Railway PRO Investment Summit
11 – 13 October 2016 | Bucharest

Railway PRO Investment Summit – also known as the Railway Days, is the most representative and innovative event of the Railway Pro Communication Platform that gathers every year, in a joint partnership with Club Feroviar, hundreds of players from the railway international market.

Speakers

Philippe Citroën

Philippe Citroën

Director General – UNIFE

Mr. Philippe Citroën joined UNIFE in June 2011. He began his career as Transport Advisor at the French Permanent Representation to the EU in 1986 and then became Member of the Cabinet of the French Transport Minister in 1990. In 1993 he became Manager and Chief of Staff at RATP Paris, and joined the SNCF as Strategy Director in 1999. Prior to assuming his position at UNIFE, he served for 8 years as CEO of Systra, one of the world’s leading public transport engineering companies.
Mr Citroën is a graduate of Paris II University in Public Law, holds a Diploma from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and also studied at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), where he also lectured about Rail and Urban Transport.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux

General Manager – UIC

A graduate of the Ecole Centrale Paris, he worked at the French Foreign Trade Delegation to Hong Kong (1977-1978) before joining French railways SNCF in 1978, where he held various responsibilities including Director of the SNCF General Delegation in North-America and Chief Executive of French Railways UK Ltd in Britain. He then joined the SNCF Freight Department where he successively managed the Coal-Steel Business Unit and the Human Resources, Data Processing and Finance Department before being appointed Chief Executive of SNCF Freight International (2001) and from 2001 to 2009 Chairman and CEO of SNCF International and SNCF Director of International Development. In March 2009, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux was appointed Director- General of the International Union of Railways (UIC), the worldwide association representing the rail sector and encompassing 200 railways across all the continents. Jean-Pierre Loubinoux has been awarded the Legion of Honour and is a holder of the Silver Medal of the French Ministry of Equipment, Transport and Tourism. In September 2011, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux received his insignia as Commander of the French National Order of Merit – one of the highest decorations in France along with the Legion of Honour.

Libor Lochman

Libor Lochman

Executive Director – CER

Mr. Libor Lochman has been Executive Director of CER since 1st January 2012. Libor Lochman, born in 1963 in Czechoslovakia, graduated from the Transport University in Zilina and has a doctorate in electronics from the West-Bohemian University Plzen. He has a strong background in Control-Command and signalling systems. Prior to his role as CER Deputy Executive Director and leader of technical affairs (2007-2011), he acted as director of the Railway Test Centre, a facility for testing European rolling stock, infrastructure and signalling components, in Prague (2000-2005).

Tony Berkeley

Tony Berkeley

Chairman – Rail Freight Group UK

Lord Tony Berkeley is President of the European Rail Freight Association, is also the spokesperson for the House of Rail, the wider grouping of rail freight interests including F&L, IBS and UIP, who all support rail liberalisation and competition as being good for customers and leading to growth in rail freight.
Based in London, he is also chairman of the Rail Freight Group, the representative body of the UK rail freight industry, which has worked to enable rail freight to grow alongside passenger traffic on the UK’s crowded rail freight network, who now six independent rail freight train operators.
Tony Berkeley sits in the UK House of Lords and was an opposition Transport Spokesperson 1996-7.  He is Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Rail Group and of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group.
He is a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport and Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  He was Public Affairs Manager of Eurotunnel from 1981 until the end of construction of the Channel Tunnel in 1994 and, before that, worked for George Wimpey on a number of multi-discipline projects around the world.
He is President of the UK Marine Pilots Association and a Harbour Commissioner for the port of Fowey in Cornwall.

