Keynote speakers


    Anne Stenros: BUTTERFLY AND CATERPILLAR – Building a Youth Smart Society

    Dr. Anne Stenros is thought leader and an architect with a doctorate in technology. She has over 25 years’ experience in creative leadership and strategic design. Between 2005-2015, she acted as the first Design Director at KONE Corporation, a world leading elevator and escalator company. In 2016- 2018, she was appointed as the first ever chief design officer CDO of a city, namely the city of Helsinki. She has also had a professorship in Creative Leadership at the Aalto University. She has participated as an expert role in many different EU forums, and she was the Member of the World Design Capital WDC 2022 Selection Committee by World Design Organization WDO. Currently she is speaking, lecturing, writing, mentoring and catalysing change. She is curious about the future of cities, architecture, and urbanism. She believes in collaboration, co-creation, and creative collective.





    Daniel Metz: Challenges of IT company management in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Daniel Metz

    Dr. Daniel Metz was born in Satu Mare in 1965.

    He currently holds the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of NTT DATA Romania. He was the founder and CEO of EBS România SA, a company established in 2000 and acquired in 2013 by NTT DATA, and a pioneer in the IT industry in Cluj-Napoca and Transylvania. Nowadays, NTT DATA is an important global technology services provider and a member of the NTT Group, with over 300,000 employees worldwide and relying on the Japanese Government as the main shareholder.

    Dr. Daniel Metz has held various leadership positions in Germany, as a Development, Quality Assurance and Technical Services Manager, Consultancy Division Manager, etc.

    He is a graduate of the “Mihai Viteazul” Military High School in Alba Iulia and the “Nicolae Bălcescu” Military School for Active Officers in Sibiu.

    He holds a diploma in Business Administration granted by the Riedlingen University of Applied Sciences (Germany) in 2003 and a PhD in Management granted by the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca in 2018 for a thesis studying the impact of organizational culture on the performance of an organization.

    He has been an associate professor at the “Babeș-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca since 2017 and at the “Nicolae Bălcescu” Land Forces Academy of Sibiu since 2021.

    In 2021, he was awarded the title of Honoris Causa Professor by the “Babeș-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca.

    Dr. Daniel Metz is a Vice-President of the Cluj branch of the Romanian Academic Society of Management (SAMRO), a member of the Strategic Advisory Board on social and economic matters operating within the Rector’s Office of the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Management at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies for the period from 2020 to 2024.

    He is also a member of the Board of Directors and a Vice-President of the German Business Club of Northern Transylvania (Deutschsprachiger Wirtschaftsclub Nordtransilvanien – DWNT), a member of the Management Board of the “Alma Mater Napocensis” Foundation, a member of the “George Barițiu” History Institute in the Romanian Academy Cluj-Napoca branch and a former member of the Board of the German-Romanian Chamber of Commerce (between 2016 and 2018).

    Cristian Tiu: A Job Quality Index and the Great Resignation

    Cristian TiuDr. Cristian Tiu has a PhD in Finance and another in Mathematics and teaches finance in the SUNY system at the University at Buffalo. His research is focused on investments, with  an emphasis on determinants of performance for institutional investors such as endowment funds or hedge funds. He published in professional outlets such as the Review of Financial Studies, Mathematical Finance or the Journal of Investment Management and presented work in conferences such as the American Finance Association Meetings, the Western Finance Association Meetings, the National Bureau of Economic Research conferences or the Global ARC. He is a member  of the Investment Committee of the University at Buffalo Foundation, and a member of the American Finance Association, Western Finance Association, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association and of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.