Board of

Advisors

Professionals that help us with advice, guidance and insights, in order to transform the Institute into a sustainable, long term association.

Simona Panait

Simona Panait joined Samsung Romania in the summer of 2016, as Marketing Manager on South East Europe’s markets. She is in charge of the marketing & communication strategy for Romania and Bulgaria and her responsibilities range from product portfolio development to flagship launches within the markets in the region. She also coordinates the brand campaigns and events, the online and retail executions, and also the corporate citizenship programs and public affairs. Simona has over 17 years of marketing expertise, and has previously held important positions such as: Operations Marketing Manager for Romania and Moldova with Coca-Cola Company, as well as Global Marketing Manager with Ilko Coffee International, a joint venture between Coca-Cola Company and Illy Caffe.

Irina Anghel-Enescu

Former mergers and acquisitions lawyer & Law Professor who decided to take a shift in career and follow her passion for promoting entrepreneurship, leadership and education. Internationally-minded, travelled for work to more than 45 countries all over the world. Pioneer of legal advice for private equity and VC funds financing entrepreneurial ventures in South Eastern Europe, Irina founded the first law firm specialised in advising funds and entrepreneurs in Romania. Irina sits on various national and international boards. She has been recognized as an outstanding leader of the world by Eisenhower Fellowship in 2008, was a Mason Fellow at Harvard in 2009 and was honoured by the World Economic Forum in Davos as a Young Global Leader in 2014.

Răzvan Gheorghiu-Testa

Răzvan Gheorghiu-Testa is partner at Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații, having built up significant experience in corporate/M&A, real estate, taxation. Further to his expertise in real estate matters, he combines tax and corporate law skills, offering multidisciplinary strategies and solution in relation to a broad spectrum of property matters. He has been directly involved in many of the most important projects taking place in Romania, including acquisitions and disposal of real estate, investment and development real estate projects, and real estate finance. Răzvan Gheorghiu-Testa regularly offers planning advice on investments to major institutional investors, as well as international companies from a variety of industries, such as retail, consumer goods, steel, energy, telecommunications, oil and gas, pharma.

Dragos Petrescu

Dragos Petrescu is a Hospitality Industry self- made entrepreneur. Currently, his restaurant chain has 19 units and over 1350 employees. The Group turnover in 2018 exceeds 35 mil euros, the 3rd Group at national level, after McDonalds and Sphera. Dragos currently holds 3 main functions:
  1. President of Young Presidents Organisation in Romania
  2. HORA President (the Employers' Association in the Restaurants Industry)
  3. Member of Romanian Business Leaders Board

Vlad Seitan

Vlad worked in OMV for 13 years and was one of the few Romanian Managers that grew within the Austrian Company without entering it through the Petrom branch. When OMV bought Petrom, in 2004, and started develop a hub of specialists, Vlad was already working within the Austrian Company, having launched OMV in Serbia and accumulating marketing expertise within the Romanian OMV market since 1998. In 2005, Vlad took over the management of the OMV network in Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia, and since 2007 he was promoted to a management position of the entire downstream network of the group (OMV, Petrom, Avanti, Petrol Ofisi, VIVA).

Tinu Sebesanu

Tinu holds a MBA, BSc in Technical Sciences, Bucharest Polytechnic Institute. He continued his higher education at Cornell and Boston Universities, specializing Hospitality Strategic Management and Finances. Since 2005, he is managing partner of Trend Hospitality, one of the leading hospitality consulting company in the region with more than 100 completed projects. Trend Hospitality has been also acting as the strategic developer for Wyndham Hotel Group in Romania, Bulgaria and the Republic of Moldova. He has a long term collaboration with EHL.

Dan Isai

In 2012, Dan Isai started Salad Box, a unique and innovative food concept that ever since has turned into the most successful Romanian brand in HoReCa field. From a small restaurant in Cluj, Salad Box has grew into an international network covering 4 continents. Every month is marked by a new opening, from Barcelona, to Paris and New York to the most recent one in Rotterdam. Salad Box success inspired Dan Isai to extend his vision and currently his portfolio includes 7 different food concepts.