO/UNDP (1997-1999).
Previously, he worked in the aircraft industry (1983-1996) as design engineer and project manager in complex aeronautical projects.
He is currently Board Member in the Board of Directors of ARO Palace SA Brasov (hospitality). He held Board member positions in Flanco (retail), Credisson and Ralfi (consumer finance), Alpha Leasing Romania, Interstar (household cleaning products), IMSAT (industrial services) and Bucharest Corporate Center (office building).
Alexandru Mnohoghitnei holds an MBA from the University of Quebec a Montreal / Canadian MBA Program in Romania. He also holds an Aeronautical Engineering degree from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest.
Mr. Mircea-Toma Modran has an extensive 30+ year managerial experience covering information technology, corporate strategy, restructuring, business continuity and risk management, business process re-design and implementation, operational efficiency and effectiveness improvements. From a system engineer all the way to an Executive Board Director and Chairman of the Supervisory Board, his skills were appreciated and called for by well-known corporations from technology (IBM, Digital, Hewlett Packard, Nortel), chemical (BASF), oil & gas (Petrom, OMV), energy (Transelectrica) and aerospace (Romaero, IAR) domains.
Mr. Mircea-Toma Modran received his Electrical Engineering degree (M.Eng.) from University of Craiova, Faculty of Electrotechnics, Automation & Computers, major in Computers, and his Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) from Toronto York University, Schulich School of Business, major in Corporate Strategy (Restructuring), International Business (Far East) and MIS – Management Information Systems (Global Data Centers). He has also attended post-graduated executive programs in UK (Hult Ashridge Business School, University of Edinburgh) and Canada (Humber College, Niagara-on-the-Lake Institute).
Founding member of the CIO Council in Romania, Mr. Modran is also an Associate Member of ANSSI/ RO (the Romanian National Association for Information Systems Security), full licensed Member of BCI / UK (Business Continuity Institute), full licensed Member of PEO / CA (Professional Engineers of Ontario) and certified Six Sigma Deployment Leader by the 6Sigma Institute / USA.
Speranta Munteanu is a Senior Advisor at KPMG on Strategy and Restructuring. After heading as Partner, the Restructuring Services, KPMG Romania and CEE, she took a role on advising KPMG on internal and client strategy and senior staff and executive mentoring. She is certified insolvency practitioner with an extensive knowledge in the area of turnaround and liquidation processes. Speranta was project manager for a significant number of major restructuring and insolvency assignments in the Romanian market, and therefore has a deep understanding of the issues likely to be faced by business and its stakeholders during a corporate transformation period. She is a partner and senior Advisor of KPMG Restructuring SPRL, the insolvency practitioner entity member of KPMG Romania group. Speranta is a Certified Appraiser, member of the Romanian National Valuators Association (ANEVAR), since 1994, RICS member since 2009 and founding member of UNPIR (The Insolvency Practitioners Romanian Association). She is a founding member of the Romanian Chapter of the Turnaround Manager Association, and former Charter President and an alumni of the INSEAD International Directors Program (IDP 31)
Vlad has more than 15 years of professional experience in banking, risk management, workout and non-performing loans, business restructuring, financial services - with significant experience in strategic management, both on executive and supervisory positions, corporate finance as well as in complex M&A projects.
After serving in different management positions in the banking industry, Vlad had founded Concilium Consulting in 2015 and he is serving ever since as CEO.
Concilium is a “boutique advisory”, with highly experienced professionals, having expertise in 12 different industries.
Concilium is listed by EBRD as a supplier of strategic consultancy services for SME’s and is also listed on the panel of different commercial banks as Independent Business Review (IBR’s) provider.
Vlad is an independent member in the TMK Artrom’s Board of Administrators as well as in the Audit Committee. TMK Artrom is a producer in the metallurgical industry, being one of the leading players within the CEE countries.
He has legal background completed with an Executive MBA from Wienna University and MBA International Residency Program – “Strategies for a Global Company” from University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management.
