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Here is a preliminary list of some of our CONFIRMED speakers. They will be there! We hope so will you!



Daniel Daianu is Professor of Economics at The National School of Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest; member of the Board of the National Bank of Romania; member of the EU High Level Group on Own Resources (HLGOR); co-editor of “The Crisis of the Eurozone and the Future of Europe” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and author of “Which Way Goes Capitalism?” (CEU Press, Budapest/New York, 2009).

He held several high level positions including: First deputy President of the Financial Supervision Authority (2013-2014); member of the Board of the CEC Bank (2012-2013); member of the European Parliament (2007-2009); Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Banca Comerciala Romana (2005-2007); Finance Minister of Romania (1997-1998); Chief Economist of the National Bank of Romania (1992-1997); Deputy Minister of Finance (1992); Chairman of the OSCE Economic Forum (2001).

He held fellowships at Harvard University, The Wilson Center (Washington DC), IMF (Washington DC), NATO Defense College (Rome), etc.; visiting professorships at Berkeley, UCLA, Bologna University, etc.

Other writings include: “Emerging Europe and the Great Recession” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018); “Ethical Boundaries of Capitalism” (Ashgate, 2005); with Thanos Veremis (ed.), “Balkan Reconstruction” (Frank Cass, 2001); “Transformation as A Real Process”  (Ashgate, 1998); “Economic Vitality and Viability. A Dual Challenge for European Security” (Peter Lang, 1996). He is contributor to European Voice,  EuropesWorld., Les Echos, World Commerce Review, etc.



Dan Mihalache is the Ambassador of Romania to the Court of St. James’s.

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.

Between 2004 and 2008, Mr. Mihalache served a complete term as Member of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, while in 2006 and 2007 he held a seat as Observer and then as Member of the European Parliament (MEP). Mr. Mihalache’s prior public positions include Secretary General of the Romanian Senate (2013-2014), Deputy Secretary General of the Romanian Government (2012), Adviser to the Romanian Prime Minister (2001-2004).

He is a graduate of the Bucharest University Law School (1994) and the Romanian National Defence College (1998), and has a doctoral degree in political science (2008).






Jonathan ScheeleJonathan Scheele is a SEESOX (South East European Studies at Oxford) Research Associate at St Anthony’s College, Oxford. Jonathan served as a European Commission official from 1974 until 2012; his last posting before his retirement was as Head of the European Commission’s Representation in the UK. During his time in the Commission, Jonathan dealt with a wide range of issues, including industrial policy, trade policy, international relations, enlargement and transport. From 2001 to 2006, Jonathan was Head of the European Commission’s Delegation in Romania and, from 2007 to 2010, Director for transport infrastructure policy and financing. His research interests cover developments in the Balkans and he will be carrying out a comparative study of Romania’s and Poland’s experiences in utilising the potential offered by their accession to the EU. Jonathan will also be researching on the UK’s long term relationship with the EU.




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.





Bogdana Butnar is in charge of Poke London’s strategic output leading its strategy and data analysis teams.

Before joining Poke, Bogdana worked as an Industry Manager at Google. Her experience includes work with leading brands in telecommunications, manufacturing and retail, having delivered work for EE, Nestle, Heineken, Coca-Cola and others.

Her interests include paradigmatic changes in the field of content management systems, the semiotics of social media interaction and the wider field of service design






Dragos Adascalitei is Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations at the University of Sheffield, Management School. Before joining the School in September 2017, he was a Postdoctoral researcher at the Central European University (CEU), Center for Policy Studies in Budapest, Hungary.

He is a member of the Work, Employment Relations Research Centre (WOERRC) located within the Management School. His research focuses on changes in labor markets, welfare policies, and systems of industrial relations.  His work has appeared in Economic and Industrial DemocracyEuropean Jornal of Industrial Relations, European Urban and Regional Studies, IZA Journal of Labour Policy etc.





