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Dragoș ROȘCA (President of the Romanian Business Leaders Foundation)

Our opinions are a part of our identity. Few people would be willing to put them aside out of a fear of losing themselves.

Fear results in errors in our thinking and these can become costly. Putting these errors in the context of a business, a decision is made based on wrong assumptions that you make when you let yourself be deceived by your mind.

A daring discussion about how flaws in thinking can make a difference between the success and failure of some companies, like the people who run them.

Radu Atanasiu is a teacher at the Maastricht School of Management Romania. He teaches critical thinking, which according to a study by the World Economic Forum, is said to be one of the most important abilities alongside problem-solving skills, to get a good job in 2020.

In a world of overexposure, the public agenda is full of blind spots. Ironically, these „blind spots” are what make a difference in different dimensions of our day to day life.

During the opening session, together, we will address the major themes of 2020 and the types of blind spots behind them on 4 levels: Political, Macroeconomic, social and technological.


– Cătălin Păuna, Senior Economist World Bank
– Alina Kasprovschi, Executive director, Bucharest Community Foundation
– Eliot Whittington, Director of Policy, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leaders
– Aleksander Poniewierski, Global IoT Leader at EY
– Larry LaRocco – Ex Congressman, Director @ LaRocco & Associates

Moderator: Tudor Mușat, Journalist, Producer @Europa FM

Bucharest contributed with 27% of Romania’s PIB last year; the rest of approximately 73%, remains a blind spot for many.

Politics and central policies break Romania in 2 separate entities, Bucharest and the other regions. This differentiation invariably turns us into blind spots for each other, even though we live in the same country.

How do we tighten these loose ends?

Session’s chair: Laura Florea, Managing Partner Point Public Affairs


– Dan Pitic, Reprezentant RBL Cluj, Owner Perpetuum
– Dan Drăghici, Reprezentant RBL Iasi, Founder Drăghici Dental
– Costin Sorici, Reprezentant RBL Constanta, CEO Neuron English Romania

TOPIC: „Investments in the training of the local labour force or import of employees: how do we solve the need for human resources in Romania?”

A recent study shows that Romania needs nearly one million employees until 2022, moreover a quarter of the companies in our country consider the import of employees. Based on these facts, we discuss the issues that arise.

What solutions does the business environment offer?

Facilitator: Emanuel Beteringhe, The president of Romanian Association of Oratory and Debate

Session’s Chair: Dragoș Anastasiu, President of Touring Eurolines SA

Speakers: Two teams formed from top entrepreneurs and executives from Romania, debate the problem of the labour crisis and discuss the solutions that could help us solve the situation.

What we do not see in the world around us can equally be a threat and an opportunity for innovation and growth for those who can distinguish relevant information and build on it. From where we start, to what we look at and how we turn Blind Spots into competitive advantages, we are guided by Ian Stewart, entrepreneur and co-founder of Wired Magazine, „a magazine about what’s to come.”

Ian Charles Stewart, co-founder of WIRED Magazine The future is already here – is the slogan of the magazine that brings readers the great tendencies and ideas that will change our lives.

Since the first edition launched in the US in 1993, the magazine has been synonymous with an informed and intelligent analysis that anticipates constant change. Every month, through his thought-provoking projects and photography, he explores new ideas in science, culture, business and talks about how innovation reshapes the world we live in.

Moderator: Andreea Roșca, Board member of RBL, Founder of The Vast & Curious

Romanian Business Leaders Foundation recognizes excellence in education and awards the fifth generation of MERITO teachers.

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– Dragoș Petrescu – President, City Grill Restaurants

TOPIC: “Going abroad for studies. Do I remain or come back to Romania?“

More than 6000 Romanian students choose to study abroad every year. Great Britain, Italy, France, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, Austria, the USA and Switzerland are the top choices, according to the preferences of young Romanians. Extremely few come back home.

Two teams formed of young adults aged between 18 and 30 years old will put forward arguments for those who decided to return and those who decided to remain outside.

Moderator: Tinu Bosinceanu, the Founder of Upgrade Academy

Session’s Chair: Măriuca Talpeș, CEO/Board Member & Co-Founder Intuitext/Bitdefender

Debate Team 1:

– Mihai Bica – The first Romanian graduate of medicine @Cambridge, Resident at Floreasca Hospital Cardiology
– Camelia Diaconu – Product Manager and Mentor Upgrade Academy
– Erik Birinyi – Student @Transylvania College

Debate Team 2:

– Cristian Proistosescu – Physical graduate @Princeton, University Professor of University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
– Georgiana Ghetie – EBRD Analyst London
– Ruxandra Sorocianu – Student @CN Sf. Sava

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In my time…” became “In our time”.

For the first time in history, 4 generations are able to work together at the same time. But how much of what we know about each other is based on prejudice and how much on truth? Is the hypothesis of intergenerational rupture still standing?

A series of TEDx like speeches about the characteristics of each generation and how we can use this intergenerational coagulation to learn from each other.


– Iuliana Stan, General Director of Human Synergistics
– Dana Nae, Owner & Managing Director Pastel
– Andrei Ion, Conf. Univ. Dr. Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Bucharest
– Tushar Advani, Student, Romanian-American University

Moderator: Andi Dumitrescu, Member of the RBL Advisory Council

Not always does the speed of transformation of organizations keep pace with what is happening in the world around us and with the dynamics of the people in a company. Georges Saad, an entrepreneur passionate about transparent management and the importance of the approach that puts people at the forefront of a company, will give us a detailed picture of the management and leadership styles that respond to future trends.

Georges Saad is the co-founder of @SPEKTRUM and the entire SPK ecosystem. This includes the Apollo13 start-up incubator, the BNKR coworking space, and the Academia educational branch.

He believes that organizational efficiency can only be achieved when human resource is considered the most important in any company. His mission is to restore the reputation of an incomprehensible category: geeks 🙂

Technology is evolving, and the world is keeping up with it. We integrate new realities into daily life, assist or contribute to the evolution of artificial intelligence. When it comes to the ethical perspective, however, we are amid huge controversies. What are the Blind Spots related to technological advancements and how can ethics help us manage the pluses and minuses associated with it? Sorin Axinte and Peter Kirchschläger discuss some of the aspects of an extremely current global controversy.

Prof. Peter Kirchschläger, Founder and Director of „Lucerne Graduate School in Ethics”, a professor of theological ethics, is one of the experts who constantly provides advice to important national and international institutions, such as the UN, UNESCO, OSCE or the Council of Europe.

Moderator: Sorin Axinte, Founding member of RBL, Managing Partner GLUE

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How do we manage, through concrete actions, the Blind Spot identified during the 2 days of Summit?

After two days of discussions and debates about the unseen things around us, the RBL community will work on developing subprojects within existing projects or generate new projects subscribed to the three pillars of the Foundation.

Session’s chair: Dan Berteanu, Managing Partner Equatorial

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At RBL Summit #9 we recognize those who contributed in 2019 in transforming the world around them. The categories of prizes awarded at the end of the RBL Summit are:

1. Innovative business model – a Nonconformist entrepreneur who innovatively addresses social and economic trends to capitalize on business opportunities.

2. Business with social impact -an Entrepreneur whose business has an impact and produces added value in the social field.

3. Young Entrepreneur (<35 years old) – an Entrepreneur of the new wave with a great evolution in the market and with remarkable growth potential.

4. Rural business.

5. Romanian business leader from the diaspora whose actions of involvement in the community continue to be connected with Romania.

6. Business journalist of the year.

7. The Public servant of the year – an official whose initiatives and projects have a positive impact on the business environment.



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