Vlad is the only Romanian in the Global Executive Board of the Turnaround Management Association, association headquartered in USA having chapters in 52 different countries and more than 10.000 members.
Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP), Vlad is a frequent speaker and publisher on turnaround management topics, being also actively involved in the policy making area on restructuring related topics.
Catalin has over 20 years of turnaround and restructuring experience, working for a wide range of stakeholders across a variety of industries, during a career which has taken him from a large European subsidiary of a US automotive Tier 1 supplier, a global real estate investment manager player practice and to building his own successful business in Romania while also joining BM&T, in London. Sector experience goes from automotive, real state, energy production and distribution, to air and rail transportation, Catalin taking both executive and non-executive positions for the target companies. Catalin is the President of Turnaround Management Association Romania, CTP (certified turnaround professional ) since 2017 and he is based in Bucharest.
With 22 years of business and management advisory experience within Big4 in Romania and Central and Eastern Europe, Daniela Nemoianu is a highly experienced top executive, having participated in hundreds of transactions and large projects, including greenfield investments, major privatization deals and governmental projects. She has a reputable experience in risk management, corporate finance, regulatory and management consulting and is specialized in financial services, infrastructure, public sector and energy.
Her extensive representative roles have included Executive Partner, Head of Advisory, Head of Markets and Head of Legal of KPMG in Romania, Chair of the Supervisory Board of KPMG Central and Eastern Europe, Co-Chair of US Embassy Overseas Security Advisory Committee in Romania, and member of Chairman 25, a strategy think tank of the most important KPMG young leaders worldwide. Her academic background includes a Doctorate in Financial and Tax Law, as well as a Master’s degree in European Law, Pantheon-Sorbonne University & Bucharest University. She has also attended advanced business and leadership courses at Duke University, Harvard Business School and Insead. She is currently the Senior Partner of Nemoianu Consulting, an advisory firm specialized in legal, tax and risk advisory.
Since October 2016, Daniela is an independent member of the Presidential Commission appointed by the President of Romania to initiate Project Romania.
Daniela has been an active contributor to business associations such as AmCham, FIC, BRCC, Dutch Chamber for the past 20 years and she plays an active role in the AmCham Board of Directors since 2013, being the acting Vice-president. She acted as the President of AmCham in 2015/16 and Chair of some of the most participative AmCham barricades: the EU Funds, Taxation, Real Estate and Environmental Committees. In addition, she also coordinated and chaired the EU Funds Task Force within the Coalition for the Development of Romania (2013-16), promoting the interests of its members in dialogue with other business associations and the Government.
Aside from her work, Daniela enjoys getting involved in community projects, especially those relating to the business environment, rule of law, anti-corruption, education and environmental protection. Daniela is also a Board member of Teach for Romania, an international organization focusing on transforming education for a better future. She is a member of Professional Women Network in Romania.
Executive President, Alpha Bank Romania
President of the Board of Directors, Romanian Association of Banks
Mr. Sergiu Oprescu has a vast experience spanning over 20 years in banking and capital markets. Currently, he acts as Executive President of Alpha Bank Romania and President of the Board of Directors, Romanian Association of Banks.
Before that, Mr. Oprescu held several managerial positions in companies belonging to the financial sector, of which we mention the position of executive vice-president in charge with retail banking in Alpha Bank Romania, CEO and vice-president of the Board of Alpha Finance and president of the Bucharest Stock Exchange, during 2001-2006.
Mr. Oprescu has been actively involved in local and international professional organizations such as member of the European Banking Federation's Board, since the year 2015, and the European Mortgage Federation where, since the year 2009, he acts as Executive Board member.
During 2008 - 2014, he held the position of member of the Board of Directors, Romanian Association of Banks, for 2 mandates in a row.
He graduated from the Aeronautics School of Bucharest (1987) and GSB of the University of Colorado, USA (1996).