Dragos Floroiu

Dragos Floroiu

General Manager – AFER

After working 5 years at SNCFR, in 1999 he joined the team of inspectors at the Romanian Railway Authority – AFER, in the field of railway safety. He militated for the implementation of the European regulation framework in the Romanian legislation and the creation of the adequate institutional support structure. After having worked in the private sector, where he contributed to the promotion of railway transport and the opportunities provided by the Romanian market at international level, in 2009 he became, once again, director of OIFR. Currently he is General Director – AFER

Philipp Koiser

Philipp Koiser

Sales and Timetabling Manager, RailNetEurope

Philipp Koiser was born in 1980 in Austria. After graduating from the Business Academy in Vienna, he started his railway career at ÖBB Infrastruktur Betrieb AG (now ÖBB Infrastruktur AG) in 2006. After a first year as a station master, he was Key Account Manager at Network Access from 2007 until 2014. Besides coordinating national and international paths he was involved in two projects: ‘Euro 2008’ (planning of timetables and related measures during the European Football Championship 2008) and ‘Liberalisation of passenger traffic’.

In 2014 he became RNE’s Sales and Timetabling Manager and chairman of the RNE Sales & Timetabling Working Group, which develops and implements international processes in line with RNE objectives. Having brought several projects to a successful conclusion, he currently leads the ‘Redesign of the international timetabling process’ (TTR), whose ambition is to reform international timetabling jointly with FTE (Forum Train Europe) and with the support of ERFA (European Rail Freight Association).

Frank Jost

Frank Jost

Strategy Director DG MOVE – European Commission

Frank Jost joined the EU services in 1996, where he has been working as policy officer for rail market opening since 2004, in particular economic aspects of rail transport. Infrastructure usage charges, the accession of the West Balkan States, the economic readjustment of debt distressed States belong to his most important dossiers. As chairman of a working group of transport ministry officials he seeks to support the accession process of these States in the rail sector. Previous stages at the Commission involved him in road safety and economics of road transport.

Carmen Filipescu

Carmen Filipescu

Chairwoman of the CIV Committee – CIT
International Affairs Director – Regiotrans

Mrs. Carmen Filipescu, currently Director of International Affairs Regiotrans, graduated from Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, Faculty of Transport and has extensive experience in rail passenger transport, mainly in commercial/ international law. During her activity at CFR Calatori, Mrs. Carmen Filipescu held several management positions both within the company and within international professional organisations to which CFR Calatori is a full member, such as: Director of International Affairs, Deputy Director General, Director of International Affairs and External Financing. She is Representative in the European/ World General Assembly and the Passenger Forum of International Union of Railways (UIC) and Representative of CER (European Community of Railway Undertakings and Infrastructure Managers) at level of “Assistants” and “General Directors”.
Since 2000 Carmen Filipescu is Vice President of CIV Commission of Passenger Transport Law to the International Committee of Transport (CIT) and since 2008 she is President of SERG (South East European Group of UIC) – Rail Passenger Activity.

Maria Price

Maria Price

European Affairs Manager – UIP

Mrs. Price is Manager, European Affairs, for the International Union of the Wagon Keepers (UIP), where she deals with the relations with the European Commission, European Parliament, European Railway Agency and the media, influences technical and policy decision-making at Sector and European Levels, and develops strategies for policy and research for freight rail industry and rail transport in general.
She holds a PhD in Trans-European Networks – Transport Cohesion of the High-Speed Rail Network in South-West Europe from the University of Oxford, Transport Studies Unit, School of Geography and the Environment. She was a stagiaire at the European Commission, DGTREN (now DG MOVE), Unit Intermodality and Logistics Brussels, Belgium where she worked on the following Dossiers: Consultation Paper on Security in International Transport, Intermodal Loading Unit, Freight Integrator, Marco Polo Programme, INTERMODA Project.

