11th edition | 21-28 March 2023 | Crowne Plaza Hotel Bucharest

About the conference

Our annual conference dedicated to the sustainable development of Romanian cities and regions is already at its 11th edition and has consolidated its position as a top event for the business environment, urban development & architecture and the public administration.

Encouraging the sustainable development of the country, promoting measures to increase the attractiveness for new investments and stimulating the country’s competitiveness are essential factors for us. Cities of Tomorrow offers a platform for the exchange of ideas, concepts and know-how between the public and private sectors, with the ambition of creating the proper context for partnerships and projects leading to concrete actions and results.

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Hilmar von Lojewski, Councillor for Urban Development, Building, Hous-ing and Traffic – German Association of Cities

Hilmar von Lojewski has been an alderman for urban development, construction, housing and transport for the Association of Cities of North Rhine-Westphalia and the German As-sociation of Cities since 2012. He studied spatial planning and urban and regional planning in Dortmund and Ankara until 1988 and graduated as an engineer in urban planning. Hilmar passed the higher technical public service examens in Frankfurt/Main 1991, worked as a freelance planner in Dortmund and as a planning consultant for German Technical Cooper-ation in Kathmandu, Nepal until 1994. Until 2000 he had joined the city of Dresden as a department head in the urban planning office. In the Berlin Ministry for Urban Develop-ment, he was responsible for the departments Urban Planning and Projects, Public Investment Controlling and the Supreme Building Control Authority of the federal capital. From 2007 to 2010 he worked as a program director for the German Development Cooper-ation in the Program for Sustainable Urban Development in Syria.


Karmen Strahonja, General Manager Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH
Raluca Munteanu, Business Development Manager

Raluca Munteanu joined IULIUS Company in 2012. She has accumulated experience in the field of both marketing and retail, working in the shopping center industry over the last decade.

Raluca Munteanu’s current role within the IULIUS Company is to facilitate the implementation of numerous group-wide strategic initiatives, as well as to identify new opportunities. She is engaged in all the phases that precede the starting of new projects in the portfolio of IULIUS Company, as early as drafting the initial concept and all the way to designing the development strategy.

Flavia Boghiu, Vice-Mayor Brasov City

Flavia Boghiu is the Deputy Mayor of Brașov, sociologist by profession, with 10 years of experience in community assistance, running her own health care company, establishing and running a non-profit social assistance organization for the elderly.

As Deputy Mayor, she is responsible for domains such as culture, education, social services, public transport, energy efficiency and urban planning. She believes that politicians and elected officials must constantly stay in touch with citizens and remember that each of their decisions directly affect people’s lives, so they must be part of the decision-making process not just once every four years, when elections take place.”

David Sim, Author “Soft City”, Partner Softer Sweden

David Sim, Author “Soft City”, Partner Softer Sweden

Ruxandra Beşe, Head of Development Nhood Romania

Ruxandra Beşe took over the position of Head of Development Nhood Romania in 2014. Ruxandra is responsible for the development and expansion strategy of Nhood Romania, in line with the 2030 Vision and the role assumed by the Urban Actor involved in the transformation and regeneration of cities through mixed use projects. Previously, she was Development Director for Decathlon, a French sports equipment company, where she handled the expansion of the store network in Romania.

Ionuț Oprea, Dedicated B2B communicator & Brand Manager Transilvania Business
Dana Bordei, Commercial Country Manager VGP Romania
Marius Perșenea – Chief Operating Officer IULIUS

Marius Perșenea has 20 years of experience in national and international financing and
has been part of the IULIUS team since 2017. IULIUS company is the largest developer
and operator of mixed-use urban regeneration projects in Romania, with an operational
portfolio comprising more than 310,000 sqm of retail premises and 242,000 sqm of
class A office spaces.
Marius is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the development arm of IULIUS, with
a focus on securing group funding. Over the years, Marius Perșenea was involved in
cross-border corporate real estate transactions exceeding EUR 1.7 B in 7 countries
across the EU, US, and Japan, with institutional or private investors. He also held
various positions in transaction management, risk management, and debt capital
markets departments with regional and global financial institutions.

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