The speed with which technology and, by proxy, the business environment, the audience and the tools we use are evolving has left a mark on all the other domains of activity and is challenging entrepreneurs and managers to better themselves, be more innovative and permanently adapt.
And the best part? The accelerated rhythm of change brings along plenty of opportunities and benefits for business leaders that are ready to get involved to stay ahead of the game.
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Founder & Managing Director | EDIT Development | United Kingdom
Sonia Bate is the founder and Managing Director of EDIT Development. EDIT Development is a global people development business working in Europe, Asia and the US with clients around their diversity agenda, executive coaching and leadership assessment.
EDIT has successfully worked with a range of global clients to implement a focused gender diversity agenda to increase the number of women into senior leadership positions, as well as broader leadership development programmes to develop diverse talent pipelines.
Sonia’s expertise spans selection and assessment, talent management and executive coaching. She works with organisations to deliver a diverse business and an inclusive environment, especially around gender. Sonia and her team have developed and delivered a range of programmes and solutions for clients to drive change and improve leadership effectiveness. She has hosted global leadership conferences, facilitated top team strategy sessions and piloted high profile programmes with senior leadership teams in sectors such as; pharmaceuticals, financial services, engineering, retail, media and the public sector.
Sonia has a reputation for high impact and innovation with her clients. She is an advisor on many corporate diversity councils as well as a mentor to a pipeline of executive women, and ambassador for a range of non for profit organisations such as Girls Out Loud and Stemettes. She is a member of the British Psychology Society and an accredited coach through the Association for Coaching.
Founder & Managing Director
Co-founder & Program Director | Vector Watch | Romania
With an over eight year experience in product design and entrepreneurship, Irina Alexandru is co-founder of Vector Watch, the intelligent watch with a 30-day battery life. She founded the first company at 23 and success came with the launch of AIRA Design, a project which received national and international recognition in six creation competitions. With a ten specialist team, the company founded by Irina has implemented over 50 projects for important players in diverse industries worldwide.
Irina joined the Vector Watch founding team in 2014. Her role was extremely important in the design, programming and manufacturing process. The Vector Watch has two models – the Moon, with a round shape and Meridian, with a rectangular case – and it is a representative watch for the minimalist design which stands out among the smart watch models on the market through its elegant and simple style.
Irina is now in charge of maintaining a lucrative work relationship between the design and development teams on three continents: Europe, the United States and Asia. Being thorough, Irina brings valuable experience in the Vector team to create an intelligent product which preserves the elegance of a traditional watch.
Co-founder & Program Director
Founder SAGA Kid & SAGA Association | Primary school teacher | Romania
Claudia Chiru este profesor pentru invatamantul primar, fondator si manager general al Scolii Alternative de Gandire Aplicata – SAGA Kid si a Asociatiei SAGA, pe care a infiintat-o in anul 2013, din dorinta de a oferi o versiune inovatoare a activitatii de dupa scoala.
In prezent, SAGA Kid are doua sedii in Bucuresti si se bucura din plin de energia creatoare a copiilor, a parintilor si a pasionatilor de educatie. Filosofia institutiei se bazeaza pe valorile educatiei traditionale romanesti, primeneste gandirea aplicata, exprimarea libera, autonomia, spiritul de echipa, incluziunea sociala, toleranta si empatia, mentinand relatii de colaborare si schimb de experienta cu St. Ebbe’s C.E (AIDED) Primary School din Oxford, Anglia.
Pentru urmatorul an scolar, SAGA Kid va implementa un program de acoperire a lacunelor din timpul activitatii scolare prin module de eLearning personalizate, construite prin colaborarea tuturor membrilor echipei.
Ca si cadru didactic, Claudia isi desfasoara activitatea la Scoala Gimnaziala Nr. 195 din Bucuresti, conduce colectivul clasei I Hund si se mandreste cu ziua de 16 februarie a acestui an ca fiind ziua in care a bagat canapeaua in clasa si cu descoperirea si aplicarea “Perimetrului lui David”, o metoda pentru mentinerea si includerea copiilor care simt nevoia sa se miste in timpul orei, in activitatea scolara zilnica.
Founder SAGA Kid & SAGA Association
CEO Total Leasing and Finance | AFAM Member | Moldova
Angela Gladei is born in Moldova, she graduated in history and finance, and has completed her graduate studies with an MBA at Grenoble.
