Keynote Speakers ECF EU 2016

This is an on-going list of keynote speakers invited to talk at the 2016 edition of the European Ethics & Compliance Forum, in Bucharest, Romania. Consequently, we update with new speakers every week or so. We invite you to visit us regularly to learn more about our special event. Meanwhile, we are proud to show you three pictures with the our speakers from the 1st edition of the Romanian Ethics & Compliance Forum.






Kenan Burçin ATAKAN, Partner (EY Romania, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Service)



Marius BARLADEANU, Counsel (VILAU | Associates)

Counsel of VILAU | ASSOCIATES team of lawyers, he benefits of a 18-year legal career and an extensive experience in corporate and commercial. His practice covers the full spectrum of regulation and investigations, from compliance issues to investigations and complex corporate governance related litigation. As coordinator of interdisciplinary legal teams performing mandates specific to Regulatory and Investigation VILAU | ASSOCIATES group of practice, Marius Barladeanu handled a multitude of legal matters in connection with compliance with business ethics standards, as well as prevention of corruption, enterprise crimes and financial frauds.
Marius Barladeanu graduated the Faculty of Law of Bucharest University in 1997 and acquired his membership with the Bucharest Bar in April 1998.



Răzvan BUTUCARU, Director, Audit and Financial Advisory (Mazars Romania)

Razvan boasts over 12-year experience, accumulated during various audit, assurance and financial advisory engagements. His clients’ portfolio covers a wide range of sectors from financial services: banks, insurance companies to transportation, manufacturing, retail and energy. He has particular expertise in internal audit and reviews of internal control and risk management systems.
Razvan has in-depth knowledge in assessing all key operational and financial processes, identifying areas for improvement and increase operational and financial efficiency (such as accounting, financial and management reporting, treasury, operations, procurement, loans management).
Before joining Mazars, he worked as Internal Audit Director at Garanti Group Romania and PricewaterhouseCoopers Romania.




Cornel-Virgiliu CĂLINESCU, Head of National Agency for Administration of Impounded Assests (Ministry of Justice, Romania)

Cornel is the current Head of the Head of National Agency for Administration of Impounded Assests and the former Head of the National Office for Crime Prevention and Asset Recovery, 2010-2016, both entities within the Romanian Ministry of Justice. He has a sound background in criminology and criminal law, high-level expertise in corruption and organised crime issues, as well as practical experience in international relations and project management.
During his professional activity of over 16 years, Cornel was involved in drafting and coordinating the implementation of national and sectorial crime prevention and anti-corruption strategies, implementing national and international projects, cooperating with the national and international governmental and judicial anti-corruption structures, establishing and strengthening the relation with the civil society and NGOs. Furthermore, he was directly involved in technical assistance projects for countries in South Eastern Europe. From 2012 to 2016, he has also headed the Technical Secretariat of Romanian National Anti-corruption Strategy.
His international career also comprises a four-year term as an anti-corruption expert for the Stability Pact Anti-corruption Initiative (currently Regional Anti-corruption Initiative), at its Regional Secretariat in Sarajevo, BiH, covering all SEE countries, as well as a long term mission (2007-2009) to the Republic of Moldova, as an anti-corruption advisor to the Joint Program of the European Commission and Council of Europe against corruption, money laundering and terrorist financing. More recently, Cornel has been appointed as the head of Romania’s national delegation to GRECO.



Rob CLYDE, Board Director (ISACA)

Rob is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and a board director for ISACA, a global IT and cybersecurity professional association with more than 210 chapters and 140,000 members and certification-holders. He is the Managing Director of Clyde Consulting LLC, an executive advisory firm.
He served as CEO of Adaptive Computing, which provides workload management software for some of the world’s largest cloud, HPC and big data environments. He is also a director on the boards of White Cloud Security which provides trusted app listing solutions and anti-Ransomware, Xbridge Systems which provides data loss protection software and TZ Holdings (formerly Zimbra, a leader in social and collaboration software located in Dallas).
In addition, he serves as an executive advisor to BullGuard Software which has a large development presence in Romania and HyTrust, a provider of security solutions for cloud and virtual environments. He was CTO at Symantec and co-founder of Axent Technologies. Credited with creating the first commercial intrusion detection system, he is a cybersecurity expert with over three decades of experience. He currently serves on the MIS Advisory Council for Utah State University.



Cristian DUCU, Senior Ethics & Compliance Consultant (Centre for Advanced Research in Management and Applied Ethics)

Cristian is Doctor in Moral Philosophy, Magna cum laude, of the University of Bucharest and Ethics Expert at the Centre for Advanced Research in Management and Applied Ethics. Since 2013, he has served as Secretary of the Ethics Committee that supervises the Romanian Register of Transparency in Lobby and Advocacy, and, at the end of 2015, he became its President. Cristian is also the president of the European Ethics & Compliance Association.
He has an extensive experience in teaching Communication Ethics and Business Ethics at two of the most prestigious Romanian universities (University of Bucharest; National School of Political and Administrative Sciences), as well as in Social Responsibility/Sustainability and Anti-Corruption Practices in public and private sectors. He is an international ethics & compliance auditor and the leading Romanian expert on non-financial reporting. Currently, he is advocating for an effective transposition of the Directive 2014/95/UE in Romanian legislation.



