The Diplomat – Bucharest organizes Digital Transformation Conference to be held on 19 of June in Bucharest, at Hilton Hotel - Regina Maria Hall, starting 8:30 AM. Digital Transformation Conference brings together leaders spearheading digital initiatives in their organizations to offer insights into their digital transformation journey’s.
Digital Transformation is everywhere as every sector of our economy has been impacted by digital technologies. The fourth industrial revolution has become a reality and the consequent digital transformation will impact all sectors of the economy. The digital revolution is responsible for a whole raft of new opportunities. In years to come, it will be one of the strongest drivers for growth, jobs and well-being.
It’s centered around several axes: mobile technologies, the use of big data and automation through electronics and information technology. Customer Experience, Multichannel Marketing, Blockchain are reshaping industries by disrupting existing business and operating models, having a profound impact on society, presenting a series of opportunities and challenges for businesses and policy-makers. Digital Transformation Conference will focus on innovation in all its different aspects: business strategies, customers and technology. Join digital business leaders at the event with an agenda packed full of presentations, panel discussions & networking opportunities.
June 19, 2019
8:30 - 9:00
Welcome coffee & registration of participants
9:00 - 10:00
panel session: "Digital Government: A 2019 Perspective". The institutional and legislative framework of national cybersecurity
10:00 - 10:15
10:15 - 13:00
• 10:15 – 11:30 Transformation in Banking Moderator: Gabriela Folcut, Executive Director, Romanian Association of Banks (RAB)
• 11:30 – 12:20 Transformation in Energy & Utilities Moderator: Alexandru-Valeriu Binig, Director, Regulatory and Antitrust, Enel
• 12:20 – 13:00 Transformation in Business Services
Director, Regulatory and Antitrust, Enel, Moderator
Head of Innovation Hub, E.ON Romania
Country President Romania & Rep. Moldova, Schneider Electric
Head of Quality Romania, Wipro Limited
Director Tenant Services, Colliers International
Director Executiv, Directia Digital Banking, BCR
Colin C. Lovering
Vice President BRCC, Senior Vice-President, Avison Young Real Estate Romania, Moderator
CTO, Pentalog Software Factory
IONUT-VALERIU ANDREI State Secretary, Ministry of Communications and Information Society
Ionut started his career as a counsellor at the Ministry of Communications and Information Society right after graduating the Business Administration faculty at The University of Bucharest in 2008.
After two and half years of evaluating and monitoring EU funded projects in the IT&C field he left the public administration sector to work as a project manager in the private sector. Here he played a key role especially in proposing and implementing ITC projects for the private sector as well as for the public sector.
Since August 2017 Ionut is State Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Information Society’s State and his main objective is to raise the EU funds absorption and coordinating of Ministry of Communications and Information Society’s projects.
During his first year in the seat, Ionut was highly involved in the different stages of implementation of several projects developed by the Ministry, such as the E-Commerce and E-Governance projects, Governmental Cloud project and the development of the NGN national infrastructure. He also took over the coordination of the Agency for Digital Agenda. From this position, he contributed at the launching of the latest electronic public aquisitions system - SICAP.
SORIN GRINDEANU President,
Sorin Grindeanu has been appointed President of the National Authority for Management and Regulation of Communications in Romania in November 2017. Between January and June 2017, he served as Prime Minister of Romania. From 2012 to 2016, he was an MP and a member of the IT&C Committee in the Chamber of Deputies. He served as Communications Minister from December 2014 to November 2015. Mr. Grindeanu also has extensive experience in the local administration: he was President of the Timiș County Council from June 2016 to December 2017, and before that he served as a vice mayor of Timișoara City, a member of the Timișoara local council and Head of the Timiș County Youth and Sports Directorate. Sorin Grideanu is a graduate of the West University of Timișoara - Faculty of Mathematics, majoring in IT, and holds a Master’s Degree in Data Bases.
ZOLTAN NAGY Vice President,
Mr. Zoltan Nagy – Bege has more than 10 years' experience working on energy regulatory activities since 2007 as General Director for gas market, regulations for electricity, renewables, energy efficiency and cogeneration. Also he was involved on approving the Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE) regulations as member of the Regulatory Board of ANRE for 5 years.
