Thomas E. Lubeck, Regional Manager for Central and South East Europe at IFC, will be a speaker at Business Review’s Foreign Investors Summit, taking place between October 30 and November 1 at the Sheraton Hotel in Bucharest. 

Thomas will hold the Keynote speech on the first day of the event, October 30. The day will include panel discussions, debates and moving-forward notes from decision makers, major actors and officials focusing on one main topic: improving how business is done.

Thomas E. Lubeck oversees IFC activity in 15 IFC member countries including strategy, business and partnership development. He has two decades of successful investing in emerging markets in Southern and Eastern Europe and South Asia. He led innovative projects in capital market development, renewable energy infrastructure and anti-crisis investing in the financial sector.

A U.S. national, Mr. Lubeck has held several leadership positions within IFC. Previously, he served as the Regional Manager for the South Caucasus during which time he oversaw a significant expansion of IFC investment and advisory activity. Under his leadership IFC supported renewable energy, agribusiness and the banking sector which was hard hit by regional conflicts and the global financial crisis. IFC also helped the South Caucasus countries significantly improve their investment environments through IFC’s advisory services.

Mr. Lubeck joined IFC in 1997 as an investment analyst and has since worked in Southern Europe, Latin America and South Asia. He holds a Masters in Accountancy from George Washington University in Washington, DC.

About the Foreign Investors Summit

With a GDP increase of 7 percent in 2017, Romania is poised to remain among the European Union member states with the highest economic growth rates in 2018 as well. Moreover, after taking over the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019, Romania will be in a position to make its mark on the global stage. The local economy has remained on the radar of foreign investors resulting in fresh inflows of around EUR 4.5 billion in 2017. This figure is set to remain rather constant this year, according to analysts.

In the Ease of Doing Business report of the World Bank, Romania was ranked 45th out of 190 global economies surveyed, ahead of fellow EU member states such as Italy, Hungary and Bulgaria. Moreover, multinational companies have continued to create jobs and invest in local operations, while also supporting a burgeoning network of smaller firms as suppliers, which, in turn, created business opportunities for local entrepreneurs.

Against this backdrop, Business Review organizes the fifth Foreign Investors’ Summit, which will bring together the main foreign business communities for a series of panels, dedicated workshops and keynote speeches in a bid to map Romania’s business future. You are invited to join us and discuss the opportunities entailed by Romania’s growth with top-level Romanian and foreign, service providers, high-ranking public officials and key decision makers!

 

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