Mihuţ Crăciun

Mihuţ Crăciun

General Manager – CFR Marfa

With more than 23 years of overall experience as an International Executive, Mr. Mihuţ is, since April 2016, General Manager of CFR Marfa, the Romanian national operator that performs its activity on the whole railway network, offering the following services:

  • domestic and international rail transport
  • intermodal transport
  • transport  logistics
  • rolling stock leasing
  • rolling stock maintenance and repairs
  • other activities
Marius Chiper

Marius Chiper

General Manager – CFR SA

In 1994, he graduated from the “Politehnica” Bucharest, Faculty of Transport, Section Rolling Stock, and had a diploma in mechanical engineering. Marius Chiper has began his activity as locomotive engineer in former SNCFR in 1994, and he had an technical evolution as Technical Inspector at AFER, Chief of Railway Division at an private Railway Undertaking, Project manager and Chief of Project Management Unit at CFR. Currently he is General Manager of CFR SA

Iosif Szentes

Iosif Szentes

CEO – CFR Călători

Mr. Szentes graduated in 1989 from the Faculty of Transports – Department of Transport Technology and Railway Remote Operations of the University Politehnica of Bucharest. He also completed several post-graduate classes, has a master’s degree in Project Management at SNSPA Bucharest and a PhD in Transports Engineering.
He held various positions at the Romanian National Railways Company – the Regional Division of Brașov and at the National Railway Training and Qualification Centre – CENAFER among which: project manager, expert-trainer, manager of CCIPTFT Centre CENAFER Brașov. Since 2012 he has been part of SNTFC “CFR Călători” SA where he has held positions such as: operations manager, international and institutional relations manager, consultant and member of the board of directors. Currently Iosif Szentes is the general manager of SNTFC “CFR Călători” S.A.

Marin Aldea

Marin Aldea

General Manager – Metrorex

Mr. Marin ALDEA was born on 19 August 1965. He has graduated from the Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering of Politehnica University of Bucharest and from the Faculty of Finance and Accounting of Athenaeum University of Bucharest. He holds a master’s degree in the Management of public services companies from the Faculty of Commerce of the Bucharest University of Economic Studies. He has worked from 1989, as Technological engineer, with a couple of state companies (Lathe Plant, Târgovişte and the Institute of Research and Design for Manufacturing Technologies “Chema Proiect S.A.”, Bucharest), and from 1991 with METROREX S.A., as Senior Engineer, Head of Planning – Strategy Department, Management of Operations Director, Strategy, Planning and Resources Director.
As of December 2015, he is General Director of METROREX S.A.

Lorenzo Casullo

Lorenzo Casullo

Economist – Rail International Transport Forum – OECD

Mr. Casullo joined the International Transport Forum in 2015 to contribute the OECD’s programme of research and policy analysis – with a specific focus on rail transport. His background is in economics; he holds an MA from Cambridge University and an MSc from City University in London, where he specialized in economic regulation and competition. Prior to that, he was Senior Consultant at Steer Davies Gleave in London. As a consultant, he advised local, national and international institutions on issues of transport policy and regulation. He was heavily involved in the impact assessment of the Fourth Railway Package, working with DG MOVE and stakeholders across the EU, as well as regulatory measures relating to ERTMS and the review of track access charges regimes. He has also worked on the development of transport-led strategies such as ‘Midlands Connect’ and ‘Transport for the North’ in the UK, and has contributed to the analysis of traffic trends on road and rail concessions worldwide. Lorenzo held consultancy and advisory roles with the United Nations on issues of climate change, urban development and youth participation. At the OECD, Lorenzo has worked on the evaluation of efficiency measures in rail markets, including the analysis of impacts from open access competition. He has also contributed to the competition assessment of Romania’s rail freight market. He is currently advising the Chilean government on the formulation of their long-term infrastructure strategy.

Trevor Garrod

Trevor Garrod

President – European Passengers’ Federation

Graduated in Modern Languages at Oxford University 1969 and awarded Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Leeds University in 1970. Worked as teacher 1970 – 1987 and then as civil servant in what is now Department of Work & Pensions, until retiring in 2011. Commuted to work by rail for a total of 24 years. Active in campaigns for better public transport since early 1970. General Secretary of Railway Development Society (now Railfuture) 1986 – 2001. Member of Railfuture Board 2006-2013. Chairman of European Passengers’ Federation since 2002, currently it’s President. Long experience in dialogue with transport professionals and political decision-makers, has organised conferences and events and written to edited many publications.

