While change is accelerating and technology advances faster than ever, companies must innovate to keep up with their clients and their competitors. Innovation becomes a vital aspect of corporate strategy and CEOs play an important role in creating a corporate environment that fosters innovation.


In a world that is changing everyday with new technologies, it is becoming necessary for organizations to think innovatively in order to ensure their continued success and stay competitive. Join us for a debate on how the most important companies in Romania leverage business innovation and technology to sustain growth.

08:30 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:15

Welcome addresses

Dumitru Ion, Managing Partner, Doingbusiness.ro

Bogdan Ion, Country Managing Partner, EY Romania

09:15 - 11:00

Debate on Innovation & technology - key drivers for growth


Lucian Mindruta, Creative Director, Mediafax Group


Valeriu Nistor, Country Director, IBM Romania, President of AmCham

Jean-Francois Fallacher, CEO, Orange
Steven van Groningen, President & CEO, Raiffeisen Bank, Vicepresident FIC

Christian von Albrichsfeld, General Manager, Continental Automotive Romania

Catalin Cretu, Area Manager, Romania & Croatia, Visa Europe

Annita Pakioufaki, Managing Director, Stanton Chase International

Narcis Horhoianu, Marketing Director, Balkan Markets, Procter & Gamble

  • The new perception on innovation and the key drivers that determined this change
  • Leveraging new technologies and business models for growth. Overcoming barriers to innovation
  • Strategies for fostering a culture of continuous innovation. The role of CEOs in creating a corporate environment that encourages innovation
  • Romania's position from the point of view of innovation and new technologies. Drivers that could encourage innovative thinking
  • Types of innovation that could work better in the current economic context in Romania: frugal, open or disruptive innovation
11:00 - 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 - 13:30

Methodology & Tops revealing


Dragos Neacsu, CEO, Erste Asset Management


Lars Wiechen, Executive Director, Transaction Advisory Services, EY Romania

Lucian Anghel, CEO, BCR Pensii and President, Bucharest Stock Exchange

Georgios Argentopoulos, CEO, Alltrom Real Estate Group

Aurel Netin, Country Manager Romania & Bulgaria, Lenovo

Simona Bonghez, Partner, ESI Romania

Daniel Pana, Country Sales Leader, SAS

  • Insight and challenges regarding the scoring methodology developed by EY Romania
  • Top 30 companies revealing from overall top 300 companies
  • Top 10 companies revealing from Banking & Finance, IT & Telecom, Automotive, Retail & Real Estate
  • Leading companies from different industries and their perspectives on the most dynamic economic sectors
  • The most innovative oriented businesses in Romania. Case studies and success stories
13:30 - 14:30

Networking buffet



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