Honorary Patrons of HOSPICE Casa Sperantei
Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Romania
His Excellency Mr Andrew Noble has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Romania in succession to Mr Paul Brummell – who was transferred to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Noble took his appointment in August 2018.
Andrew Noble was part of the team of the British Embassy in Bucharest before in the 80s, he was actually the youngest member of the diplomatic team. He then spent three years in our country, between 1983-1986, as second and third secretary.
He returned to Romania a month ago, first in Iasi, where he followed up his Romanian language courses initially started in London in January.
In the past years, he was accredited to Bonn, Cape Town, Athens and Berlin. Before being appointed as ambassador to Romania, he was ambassador to Algeria during 2014-2017. Andrew Noble is married and has four children.
Ambassador of Romania to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
His Excellency Mr Dan Mihalache was appointed as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Court of St James’s on June 2016.
Before this appointment, Dan Mihalache was the Head of Presidential Chancellery and the Head of Presidential Administration since December 2014, right after the election of Klaus Iohannis as President of Romania.
Mr. Mihalache has broad political experience, having led numerous political, policy and communications campaigns on behalf of the National Liberal Party (between 2009 and 2014) and President Iohannis in 2014. Between 2004 and 2008, Mr. Mihalache served a complete term as Member of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, while in 2006 and 2007 he held a seat as Observer and then as Member of the European Parliament (MEP). Mr. Mihalache’s prior public positions include Secretary General of the Romanian Senate (2013-2014), Deputy Secretary General of the Romanian Government (2012), Adviser to the Romanian Prime Minister (2001-2004).
The President of Romania awarded Dan Mihalache the National Order “Star of Romania” in rank of Knight.
He is married to Madalina Mihalache.
Mr. Walid Abboud has been Chairman of the Board of A&D Pharma Holdings N.V. since September 2008. Mr. Abboud was actively involved in A&D Pharma Holdings’ management from 1994 to 2002. He has been a Non-Executive Director of A&D Pharma since October 2006.
A&D Pharma is the leading pharmaceutical wholesale, sales and marketing services and retail business in Romania, offering a marketing&sales platform in CEE.
Mr. Abboud holds a Management Studies degree from ESSEC, France.
Valeria Răcilă van Groningen
President of the Bucharest Running Club Association
Valeria Răcilă van Groningen is the founder of one of the first Bucharest clubs to organize street running competitions, Bucharest Running Club. The events promoting the healthy way of life, cultural tradition and the tourist value of our capital have already become traditional, for runners all over the world, meaning: Bucharest marathon, Bucharest half marathon or 10k Family Run.
She practiced first athletics, but rowing is the sport that consecrated her. She began her career as a performance Canoeer in 1977, specializing in oars and she had a rapid ascension. In 1979, at the world Championships in Bled, she won the bronze medal at double oars, reediting this performance at the Munich World Championships in 1981. At the World Championships in Lucerne (1982), Duisburg (1983) and Hazewinkel (1985) she won the silver medals in simple oars.
She participated in two editions of the Olympic Games, in 1980, in Moscow, where she won the bronze medal and, in 1984, in Los Angeles, where she won the Olympic title, in simple oars. She received the title of Master Emeritus of Sport.
After the end of her sporting career, she returned to hers first passion, jogging and had over 100 marathons and marathons to which he participated.
The organization, in Bucharest, of the street running races of Bucharest Running Club was a boost in the development of passion for running and for a healthy lifestyle. Valeria Răcilă van Groningen is a true influencer contributing to the creation of Romanian runners community.
She studies the fine arts, supports volunteering and humanitarian action, and has received numerous distinctions for her work.
Managing Partners ADD Value Partners
Mr. Hay is a very well experimented executives, which was responsible for running the AFI Cotroceni business, as CEO AFI Europe Romania. During his mandate, the business grew up to 685 million eur, extended to Ploiesti and saw the building of a new mall in Brasov, while finishing the construction of the AFI Park complex – made of 5 business buildings.
Mr. Hay resigned his position this summer, but he is continuing his business in Romania, as Managing Partner of ADD Value Partenrs company.
He is a supporter of HOSPICE Casa Sperantei since 2016.
CEO of AFI Europe Romania / Czech Republic
Originally from Israel, Doron Klein has more than 15 years experience in the real estate market in several countries in central and Eastern Europe, especially in the Czech Republic. He joined AFI Europe in 2008, and from 2011 he took the position of CEO for the Czech-Europe operations, which he will continue to occupy.
He moved to Romania in July 2018, taking over the position of CEO AFI Europe from Mr. Hay.
Doron Klein has an MBA at New York University in Prague, Czech Republic and is fluent in Hebrew, English and Czech.
Country Director Oracle Romania
Sorin Mindrutescu is the Country Leader for Oracle Romania, as of February 2008. In this position he has the responsibility to coordinate Oracle’s business on the Romanian market as well as to coordinate technical support and support services for customers in Romania and abroad.
