The Aspen Energy Summit was created to explore strategic issues at the intersection of energy, economy, geopolitics and security. A select group of national officials, international leaders and public policy experts from the energy and energy industries, 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.

Aspen Institute Romania Program for Energy and Sustainability
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.

Location: Hotel Central, Ploiesti, Prahova County

Aspen Institute Romania
Prahova County Council
Electrica S.A.

With the support of:
Ploiesti City Hall
Ministry for the Business Environment, Commerce and SMEs
GMFUS Bucharest Office
Oil – Gas University Ploiesti
Prahova Chamber of Commerce and Industries

Main Sponsor:

Premier Energy


Reveal Marketing Research
Ecovis Ciurtin & Associates
Oil and Gas Employers’ Association
New Machiavelli Communications

Media partners:
Emerging Europe
Energy Industry Review

Registration link



09.00 – 10.00 Registration

10.00 – 11.00 Opening speeches:
Ciprian Ladunca, Managing Director, Aspen Institute Romania
Bogdan Toader, President, Prahova County Council
Adrian Florin Dobre, Mayor, City of Ploiesti
Prof. Univ. Ing. Dr. Mihail Minescu, Vice – President for International relations, Oil – Gas University Ploiesti
Aurelian Gogulescu, President, Prahova Chamber of Commerce and Industries
Sorin-Valeriu Naș – State Secretary, Minister for the Business Environment, Commerce and SMEs, Romania

Keynote speech:
Ramona Manescu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Romania

11.00 – 11.45 Panel I: The new role of energy in national/European economy
Continuing to build on Romania’s profile as an important actor in the European and global arena represents a common goal for the public sphere, business and non- governmental / academic leaders in our country and a permanent mission for the Aspen Institute Romania and our partners. Building on the priorities set by the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, this panel will address issues related to projects and regulations for an integrated energy system in the digital era.

Carlo Pignoloni, CEO & Country Manager, Enel
Cristian Parvulescu, CEO, Enevo
Bogdan Badea, General Director, Hidroelectrica
Razvan Nicolescu, Central Europe Sector Leader on gas, oil & chemical, Deloitte
Samuel Burke, Journalist
Moderator: Andrew Wrobel, Founding Partner, Strategy & Content, Emerging Europe

11.45 – 12.00 Coffee break

12.00 – 12.45 Panel II: Energy security in a complex region
Romania’s energy resources, including gas, nuclear and water, have the potential to increase the prosperity of the country, as well as strengthen Europe’s energy security. Energy security also represents an important pillar of the trans-atlantic partnership. How can Romania use these resources for building a stronger economic dimenssion with its European and American allies?

Corina Popescu, General Director, Electrica
Cristian Badescu, Special Representative for Energy Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Romania
Bruno Lebrun, Partner, Janson
Daniel Apostol, Foreign Affairs Director, Oil and Gas Employers’ Federation
Moderator: Radu Tudor, Journalist and TV Anchor

12.45 – 13.00 Coffee break

13.00 – 13.45 Panel III: Improving the investment climate in the energy field
Transparency, predictability and stability – are these the main factors for building and developing a more appealing investment climate in the energy field? How can Romania become a real energy hub in the region and in Europe?

Mehmet Ogutcu, Founder and CEO, Global Resources Partnership
Marius Luican, CEO, Reveal Marketing Research
Gabriel Biris, Partner, Biris & Goran
Moderator: Samuel Burke, Journalist

13.45 – 14.00 Conclusions