She has extensive experience in the financial sector: 16 years in banking and more than six years managing the largest non-bank financial company in the country "Total Leasing and Finance".
In 2015 she launched the consulting company Capital Business Development, beginning with an innovative project called ITMC.
She is also a member of AFAM - Women Entrepreneurs Association of Moldova since 2013.
CEO Total Leasing and Finance
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Managing Director | Centre for Inclusive Leadership | Netherlands
Mirella started her career at ING Group and held leadership positions in The Netherlands and South-East Asia (based in Hong Kong). She transferred to KPMG and specialized in post merger integrations. In 2004 she founded the Centre for Inclusive Leadership, aimed at developing inclusive leadership styles in international organizations. In this capacity she advises international companies, NGO’s, governments and the European Commission (as senior expert Women and Leadership).
Her book on strategic leadership for women (“The Female Leadership Paradox”) was one of five nominees for the title of “Management Book of the Year 2010” in The Netherlands. She is a frequent speaker and chair at international conferences. In addition, Mirella is an experienced non-executive director and served on the supervisory board of Royal Swets & Zeitlinger (2006 – 2011), world leader in subscription services (E 1 bln turnover annually). In 2011 she was appointed by royal decree as a member of the European Integration Committee, of the Advisory Council on International Affairs, the independent advisory body of the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs. She chairs the district chapter of non-executive directors of the Dutch Association of Directors and Executives (NCD) since 2011. In 2015 she was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the international KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, and was elected its Vice Chair in 2016. She is Chair of the Jury of Management book of the Year 2016, the first woman to hold this position.
From 1993 onwards Mirella co-founded several businesswomen’s organizations, including the European Professional Women’s Network (2002), which she led as president until 2010, reaching 3500 members across 18 European cities. For her work in promoting women’s leadership in the Netherlands and Europe she was nominated 'European of the Year 2007' in the category 'Campaigner of the Year' by European Voice (The Economist). She was a member of the European Commission’s Network to Promote Women in Decision-making positions in Politics and the Economy (2007-2010).
Founder Women in Business (Femei in Afaceri) | Owner ALISIA ENCO | Romania
Alice Botnarenco is an entrepreneur with 11 years of experience in creating and developing businesses, the owner of the ALISIA ENCO brand and the founder of the Women in Business organization. She created the ALISIA ENCO brand in 2014 because she wanted to offer a new vision on the business attires from a creative perspective with accent on quality of the fabrics and the possibility for businesswomen to express their personality freely.
Alice began her entrepreneurial journey when she was only 23 years old and she got involved in lots of projects, including international ones, ever since. She participated to the Support Systems for Women Entrepreneurs in South-East Europe (SEE) international workshop, organized by Israel together with UNECE, and she was the first Romanian speaker after 10 years at the Global Summit of Women 2012, the biggest international economic forum for women.
She was twice a mentor in the National Network of Female Entrepreneurship Mentors, a project supported by the European Commission with the purpose of offering role models to other women and developing their entrepreneurial talents.
Founder Women in Business (Femei in Afaceri)
Trainer si Business Consultant | | Romania
With an experience of over 10 years of commercial activity in Sales, Business Development and Customer Service, Mihai Chiratcu began, in 2013, a new adventure as a freelance trainer and commercial consultant or otherwise put, a creator of opportunities.
Mihai is a graduate of the Faculty of Business and Economics, English teaching module of the postgraduate program ESA and SAM in the Politehnica Bucharest, specializing in Operational Management and Change Management.
Wanting to share his stories accumulated in the 10 years of experience in commercial activity, Mihai became a mentor and trainer in projects supporting Romanian entrepreneurship and in the spring of 2014 he began writing articles addressed to entrepreneurs and freelancers addressing topics from start-up to exit.
Trainer si Business Consultant
Founder | Loop Operations | Romania
Rodica Lupu founded and is running the Loop Operations, a consultancy company specialized in accessing non-reimbursable funds and project management.
She has over 10 years’ experience in entrepreneurship, central administration, has been involved in civil society and over 45 million euros accessed from non-reimbursable funds for clients and partners.
In 2010 she set up the platform Actionam Responsabil! – Reteaua RSC (We Act Responsibly – the RSC Network) within JCI Romania, which promotes social responsibility of companies and organizations in general. She is president of Resource Center for Active Citizenship, an organization which sets out to support the individual initiative, civic engagement, social innovation through the establishment of social enterprises. She is an expert of the European Commission (TAIEX) on the internal market, particularly the internal market of non-financial services.