Mr. Mindrutescu joined Oracle in March 2001, in which he held management positions. Between 2004 and 2008, he was the Regional Sales Director of the company for the South East Europe Region, coordinating the work of 11 countries, and between 2015 and 2017 he held the leading position as Central and Eastern Europe Cloud Solutions Leader
Before joining Oracle, Mr. Mindrutescu held managerial positions in Romania’s banking industry.
During 2009 – 2012 Mr. Mindrutescu was Chairman of the Board of Directors at American Chamber of Commerce in Romania.
In the last 8 years, Mr. Mindrutescu served as President of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Romania, Chairman of the CFR Board of Directors, and for four years he was President of the Honorary Patrons Group for HOSPICE Casa Sperantei. Currently, he is the Chairman of Fondul Proprietatea Board of Directors and is a member of the Fulbright Board of Directors and the United Way Board of Directors.
Partner at Central European Financial Services S.A.
During his professional experience Mr. Andrei Mihai Pogonaru held several positions in the financial domain ‐ partner and administrator with Co. Central European Financial Services SA; administrator with Good.Bee Services RO Ltd; structural credits analyst with Erste Bank Group London, and assistant of the Chief Investment Officer with J.M. Finn Stockbrokers. Mr. Andrei Mihai Pogonaru is bachelor of mathematics (statistics and probability) from Trinity College, Cambridge University from the United Kingdom (2005), and in 2006 graduated the Master of Sciences, with mathematics as a specialization (probability and statistics) in the same University. He has also attended post‐graduate financial mathematics.
He is the initiator and promoter of the Veranda Mall project-a proximity mall. Until 2015 he was part of the supervisory board of Transelectrica S.A. He is also a member of Aspen Romania Young leaders, the Young Presidents Organization and the Global Shaper of the Davis World Economic Forum. In 2015 it was included in the Forbes Romania 30 under 30 rankings.
In addition to his professional activity, Andrei Pogonaru is also a member of distinguished associations and foundations, and for the last years he was the President of the Working Committee of HOSPICE, dedicated to Adunati-Copaceni project.
CEO at Global Vision
Sorin Preda has founded Global Vision in 2004, initially as a network infrastructure provider for real estate developments. Within a year, the company was operating large scale developments. Subsequently, the company developed an outstanding department of civil engineering and project management, expanding into the building construction field and becoming one of the fastest growing companies in the country.
Experienced in the acquisition, planning, project development and management, operation and asset management, Mr Preda’s primary areas of expertise are marketing and sales. With a career span of over 20 years, most of which having been spent in the real estate industry, Mr Preda’s Romanian and international experience has enabled him to thoroughly understand key issues at both corporate strategic level and executive management level.
Dedicated to charity and giving back to the community, Mr Preda is founding member of Traiesc Sanatos and Romanian Cricket Council, two Romanian-based Non-Governmental Organizations operating in Romania, dedicated to support and promote sport. Mr Preda is also a founding member of the Romanian chapter of Family Business Network, the largest association of family-owned business in the world. Mr Preda was also member of Working Committee of HOSPICE Casa Sperantei, dedicated to build the Bucharest center – the largest palliative care center in the region, dedicated to offer free of charge care services for patients with terminal illnesses.
A graduate of the Electronic & Telecommunications faculty, he also holds a Professional Certificate in Management from the Open University UK as well as Professional Diploma in Management from the same institution. Founding member of Romanian Cricket Federation, lecturer within Corporate University, frequent speaker at business conferences, Sorin Preda takes special interest in sports, business literature and history, as he believes the three are highly interconnected and provide a solid basis for a comprehensive business and human understanding.
Chief Executive Officer and President, Lowe Mullen Romania
Ms. Veronica Savanciuc serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Lowe Romania. Ms. Savanciuc is a pacesetter of the industry. She is a Founder and member in some of the strongest professional organizations in the local communication industry such as: RAAA, IAA, Romanian Advertising Council etc. She played a leading role in shaping and developing the Romanian communication industry. She invests her passion in social causes being founder and board member in prestigious NGO’s. She was awarded “Most Admired Personality of the Decade in Romanian Advertising” by IAA and “Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World” by The Star Group USA.
She was part of the Working Committee Group of HOSPICE Casa Sperantei for Adunatii-Copaceni project and was distinguished with HOSPICE Champion Award in 2017.
President MC GROUP, Romania – Israel – Monaco
Andre Vivan da Silva
Vice President, South East Cluster Director, GSK
Andre has a vast experience and a global overview of the pharma industry and of GSK’s business. Previously he held the role of General Manager Romania, and has strongly contributed in strengthening GSK’s competitiveness and reputation in Romania. He joined GSK in 2009, as Specialty Business Unit Director, Brazil. In 2012, he was appointed Head of Academy, Commercial Excellence EMA leading on the region’s Operational Planning, Sales capabilities & training as well as Launch Excellence. In 2013 he was appointed Head of Business Planning, China and then in 2014 Vice President Primary Care in Italy. Before joining GSK, Andre has held a variety of senior commercial roles in the pharmaceutical industry including Schering Plough, Organon, Lundbeck and Eli Lilly.
Andre Vivan has a Master in International Business Administration from Bournemouth University United Kingdom. Andre is Brazilian and is currently based in Bucharest with his wife and his 2 children.