Speakers
You can find the list of speakers for Innovative Enterprise Week Bucharest 2019 below.

Stelian Brad

Currently full professor in intelligent robotics and innovation management at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Stelian Brad comes up with a complex background of about 20 years in software industry, as product or project manager, CEO, entrepreneur and mentor. He is the president of Cluj IT cluster and chairman of the international cluster network 3B ICT. Stelian holds a PhD in robotics and a PhD in economics. Till now, he had the chance to lead or to be involved in 150+ research and innovation projects, as well as many institutional development initiatives. His current technological focus is on disruptive product-service systems, industry 4.0 and robotic intelligence. On entrepreneurial side, Stelian is leading various initiatives towards collaborative and polycentric innovations, business internationalization, and international and cross-industry strategic alliances. He is also reporting contributions in consultancy projects for communities and companies on shared value, smart specialization, and digital transformation.

Oana Craioveanu

Oana Craioveanu is the CEO and Co-founder of Impact Hub Bucharest, the first co-working space opened in Romania, in 2012. Impact Hub Bucharest is the organisation that supports the development of entrepreneurial initiatives with positive impact through a co-working area, growth and incubation programs, conferences and events and a crowdfunding platform. Oana has more than 18 years of experience in Project Management, is a mentor for startups supported by Impact Hub and is the co-creator of the international conference Innoteque. She is also one of the participants of the renowned program AspenYoung Leaders 2012. 

Adrian Curaj

Adrian Curaj is former Minister of National Education and Scientific Research. Currently, Prof. Curaj is the General Director of the Executive Agency forHigher Education, Research, Development and Innovation. He was acting as theRomanian Prime Minister’s Advisor on Science, Technology, ICT and e-Governance(2007-2008), and as the President of the National Authority for ScientificResearch - State Secretary for Research, Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sport in Romania (2009-2010). Adrian Curaj has been working as a consultant with World Bank, UNESCO, UNIDO and EC for studies in Tertiary Education,Science and Innovation, and Foresight. He was a Romanian representative at theBologna Follow-up Group. He is a member of the Romanian Commission for UNESCO and a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. FulbrightCommission in Romania. He is a member of EFFLA-European Forum for ForwardLooking Activities since 2012 and he was also a member of the External AdvisoryBoard PEOPLE, General Directorate for Research and European Commission,2007-2012. Adrian Curaj was acting as project leader for many projects including Foresight in Science and Innovation (2005-2006), Foresight in HigherEducation (2009-2011), and research infrastructures – “ResearchInfrastructures: Foresight and Impact -RIFI” - EC- FP7 project (2009-2011). He is a member of the advisory board of the ETF – FRAME: Skills for the Future project since 2012. Adrian Curaj published in reputed scientific journals a swell as many books, most of them in research and higher education management, and foresight. Two of the inventions he is co-author received gold medals at the Geneva Invention Salon 2009 and 2013. Adrian Curaj was twice awarded withRomanian National Distinctions, For Merits-Cavalier in 1999, and ForMerits-Officer in 2008 for his contributions to Science and Innovation.

Roxana Damaschin

Roxana Damaschin-Tecu oversaw NESsT work in CEE for more than 10 years. She was responsible for managing the development of NESsT’s portfolio of social enterprises, its investment and support methodology, and performance and impact measurement tools. Prior to joiningNESsT, she managed a social enterprise herself. Roxana is an Eisenhower Fellowfor Romania (2012), has a bachelor’s degree in international trade and a masters in European Development Studies, with focus in social economy from the West University in Timisoara, Romania. She recently co-founded a de-institutionalization initiative (www.unloc.eu).  

Andrei Dudoiu

Andrei used to be a banker for 20 years, 15 years being part of Banca Transilvania’s team where his last assignments were Deputy CEO for Corporate & SME banking and CEO of Volksbank Romania for the integration period.In 2018 Andrei started a new journey, willing to develop his skills and autonomy as an entrepreneur. Along with another former top executive banker, Andrei co-founded Human Finance - www.humanfin.com, a platform that provides knowledge and funding to early stage companies assuring sustainable growth. Human Finance connects the innovative, ethical and well prepared entrepreneurs with the appropriate investors and lenders. We plan to launch the first equity crowdfunding platform in Romania and then to expand our operations in other CEE countries.