In 2015 Loop Operations founded Ingenius Hub, a space for young entrepreneurs and people interested in starting up a business. This hub differentiates itself through the consultancy offered to access European funds for startups, as well as through a team of experts in several fields (accounting, finance, marketing, legal, PR, etc.) who is at the members’ disposal.
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Branding Consultant and Founder | Innerout | Romania
Graduated Philosophy in 1997, MA in Philosophy of Culture, MA in Communication Sciences, Post University degree in Social Communication and Public Relations, MA in Client Relationship Management within Open University CODECS as well as several branding trainings in Amsterdam and Athens.
Currently - instructor on Udemy, the global online courses platform, teaching Personal Branding for Introverts and Camera Shy.
14 years of advertising as a Client Service Director in corporate and entrepreneurial agencies such as DDB, Mercury 360 and GMP. Starting with 2011 she joined award winning brand consultancy and design company Brandient. She launched Innerout in 2013, taking assignments of personal branding for entrepreneurs and their businesses as well as employer branding projects.
Her belief is that entrepreneurial businesses are intrinsically linked to the profile of their founder on one hand and that the reputation of the owner becomes the hardest currency of the business on the other hand. Reputation becomes therefore a matter of consistency and management.
In personal branding I work for ideas and beautiful projects seen through the eyes of their beholders, but crafted and refined through the objective and well-polished lenses of the outside consultant. Managers, entrepreneurs and freelancers are nothing but the humble servants of their ideas, deeds, projects and businesses at the end of the day. They are not servants of self; they must stand for something and not sit on their own persona. Branding is an inner-towards-outer transformative journey. (Mihaela Rădulescu)
Branding Consultant and Founder
Author and Chair | WBLN & ACBN | United Kingdom
With over 33 years in the communication, marketing and PR industry - Yvonne Thompson is known for her work supporting women in business and campaigner for the equality and diversity, particularly in the workplace. In 2003 she received a CBE in Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Birthday Honours for her work with small business women and minorities.
In 2005 she received her first doctorate for the same work supporting other entrepreneurs from London Metropolitan University, and in 2015 she received her second doctorate for work in Global Diversity and Equality from Plymouth University.
In 2015 she published her first book where she interviewed 22 women who charted their rise to the top from entering the workforce through to the board room. She says "facts and figure don't inspire people - people inspire people - this book is full of inspiration". 7 Traits of Highly Successful Women on Boards" was an Amazon Best Seller in 3 categories before it's release date and since then Dr Thompson has gone on to inspire over women nationally and internationally in corporates, charities, and entrepreneurs.
Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE, author of Amazon Best Seller - 7 Traits Of Highly Successful Women on Boards, campaigns tirelessly to equalize the imbalance of men and women on company boards. She says currently there are more men called John than there are women on FTSE 100 boards, and until that, the disparity in the pay gap and the business world generally becomes more gender and race balanced - she will have work to do.
She is keen to further put the spotlight on the invaluable social impact that inclusivity, diversity and leadership skills bring to the empowerment and advancement of women across the UK and globally.
Author and Chair
Owner & CEO | Brici Entertainment, Rhapsody Films and MWC | United Kingdom
For the past three decades, Mark Walton has lived and worked in London, Milan, New York, Toronto, Prague and Bucharest, for some of the world’s best agencies including four global networks and on some of the world’s most valued brands; including Coca Cola, Vodafone, Sab Miller, Honda, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Nestle, American Express, HSBC, Shell and General Motors.
He has advised clients from every sector of the communication spectrum, he has judged at the New York Art Directors Club, the Toronto Art Directors Club, The One Show, Creativity and Cannes.
He is also founder and CEO of Brici Entertainment and Rhapsody Films Worldwide.
Owner & CEO
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Marketing and Operations Director | Microsoft Romania | Romania
Violeta Luca is the Marketing and Operations Director for Microsoft Romania since October 2015.
With 15 years experience in retail, ecommerce, consumer electronics and insurance, Violeta has developed recognized capabilities in sales, marketing, operations and general management. Starting in August 2011, Violeta worked for Flanco where she evolved from Marketing Director to CEO in less than 1 year. Later, she joined the eMag team, where she held the position of Executive Director of eMAG and led operations in Romania.