Mirela IOVU, Vice-President (CEC Bank)

With an experience of more than 20 years in the banking system (of wich 13 in management positions), Mirela joined the management team of CEC Bank, as vice-president, in 2008, from the position of Director of Legal and Compliance Department.
Nowadays, she is a Ph.D. candidate of the Law Faculty in Bucharest, with a law degree in judicial studies of the Law Faculty within Lucian Blaga University in Sibiu. Also, she holds an MBA degree from City University of Seattle, USA and has a Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, Risk and Compliance – from the International Compliance Association (ICA) in cooperation with The Univesity of Manchester-Manchester Business School
Mirela graduated an important number of courses and specialisation clases at national and international level in areas like: mediation, alternative methods of disputes resolution, compliance, leadership, capital market, financial restructuring, business, anti fraud, business intelligence. She is an active member in multiple technical comisions of the Romanian Banking Association and from may 2007 is the representative of the banking community as a permanent member in the Judicial Support Group of the European Payment Council on the project Single European Payment Area.
She is vice president of the Judicial Advisers Association from the Financial-Banking System and vice president of the Board of the Mediation Association from the Financial-Banking System, founding member of the European League for Economic Cooperation – Romania.
Also, she was invited to lecture on control systems, mediation, avoiding insolvency, restructuring and debt collection, being also lecturer within the MBA program of the City University of Seattle and Globaltraining Romania for the course “Consumer behaviour.”



Teresa E. HULTZ, Special Agent (Federal Bureau of Investigation)

Teresa has been a Special Agent with the FBI for over 21 years. She has investigated and supervised both nationally and in a local field office public corruption investigations for approximately 19 years. She is currently assigned to the United States Embassy, Legat Office, Bucharest, Romania, and work on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.



Hermann KRULL, Advocate, Head of the Compliance and Legal Services Department (The South African Bank of Athens Limited)

Formerly Assistant General Counsel (Monetary and Financial Law) at the South African Reserve Bank, and Adjunct Professor in Banking Law and Financial Sector Integrity at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio), Hermann is currently the Head of the Compliance and Legal Services Department of the South African Bank of Athens Limited, a foreign subsidiary of the National Bank of Greece S.A.
Hermann started his legal career as a State Prosecutor, and later as State Advocate, with the South African Justice Department. Hermann held several positions at the South African Reserve Bank, including Division Head: Bank Supervision. His experience further includes that of Senior Counsel in the Legal Department of the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC (1999 – 2002), and Director: Group Compliance of the Standard Bank Group Limited.



Maria MAXIM, Senior Manager (EY Romania, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Service)




Neil McGREGOR, Managing Partner (McGregor & Partners SCA)

Neil is the Managing Partner of McGregor & Partners SCA, the law firm in Romania and Bulgaria which is associated with the international firm Stephenson Harwood. He is a British commercial solicitor who has worked in Romania and its neighbouring countries since 1996. He is a member of the Bucharest Bar and is also a registered foreign lawyer in Bulgaria. Although he deals with high-value dispute resolution work, Neil prefers to help clients avoid disputes and misunderstandings from arising if at all possible. In this, he has extensive experience of advising on and negotiating inward investment and joint ventures between foreign and Romanian entities in many sectors of business and industry. He specialises in banking and corporate finance, projects and merger, acquisition and disposals work, being listed in the Legal 500 as a recommended individual for corporate / M&A work. He has also been listed as “highly recommended” by Global Counsel 3000 for his work in energy matters.
Neil also deals with regulation, compliance and corporate governance matters, including advising on anti-bribery & corruption measures for companies operating in high-risk areas and investigating corporate fraud. He led the legal team dealing with the accreditation of the British Romanian Chamber of Commerce by the UK government.
Neil was elected a director of the British Romanian Chamber of Commerce in 2014 and a Vice-Chairman of the Chamber in 2015. He is an experienced speaker at conferences and trade events. He has also been the company secretary of a private railway company in the UK for more than 20 years and has extensive experience of corporate governance.



Simona PIRTEA, Managing Partner (<<Business at Law>>)

Simona has an in-depth experience in Criminal Law and Compliance practices. Her expertise covers areas as economic crime, organized crime, corporate crime and corruption for companies activating in industries such as IT, banking, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, heavy industry, energy. She has provided assistance in all stages of a criminal case, from extrajudicial procedures in order to prevent criminal activity to court representation in criminal trials. Her activity focuses on prevention, Simona having knowledge in providing specialized training, as well as internal audit and compliance procedures to companies.
She also has seven years of experience in working with governmental and European institutions on matters regarding national security, economic security and risk management and she is a professor of the Compliance Master from Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía from Barcelona.



Sebastian PITEI, IT&C Director (ENEVO Group)

Sebastian holds the position of IT&C Director at ENEVO Group. He has been coordinating the design and implementation of communication infrastructure for Power Plants, Energy Dispatch Centers and various industrial entities, totaling more than 300 MW of dispatch electricity. Sebastian has over 10 year of experience in Technology and Communication, working with various protocols. He acquired this experience while working with highly esteemed companies such as GTS Central Europe or Liberty Global.
Sebastian is Cisco Certified Internetwork Professional and CCIE Certified. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from Ovidius University of Constanta.