Antonio Fonduca

Antonio is an international executive with 16+ year experience in visioning, ideating and leading global implementation and growth in new business technologies, having driven sustainable revenue and profit development in multiple industries on a global scale. As a former Entrepreneur, Business Angel, Corporate and VC - Antonio has accumulated decades of hands-on experience in the European technology industry from various vantage points. He serves as a Venture Diplomat, with a focus on driving value to global corporates, governmental bodies and other key players in the international technology industry. He is also an active contributor in the European venture & innovation ecosystem as a mentor, industry expert, and board director.

Lars Frølund

Dr. Lars Frølund is the Research Director of MIT Innovation Initiative and a Visiting Fellow at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research focuses on the success factors for university-industry partnerships, innovation ecosystems, and mission-driven research and innovation. He is the co-editor of the book Success Factors for University Partnerships where leading global companies describe their excellence in industry-university collaboration and “Developing Successful Strategic Partnerships with Universities” published by Sloan Management Review. He is on the board of the Danish Innovation Fund and was a Fulbright Scholar at MIT in 2016/17.He lives with his wife and two children in Boston, USA.

Fredrik Hörstedt

Dr. Fredrik Hörstedt is Vice President for utilisation and collaboration with business and the surrounding society at Chalmers University of Technology. He holds the overall responsibility for Chalmers' innovation ecosystem including venture creation, research institutes, innovation advisors and science parks. He holds the overall responsibility for Chalmers’ interfaces towards business, research institutes, public authorities and politics at the local, regional, national and international levels. He is a member of the board of directors of EIT Manufacturing, a 450 MEUR program of the European Institute of Technology. His previous roles include Head of Innovation in the Graphene Flagship, a European Commission funded research program of 1 bEUR, during its ramp-up phase and lead the development of the innovation management approach now implemented. He has been an advisor to the European Commission on future and emerging technologies for three years and an advisor to the Swedish government on strategic innovation for two years. He was formerly the President and CEO of a research institute group and Managing Director Deputy of a professional development company. He has 25 years of experience at the academy-industry interface. He holds a Ph.D. in Technology Management from Chalmers University of Technology.

Mihai Sfintescu

Mihai Sfintescu has 25 years of successful track-record in venture capital, private equity, & investment banking (M&A).  He has invested in numerous companies and helped them to grow as a member of their Board of Directors.In recent years, Mihai led 3TS Catalyst Romania, a venture capital fund dedicated to Romania which made successful 10 investments.  Currently, Mihai Sfintescu supports the European start-up ecosystem as Jury Member of European Innovation Council as well as mentor in several start-up and scale-up programs.  At the same time, Mihai acts as advisor on mergers & acquisitions and private equity / venture capital portfolio management.Between 2007 and 2015, Mihai Sfintescu was a Partner at 3TS Capital Partners, a leading private equity and venture capital firm that has made investments such as Avangate (together with Gecad / Radu Georgescu) and Unirea Medical Center (currently Regina Maria, along with Wargha Enayati).Prior to 2007, Mihai was an investment banker specialized in mergers & acquisitions, both at his own firm Abilito Capital and as Director and Member of the Board of Directors of CA IB Romania (now part of UniCredit Group). Mihai has participated in many transactions, including some over EUR 100 million, such as the acquisition by CEZ of Electrica Oltenia.Mihai Sfintescu has an Executive MBA from the University of Washington (USA) and ASEBUSS Bucharest, and MS from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest.

Daria Tataj

Dr. Daria Tataj, Founder of Tataj Innovation, is a renowned innovation strategist. Her approach to innovation throughNetworkThinkingTM helps develop growth strategies for companies, cities and entire countries. A trusted government advisor, Dr. Tataj is the Chairwoman of High-level Advisors toEuropean Commissioner for Science & Innovation, and in this role she leads the policy reflection on €100 billion Horizon Europe budget. Dr. Tataj playedan instrumental role in re-defining European innovation ecosystem as the foundingBoard member of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. The EIT through Knowledge and Innovation Communities created hundreds of start-ups andthousands of jobs. Author and speaker, she is often invited to give keynotes around the world. During herpost-doc at the University of Michigan she started working on a book'Innovation and Entrepreneurship. A Growth Model for Europe Beyond the Crisis',later endorsed by Prof. Manuel Castells, as 'the fundamental, innovative book that will reshape the way we think about innovation.' Daria currently works in Warsaw and Barcelona, where she opened Tataj Innovation Studio as a lab to develop NetworkThinkingTM - a leadership talent development program to help organisations learn how to work in networks.  
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