Alexandra is an investment professional with over 14 years of experience in investment banking and private equity with proven track record with sourcing, structuring, closing M&A transactions and managing equity and debt investments across various sectors. She currently manages the Investment Banking Department at BT Capital Partners, part of Banca Transilvania Financial Group and member of Oaklins, international M&A alliance.
Previously, she was advisor to the State Secretary and to the Deputy Prime Minister, within the Ministry of Economy, regarding the improvement of the State-owned enterprises and implementation of the 109 Law on corporate governance procedures for public enterprises.
Prior to this she was a part of the investment team of Abris Capital Partners managing around EUR 1.2 bn of capital in CEE. Previously, she was part of Alpha Bank Investment Banking division in Bucharest and Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking in Paris where she advised on merger & acquisition transactions covering Emerging Markets (CEE and Africa).
She has extended experience in the areas as merger & acquisitions and capital markets transactions, private equity, company growth and strategy, financing and refinancing, organisational restructuring, corporate governance, working in international environment and at management and Board levels. She has also served as member of the Board in several large or medium organizations.
Alexandra graduated the Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest and UPEC - Université Paris-Est Créteil, France and has a Master’s Degree from Université Paris-Sud, France in Strategy and Financial Engineering. Alexandra is also a Certified Executive and Board Coach, working with leaders-from startup entrepreneurs to C-level executives.
Emma Popa-Radu has been active in investments and Private Equity for over 20 years. She spent 17 years with Advent International, one of the largest and most experienced global private equity houses, of which 10 years as Managing Director, responsible for investments in Romania, and for a while, Turkey as well.
Emma has recently moved to angel investing.
Emma was responsible for a number of investments in Romania - mobile telephony, pharmaceuticals (generics), medical services, construction materials (paint, lacquers, adhesives and bricks), outdoor advertising, and Turkey - leasing, bread products and furniture. An important driver for these companies’ development was expansion through mergers and aquisitions, in the same industry or complementary segments, and new markets entry.
Emma Popa-Radu represented Advent International on a large number of Boards as non-executive director. Some of these are Terapia Cluj, Regina Maria, Deutek, Ceramica Iasi, Euromedia, Uno and Roma Plastik.
She is a member of the Young Presidents Organisation, having been active for 8 years on the Executive Committee.
Emma graduated from the International Economic Relations Faculty of the Academy for Economic Studies and attended a number of executive programs at Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley and London Business School.
Dr. Mugur Popescu, CFA is an executive with more than 20 years experience in top tier multinational financial institutions such as Citibank, Unicredit Bank, Aviva, BCR Erste and Raiffeisen and is currently Vicepresident of CFA Romania. He has also served as member of the Board in several large organizations:
Since 2016, he is Board Member and President of the Audit and Risk Committee of National Salt Company – SNS SALROM;
Since 2015, Vicepresident of CFA Romania; During 2002 -2014, served CFA Romania and CFA Institute organization in several roles as founding member, and VP/Board Member where implemented several projects: Coordinator of local CFA Investment Research 2012-2018 as Coordinator, Grader, Regional Grader and Judge; Standard Setting Process for CFA Exam;
In the period 2014-2017, Board Member and Head of Investment Committee for Romanian Pension Funds Associations;
In the period 2012-2016, Board Member and President/Member of the Audit Committee of National Company for Inland Waterways;
Elena Popescu Munteanu
Elena Popescu is a leader with over 25 years of experience in the Pharma industry, operating in multiple European countries and particularly in Eastern Europe, one of the executives who actively participated in shaping the strategic plans and investment strategies in the regional Pharma industry. In her roles, she contributed to the Romanian Pharma market development, to the access and distribution of innovative medicines to Romanian patients, fostering a transparent and ethical business environment. During the last 10 years, Elena held regional Financial Director roles, covering 16 countries in different stages of development and maturity of the pharma market. She coordinated the set-up and optimization of different operating models and financial processes in line with corporate and local regulatory requirements.
In addition to the professional activity, she is chairing the Audit Committee at the American International School in Vienna, a non-profit organization providing schooling based on an international curriculum to close to 1,000 students.