Michael Robson

Michael Robson

Managing Director – Robson’s International Rail Consultancy

Mr. Robson is a time-served railway man having worked in the industry for 39 years. During this time he has held various senior positions both in the UK and in Europe including that of Secretary General of the European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM). In the UK Michael Robson has experience of working at a senior level in an integrated railway, British Rail, a private stock market listed infrastructure company, Railtrack, and a company limited by guarantee and privately financed, Network Rail, where he was responsible for developing and implementing the Network Rail policy on European issues.
During his 7 years working in Europe, he gained an excellent knowledge of how the European institutions work along with developing an excellent network of contacts. He was on the Board of the European Railway Agency (ERA) where he was involved in developing the strategy of the ERA and in reviewing the progress of the development of TSIs. During his career, he has been involved in Operations, Performance, Timetabling, and Contract Management, Asset Management, Funding, Technical Specification of Interoperability (TSI), Passenger and Freight Marketing and other retail activities in addition to the usual General Management and Project work. Michael Robson is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Transport & Logistics and the Institute of Management.

Ioan Buciuman

Ioan Buciuman

Scientific Secretary – AFER

Mr. Buciuman has graduated from the Faculty of Transport, section of Railway Remote Control, 1977, University of Polytechnics in Bucharest and from the Faculty of Economic Sciences, section of Finances-Accounting, 1997, “Babeş-Bolyai” University in Cluj- Napoca.
He worked as Engineer in Signalling Centralization Blocking, Head of Centralisation Remote Control Department, Installation Manager CFR SA (1998-2000, 2003-2005) and Service Manager AFER (2001-2003, 2005-2009). Since 2009 until 2012 he has been Executive Manager AFER and since 2012 he has been occupying the position of Scientific Secretary within the same company. He represented CFR SA at UIC for the projects on interoperability. He was Associate Professor at the Technical University in Cluj- Napoca in 1992/1993 and 1993/1994 and professor at the Polytechnics University in Bucharest since 1999, where he introduced the classes Track control elements and the operation of railway remote control equipments and transport management. Ioan Buciuman elaborated several technical and scientific works on railway remote control and railway transport management and published speciality books in 1983, 1988, 2002 and 2008. In 2006, he obtained his PhD from the Polytechnics University in Bucharest, with the thesis “Contributions to the modernization and maintenance of the command-control-signalling installations in Romania in view of achieving the interoperability in the Trans- European railway transport”.

Andreas Schöbel

Andreas Schöbel

Vienna University of Technology (TUW)

His scientific career started in 2002 when he joined the Institute for Railway Engineering at Vienna University of Technology. In 2005 he graduated as a Ph.D. by submission of his thesis “Choice of Location for Wayside Train Monitoring Systems”. He was involved in several studies for Infra Managers to cover their network by WTMS in a safe and economic way. Finally he became a Docent for the area of railway operation in 2011. Moreover he carried out many studies by simulation of railway operation to compare headways between conventional signalling and the new European Train Control System (ETCS).

Ichiro Takahashi

Ichiro Takahashi

Executive Director – Brussels Branch of JR East

Mr. Takahashi joined the Japanese National Railways in April 1985 and East Japan Railway Company in April 1987. His experience in JR East is mainly in the administrative and international divisions. He has assumed the position of Executive Director at the Brussels Branch in February 2013.

Gabriel Stanciu

Gabriel Stanciu

MLT & UT Division Director – Customer Services – Siemens

Mr. Stanciu  graduated from the University of Polytechnics in Bucharest, Faculty of Transport, Railway Rolling Stock Department and has MA in Business, at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Faculty of Commerce. After graduating from the university, he worked in the railway industry, where he advanced from a simple engineer to head of locomotive depot, which enabled him to accumulate a rich experience, both theoretical and especially in practice regarding the operation and the current problems of railway operators.
Starting with 2002, he was project manager within Siemens Romania, for the already famous project “The Blue Arrow” (120 Desiro units delivered by Siemens to SNTFC CFR Călători SA). His responsabilities included the reception, delivery, management and guarantee service activities, the supervision of train assembling process at the local partner, as spare parts delivery in the guarantee period and afterwards.
Presently, Mr. Stanciu is MLT & UT Division Director at Siemens Romania, being responsible for the business development in the field of locomotives, trams, trains and underground trains sales, as well as for all adjacent sectors related to these fields of activity.

