When:  May 9, 2024 from 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM (EET)
Associated with  CFA Society Romania

The “Putting Investors First” month is celebrated throughout the world by the CFA Institute and CFA Societies each year in May, marked by events centered around investors’ rights amartinnd best ethical practices in the investment profession.

The conference aims to address key topics such as:

  • Central European growth potential in a world economy marked by geopolitical challenges, energy transition imperatives, the focus on energy security and cyber security, and the long-term convergence trend to economic levels and living standards of Western European countries.
  • Challenges and opportunities of different asset classes and the development potential of the public local capital markets through listings of equity and bonds, increased liquidity and better governance standards.
  • Explore opportunities and challenges of the private markets, including private equity, infrastructure and other alternatives. Global investors, international financial institutions, local/regional investors and regulators from Romania, the CEE and the EU level will be invited to share perspectives.
  • Preparing for the economic reconstruction of Ukraine: this has the potential to become one of the dominant themes for the Region, with a significant impact across vast areas of the economy, including industrial sectors, transport, energy and services.

The 10th edition of the CFA Central and Eastern Europe Investment Conference is focused on the evolution and development of capital markets during the past 10 years and future prospects.

Conference Theme
Capital Markets in Central and Eastern Europe: A New Decade of Outperformance?

  • CEE countries, most of them EU and OECD members, are on a relatively steady economic and social convergence trend with the Western EU members. This is reflected to various degrees in
    •  macroeconomic indicators: faster growth of GDP, household income, spending and saving,
    • and capital markets: quantitative but also qualitative progress, including significant pension fund systems? (reforms), new emerging asset classes, internationally relevant IPOs, and regulatory changes.
  • The Region’s performance in the past decade, one marked globally by the Covid crisis and by a war in proximity, can provide an interesting indication of future prospects.
  • Particular attention will be given to the situation in Ukraine, a country part of the CEE Region, although currently facing a radically different situation to the rest of the countries.

Conference Format
Full-day event, plenary session, physical format; keynote speakers, 4 discussion panels

CFA Society members from CEE countries, special guests, investment professionals, regulatory bodies and supranational institutions
CFA Societies from the CEE Region: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Istanbul, Kazakhstan, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, and Ukraine


CFA Central and Eastern European Investment Conference
10th Edition, 9th of May 2024

„Capital Markets in Central and Eastern Europe: A New Decade of Outperformance”

Location: Parliament Palace – "C.A. ROSETTI" Hall            

9:00 – 13:00 Morning session 

 1. Keynote Opening Speeches
Moderator: Alexandra Smedoiu, CFA – President CFA Society Romania

  • Official Address:
    • Ștefan-Radu Oprea, Minister of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Tourism, Romanian Government
    • Dorin Recean, Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova
  • CFA Institute:
    • Margaret Franklin, CFA – President & CEO, CFA Institute
  • Regulators:
    • Anca Dragu, Governor – National Bank of Moldova
    • Alexandru Petrescu – President, Romanian Financial Supervisory Authority
  • Financial Sector:
    • Teodora Petkova, Head of Central and Eastern Europe at UniCredit

2. Macroeconomics – CEE Region Panel 
Ilke Takimoglu Homris, CFA - Managing Director, CFA Society Istanbul 
Adrian Codirlasu, CFA – Vice President, CFA Society Romania

  • Oleksii Sobolev, CFA - Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economy of Ukraine (online)
  • Nicolae Alexandru-Chidesciuc, CFA -Managin Director, Head of EMEA EM Economics, JP Morgan, London
  • Nikolay Vassiliev, CFA – President CFA Society Bulgaria, Managing Partner, Expat Capital
  • Paul Gamble - Senior Director, Head of Emerging Europe, Sovereign Group, Fitch Ratings

3. Alternative Investments, Private Equity and Infrastructure Panel

Maja Besevic-Vlajo, CFA – President, CFA Society Croatia
Dorin Alexandru Badea, CFA – Board Member, CFA Society Romania

  • Gerke Witteveen – CEO, NN Pension Romania
  • Vasile Tofan – Senior Partner, Horizon Capital
  • Marius Cara, Head of EIB Group Office in Bucharest, European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • Konstantin Ivanov, CFA - Head of Energy, Utilities & Infrastructure M&A, Raiffeisen Bank International AG

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch and networking (Reception Hall)
14:00 – 18:00 Afternoon session 

4. Capital Markets and Alternative Investments Panel 
Mugur Popescu, CFA – Board Member, CFA Society Romania
Razvan Szilagyi, CFA – Board Member, CFA Society Romania

  • Adrian Tanase, CFA – CEO, Bucharest Stock Exchange
  • Petr Koblic – CEO, Prague Stock Exchange
  • Radu Craciun - President of the Management Board at BCR Pensions, President at Romanian Private Pensions Managers Association 
  • Robert Bohynik, CFA - Managing Director, CIO, Goldman Sachs Poland
  • Gavin Marriott - Investment Director from Global and US Equities, Schroders

Geopolitics: Speaker Adriean Parlog - Associate Professor at Bucharest University of Economic Studies, and President ICSS Ltd.
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Survey: risks and opportunities in the CEE Region presented by  Dragos Cabat, CFA - Board Member, CFA Society Romania (with live voting from the audience)

5. Banking and Credit Markets Panel 

Andreea Nica, CFA – Vice President, CFA Society Romania 
Ionut Lianu, CFA – Member, CFA Society Romania

  • Mihaela Lupu - CEO, UniCredit Bank Romania
  • Ömer Tetik, CEO – Banca Transilvania
  • Mihaela Mihailescu - Deputy Head Romania, EBRD
  • Loukas Dedes, CFA – PCR CEE Region at CFA Institute, and Supervisor at Bank of Greece

Keynote Speaker: Martin Ford
The New York Times Bestselling "Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future" (winner of the 2015 Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award and translated into more than 20 languages), "Architects of Intelligence: The Truth about AI from the People Building IT" (2018) and "The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future" (2009)

Adrian Codirlasu, CFA – Vice President, CFA Society Romania

18:00 – 20:00 Cocktail and Networking – Reception Hall, Parliament Palace

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C.A. ROSETTI Hall, Parliament Palace