Since October 2017, Mr. Zoltan Nagy – Bege was appointed as ANRE Vice-President for 5 years term by the Romanian Parliament and he is the Head of the Energy Efficiency Department within ANRE.
Prior to working to the Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE), Mr Zoltan NagyBege has an important activity since 2000 on managing companies and being member on regulatory board for the Romanian administration.
He graduated the Economical Sciences and Management from Babes - Bolyai University from Cluj Napoca in 2000 and took part in several training programs in management like CODECS – The Open University Business School in 2008-2009.
In the context of the national and European energy targets, Mr. Zoltan Nagy-Bege has carried out an important role regarding the implementation of the current energy legislation and elaborating the secondary regulations, by promoting the constructive dialogue with all the stakeholders in the energy regulatory activity and the sustained dissemination of the relevant energy legislation at national and European level.
DAN NECHITA Co-founder and President,
Smart Everything Everywhere - SEE
Dan Nechita is Co-founder and President at Smart Everything Everywhere SEE. He graduated the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with an M.A. in International Relations and Columbia University in the City of New York with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science. At Columbia, he worked for two years as a research assistant at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies.
He also worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the George Washington University, at the World Security Institute (the Global Zero nuclear disarmament initiative), at the Brookings Institution Center of Executive Education, and at ABC News – as a reporter and writer for the reputed political analysis publication The Note.
He was President of the Jack Kent Cooke Scholars Association, Hub “ambassador” of the Sandbox Network in Washington, D.C., and a Board Member of the Columbia Club of D.C.
MIHAIL CAZACU Cabinet Director CIO Office, Government of Romania
Mr. Cazacu is working as Cabinet Director for the CIO Office, Government of Romania since October 2016. He has over 25 years of experience in IT and management consulting. He holds a degree in electronic engineering from the Polythechnical University of Bucharest, Romania and an MBA from the Conservatoire des Arts et Metiers, Paris, France.
CARMEN ADAMESCU Partener EY Leading IT Advisory Practice & IT Risk Assurance
She joined Ernst & Young in 2012, by now having 18+ years’ experience in Romania and CEE in IT industry. She had executive roles and relationship with large clients and Global IT Players.
Carmen has a MSc in Nuclear Physics in 1987 at University of Bucharest and a MBA at Open University, UK, specialized in Strategy, Marketing, Change Management and HR.
Before joining EY in 2012, Carmen worked for IBM in Romania and CEE, playing leadership roles. During her career, she was the trusted advisor for many large clients in Romania, engaged in strategic, complex IT projects, covering different industries as Financial Services, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Telco, and Public Sector.
She is also a subject matter expert in outsourcing, technology enablement, Enterprise Architecture, Business Process Modelling and for Major Program Transformation initiatives.
Carmen’s strategy in EY is to help her clients to embrace digital for improving operational performance, to take advantage of analytics for increasing business effectiveness and support them for protecting against cyber risks.
Adrian Borotea Group strategy and EU agenda Director, CEZ Romania
Adrian Borotea is a Senior Executive Director at CEZ Romania, dealing lately with the CEZ Group strategy in Romania, EU Affairs and Renewables. Balancing studies with career, he graduated in December 2007, an Executive MBA at Pittsburgh University, USA. He has 25 years of experience on Energy and Law Regulation in Romania. He is an active member of different Board of Directors, from electricity distribution, supply, wind generation, hydro generation and different leading bodies of Electricity Sector associations. Currently he is Executive Vice-chairman of RWEA. Previously Mr. Borotea was the Vice-president of the Romanian Regulatory Authority for Electricity and Heat (ANRE). He was responsible for the overall management, negotiations with the stakeholders, drawing up tariff methodologies, prices and the computation of the electricity tariffs for the end users. He was also Vice-president of the Association of Energy Regulators (ERRA).
LUCIAN ANGHEL General Manager EnergyPal
Lucian Anghel, Founder and CEO, Timepal Romania
The founder of the EnergyPal brand, dipl.ing. Lucian Anghel, has a vast experience in operating and maintaining buildings over 3,000,000 sqm in Romania. The experience gained over 15 years of facility management has led to launching EnergyPal, an energy efficiency concept, whereby customers benefit from the most cost-effective solutions for building operation costs. The EnergyPal team is staffed with over 8 years of experience in facility management and technical assistance. The staff is specialized in the fields of: smart metering, HVAC (heating and air conditioning), automation, insulation, lighting, preventative and predictive maintenance. The solutions and technologies used have the effect of reducing the operating costs of the beneficiaries, which allows for the financing of the savings made.
