RALF Romanian Agriculture Leadership Forum

The 4th edition of RALF brought together over 300 large farmers from 15 countries, from Canada to Russia. New related event was launched whitin the forum: Large Farmers GALA.

​Our Speakers & Partners

David Fuller-Shapcott

Gold Winner, British Farming Awards 2018, UK

David Fuller-Shapcott is  Managing Director of J.N. Fuller-Shapcott & Co., Scottish Borders, from UK. As a farmer, David believes he is responsible for producing safe, healthy and nutritious food.

Trevor Scherman

Winner Innovation Award 2018 of Canada’s Farm Progress Show

Trevor Scherman invented a system that helps farmers reduce their harvesting losses. The canadian farmer manages 2428 hectares.

Viljar Veidenberg

Baltic Sea Farmer of the Year 2018 Award, Estonia

Viljar Veidenberg is CEO at Pajumäe Farm, an organic farm in Estonia which is making different milk products. The young farmer took the farm from his parents 6 years ago and now is managing a new dairy plant.

Wouter Bauman

Rooftopfarmer at Dakakker

The DakAkker is a 1000 m2 rooftopfarm on top of the Schieblock in Rotterdam, in The Netherlands. It is the largest open-air roof farm in the Netherlands and one of the largest in Europe.

Grzegorz Brodziak

CEO, Goodvalley Agro, +13.000 ha, Poland

Goodvalley operates its own feed production and 8 biogas plants that cover 100% of the company’s electricity needs. With audited and TUV certified neutral CO2 footprint, Goodvalley is leading the way to climate-friendly agri and food businesses answering the needs of conscious consumers.

Hannu Haapala

Internationally recognized researcher and developer of innovations in agrotechnology and bio-economy, Finland

He is Doctor of Science in Agricultural Engineering, University of Helsinki, where he was also a professor before developing own business to speed up innovation in agriculture and horticulture.

Wyno Zwanenburg

International consultant with more than 30 years experience in agriculture, Netherlands

He opened his own consultancy company collaborating with companies, entrepreneurs and organizations in international agriculture helping them with their strategic challenges in the markets.

Dariusz Majchrzycki

DANKO Plant Breeders cultivates over 6.300 ha of agricultural land in Poland

Dariusz Majchrzycki is the Head of Cereals and Legumes Section of the Polish Seed Trade Association and Danko Sales and Marketing Director.  

Javier Fernández Ponce

the creator of the concept Smart Floating Farms, Spain

The SFF is a floating farm system which is anchored to land, and potentially could be also located off the coasts on open seas in the future. The SFF is configured as a modular-expandable Multi-Layer Floating Farming system which combines Solar energy, Hydroponics-green growing and Aquaculture. 

Daniel Buda

AGRI Committee’s 2nd Vice Chair

As a member of AGRI, he supports the interests of the Romanian farmers and Romanian agriculture.

Mihail Dumitru

Deputy Director General, European Commission, DG Agriculture and Rural Development

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Romania in 2010, he re-joined the European Commission where he took over a directorate in charge of Rural development programmes. Since January 2017 he is DDG responsible for CAP direct support, rural development and CAP sustainability.

Prof. Dr. Vasile Vîntu

Rector of University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine “Ion Ionescu de Brad”, Iași

University professor at USAMV since 2001,  he has published over 222 papers, of which 21 books and guidebooks. He is a Founding member of the I.A.E.R.T. (International Association of Experts in Rural Tourism and Agri-tourism) – Romania branch.

Prof. Dr. Roxana Vidican

Dean of the Agriculture Faculty, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca

She started her academic career in 1994 at USAMV Cluj. Her areas of interest are the biology of agroecosystems, grassland and forage plants, biodiversity conservation, ecological ethics, etc. She is a member of European Grassland Federation.

Prof. Dr. Toma Adrian Dinu

Dean of the Faculty of Management, UASVM Bucharest, about the evolution of large farms in Southern Romania

Toma Dinu became Full Professor in Farm Management at the USAMV Bucharest in 2008. His research activity is focused on: trade of agri-food products, farm profitability, biofuels, as well as genetically modified crops.

Arnaud Perrein

General Manager, Sopema, + 4000 ha, Ialomita

Arnaud Perrein is a farmer of French origin, established in Ialomița, the administrator of the Sopema farm and the president of the Romanian Corn Producers Association.

Martin Müller

Owns ALBOTA Trout Farm and over 2000 hectares in Sibiu county

As an IT engineer Martin Müller has implemented at the ALBOTA Trout farm and Agroturistic Complex the integrated concept “From Farm to Plate”.

Cornel Stroescu

He manages over 2000 ha in Mehedinti

Cornel Stroescu is one of the largest farmers in Mehedinti. He cultivates over 2000 hectares of land at Garla Mare, owns a silo of almost 2 million euros and a bird farm in Bistrita. In 2019, Cornel Stroescu was elected as president of the National Agricultural Chamber.

Adrian Chesnoiu

General Director, Agency for Financing Rural Investments (AFIR)

Partner / Adrian Chesnoiu is the one who represents AFIR in the relations with the natural or legal persons, as well as before the courts. The National Rural Development Program developed within AFIR is a viable solution for the modernization of agriculture at national level, but also for the growth of the Romanian village.

Aurel Placinschi

General Director, Agricola 96 Tiganasi and SA Moldova, +5000 ha, Iasi

The two companies cultivate: maize, sunflower, wheat, barley, soybean, rapeseed, beetroot, but they also manage a cattle farm. Aurel Placinschi has invested in the last years in expanding the irrigation network, from its own funds, and hopes that by 2020 this system will function fully on an area of ​​over 3000 hectares.

