Nicolae Anastasiu

Is professor emeritus and corresponding member of the Romanian Academy. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Geology and Geography, with a specialization in mineralogy-petrography. In 1974 he acquired a PhD in Geology. He was an assistant professor, lecturer, associate professor and professor at the University of Bucharest; professor emeritus since 2011 and held the leadership of the faculty between 1992-1996 and 2004-2005. He contributed to the scientific performances development of a great number of former students. He undertook specialization courses, conducted research and geological applications in France, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, the US, Canada, Australia, Chile, China and Japan. His research findings are available in more than 150 papers and studies published alone or collaboratively, both in the country and abroad. He is a director of projects and internal and international grants launched by the Ministry of Education and Research (1991-2012), Member and former President of the Geological Society of Romania (2000-2006), former Member of the Environmental Mineralogy and Petrography Society “Ludovic Mrazec” (1990-1994), member of the International Association of Sedimentologists, and of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). He is also member of the National Council of Geologists in Romania and a representative of Romania in the International Union of Geological Sciences Commission (IUGS) for Geological History. He received the “Gr. Cobălcescu” Romanian Academy prize (1976) and was awarded with the Order of the Star of Romania, Officer rank.

Viorica Antonov

Graduated the Faculty of International Relations, Political and Administrative Sciences (2001 ) of the Moldova State University. She holds a PhD in Political Sciences (2008, the Legal and Political Research Institute, Academy of Sciences of Moldova). Successively, she is a graduate of the Master in Peace and Conflict Studies (2008) of the European Peace University (EPU) in Austria and the Erasmus Mundus European Master in Comparative Local Development (2010) of the Univ. of Trento, Univ. of Ljubljana, Univ. of Regensburg and Corvinus Univ. of Budapest. She was a Visiting Fellow at the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) in 2009.

She is currently a researcher at the Institute for Development and Social Initiatives (IDIS) “Viitorul” in Moldova. She has published dozens of articles on energy security issues, international relations, migration, social policy and development in various scientific journals and publications of IDIS. She participated in various projects and research programs. Research interests: Russian energy diplomacy; development of renewable energy, alternative energy projects; the effects of energy policies on community development and population.



Cosmin Ghita

Is a commercially and financially oriented energy policy professional. Since 2015 Cosmin joined Amerocap, a US-based investment advisory company with a strong focus on the CEE energy and commodity markets, as Partner for Industry and Regional Affairs. Previously he was with Chevron in Romania as a Public and Government Affairs Advisor, navigating the group through a series of challenges at the time to Romania’s oil and gas industry, country-entry strategy and shale gas exploration project.

During his tenure at Chevron, he assisted with the consolidation of the Romanian petroleum industry association known as ROPEPCA. He began his career at Chevron’s Washington D.C. office where he focused on European, Central Asian and African affairs. Cosmin holds a B.A. from Bates College with a major in Political Economy and Russian.




Marius George Popescu

Is the young founder and CEO of Energy Brains Consulting, an entity focused on gas market analysis, strategy and leadership & human resources. He already has global experience in the energy market; he lived and worked in places like Alaska, Malaysia, Qatar, the Netherlands, Romania and Austria. Marius has two master’s degrees, in International Economics and in International Business Management, from the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands.

He has been working passionately as an energy analyst for the past 5 years and is continuously active as Vice Secretary of Task Force 1 within the International Gas Union Recently, Marius started a new cooperation with the World Energy Council.




Dragos Tâlvescu

Is a partner and consultant at Sound Energy, an Oslo-based company specilized in commercial and strategic energy consulting ( He works on various consultancy projects and has expertise in the areas of unconventional gas, carbon capture and sequestration, biogas, liquefied natural gas (including its use as road and maritime transportation fuel), European natural gas market, as well as offshore wind, etc. Dragoș constantly engages in debates and holds presentations at international conferences in the field.

In Romania, he took part in the Energy and Environment working group within the Romania Juna event organized by the League of Romanian Students Abroad where he elaborated, along with fellow experts, a paper which identifies the main problems related to Romania’s energy sector and proposes short, medium and long term solutions. Dragoș has graduated from the Master in International Marketing and Management (with a focus on energy and corporate social responsibility) at BI Norwegian Business School, with a thesis on Chinese investments in the wind industry in Romania.


Andrei Covatariu

Is the Executive Assistant to the CEO & Country Manager at Enel Romania. Previously, he was a Public Affairs Specialist and a Market Analyst & Energy Acquisition Expert at Enel Romania. Also, he is a Contributing Analyst at Wikistrat, the world’s first crowdsourced consultancy company.

Andrei has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering (Politehnica University of Bucharest) and a master’s degree in Business Management (The Bucharest University of Economic Studies). At the moment, he is a Ph.D student, working on a thesis on the Management of the Romanian Energy System, in the context of European Policies (Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies).

Andrei has been selected to represent Romania in the FEL-100 community (most promising 100 young professionals in the energy sector), a programme designed and coordinated by World Energy Council Organization in London. A member of FEL Romania since 2014, Andrei is now Vice President of the organization, Member of the Board and Head of International Cooperation.

His intellectual interests revolve around the energy strategies, energy security, European energy policy, energy efficiency, energy poverty and geopolitics of energy.

As an Affiliated Expert at Energy Policy Group, Andrei was involved in the SEERMap project, which focused on two crucial policy areas in the electricity sector of the West Balkan region concerning its long term energy development and decarbonisation path.


Robert Bogdanffy

Is Senior Associate for Government Relations at McGuireWoods Romania. In this capacity, he assists clients with government related matters, also focusing on analytical activities related to political developments and market evolutions for key industries such as mining, energy and healthcare.

Prior to joining the firm, Robert worked both in the United States as well as Romania, focusing on grassroots organizing and environmental regulations. His experience also includes a range of diplomatic activities such as an internship with the Diplomatic Office of the Prime Minister of Romania, as well as the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy in Washington, D.C.

He is a graduate of Northwestern College and also attended the American Studies Program where he consulted large non-governmental organizations as part of the Millennium Legacy Team that aimed at surveying developmental strategies through energy-efficiency programs in sub-Saharan Africa.



Anca Elena Mihalache

Was a Senior Analyst within EPG. Prior to this she has worked for three years as an Adviser in the Department for Strategic Affairs and International Security within the Romanian Presidential Administration, where she conducted research and analysis of political and economic issues, with focus on the European Union, the Wider Black Sea Region and Central Asia. Anca was a Researcher for over three years with the Center for Conflict Prevention and Early Warning, a Romanian think-tank, where she focused on energy security issues in Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia.
She holds a Master Degree in Political Communication and Electoral Studies (2010) from the National School of Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest (NSPAS) and two Bachelor degrees, in Communication Studies from the NSPAS (2007), and respectively in Law from the University of Bucharest (2014). Anca is also an alumna of the College of National Defense, within the National Defense University in Bucharest where she attended a six-month postgraduate course on current problems regarding national defense.