Monica Enescu currently holds the position of Research Scientist at Mirada Medical, a company providing medical imaging solutions for cancer care. In 2015, she completed her D.Phil in Medical Imaging at the University of Oxford. Her thesis focused on advanced Image Analysis methods with application to cancer treatment planning. She also holds a MSc in Biomedical Engineering from the same university.

In addition to her commitment to extend what is known about cancer, Monica is also passionate about education. She has extensive teaching experience, having previously taught both at the University of Oxford and at a number of international summer schools.  With this experience, she founded ‘Oxford for Romania’, an annual summer school at Oxford intended for exceptional Romanian high school students who come from under-privileged backgrounds. When she is not working, she enjoys reading, rowing and debating current affairs.




Andreea Mihai is an expert with experience in: international mobility, reward and recognition, analytics and organisation effectiveness supporting a global workforce. In her current role she has focused on process automatization, organisational effectiveness and global workforce planning to support Vodafone’s business model transformation into a digital company.

She is fascinated by the human mind and has studied Psychology focusing on group psychotherapy. Currently she is studying to become an NLP Coach practitioner at the NLP School in London.

Andreea is volunteering for causes that are advocating for youth education, supporting immigrants or improving the lives of people from impoverished communities.



Ioana-Margareta Ion is in charge of MapR’s EMEA partner business as a Regional Channel Manager. Her focus is on supporting their ecosystem of big data partners in delivering Machine Learning and AI projects across several industries, which help companies streamline processes, automate workloads and learn more about their customers.

She has been working in the big data space for the last 6 years – helped launch a big data startup, managing and growing their sales and channel business, both in EMEA as well as the US.

Her interests include data science, product management, psychology and social sciences.





Maria Carvalho works as a policy analyst in the Policy team for the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change & Environment (GRI) at London School of Economics, focusing on energy and climate policies for the EU, along with North American policy engagement.

Maria holds a PhD with the Geography and Environment Department at the LSE (2015), an MSc in Environmental Policy & Regulation (2007 with Distinction), and a BAH in Economics & Development at Queen’s University, Canada (2006).Maria’s PhD was on “The internationalisation of green technologies and the realisation of green growth”. Prior to her PhD, Maria worked for New Energy Finance (later acquired by Bloomberg) for two years in the Carbon Markets team. She has also consulted during her PhD for the World Bank, the Overseas Development Institute, the UN Commission on Trade and Development, the GRI at the LSE, and UCL’s Green Economy Policy Commission.





Margot Loudon worked with the British Steel industry then in public ownership and then as Deputy Secretary General of the Association representing the interests of the State Industries (NICG). Margot began her career with the gas industry in the capacity of Financial Analyst with British Gas plc. She was seconded by British Gas to Brussels in 1986, where she worked in the Secretariat of Comité d’Etudes Economiques Gaz, and was appointed Deputy Secretary General in 1990 of Eurogas, then the organization representing integrated gas sector interests.

Today Eurogas mainly represents the interests of wholesale and retail suppliers. Ms. Loudon’s responsibilities within Eurogas have focused on representing the midstream supply companies’ interests in the internal market (wholesale and retail) and related issues including security of supply. In this capacity, she has contributed to shaping the legislative and regulatory framework that underpins the increasingly robust and liquid European gas market.

She has knowledge of and has worked with the key EU institutions and has participated in the Madrid Gas Regulatory Forum, and the Citizens Energy Forum.

Ms Loudon retired from Eurogas in December 2017 to set up her own consultancy.



Georgiana Ghenu is a Principal Banker in the Financial Institutions team within European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). In her role, she is responsible for business origination and product development, as well as managing various investment projects with partner financial institutions (capital market investments, financing facilities supporting green investments, SMEs, innovative companies), in particular in Central and Eastern Europe. She is also contributing to policy dialogue and coordination with various stakeholders to ensure business development and implementation of projects with developmental impact.

Georgiana joined EBRD team in 2015, and prior to this held positions within BRD – Societe Generale and UniCredit Bank, both in Bucharest and Vienna.