Nicolae Dragu

Nicolae Dragu

Business Development Manager – Alstom Romania

In 1989, Mr. Dragu graduated from the Polytechnics University Bucharest, TCM, section Machines-Tools. During 1990-1997, he worked at SC FAUR SA, in the field of locomotive manufacturing, modernisation of V3A trams and he was in charge of the technological locomotive design service.
Since 1997, Nicolae Dragu has been working at Alstom SA, having various responsibilities and being involved in projects such as: modernisation DHL 1250 locomotives for CFR Călători, manufacture of subassemblies for new locomotives, modernisation of 100 passenger cars for CFR Călători, underground rolling stock maintenance for Metrorex, development of investment programmes. Nicolae Dragu has been Business Development Manager at Alstom SA since 2006.

Peter Schneyder

Peter Schneyder

Strategic Planning Executive Manager – PAN PLAN

Mr. Peter Schneyder is founder and general manager of PAN PLAN consulting group based in Vienna, Austria. As a strategic planner his specific expertise with railway issues is concentrated on network concepts, comprising definition of capacity requirements and optimisation of alignments. Structuring and implementation of various financing models is an additional working area.

Mihai Bărcănescu

Mihai Bărcănescu

Project Manager Research and Innovation – UITP

Mihai Bărcănescu has been working in UITP since 2012 as Project Manager. He has a background in European Politics – a BA from the Bucharest University and an MA from the Institute of European Studies – ULB. In addition, he has acquired a very good understanding of the transport sector during his previous positions in other Brussels-based European organizations and consultancies (UNIFE, Kellen Europe). He is currently working on EU-funded projects in the fields of rail transport and transport security.

Dorian Alexandrescu

Dorian Alexandrescu

Quality Manager – voestalpine VAE Apcarom

In 1991, Mr. Alexandrescu graduated from “Politehnica” University of Bucharest, Faculty of Transports – Rolling Stock. Mr. Alexandrescu’s professional experience includes: Engineer in the Production Department for VAE APCAROM from 1991 to 1992, Engineer in the Production of Turnouts for VAE APCAROM from 1992 to 1996, Engineer in the Maintenance Department from 1996 to 1997, Engineer in Work Protection for VAE APCAROM from 1997 to 1998, Engineer in the Design Department for VAE APCAROM from 1998 to 1999, Engineer in the Quality Management Department for VAE APCAROM  and Head of Quality Management for the same company from 1999 to 2006. He currently is Quality Manager for VAE APCAROM.

Sergiu Rădulescu

Sergiu Rădulescu

Head of Research & Design – voestalpine VAE APCAROM

Sergiu Rădulescu was born on 16 July 1958. He graduated from the University of Brasov, the Technological Faculty of Machine Construction. He has graduated from a CODECS  course including the following: management of change, driving art, mentoring, project management, negotiation techniques in  acquisitions. Until 2007, he was section engineer, design engineer and head of designing.
Mr. Rădulescu currently is Head of Research and Design of voestalpine Vae Apcarom SA Buzau.