Elena graduated from the Bucharest Polytechnical Institute, Faculty of Computer Science, and later obtained a postgraduate diploma in Marketing and Administration at ICHEC Brussels Management School in Belgium.
Alina Prahoveanu is founder and managing partner of OFIN Consulting and, during her work experience she was involved in business and financial consulting services, tax consulting, transfer pricing engagements, merger&acquisitions for companies mainly in energy and resources sector.
Fiscal Consultant, member of Chamber of Fiscal Consultants, member of Romanian Chamber of Financial Auditors (CAFR), member of Certified Accountants Body (CECCAR), Alina was member of the team who implemented the IAS for the first time in Romania, under the coordination of Public Finance Ministry (co-author to Practical Guidelines to IAS implementation, published in 2001).
During her work experience as a CFO/Group CFO for the biggest worldwide steel producer – Arcelor Mittal and for the biggest group in recycling industry in SE Europe – Green Group, she develops financial transactional and information systems and procedures to ensure the efficient and effective management of the company’s finances and support the decision-making process of the Board of the company,
She is passionate of business in general and strategy in special. Her research: “Management Accounting and Strategic Positioning of Company” was awarded by Iasi University with PhD Degree.
Mihai Purcarea is President of the Board and Chief Executive Officer at BRD Asset Management, one of the most important investment management companies in Romania. Previously he was Chief Investment Officer at Erste Asset Management, being involved in managing some of the largest investment funds in Romania in the past 15 years.
Mihai is also a board member of CFA Society Romania and the Fund Managers Associations of Romania and an Aspen Institute Fellow.
Carmen Seghete is a professional in investment management with over 20 years of experience and leadership in investment funds and listed and unlisted companies, management of companies, financial management and corporate governance. Since 1996 she has been executive and/or non executive director, member of Supervisory Boards or Boards of Directors in 20 public and private companies from Romania and Bulgaria active in the manufacturing industries (Braiconf, Macofil, Orgachim, Orgachim Resins, Policolor, Ruse Chemicals, Titan), industrial services (Imsat), logistic services (First Logistics and Distribution, Silotrans, Socep), investment management and financial advisory services (New Europe Capital), brokerage (Capital Securities), real estate (Rolast), etc. Currently she is a non executive Board member of Policolor.
Carmen has built and managed portfolios with public and private companies from Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia, she has organized and negotiated the acquisitions and sales of the companies in the portfolio of the investment funds she has worked for, managed the relationship management-shareholders-directors of parent and subsidiary companies, was deeply involved in the financial activity of some investee companies (budget projections, financial results, evaluation, audit, consolidation) sometimes being member of the Audit Committee (Orgachim), contributed to the development of companies through buyouts or sales of assets / divisions / plants / companies, relocation of activities and factories, mergers and demergers, have identified and hired people in top management and negotiated their motivational packages.
Carmen graduated from the Bucharest Polytechnic University with a M. Eng. in Electronics and Telecommunications, and attended numerous training and specialization courses in finance both in Romania and abroad.
Mihai Sfintescu has 23 years of successful track-record in private equity, venture capital & investment banking (M&A). He has invested in numerous companies and helped them to grow as a member of their Board of Directors.
In recent years, Mihai led 3TS Catalyst Romania, a venture capital fund dedicated to Romania, which made 10 investments and has an annualized IRR of over 30% on 30.06.2017. Currently, Mihai Sfintescu is in fundrasing with a new private equity fund. At the same time, Mihai acts as advisor on mergers & acquisitions and private equity / venture capital portfolio management.
Between 2007 and 2016, Mihai Sfintescu was a Partner at 3TS Capital Partners, a leading private equity and venture capital firm that has made investments such as Avangate (together with Gecad / Radu Georgescu) and Unirea Medical Center (currently Regina Maria, along with Wargha Enayati).
