The Aspen Energy Summit was created to explore strategic issues at the intersection of energy, economy, geopolitics and security. A group of national officials, international leaders and public policy experts from the energy and energy industry, governmental actors and research organizations gather in Ploiesti for an open discussion of topics of national and regional importance. These discussions aim to encourage new collaborations and trans-disciplinary thinking.

The Aspen Energy and Sustainability Program is an active and non-partisan dialogue platform and a neutral forum focused on topics and collaborative ways to promote sustainability in a technology-based world. The mission of the program is to raise eloquent questions about society and economic opportunities, prompting a new way of thinking. Through its different participants, the program contributes to deliberate testing of hypotheses and policies used in areas such as sustainable energy development, clean energy, vulnerable consumers, energy security and security in the geo-strategic context of industry. The program promotes value-based dialogue between business leaders, the government, NGOs and academia.

Date: November 28, 2018

Location: Hotel Central, Ploiesti, Prahova County

Aspen Institute Romania
Aspen Institute US
Prahova County Council
Ploiesti City Hall, Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Prahova

With the support of:
World Energy Charter
Ministry for Energy
Ministry for the Business Environment, Commerce and SMEs
GMFUS Bucharest Office
Ecovis Ciurtin & Associates Regulatory
New Machiavelli Communications


Media partner:
Energy Industry Review

Conference Report



November 28, Ploiesti

08:30– 09:00 Registration

09:00– 10:00 Opening Remarks

Mircea Geoană – President, Aspen Institute Romania

Bogdan Toader – President, Prahova County Council

Adrian Florin Dobre – Mayor, City of Ploiesti

Gratiela Gavrilescu – Deputy Prime – Minister, Minister for the Environment

Radu Stefan Oprea – Minister for the Business Environment, Commerce and SMEs


10:00 – 10:15 Setting the stage

Ion Sterian – General Director, Transgaz

10:15 – 11:30 Panel I: The Romanian Energy Market in the European Context – public policies and challenges, energy mix development

Short, medium and long-term initiatives to enhance EU energy security. The energy corridor that links the East and the West – an opportunity for Romania to capitalize on the findings in the Black Sea and become an energy hub. Steps towards secure, inexpensive, and climate-friendly energy: new technologies, alternative fuels, electric mobility. Strengthening the existing energy mix, including nuclear, as a pillar of the Romanian economy. Digitalization, decarbonization and decentralization – Horizon 2030


  • Nicolae Havrilet – Adviser to the Minister for Energy, Romania
  • Zoltán A. Kósy – Country Manager Romania, Tornator Oyj (TBC)
  • Adrian Dumitriu – CFO, Nuclearelectrica
  • Daniela Pandrea – Senior Director Connected Services Europe, Honeywell
  • Bogdan Belciu – Partner, PwC Romania
  • Karl Leidenfrost – CEO, Habau PPS Pipeline Systems (TBC)

Moderator: Radu Tudor, journalist

11:30 – 11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 –13:00 Panel II: Ploiesti/Prahova – From tradition to the energy hub of the future

Tradition versus future trends – how can Ploiesti become a European Energy Hub? the role played by sustainability and education.


  • Aurelian Gogulescu – President, Prahova Chamber of Commerce and Industries
  • Laurentiu Coltanel – Operations Director, Rompetrol Refinement
  • Univ. Ing. Dr. Mihail Minescu – Vice – President for International relations, Oil – Gas University Ploiesti
  • Cristina Cremenescu, PhD – Managing Partner, Ecovis Ciurtin & Associates Regulatory

Moderator: Denise Rifai, journalist 

13:00 – 13.45 Lunch

13.45 – 14:45 Panel III: Is transatlantic agenda a global trend? 

EU-US relations on energy development. Connecting Romania to a wider conversation on the European and global level about energy trends and the impact that these developments will have on industry and citizens.


  • Mircea Geoana – President, Aspen Institute Romania
  • Daniela Lulache – Head of the Office of Policy and Co-ordination, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)
  • Eric Washburn – President, Windward Strategies

Moderator: Greg GershunyInterim Director of the Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program (EEP)

14.45 – 15.00 Conclusions