In her view, in business, everything begins and ends with the customer. To know him, to understand him, to care and to communicate clearly with him and, not least, to define what is the value proposition and position yourself accordingly. In business, as in life, you can have what you want if you invest time, dedication, effort, but you can not have everything. It is therefore important to know what you want and build in that direction - with the customer in mind and looking in and through his eyes.
Marketing and Operations Director
Senior Consultant in e-commerce & online marketing | ECOMpedia | Romania
Liviu is Co-Founder of the ECOMpedia.ro project and Community Manager for GPeC (Gala Premiilor e-Commerce - Romanian e-Commerce Award Gala). He has over 15 years of experience in online marketing and 10 years in e-commerce. He was, among other past jobs, PR Manager at eMAG. In 2005, he founded a web consulting company specialized in e-commerce and sites evaluation, Web Audit.
He is also speaker at conferences and seminars, especially dedicated to electronic commerce, he write articles and market analysis. Skills: e-commerce, site audit, UX, CRO, Analytics, Online Marketing.
Taloi has been selected by Cardinal Path to be a regional trainer of Google Partner Academy Programme in Google Analytics. Taloi has also GAIQ - Google Analytics Individual Qualification certification.
Liviu TALOI has worked with online shops as eMAG, MarketOnline, SigmaNET, F64, FashionUP, TAMOS, Kurtmann, ZorileStore, Vexio.ro, MetaphoraBijoux, Gutuie.ro, eMenAtWork, e-commerce platforms & full digital agencies as Content Speed, Shopmania BIZ, Retargeting.biz, online tourism sites as EXIMTUR, Veltravel, he did usability & conversion rate optmization projects as for BCR - sIT Solutions AT Spardat Gmbh, Bitdefender (USA site), SKIN media, he delivered Google Analytics closed&open trainings as for BrainArt, Siniat, ING NN Asigurari de Viata, Google Partner Academy.
In recent years, Liviu Taloi provided expert advice to more than 100 Romanian online stores in e-commerce, usability, analytics, conversion rate optimization and online marketing. Many of these online companies are now market leaders in their niche.
Senior Consultant in e-commerce & online marketing
artist, TV presenter, online entrepreneur | Hit Yourself Consulting | Romania
Florin Grozea is an artist, producer and online entrepreneur that is in the business of helping artists, managers and labels to generate more online sales, add clients and increase digital revenue. His main focus is to build online products to generate more business for his clients by using online products.
Florin has been active in the industry for over 18 years, singing as an #1 artist, composing 8 Romanian #1 hit songs, producing several #1 pop projects, launching several online businesses.
In 2013 he founded the digital agency Hit Yourself Consulting, where he builds and executes online campaigns for artists, celebrities, TV stars, actors and vloggers.
artist, TV presenter, online entrepreneur
Marketing and PR Manager | FAN Courier | Romania
Roxana Magopet is the Marketing & PR Manager of the market-leading courier company, FAN Courier.
Part of the team since 2005, after occupying for a time an entry-level position as a dispatcher, Roxana leads the marketing department since 2009, she manages the brand, communications, PR, marketing strategies and campaigns developed by FAN Courier, as well as the events organized by the company.
The services developed by FAN Courier are designed to support the businesses of its customers, to simplify their lives and keep the country moving, and this can be seen in the company's communication initiatives, firmly managed by Roxana Magopet.
Marketing and PR Manager
Owner MTH Digital & Co-Organizator GPeC | Country Manager Answear Romania | Romania
Raluca Radu is the Country Manager of Answear.ro, Owner of MTH Digital, an online strategy and digital marketing agency, and co-organizer at GPeC - the most important e-commerce event in Romania.
With an experience of over 11 years in digital marketing and online business strategy, Raluca is actively involved in raising and educating the ecommerce market, she is teaching an e-commerce course at DallesGO and is an online strategy consultant for startups.
In the past, Raluca managed the entrance on the market and the development of OLX.ro and she successfuly lead teams and online projects for Naspers, The Group, F64, Acasa.ro. She has extensive experience in the area of technology startups, is the co-founder of the How To Web project, and she got involved as a mentor and advisor for the local tech startups. A graduate of Computer Science with a passion for mathematics, Raluca is convinced that data and logic stand behind an effective business strategy.
Owner MTH Digital & Co-Organizator GPeC
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