Prior to 2007, Mihai was an investment banker specialized in mergers & acquisitions, both at his own firm Abilito Capital and as Director and Member of the Board of Directors of CA IB Romania (now part of UniCredit Group). Mihai has participated in many transactions, including some over EUR 100 million, such as the acquisition by CEZ of Electrica Oltenia.
Mihai is a member of Invest Europe, the European private equity and venture capital association, as well as mentor in several start-ups and scale-ups such as RBL-Mentoria (Bucharest), Hubraum (Krakow) or How To Web (Bucharest).
Mihai Sfintescu has an Executive MBA from the University of Washington (USA) and ASEBUSS Bucharest, and MS from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest.
Georgiana Sîrbu is the founding partner of Sirbu Law, a dynamic law practice based in Bucharest.
Georgiana is employing all her national and international expertise towards the success of international clients doing business in Romania. She is focusing her practice in helping clients in public procurement, infrastructure, construction and energy projects.
Georgiana has sustained numerous business presentations and trainings, continuously providing advice and knowledge to her clients directed towards their growth.
Georgiana’s passion is to provide meaningful and practical advice to her clients, for projects that add growth to Romania’s future.
Previously, Georgiana has developed her career within one of the biggest law firms in Bucharest and as head of legal for an international group of companies spanning from China to Brazil, based in Barcelona.
Georgiana graduated from the University of Bucharest- Faculty of Law and also the
Academy of Economic Studies – Faculty of Economics.
She completed her education with a Master Degree in Law in Barcelona, where she was also an Associate Professorwithin the Faculty of Law of PompeuFabra University.
Georgiana is member of the Bucharest Bar and a board member of the Association of Spanish Companies in Romania (ASEMER).
Bogdan is a member of Cetelem Romania/ BNP Paribas Personal Finance Management Board since 2015, between 2018 – 2020 having a Central Europe regional position in the commercial team.
With a reach experience in retail banking within reputable companies (Raiffeisen Bank, UniCredit, BRD Societe Generale) he is specialized in lending products development and sales, both for private individuals and SMEs.
He started the career in FMCG in the marketing departments of Kraft Foods (now Mondelez) and Reckitt Benckiser in 1998 - 2000.
Passionate by market research and economics, he is a constant investor in BVB listed companies.
He was member of the Supervisory Board of SN Plafar SA for more than 4 years (2016 – 2020) and since April 2021 is a member of the Supervisory Board of APDM Galati (Administration of the Danube Maritime Ports).
Bogdan has general and operations management experience in client-facing roles for various large-scale multinational companies, as well as local enterprises. Solid and smart focus on profitability targets while managing client satisfaction and likeliness to purchase more. The areas of expertise range from business process outsourcing (BPO) to transportation and logistics, as well as banking, retail and IT.
He developed a strong people leadership and organizational structure alignment in order to get the right growth path and succession coverage.
Computer Engineering graduate (Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, 2003) complemented by an Executive MBA (Cotrugli Business School, 2012). Starting 2018 he is also Certified Information Privacy Manager by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
Florentina Susnea is the managing partner of PKF Finconta with over 26 years of experience in tax area, using her experience gained over the years for a large number of clients with a wide range of activities.
Her professional experience includes areas such as statutory audit and IFRS, tax consulting, tax residence issues, financial restructuring and tax documentation and policies of Transfer Pricing, mergers and demergers, M & A, judicial, accounting and tax expertise, due diligence for acquisitions.
Florentina collaborates with other members of the PKF International Limited network to provide a more holistic approach in advising its customers on cross-border tax issues.
Florentina is an accredited member of the following professional organizations: Chamber of Tax Consultants, Chamber of Financial Auditors in Romania, Chamber of Expert and Licensed Accountants of Romania and Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists.
Florentina graduated the Faculty of Finance and Accountancy of the Academy of Economic Studies, the Faculty of Law of “Titu Maiorescu” University, the MBA Programme of Tiffin University USA, has a PhD in Economics and has attended several national and international courses focused on financial aspects.
