Managing a business in Romania smoothly & successfully - a panel discussion

A panel discussion with insiders on expat experiences in Romania

by City Compass Group  


S​tarting with 5 PM, seasoned and newly arrived expats, as well as ​experienced Romanian managers will discuss their approach to successfully running a business in Romania, their understanding of leadership and elaborate on the cross-cultural conflicts they have encountered. 

You will hear about the lessons they've learned when dealing with bureaucracy and state institutions and their tips and tricks for negotiations with local staff, business partners and suppliers, including with local accountants and lawyers. 

The panel will also include a Q&A, so that you can scale up your learning curve based on their concrete experiences in Romania


Elena Calin

Customer Focus 



Elena has over 14 years of experience in consulting for organizational transformation and innovation in services in several countries of Europe. During her career she worked with companies and team members of different nationalities. Elena is a certified Master Trainer from UP! Your Service, a global service education and consulting company. She was awarded by Ron Kaufman with the distinction “Best Partner” to appreciate her efforts in improving the level of service in the companies she worked in. Elena is keen on exchanging information and ideas on how to help her country improve and open up for more internationals that aim to live and work in Romania.



Magda Niculescu

Rise&Shine Coaching



Magda Niculescu is an Executive Coach who specializes in business and leadership turnarounds. Romanian by birth and multicultural her entire adult life, Magda has 22 years of hands-on experience in inspiring, energizing and enabling international teams in business. Her visionary, strategic and difference making sense for business acquired as an executive with Mars and Procter & Gamble she now applies in coaching to catalyze leaders to fully show up and deliver results no matter their role, company or country in which they operate. Her deep understanding of “the usage instructions of humans” gives her access to simple but powerful psychological mechanisms that work surprisingly consistent to generate impact in any circumstance.She holds two Masters in Finance and International Trade from École Supérieure des Affaires de Grenoble and a B.Sc in Psychology from Bucharest University. She has qualified in coaching in the UK and USA and she holds many other professional certificates.


Dragos Anastasiu 

Eurolines Romania 



Dragos Anastasiu is The President of Eurolines Romania Group, which brings together the largest travel agencies network in the country (representing TUI brand in Romania) and one of the leading carrier passengers (Eurolines). Since 2015 he also joined the hospitality industry by purchasing a 4-star resort in Danube Delta - Green Village.Dragos has been involved in several associative activities trying to support the growth of different representative industries through joint projects. He is currently the President of the Romanian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry and also a member of the Romanian Business Leaders Foundation. In the past he was the President of the National Association of Travel Agencies (ANAT).


Gustavo Navarro 

CRH Romania



Gustavo Navarro is Managing Director of CRH Romania, a leading local building materials producer. Prior to joining CRH in 2016, he spent over a decade working in the building materials industry in South Eastern Europe and Russia. Also, he has previously held senior positions in multinational corporations in both the packaging and pharmaceuticals industries. Gustavo Navarro graduated from the University of Economics in Buenos Aires, Argentina and also holds an Executive MBA from Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland.


Don Lothrop 

Romania One


For 15 years, Don was the Managing Partner of Delphi Ventures, a Silicon Valley healthcare venture capital fund that has invested in over 130 start-up businesses. In 2004, Don made his first of 110 trips across the ocean to Romania. He has supported a number charities, businesses and democratic initiatives. Among his business start-ups are PressOne, Sere Transilvania and Colina Farms. Don graduated as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School and enjoys sharing his Romanian experience at 

Company presentation

City Compass was founded in 2008 by two German expatriates and a Romanian with the aim to make expatriates feel at home in Bucharest and Romania. In 2013, the City Compass Group was founded. City Compass Group offers a variety of high-quality information & services for expatriates, international companies and foreign tourists in Bucharest and Romania.