Cesare Brand

Cesare Brand

Secretary General – International Rail Transport Committee (CIT)

Trained as a lawyer, he has held several senior positions within the railway industry over the past twenty years. He completed his studies in law at the University of Bern and was admitted to the bar in 1987. He worked from 1987 until 1989 as a clerk in the Court of Appeal of the Canton of Bern and from 1989 until 1991 as an independent lawyer in Bern. He then joined the Swiss Ministry of Transport as Head of the Legal Section of the Federal Office of Transport. In this position, he was involved in a senior capacity in the Swiss rail reform, which came into force in 1999 and played a major role on the success of public transport in Switzerland. In 2002, he moved from being a regulator to being an operator and was appointed to the position of Head of the Group Legal Department at Swiss Federal Railways (SBB). In 2008, he was made Head of the “Regulation and International Affairs” Division. In this position, he was responsible for representing the interests of SBB at European institutions and for the company’s regulatory strategy. In November 2011, he was elected by the CIT General Assembly as the new Secretary General and assumed his new duties at the beginning of 2012. Cesare Brand is well connected internationally and has excellent relationships with the international railways organisations and the European and Swiss institutions.

Joan Amorós

Joan Amorós

President – FERRMED

Mr Joan Amorós holds a doctorate in Civil Engineering and has authored several books. Mr Amorós is the former President of the NISSAN Distribution Service in Barcelona. Beside his role as Secretary General at Ferrmed, Mr Amorós is also Adviser to the Board of AutoTerminal, a member of the board of Logistica Y Transporte Ferroviario and a member of the Executive Committee of the Barcelona Logistics Center and the Promoter of the Project  “R+D+4i”.

Jürgen Maier

Jürgen Maier

Head of International Affairs – BLS

His technical experience spans over 20 years in aviation and railway industry. For 8 years he was a teacher for transportation topics; 9 years in the aviation industry where he held several possitions, Innovation Management/Business Development, Corporate Development, Consulting for Airlines and Airports worldwide, Route Development/Strategy, Market Research; 11 years in the railway industry, where he held different positions, Political Affairs (National and International), Project, Quality and Risk Management, Support/ Process-Management, Strategy Development. Currently he is Head of International Affairs at BLS.

Ground-breaking event in Eastern Europe

Railway Pro Investment Summit 2016

Railway Pro Investment Summit 2016

For more than a decade now, the Railway PRO Investment Summit – the most representative and innovative event of the Railway Pro Communication Platform – has been the gathering place for hundreds of key players from the international railway market, each one offering their insight and contribution towards developing rail related projects.

The exposition

The exposition

that will take place during the Railway Pro Investment Summit will provide the companies with the chance to present their latest products and developments in front of a highly specialised audience .

Debated topics

Debated topics

during this edition of the Railway Pro Investment Summit are comprehensive and diverse, providing the participants details regarding the Fourth Railway Package, Shift2Rail Initiative, the Horizon 2020 programme, Technical Specifications for Interoperability as well as latest development concerning the TEN-T network.

The 11th edition

The 11th edition

is already looking to surpass the previous events through an increasingly higher attendance of top decision makers and representatives of the railway industry and organisations. Delegates from the European Commission, the European Parliament, international public authorities, IFIs, as well as rail associations will provide valuable insights concerning ongoing and future projects and sharing their visions on the progress and direction of the rail transport market.

Programme

Day 1

RAILWAY BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN THE SINGLE EUROPEAN TRANSPORT MARKET

08:00 – 09:00 Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00 – 10:00 Opening Speeches
Daniel Birsan, President – AIF/ General Manager – Wiebe Romania
Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, General Manager – UIC
H.E. François Saint-Paul, French Ambassador in Romania
Romanian Ministry of Transport Representative
Philippe Citroën, Director General – UNIFE
Libor Lochman, Executive Director – CER

10:00 – 11:00 Official opening of the railway technology exhibition & tour

11:00 – 13:00 Panel 1: Policy measures to increase the competitiveness of railway transport sector
(4th Railway Package, Public Acquisition Package, STIs, national and European railway infrastructure and services development strategies, multimodal transport strategies, quality standards strategies, public and private sector financing strategies)
Moderator: Gabriel Stanciu, Vicepresident – AIF/ General Manager – Alstom Romania
Speakers:
Libor Lochman
, Executive Director – CER
Tony Berkeley, Chairman – Rail Freight Group UK
Philippe Citroën, Director General – UNIFE
Marius Chiper, General Manager – CFR SA
Dragoș Floroiu, General Manager – AFER