Georgiana holds a Masters Degree in Finance and Controlling from the University of Orléans, France. She is licensed in Business Administration from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest.



Anca Elena Mihalache is an energy policy expert with over seven years’ professional experience in government and think-tanks. She is currently a Policy Manager at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy working on the Smart Metering Implementation Programme. Prior to this she worked as an Oil and Gas Policy Adviser within the Department, with focus on shale gas development in Great Britain.

Anca is also an Affiliated Expert with Energy Policy Group (EPG), a Romanian think tank, and Contributing Analyst to Wikistrat, a geopolitical crowdsourced consultancy.

Before joining EPG in 2014, Anca had worked as an Advisor on strategic affairs and international security at the Romanian Presidential Administration, with focus on energy security.

Anca studied Law at the University of Bucharest and Energy Politics and Law at the University of Aberdeen and has published numerous opinion pieces and analyses in specialised international media outlets and books.




Rareș Pamfil works on impact investing at Barclays, where he leads projects focused on early-stage investment into social businesses.

Throughout his career, he has worked on projects focused on social impact and technology. At Ashoka, he was a Product Manager for a competition platform used by social entrepreneurs. At ClearlySo, he built tools to grow network of impact-focused angel investors . As an intern in the public policy team at Google, he worked on tools used by citizens to find out where to vote.

Rareș has a Bachelor in Social Studies from Harvard University, a Master of Public Administration from the LSE and an MBA from University of Oxford.




Alex Radoi is a Hands-on server-side software developer with 10 years experience in the financial services industry in London. With Java as a primary language worked predominantly on developing front office applications within investment banking. Mostly worked in electronic & algorithmic trading for FX & interest rate securities, equity derivatives risk management and market data feed handlers. Worked on the full development lifecycle of low latency, high throughput, large scale distributed systems.

Acquired product and business knowledge, having worked in close interactions with the Sales & Trading desks.




Vadim Toader is the CEO of Proportunity, a London-based startup that wants to help first time buyers get on the property ladder earlier or purchase a home more to their liking.

The company uses machine learning to forecast future house prices and the areas of London that will see the highest growth in the next few years. Based on these models, it will soon begin offering equity loans to boost your deposit when buying a first home.

Before Proportunity, Vadim was a consultant with Bain & Company, and studied Engineering, Economics and Management at the University of Oxford.

Vadim is also keen cyclist, closet gadget geek and occasional karting enthusiast.





Andrei Brad is an AI graduate with a BSc in Computer Science from the best Technical University in Romania, who later became an experienced manager and serial entrepreneur. Now he is the co-founder and COO of RisersNet,  the community built around experienced professionals who want to start a new business and are looking for teammates and a starting point.

Andrei was also lucky to start his working career in TV and Advertising. Nothing can beat that thrill of finishing a show just in time to be aired! He has delivered election campaigns, worked with a few Romanian presidents, won some awards, produced ingenious music videos for famous bands, designed spectacular video effects and events.

He is one the organizers of the most famous startup events series at Google Campus London – SpeedPitch – Co-Founder Speed Dating, for the biggest early-stage Startup Community in London – Hipsters, Hackers & Hustlers and he has also worked with Seedcamp and StartupGrind Europe. He grew an impressive network, made a few more friends.




Elena Mustățea is the CEO of Bold Health, a company that creates digital therapeutic solutions rooted in behavioral medicine for the most under-served chronic conditions, such as functional and autoimmune conditions. The first product is an app for IBS patients that provides a digital care pathway with interventions that enhance both the physical and emotional health of sufferers. Previously, Elena worked in venture capital with Atomico in London, where she covered healthtech and insuretech. She started her career in strategy consulting at Oliver Wyman in Dubai, then joined J.P. Morgan in London where she did investment banking covering media and tech. Elena is Romanian and earned her Bachelor degree in Economics at Dartmouth College.








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