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Annual GRASP Conference 2017

Romanian Cultural Institute, London

25 November 2017



Opening panel/ Panel 1): The state of play in the Brexit negotiations: access to the single market versus freedom of movement

  • HE Dan Mihalache, the Ambassador of Romania to the UK
  • Dr Julie Smith, Member of the House of Lords, Director of the European Centre, University of Cambridge
  • Sorin Moisa, MEP, Committee on International Trade of the European Parliament
  • Cristian Winzer, Secretary of State, Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Moderator: Alexandra-Maria Bocse, LSE and GRASP


Coffee break



Panel 2) Brexit and education: challenges for teachers, researchers and students

  • Dr Ioana Negru, Senior Lecturer in Economics, SOAS, London
  • Prof Julian Savulescu, Director of the Oxford Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford
  • Dr Radu Cinpoes, Head of Department, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University


Moderator: Roxana Bratu, UCL


Lunch sponsored by ‘Diaspora intreprinzatoare’



Panel 3) Brexit and the City of London: dealing with uncertainty

  • Manuel Costescu, former State Secretary for Trade and Investment, Romanian Government
  • Bogdan Patriniche, Duet Capital
  • Roxana Mirica, Apax, former Director of Leveraged Finance at Barclays Investment Bank
  • Andrei Sandu, Director, Global Investor Development at Fitch Ratings

Moderator: Ravan Dumitrescu, EBRD and GRASP


Coffee break



Panel 4) Brexit: opportunities for Romania

  • Dragos Andrei, Alternate Director of the Board, EBRD
  • Dr Cristian Nitoiu, Lecturer, Aston University
  • Dr Ruxandra Trandafoiu, Reader in Communication, Edge Hill University
  • Iulian Popescu, Excelsior Association

Moderator: Cristina Buzasu, EBRD


Short intermission



Applied panel prepared by ‘Diaspora intreprinzatoare’ targeting professionals considering entrepreneurship in Romania: business and funding suggestions



Closing drinks reception and nibbles