ANTONIU PANAIT Managing Director VASTINT
Managing Director for VASTINT Romania since 2009, Antoniu Panait has an executive experience of more than 10 years, mainly in real estate.
With a strong foundation, built on legal studies, embracing diverse operational responsibilities including administrating complex portfolios and evaluating investment opportunities, at only 31 years old he took the challenge to build and grow the VASTINT team and projects in Romania.
Antoniu Panait is now in charge of a portfolio of three major projects in Bucharest. Timpuri Noi Square is located in district 3, with up to 100,000 m2 of class A office and retail as well as 50,000 m2 residential space planned, and Business Garden Bucharest, located in district 6, will bring up to 43,000 m2 of class A office and retail space to the market. VASTINT has also acquired a 48 Ha site in the Sisesti area, in close proximity to the Straulesti terminal, with a subway station and park-and-ride facilities, with a view to develop a mixed use, primarily residential development.
VALERIU BINIG Senior Advisor EY
Valeriu Binig is Senior Adviser with E&Y and has 30 years of professional experience in the energy sector in various roles ranging from technical and academic to M&A and finance raising advisory, as power plant operation engineer, designer, researcher, lecturer, coordinator of Phare programs, European Commission Delegation Task Manager, top utility company manager, administrator and consultant in investment banking/financial advisory services in the sector. Covering such an extensive experience, he undertook an instrumental role in the transformative process that the local energy market experienced during the last two decades.
Before joining EY, Valeriu Binig held leading positions in other consultancy firms for over 6 years, and also a director position within an investment banking and investment fund management team for another 6 years. He is Co-Chairman of the Energy and Environment Comittee of AmCham Romania and had previously been Chairman of the Board of the Romanian Energy Efficiency Fund (FREE).
CLAUDIU SALANTA Architect in Chief Cluj County Council
Claudiu Salanta is a city planner and currently he holds the position of Chief Architect of Cluj County.
He graduated Architecture and Urban Planning from Technical University in Cluj-Napoca and has a Master's degree in Urban Planning from "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urban Planning in Bucharest. He worked in the private sector and was involved in elaborating of urban planning and architectural projects.
As Chief Architect, he promotes active involvement of the administration in the planning of the territory by adopting good practices in the field.
MIHAI JURCA President Association for tourism promotion of Oradea and the region
Dedicated and focused professional, Mihai Jurca is the executive director of one of the few Destination Management Organization (D.M.O.) in Romania, Visit Oradea. Founded as a public private partnership in 2014 and responsible for the marketing strategy of the city, the tourism policies and the event agenda in Oradea, the D.M.O. led by Mihai Jurca has registered a yearly growth of the tourist inbound of over 20%, 2017 being the first year when the number of tourists exceeded the number of inhabitants. With a background in business development, Mihai, is one of the team members that set up the revitalization plan for the city of Oradea. Before being the manager of the tourist department of the city, Jurca was for 4 years, 2010-2014 the business development manager of the Industrial platforms of the city. Having the main responsibility in attracting investors, he contributed exponentially in attracting some of the biggest foreign direct investments in the city. Over 250 million euros in FDI and more that 3000 new jobs are numbers that the industrial platforms brought to the city. He started working for the public administration in 2008, just after graduating from the faculty of International Relations and European Studies, as project manager in the department for EU funding at the city hall of Oradea and Oradea Metropolitan Area. Most of the main infrastructure and development plans of the city, based on EU funding, were submitted from 2008-2011.
GEORGE DIDOIU Director Tenant Services, Office Agency Colliers
George Didoiu has over 13 years of experience in real estate, in both retail and office. As Director Tenant Services, Office Agency at Colliers International Romania, George advised leasing transactions with a total area of 65,000 sqm and he is now one of the most experienced members of the team, providing real estate strategies and solutions for key clients and real estate developers in Romania. Before joining Colliers, George was Regional Expansion Director at LIDL Romania and managed 10 LIDL properties (including 6 building sites).