Dan POPA, Information Security Manager (Orange Services)

Currently, Dan is working as Information Security Manager and Lead Pentester at Orange Services (fully owned affiliate of Orange Romania), Dan has an extensive cyber-security experience in multiple industry sectors. He holds an MsC in information security and multiple industry certifications, such as Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Dan has worked in both the defensive security domain, covering topics such as choosing and implementing security controls and dealing with information security incidents, as well as in the offensive one where companies actively try to identify weaknesses in their systems.



Mihai G. POPA, Country Head of Law, Patents and Compliance (Bayer, Country Group Romania/Bulgaria/Moldova)

Mihai has a vast experience in Corporate Business, Commercial Law, Competition Law, Corporate Governance, Compliance Policies. His works is related to multinational companies from Healthcare sector.
He was involved in drafting corporate compliance regulations, advising on regulatory framework and supervising the implementation of the corporate regulations, organising the general legal and compliance training programs and coordinating and consulting on major corporate projects (e.g., negotiation and conclusion of international trade agreements, coordination the Patents projects etc.).
Mihai represents Bayer Group in ARPIM (Romanian Association of Medicine Producers and Importers) Compliance Workgroup and speaks regularly at international Compliance and Pharmaceutical Law conferences. He is also the VP of the European Ethics & Compliance Association.



Sabin POPA, Cloud Service Area Leader (IBM Client Innovation Center Romania)

Sabin graduated Computer Engineering at Politechnic University of Bucharest followed by an MBA at Warwick Business School, UK. He joined IBM Romania in 2007 where he was involved in several leadership positions on SAP consulting and Cloud computing projects.
Sabin is currently the leader of the Cloud service area in Client Innovation Center Romania. His organization is responsibile for business areas such as Cloud Managed Services, Cloud Advisory Services, Cloud Business Solutions, Cloud Migrations, Cloud Security and application development on Cloud platforms such as Bluemix.



Cosmin SERBANESCU, President (Romanian National Internal Control Institute (INCIR))

Cosmin is a researcher and trainer in internal control practice, speaker and lecturer at various international conferences and events.
His professional knowledge in internal control, internal audit, financial audit, risk management, compliance and corporate governance is doubled by the international certifications and recognitions received and the practical expertise gained in advisory and assurance projects in these areas.
He is constantly involved in scientific research on internal control best practices, and periodically publishes articles, books and professional studies in internal control, internal audit, risk management and corporate governance current issues.



Karel VERKOELEN, Head of Ethics and Business Integrity Europe and Regional Compliance Officer (Sanofi)

Karel is a Belgian Medical Doctor (University of Leuven). After working as a junior doctor for some years in a Belgian hospital, he joined the Pharma industry in 1989. Throughout his career he has held various local, regional and global roles both in Belgium and abroad (Germany, France, Netherlands, and USA) in medical affairs, clinical development, clinical operations, and commercial functions. His activities have covered many therapeutic areas such as cardiovascular, oncology, anti-infectives, vaccines, and rheumatology. Karel is currently Head of Ethics and Business Integrity Europe and Regional Compliance Officer at Sanofi, based in Paris.



Peter van LEUSDEN, Project Manager (Fiscal Information and Investigation Service, Anti-Corruption Team)

Until 2015, Peter was the team leader of the FIOD Special Cases Team (Fiscal Information and Investigation Service). From 2016, he took over as project manager of the Anti-Corruption Team. The FIOD is a special investigation service having full Police powers. The investigation team consists of highly educated investigative officers with various specialisations, such as accountants, economists, criminologists, tax experts and legal experts. As a project leader of the FIOD, he is mainly engaged as tactical and strategic coordinator of large-scale (international) tax and financial economic criminal investigations.
In 2014, he was project leader of the team which investigated the corruption case with the construction company Ballast Nedam, which resulted in a settlement with the Public Prosecution Service. Only recently, the FIOD carried out a huge international criminal investigation on corruption with SBM Offshore, which also resulted in a settlement ($ 240 million). Other examples of recent (international) investigations are LIBOR and KPMG accountants.
From 2013, Peter is also one of the Dutch representatives at OECD Anti-Corruption and member of the Working Group of Bribery for the Netherlands.



Livia ZAMFIROPOL, Partner (DLA PIPER, Romania)

Livia is a Partner in the Corporate group of DLA Piper, the Head of Competition practice in Romania and CEE coordinator of the Life Sciences sector. She has been involved in a wide range of regulatory related matters assisting clients during procedures in front of enforcement authorities. She has implemented a large number of compliance programs for clients acting in various industries (including under US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and UK Bribery Act) and has coordinated complex compliance investigations related to anti-bribery, regulatory or competition related aspects.
Livia created long-standing relationships with different stakeholders through her active involvement in improving the Romanian legal framework. She was named among the inaugural Top 40 Next Generation M&A Dealmakers in Europe by Mergermarket and Merrill DataSite in 2009.