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Here is a preliminary list of some of our CONFIRMED speakers: They will be there! We hope you will, too!

dan mihalache


Dan Mihalache is the Ambassador of Romania to the Court of St. James’s since the 8th of June 2016.Before this appointment, Dan Mihalache was the Head of Presidential Chancellery and the Head of Presidential Administration since December 2014, right after the election of Klaus Iohannis as President of Romania.

Mr. Mihalache has broad political experience, having led numerous political, policy and communications campaigns on behalf of the National Liberal Party (between 2009 and 2014) and President Iohannis in 2014.






Dr Julie Smith (Baroness Smith of Newnham) is Director of the European Centre in the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University, and a Fellow in Politics and Graduate Tutor at Robinson College, Cambridge.  

Julie read PPE at Brasenose College, Oxford, and took both her MPhil and DPhil in Politics at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. She was a Hanseatic Scholar in Hamburg and prior to coming to the Centre of International Studies in Cambridge in 1997, Julie taught in the International Relations and European Studies Department of the Central European University in Budapest.




Sorin Moisa is a Member of the European Parliament elected in Romania for the 2014-2019 legislature. He is a member of the centre-left political family (S&D), is serving in the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament and is a Member of the Delegation for Relations with the United States of America.

Before being an MEP, Sorin served as Deputy Chief of Staff to European Commissioner for Agriculture Dacian Ciolos, being heavily involved in the latest reform of the Common European Policy.

Sorin has a Doctorate in International Relations from Oxford University, with a thesis focusing on the respective contributions of EU and domestic elites to the various successes and failures of democratic transformation in Central and Eastern Europe, notably Romania, during the EU’s enlargement process.




Dragos Andrei 

Mr Dragos Andrei is Alternate Board Director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Mr Andrei graduated from the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies in 1985. After graduating, he worked as a researcher in the prestigious World Economy Institute in Bucharest. He joined the National Bank of Romania in the early 1990s in the newly formed team of Governor Mugur Isarescu, and has been actively involved in the launching of Romania’s first currency market. Later he served in various leadership positions in Romanian and foreign-owned banks, as well as financial and management consultancies. He has also held high-level positions in public administration as Secretary of State in the Ministry of Administration and Ministry of Finance. Before becoming the representative of Romania at the EBRD, Mr. Andrei has also worked as a State Councillor in the Prime Minister’s office, in charge of international economic relations and financial and banking issues.







Alexandra M Bocse is an academic and policy specialist based at LSE. She completed a PhD on European energy governance at University of Cambridge, UK and an MPhil in International Relations at the same institution. In 2015-2016 Alexandra was a Fulbright-Schuman Fellow at Harvard University. Alexandra also worked in the past for the EU and the UN in analysis and advisory roles.Her research and analysis interests are related to European Affairs, energy policy and international governance. She taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels European Politics, Global Energy and Environmental Politics and International Affairs at University of Cambridge, LSE and King’s College London.





23Professor Julian Savulescu has held the Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford since 2002. He has degrees in medicine, neuroscience and bioethics. He directs the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics within the Faculty of Philosophy, and leads a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator award on Responsibility and Health Care. He directs the Oxford Martin Programme for Collective Responsibility for Infectious Disease at the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. He co-directs the interdisciplinary Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities in collaboration with Public Health, Psychiatry and History.

He is a leader in medical and practical ethics, with more than 300 publications, an h index of 54 and over 10, 000 citations in total. He is Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, the highest impact journal in the field, and founding editor of Journal of Practical Ethics, an open access journal in Practical EthicsHe received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bucharest in 2014.



Cristina Buzaşu is an EU policy and strategy expert with more than eight years of professional experience in international organisations. She currently works at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), as project manager for Central and
Eastern Europe. She has also worked as Policy Advisor in the European Parliament and in
strategic management consultancy. Ms Buzasu graduated from the London School of
Economics (LSE) with a Master’s degree in European Political Economy, and also undertook
specialization courses at Cambridge University and Georgetown University. She has
collaborated over time with several think tanks and nongovernmental organizations, focusing
on democracy and governance issues.





Dr Ioana Negru is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies with a research focus on Economic Methodology, Institutional Economics, Austrian Economics and Heterodox Economics. As a member of the Post-Keynesian Economics Study Group, a Committee Member of the Association for Heterodox Economics and a contributor to the Reteaching Economics movement, she promotes pluralism in economics.

Ioana got her PhD at Nottingham Trent University and, previously, studied in Paris for her MA. Her work was published in prestigious journals such as the European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies, Cambridge Journal of Economics, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, etc.




Bogdan Patriniche is currently Senior Consultant at Duet Capital Partners Ltd. He has over 20 years of experience in the City of London.  He fulfilled key roles in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), UBS, Ericsson, the National Australia Bank, the National Bank of Greece and Calyon, before joining Delphi Securities as managing director executive and co-funding Lakestone Capital Limited.

Patriniche has a Master in Finance at London Business School and is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris.





Manuel Costescu became in 2016 a Member of the Romanian Parliament. Previously, Manuel was a Secretary of State in the Romanian Government, where he was the head of the Department for Foreign Investments and Public-private partnerships. Before joining the government. Manuel was an Executive Director with J.P. Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank and covered European public sector institutions.

Manuel holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Masters in International Development from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Brandeis University.



Dr Radu Cinpoes is Head of Department of Politics and Senior Lecturer in Politics, Human Rights and International Relations at Kingston University, London. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Kingston University.

His main areas of research include the politics of nationalism, ethnicity and identity, and post-communism politics in Central and Eastern Europe. He has published on the extreme right, nationalism, European identity and Romanian politics. Author of several books and articles published in international journals, his latest publication is ‘Post-Communist Romania at Twenty-Five: Linking Past, Present and Future’.

Dr Cristian Nitoiu is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Aston University and an Associate Fellow at LSE IDEAS. Before this he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in EU-Russia relations and Ukraine at LSE IDEAS and he held research positions at Trinity College Dublin and the College of Europe (Natolin campus, ENP Chair). He is an expert on EU and Russian foreign policy, the BRICS, EU-Russia relations, Eastern Europe, international relations, the European public sphere and international political communication.  He has a strong interest in political and geopolitical developments affecting Romania.






Roxana Mirica is an investment banker, outstanding pianist and a recent nominee on the Forbes 30 before 30 list. She has a degree in Economics from Dartmouth College and has recently held the position of Director in Leveraged Finance, after having been a Portfolio Manager at Barclays. Roxana has also gained invaluable experience in US investment banks at Lehman Brothers and JP Morgan.






Andrei Sandu is a Director in the Global Investor Development Team at Fitch Ratings, where he is responsible for Fitch’s relationship with European institutional investors. Prior to his current role, Andrei worked in Fintech, both as an entrepreneur and as a consultant. Andrei started and spent the largest part of his career at Deutsche Bank, in the Equities division of the Institutional Client Group, after studying Finance at the University of Notre Dame.







Razvan Dumitrescu is an Associate in the Capital Markets Development (LC2) team, a flagship initiative of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Razvan joined the bank via the IPP programme and had the opportunity to work as part of the Energy team (Istanbul) and President’s Office. Prior to joining the EBRD, Razvan worked for Erste Group in the Project Finance team (CEE) and Deutsche Bank in Structured Asset Finance (Amsterdam). He holds a Masters in Finance from Rotterdam School of Management.








Our speakers will offer their personal views. Under no circumstances can any of the speaker be quote as offering an official or professional opinion. Chatham House Rule applies.