Panel: Cluj IT Future (ro)
15th November, 17:30-18:30
We will talk with our guests about where we are with the local IT industry, what projects are in progress and where we are going next.
- Bogdan Herea - CEO @ Pitech+Plus
- Iulian Iuga - CEO @ Accesa
- Maria Metz - Deputy CEO, Executive Vice President @ NTT DATA Romania
- Andrei Kelemen - Executive Director @ Cluj IT Cluster
- Bianca Muntean - Executive Director @ ARIES Transilvania
Moderator: Ovidiu Mățan - Founder @ Today Software Magazine
Bogdan finished his studies in 1998 in France, at INSA Lyon and he has an engineering degree. He has been practicing engineering until 2005, when he decided to become an entrepreneur and founded his own IT company, PITECH+PLUS. If you ask Bogdan what was the key of success for his company, he will tell you that behind the hard work and attention for all the stakeholders, he always showed gratitude and care for his employees.
In 2014 Bogdan can talk about his activity as a President of the The French Business Club at Cluj, and he can also share what brought him the award for the French Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012.
Backed by 17 years of working in IT, Iulian Iuga has a significant international experience with the IT industry. He has worked as a consultant and system architect for reputed German companies like DHL Deutsche Post and Post Bank, as well as for companies from US, France and Israel.
Since 2004, he is the Managing Director of Accesa, having a unique way of running a people-oriented and forward-thinking organisation.
Presently, along with his team at Accesa, his focus is to both inspire organisations to shift technology towards their very core and to help pioneer and accelerate their digital transformation journey. He is also strongly committed to empower and promote innovation, agility the impact of individual initiative - within and outside Accesa.
Dr. Bianca Muntean is the Manager of iTech Transilvania Cluster by ARIES T and
the Executive Director of the Romanian Association of Software and Electronic
Industry – Transilvania Branch. She is also a founder and the vice-president of
the Transilvania Creative Industries Cluster, with more than 5 years experience
in the “cluster world” and more than 20 years in project management,
international relations, communication, a.o.
Since 2002, Bianca Muntean has been involved in the elaboration of various development regional and sectorial strategies; she is a bridger which shows in her work, interconnecting all the quadruple helix players (private companies, public sector, academia and civil society).
Dr. Muntean was recently awarded with the Innovation Luminary Award as the Young Innovation Role Model for dynamic, pragmatic hands-on Open Innovation 2.0 concepts.
NTT DATA Romania
As an Executive Board Member, Maria Metz currently holds the deputy CEO position within NTT DATA Romania. NTT DATA Romania, former EBS Romania, is part of the “Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation” (NTT). Established in 1988, NTT DATA has its headquarters in Tokyo and operates in over 40 countries. The corporation provides services from consulting and systems development to IT services outsourcing. During the 16 years of activity in the company, Maria was actively involved in all development stages, being an innovator in the set up and development of the core teams, departments and organizational structures such as Delivery, Workforce Management and the company’s subsidiaries. At the moment, Maria’s strategic role is oriented on elaborating strategies for a continuous development and optimization of the company structures, as well as managing all strategic sales processes and projects.
Cluj IT Cluster
In May 2013, as managing director, I was invested with the mission of leading Cluj IT Cluster, a business driven initiative that seeks to build sustainability for one the most important economic pillars of Cluj (Romania), the IT industry. Since than I am at the epicenter of an extraordinary process that is set to create a new perspective of Cluj, my home city, a place where innovation, creative thinking and businesses across various sectors come together for a greater good that will reflect upon future generations. This is the road that I embarked on, together with other people that share the same belief.
With this vision in mind I put to everyday use, and to the best of my knowledge, my entire professional experience, from large scale international projects to in-depth knowledge about economics, internationalization, clustering and the Romanian information technology sector, contributing to making Cluj IT Cluster the leading IT association in the country.