Sebastian Tcaciuc is currently an independent advisor and consultant to private equity funds investing in Romania and other CEE countries. He has 18 years of private equity, corporate finance and asset management experience, with proven track record in sourcing, structuring, closing and managing private equity investments across various sectors. Sebastian has served on the Board of Directors of 9 companies, some of which publicly-listed in Bucharest and/or London. As a Director with Advent International (2005-2014), he worked on large a number of transaction processes, including all Advent’s investments in Romania and Turkey. Prior to joining Advent International, Sebastian worked with ING Corporate Finance & Equities (2002-2005), Alpha Bank (2001-2002) and Delta Lloyd Investment Research (2000-2001). Sebastian holds a Master’s degree in Economics (2001) and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (2003).
Speranta Tirsar is a business advisor, with a 20+ years experience in international financial companies, where she has acquired an important expertise in business set-up and development, at a regional level.
Between 2010 and 2017, she was Head of Central and Eastern Europe of SACE SpA, the Export Credit Agency of Italy. In this role, she set up the regional CEE office in Bucharest, defined the growth strategy and managed the operations of the hub in the 15 countries of the region. In her activity, Mrs. Tirsar worked with supranationals, governmental insitutions, multinationals, local blue chips, SMEs and banks in the region. Besides the origination and execution of large deals, specific to the ECA world, she actively supported SMEs and initiated new products for them inside SACE.
Up to 2010, Mrs. Tirsar gained a vast experience in the banking sector, having had various managerial positions in ING Bank Romania.
Mrs. Tirsar holds a Master degree in International Business and Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest.
Cristian is a graduate of a MBA in Marketing and an equivalent Master Program in Executive Coaching.
He holds a certificate in Investment Analysis issued by Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. and attended organizational development courses with companies from Japan, Netherlands, U.S., France and Great Britain.
Cristian is a Certified Professional Facilitator of Futures Achievement International from U.S., a Practitioner in The ESPERE Communication Method of the institute with the same name from Paris, a Practitioner Coaching-Mentoring for life, Facilitator in the Academy of Executive Coaching from the UK, and an associate lecturer for the course “Creativity in Economy and Business” of the Masters Programme in Business Consulting – run in English in the Faculty of Business and Administration at the University of Bucharest.
He has experience of over 23 years in business administration, 3 years in the stock market and over 20 years in development organizations, with over 400 presentations in public in his capacity as tutor, trainer and facilitator for corporations, associations and non-profit organizations. He has delivered presentations in public in Romania and abroad: Dusseldorf, Zaragoza and London. Over his 11 year-career, as a coach he has been working with top executives (CEOs, executives, financial, sales, human resources, etc.) with a wide coverage of businesses.
He is currently chairman of the Business and Executive Coaching Association for sustainable development – ACEA and Vice-chairman of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council – EMCC Romania.
Bogdan Voicu is an executive with over 20 years of experience and leadership profile in the telecommunication industry and of over 10 years as management board member of local entities belonging to France Telecom – Orange Romania and Deutsche Telekom – Telekom Romania Group (Telekom fix, Telekom mobile, Germanos, Nextgen, Sunlight, Zapp).
Bogdan has first-hand experience in managing and controlling the company’s operations as well as strategically planning and, also, a proven track record in achieving the P&L targets.
In over 20 years of professional activity, Bogdan has provided leadership in order to achieve company strategies and has implemented and managed changes to drive organizational performance up. He has extensive experience with shareholders Board members and C-Level decision makers of large and very large companies.
He was a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of Telekom Romania Communications SA, a member of the Audit Committee of Telekom Romania Group and a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of Nextgen Communications SRL.
Bogdan has a master degree in Finance and Accounting from the Academy of Economic Studies of Bucharest.
Bogdan Voicu is fluent in English and French.
Minimum 15 years of professional experience
Standards of good practices in corporate governance
Significant experience as shareholders, board members, directors, top management positions in public and private companies in Romania or abroad
Company growth and financing
Finance, tax, legal
Company valuation for mergers and acquisitions, listing on the Bucharest Stock Exchange and exits