12.30 – 14.00 Networking Lunch

14.00 – 15.30 Panel 2: European railway business in a global environment
(East-West Connections, providing soft & hard interoperability between European and extra-European networks, railway place in major international free trade agreements, international best practices)

Speakers:
Lorenzo Casullo, Economist – Rail International Transport Forum, OECD
Carmen Filipescu, Chairwoman of the CIV Committee – CIT/ International Affairs Director – Regiotrans
Cesare Brand, Secretary General – International Rail Transport Committee (CIT)
Ichiro Takahashi, Executive Director – Brussels Branch of JR East
Josef Schneider, Chairman of the Management Board – European Passengers’ Federation
Mihai Frumosu, Transport Specialist PJ-Mobility Office Bucharest – EIB

15.30 – 16.00 Networking Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.30 Panel 3: Addressing future business challenges through R&D
(Horizon 2020, Shift2Rail, public and private sectors strategies on R&D, railway academia strategies, best practices)
Moderator: Vasile Diaconescu, Rolling Stock Manager – AIF/ Head of Division Infrastructure & Cities, Mobility and Logistic Division, Rail Systems Division – Siemens
Speakers:
Michael Robson
, Managing Director – Robson’s International Rail Consultancy
Ivo Cré, Senior Manager – Polis Network
Andreas Schöbel, Vienna University of Technology (TUW)
Video Message from Martina Werner, MEP – European Parliament

17.30 – 18.00 Railway PRO Investment Summit Day 1 Conclusions

20.00 Networking Dinner

Day 2 - Infrastructure

Infrastructure Development

08:00 – 09:00 Registration and Welcome Coffee

09.00 – 10.30 Panel 4: Building the European Railway Platform – Panel sponsored by NEXANS
(railway networks extension and upgrading strategies, solutions for connecting challenging areas, financing infrastructure development,TEN-T development)
Moderator: Corneliu Luscalov, Infrastructure Director – AIF/ Senior Technical Executive – Vossloh Fastening Systems
Speakers:
Peter Schneyder, Strategic Planning, Executive Manager – PAN PLAN
Joan Amorós, President – FERRMED
Susana Camara, Global Product Manager for Railways Infrastructure – Nexans
Dennis Schut, Research Manager – UIC

10.30 – 11.00 Networking Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.30 Panel 5: Seamless interoperability of European main lines
(public strategies and policy to provide seamless border connections, ETCS / ERTMS implementation, using other safety systems, providing interoperability of network in major nodes, technologies to provide seamless interoperability)
Moderator: Michael Robson, Managing Director – Robson’s International Rail Consultancy
Speakers:
Volker Drenkhahn
, Head of Sales/CMO – AEbt Angewandte Eisenbahntechnik GmbH
Paul Brown, General Manager – ISAF
Ştefan Iovan, IT Consultant – Informatica Feroviară

12.30 – 14.00 Networking Lunch

14.00 – 15.30 Panel 6: Providing the last mile connection – a business or a social decision? – Panel sponsored by KAPSCH
(urban, suburban and regional railway lines development strategies, solutions to drop unit costs for railways in lower density population areas, electrification of railway networks)
Moderator: Ioan Buciuman, Scientific Secretary – AFER
Speakers:
Trevor Garrod, President – European Passengers’ Federation
Andrei Vuță, Project Manager – Kapsch CarrierCom AG
Petru Cuvineanu, Technical Manager – CTP Arad

15.30 – 16.00 Networking Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.00 Plenary session

