Bucharest Forum / Keystone Projects is part of the series of events organized by the Aspen Institute Romania, as the Institute celebrates 10 years of activity. The initiative supports the implementation of a long-term vision for Romania’s development and the elaboration of sustainable and innovative public policies. The event targets major projects capitalizing on the country’s geographical position and its presence on the main trade, transport and energy corridors in the region and in Europe, as well as urban and metropolitan development.

Bucharest Forum / Keystone Projects supports Romania’s long-term economic and territorial development strategy, focusing on the elaboration and implementation of concrete projects and measures supporting the capacity of urban areas to generate growth and competitiveness through the intelligent use of human capital and innovative financial instruments. Bucharest Forum / Keystone Projects integrates the urban and territorial management, energy and transport interconnection systems and creative industries dimensions as well as health policy, in order to strike a balance between economic development, demographic, urban planning, financing and cultural policies.



30 MARCH 2016

(​JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel)


19:30 – 21:00 Power Dinner (by invitation only)

Policy Conversation: Project Performance at the Heart of Governance

Opening remarks:

Daniel Badea, Managing Partner, Clifford Chance Badea, Member of AIR Board


Ioan Dragoș Tudorache, Chief of Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Romania

Manuel Costescu, State Secretary, Department for Foreign Investments and Public – Private Partnership

Dragoș Pîslaru, State Counselor for Economic Policies, Cabinet of the Prime Minister of Romania


31 MARCH 2016

(​JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel, Constanta Ballroom)


09:00 – 09:45  Welcome Coffee & Registration of Participants

09:45 – 10:00  Opening remarks:

Mircea Geoană, President, Aspen Institute Romania


10:00 – 10:15  Keynote address:

Costin Borc, Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Economy, Commerce and Relations with the Business Environment


10:00 – 11:30 Session I: A Continental Gateway: Romania Transport & Logistics Hub (Constanta Ballroom)

Keynote address: Sorana Baciu, State Secretary, Ministry of Economy, Commerce and Relations with the Business Environment


Petru Ion Văduva, Director General, Transgaz

Geoff Clarke, Regional Director, Freight Transport, AECOM

Mihai Dănilă, Investment Banker, Aspen Fellow 2010

Daniel Mazilu, Under-Secretary General, Romanian Association for International Road Transport

Moderator: Andrei Țărnea, Executive Director, Aspen Institute Romania


11:30 – 11:45     Coffee Break


11:45 – 13:00  Session II: Connecting Energy and Transport Infrastructures: Improving Urban Resilience through Digital Services (Constanta Ballroom)

Keynote address:   Victor Vlad Grigorescu, Minister of Energy of Romania


Bogdan Balaci, General Director, Philips Lighting, presentation of “Lighting as a service” platform

Mihai Ionescu, Director, Deutsche Bank

Dorin Pena, General Manager, CISCO Romania, Aspen Fellow 2014

Ștefan Baciu, Sales Leader Business Analytics, IBM, presentation of IBM Smarter Cities

Claudiu Butacu, President of Solar Decatlon Bucharest, presentation of EFdeN project

Moderator:  Ionuț Stanimir, Director of Communication, BCR (TBC)


13:00 – 14:30    Participants Lunch (Constanta Ballroom lobby)

13:00 – 14:30    Working Lunch (by invitation only)

Conversation:   Bridging Gaps, Seizing Opportunities in Capital Project Financing

Opening remarks:   Florin Pogonaru, President of Romanian Businessmen’s Association (AOAR), Vice President of Aspen Institute Romania

Keynote address:   Anca Dana Dragu, Minister of Public Finance


Bogdan Chirițoiu, President, Competition Council

Ana Maria Mihăescu, Regional Manager for Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poland and Slovakia, International Finance Corporation

Matteo Patrone, Director for Romania, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Oana Bîzgan, Chief of Cabinet for State Secretary Manuel Costescu, Department for Foreign Investments and Public-Private Partnerships

Dietmar Dumlich, Head of Division, Public Sector – Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, European Investment Bank

Daniela Lulache, CEO, Nuclearelectrica

Ion Sturza, Founder and Chairman, Fribourg Capital, Member of AIR Board

Moderator:  Florin Pogonaru, President of Romanian Businessmen’s Association (AOAR), Vice President of Aspen Institute Romania


14:30 – 16:00  Session III: Metropolis 4.0: Urban Anchor Projects and Policies 

Keynote addresses:    

Adrian Curaj, Minister of National Education and Scientific Research

Patriciu Achimaș-Cadariu, Minister of Health


Mircea Enache, President, Center of Excellence in Planning (CEP)

Andrea di Laurenzio, Director of Fuksas Shenzhen Office

Andreea Șișman, Counsel, Clifford Chance Badea

Venera Vlad, Senior Banker, Municipal and Environmental Infrastructure, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Marcel Ionescu-Heroiu, Senior Urban Development Specialist, The World Bank

Răzvan Iorgu, General Manager, CBRE

Moderator:  Cristian Pantazi, Editor-in-Chief, HotNews.ro