CRISTIAN CARSTOIU Partener EY, Digital Transformation & Analytics
Cristian has over 19 years of experience in the field of technology consultancy. In the last 11 years he has worked for companies in the Middle East and Africa, thus his portfolio includes both local and global clients. During the last 5 years his focus was on digital transformation, analytics and improving customer experience for companies.
He joined EY Romania as a Partner and is in charge for developing and delivering solutions to banks, retail and public services, especially for municipalities, transport and customs.
Moreover, Cristian is also the Chief Innovation Officer for EY Romania and is responsible for identifying and developing innovative solutions based on new technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain or Internet of Things (IoT).
Before joining EY as Partner, Cristian founded and coordinated the departments of Data & Analytics and Customer Experience for other Big4 company and established the department of digital strategy & development for IBM Middle East.
ALEXANDRU TULAI Member of the Board of Directors, CLUJ IT Cluster
Alexandru Tulai has over 30 years of experience in the IT business and over 15 years in research and academia. During the last years, Alexandru had an important role as a business developer and business coacher, leading teams of consultants in important international (Belgian, German, Swiss etc.) software companies and leading implementation projects in Romania and abroad, in public and private sectors. Alexandru is certified as a Change Management Practitioner from APMG International, London and currently is the CEO of an organizational and leadership development company. Since 2012, Alexandru Tulai was elected the President of the Cluj IT Cluster leading the strategic development of the organization and acting as a business development manager in several projects run by the Cluster. He is also an active supporter and promoter of technology transfer and innovation, creating during the last years important bridges between the academia and the business.
Raluca has worked for 8 years in the Customer Experience space at Oracle, helping organisations from industries such as Telco, Manufacturing, Professional Services, Financial Services etc across EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) to become customer centric and boost their revenue and retention rates by leveraging Oracle technology.
Today, Raluca is leading internal customer excellence initiatives aimed to get Solution Engineers across EMEA and JAPAC (Japan & Asia Pacific) to WOW customers.
CHRISTIAN GAVRILA Co-founder & CEO, CRIsoft
Christian is the co-founder & CEO at CRIsoft, a company which he started in 1991, while graduating from Politehnica
University of Bucharest with a degree as an engineer from the Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers.
During the period of his studies, he won numerous awards at the International Physics Olympiads (2nd place -
Austria) and Informatics (1st place - Bulgaria) showing great promises for the future.
With more than 25 years of experience in the IT&C field, Christian is the proud owner and developer of the top
Romanian system for the public utilities sector, the CROS system, a software which he implemented succesfully in
various companies like ENEL Romania, APA Nova, Tinmar, Mobexpert, Lemet, Electroalfa and numerous water companies
(Brasov, Tg. Mures, Iasi) etc.
MARIAN GHEORGHE Director of Business Segment ICT and Sales Key Accounts for Telekom Romania
Since July 2016, Mr. Marian Gheorghe has been fully responsible for Telekom B2B Key Accounts and Telekom B2B ICT business. Mr. Marian Gheorghe has an experience of almost 20 years in the ICT and communications industries, gained while working both in Romania and abroad. During these years he has developed a broad expertise in various roles, starting as systems engineer, progressing as solutions architect and coordinating teams from management positions at both IBM and Telekom Romania.
PIOTR PONGANIS SCM Apps Sales Leader, Central and Eastern Europe, Oracle
Piotr has almost 20 years of experience in IT, working for IBM, Intermec and Honeywell, where he held different positions in sales, business development and consulting. Now, in Oracle Piotr is responsible for business development of Supply Chain Management and IoT applications. His special area of interest is Smart Logistics and utilizing IoT applications in Asset Management, Production Monitoring and Fleet Management.
Panagiotis Pantazis Oracle Applications Country Leader
Panagiotis Pantazis is the Oracle Applications Country Leader. He is responsible for the development and implementation of Oracle's Cloud & On-Premise Applications go-to-market strategy for Romania, Greece, Cyprus, and Malta. Prior to Oracle he worked for Xerox and Singular. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Major in International Business from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, an Executive Master's in Business Administration with concentration in Technology Management from the University of Indianapolis, and currently attending a Bachelor’s Degree of Studies in European Civilization in the Hellenic Open University.
IOAN DORIN HATEGAN Director, Technical, Energy Efficiency and New Technologies Division, CNTEE Transelectrica SA
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