Day 2 - Freight & Logistics

Rail Freight & Logistics Forum

08:00 – 09:00 Registration and Welcome Coffee

09.00 – 10.30 Panel 7: Increasing competitiveness of rail freight undertakings – a business or political game?
(liberalization of rail freight sector, privatisation of incumbents, intra- and intermodal competition)
Moderator: Gabriel Popa, Assoc. Prof. PhD. Eng. – Politechnic University of Bucharest
Speakers:
Maria Price
, European Affairs Manager – UIP
Francesco Dionori, Chief of Transport Networks & Logistics Section, Sustainable Transport Division – UNECE
Jürgen Maier, Head of International Affairs – BLS
Mihuț Constantin Crăciun, General Manager – CFR Marfă

10.30 – 11.00 Networking Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.30 Panel 8: Larger volumes, higher speeds, increased reliability – technology support for dropping railway unit cost
(public and private strategies to provide longer, heavier trains; R&D projects for dropping unit costs)
Moderator: Maria Price, European Affairs Manager – UIP
Speakers:
Ralf-Charley Schultze, President – UIRR
Sorin Chinde, Director General – GFR
Peter Sorger, Expert Advisor

12.30 – 14.00 Networking Lunch

14.00 – 15.30 Panel 9: New business or safe heavens – role of multimodal transports to increase railway turnover
(East-West connections and railway services, role of bulk cargo for the future of railway transport, developing multimodal solutions, multimodal platform role in increasing the volumes and margins, rail – port connection strategies)
Moderator: Valentin Dorobanțu, President – Patronal Organisation of Romanian Private Railway Companies
Speakers:
George Petre, General Manager – CER Fersped
Lilia Krutonog, Head of Intermodal Department – Rail Cargo Logistics – Czech Republic s.r.o
Alberto Grisone, Managing Director – Hupac Intermodal
Philipp Koiser, Sales & Timetabling Manager – RailNetEurope

15.30 – 16.00 Networking Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.00 Plenary session

Day 2 - Passengers

Passengers Development Forum

08:00 – 09:00 Registration and Welcome Coffee

09.00 – 10.30 Panel 10: Opening national and local markets to competition – challenges and opportunities ahead
(EU Reg. 1370/2007 implementation, 4th Railway Package, development strategies, financing railway passenger services and assets, passenger rights strategies,
PRM strategies and solutions)
Moderator: Carmen Filipescu, Chairwoman of the CIV Committee – CIT/ International Affairs Director – Regiotrans
Speakers: Iosif Szentes, CEO – CFR Călători

10.30 – 11.00 Networking Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.30 Panel 11: Smarter cities – railway services and technologies role to provide sustainable living areas – Panel sponsored by STADLER
(Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans development and implementation, technologies to drop unit cost and to increase attractiveness, lower carbon footprint solutions,
providing seamless connection between local and long distance services, ICT solutions)
Moderator: Octavian Udrişte, Honorary Chairman – Club Feroviar
Speakers:
Istvan Csuzi
, General Manager – OTL
Sergiu Rădulescu, Head of Research & Design – voestalpine VAE APCAROM
Dorian Alexandrescu, Quality Manager – voestalpine VAE Apcarom
Michael Wiegleb, Senior Engineer Division Central and Eastern Europe/ Member of the Executive Board – Stadler
Mihai Bărcănescu, Project Manager Research and Innovation – UITP

12.30 – 14.00 Networking Lunch

14.00 – 15.30 Panel 12: Light rail and underground projects to support viable urban development
(EU Reg. 1370/2007 implementation, development strategies, financing LR and underground projects, technologies to drop unit cost and to increase attractiveness, lower carbon footprint solutions, ticketing solutions, increasing security of passengers, passenger rights, PRM strategies and solutions)
Moderator: Octavian Udrişte, Honorary Chairman – Club Feroviar
Speakers:
Nicolae Dragu, Business Development Manager – Alstom Transport Romania
Gabriel Stanciu, MLT & UT Division Director, Customer Services – Siemens
Marin Aldea, General Manager – Metrorex

15.30 – 16.00 Networking Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.00 Plenary session

Day 3

10.00 – 13.00 Technical visit to Magurele Laser Valley (project presentation and modern connectivity solutions for the Magurele R&D and Academia Community)