11th edition | 21-28 March 2023

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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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Speakers of the last edition

Marcel Ionescu-Heroiu, Senior Urban Development Specialist World Bank

Marcel Ionescu-Heroiu works as Senior Urban Development Specialist in the World Bank office in Prague, Czech Republic. Some of the key areas Marcel has worked on include: urban and regional development policy and competitiveness; the management of EU Operational Programmes; project prioritization; local and regional governance; sustainable development and climate change; and brownfields redevelopment. Marcel has led or contributed to projects in: Romania, Poland, Turkey, the US, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Croatia. Marcel received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and holds a Ph.D. in Regional Development from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA.

Raluca Munteanu, Development Director Iulius

Raluca Munteanu joined the IULIUS Company in 2012, first as Marketing Specialist and then in 2013 was appointed as Business Development Manager. She has accumulated experience in the field of both marketing and retail, working in the shopping center industry over the last years. In her capacity as Business Development Manager she helped improve the management activity for the United Business Center office buildings. Her current role within the IULIUS Company is to facilitate the implementation of numerous group-wide strategic initiatives, as well as to identify new opportunities.

Tatian Diaconu, CEO Nhood Romania

Tatian Diaconu graduated from the Nicolae Bălcescu Land Forces Academy in Sibiu. After a three-year career as an officer, he went to France, where he attended the University of Le Havre, graduating with a master’s degree in management of organizations. Tatian has also worked for Decathlon and Bricostore as expansion manager for the Romanian, Hungarian and Croatian markets.

Ioan Popa, Mayor of Reșița City

Ioan Popa is the mayor of Resita since 2016. By profession he is an engineer. He is also a well-known entrepreneur. In 1994 he founded the pasta brand Monte Banato. His journey from entrepreneurship to public administration has brought with it several strategies that have impacted the development of Resita city in a positive way, including marketing and analysis to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the city.

Alina Silaghi, Director ADLO, Local Development Agency Oradea

Alina Silaghi, Director ADLO, Local Development Agency Oradea 

Alina Silaghi is since 2017 she is General Director of the Local Development Agency Oradea SA and since 2018 she is also director of the Association Partnership for Education.

Her activities in the ADLO are:  Promoting Oradea as an investment destination, networking with bilateral chambers of commerce, investor associations, foreign and domestic investors, local and national press; Development strategy and integrated portfolio of projects of the company, planning their implementation.

Prof. Dr. Rolf Heyer, Bochum Perspektive 2022 and MARK 5107

With a study background of geography, history, philosophy and education, Prof. Dr. phil. Rolf Heyer, Member of German Academy for City Development and Regional Planning (DASL) was involved, while he was the CEO of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), in a large number of local city & site development projects but also in international projects with Poland, France, Scotland and China.

Between 2014 – 2019, Prof. Dr. phil. Rolf Heyer was the CEO of WirtschaftsEntwicklungsgesellschaft Bochum and Bochum Perspektive 2022 and carried on international projects in Kuba and China. Professor Heyer offers now consultancy services for project management and brownfield development

Arch. Mihai Danciu, Jiu Valley Integrated Territorial Development Association

Arch. Mihai Danciu, Jiu Valley Integrated Territorial Development Association

Mihai Danciu is an architect concerned with urban and community management.

He is a lecturer for urban planning subjects at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning in Timișoara, the Faculty of Political Sciences – specialization in Public Administration in Timișoara and the Faculty of Urban Planning and Architecture in Chișinau. He is involved in projects in Timișoara, Valea Jiului (West Development Region) and Chișinau. Its beliefs are: sustainable development based on a combination of bottom-up and top-down approaches.

Allen Coliban, Mayor of Brașov City

Allen Coliban has been the Mayor of Brasov since 27 September 2020 and was previously a senator in the Romanian Parliament from 2016-2020.

He graduated in Management at Transilvania University Brasov. He has 10 years of experience in the IT industry, eight years in business consulting and European funds, six years in organizational development and performance management. Since the beginning of his mandate, he has implemented an ambitious vision for the sustainable development of the city, focusing on alternative mobility, sustainable tourism, increasing the level of university education, attracting investors from the tech&IT area, as well as enhancing the historical, cultural and natural heritage that Brasov has.

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