Nicolaie Apopi

Director, Popagra and Agro Baden Banat, +2500 ha, Timis

The company cultivates: wheat, rape, soy and corn. Nicolae Apopi is constantly investing in new technologies and equipment to increase production, among them a land management system, which allows him to consult the history of each cultivated area at any time.

Cosmin Iancu

He manages over 1100 ha, S.A Gradistea, Ilfov

The young farmer is a 4th-year student at USAMV Bucharest. At the base of the farm, there is a family story that sums up 3 generations. He cultivates rape, wheat, corn and sunflower. 

Marius Scarlat

Agral Mixt, +3100 ha, Iasi

TSC Agral Mixt Group of Companies in Andrieșeni has 45 employees. On the over 3000 hectares they grow corn, wheat, sunflower, soybean, etc. The company also owns animals, 1000 sheep and almost 100 cattle.

Vasile Iliuţă

Operates 3.000 hectares of agricultural land in Calarasi County

Vasile Iliuță is the President of the Calarași County Council and shareholder of 6 agricultural companies, operating a total area of 3,000 hectares of land. The farmer has accessed non-reimbursable funds worth 2.8 million euros, thus managing to set up an ultra-modern farm.

Celzin Aedin

General Director, SC Micul Agricultor SRL, +3000 Ha, Constanta

Celzin Aedin works 3,000 hectares, and his farm is located in Osmancea, Constanța county. Celzin Aedin has a different vision from that of other fellow farmers – he is willing to work and especially to test varieties and hybrids, but also new products appeared on the market.

Gheorghe Albu

Director, Argonaut, +6000 ha, Constanta

In addition to cereals, vegetables and oil-producing plants, the companies managed by Gheorghe Albu have 6000 sheep, 250 hectares with vines, and a wine cellar for processing the grapes from the plantation.

Dr. Ing. Lucian Buzdugan

President AGRICOST

Lucian Buzdugan is president of the largest plantation in Europe, with an area of 57,000 hectares and annually producing a total production of over 400,000 tons. Agricost operates 29 vegetable farms in the Big Island of Braila, where it cultivates: wheat, barley, rapeseed, sunflower, corn, soybean, lucerne.

Viorel Băeșu

Director Danistas Plant, +1200 ha, Republic of Moldova

Viorel Băeșu is one of the most appreciated farmers in the Republic of Moldova. The farm managed by him, Danistas Plant cultivates autumn rapeseed, autumn wheat, soybeans, sunflower, corn, potatoes, and apple orchards on an area of ​​1200 ha.

Liviu Zăgan

Holde Agri Invest operates 2,800 hectares of farm land in the south-eastern part of Romania

Liviu Zăgan begun his adventure with agriculture 10 years ago, working for a family business, Cerealflor. In 2016, together with 3 Romanian entrepreneurs, Liviu laid foundations for his own agribusiness. 

Mircea Ionuț Petroman

Director, MERPANO, +5000 ha, Timis

The farmer manages the company MERPANO and operates an area of 5000 ha in Timiș county, which works with a large number of agricultural machines.

Nicoleta Dragomir

Editor in Chief, FERMA Magazine

Moderator of the sessions:”Education. Leadership. Innovation. Agricultural Policies” & ”Large Farms Management”

Cătălin Lența

Journalist, AGRO TV

Moderator ”Xgroup Meeting Agriculture”

Andreea Stroe

Journalist, Antena 3

Moderator of the session ”Future Farming”

George Mușat

Breeding Manager, Project Leader FAO 400 SEE, KWS

Master Partner / George Musat, PhD – Plant Genetics and Breeding is Project Leader for Maize Breeding FAO 400 Continental SEE. His main tasks are: development of inbred lines adapted to South-east Europe and their use in Hybrid creation process and field testing of the new hybrids and selectionof the most performing ones for Registration Trials in order to be registered.

Maria Cîrjă

Marketing Manager, Corteva Agriscience Romania and Republic of Moldova

Professional Partner / She started her career as a biology professor in Malini, Suceava County. In August 2017, following the merger of Doe Agrosciences and DuPont, she is named Marketing Director in the new company CORTEVA AGRISCIENCE – DowDupont Agriculture Division.

Adrian Badea

National Sales Director, PETKUS, ROMANIA

Professional Partner / He has put together his own 9 years of experience spent in the field of solutions for conditioning and storing cereals and oilseeds on the Romanian market, together with PETKUS’s nearly 170-year experience in the production of equipment, to keep the company in the top technology providers in our country. 

Alexander Hammerschmidt

IT Management, DKE-Data GmbH & Co. KG Agrirouter, Germany

He is directly involved in the development, implementation and operation of the agrirouter software solution. The web-based data exchange platform agrirouter enables data exchange between machines and agricultural software products from different manufacturers and suppliers. 

Pascal Cassecuelle

Senior Bayer Representative & CropScience Division Head Country Group Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova

Professional Partner/ Having started his career in sales department, in France, Pascal assumed various country and global leadership roles for the CropScience division of Bayer in Asia and Latin America. He also spent a number of years of his career at Bayer’s Environmental Science division, overseeing emerging markets. 

Ramona Ivan

Directorate of Relations with National and International Institutions / CEC BANK

Partner/ Ramona Ivan has more than 20 years of experience in the Romanian banking system, operating in both state-owned and majority-owned private international banks, over the last five years joining CEC Bank.

Radu Gorunescu

Manager, Studio of Agricultural Systems Romania

Partner/ Radu Gorunescu presented the SAS by Cropio digital platform.  It implements to the Romanian farmers a revolutionary system of control and management of the farm, based on the monitoring of the agricultural lands from satellite.

Remus Cazacu

Owner, BIT Software, Romania

Partner/ Remus Cazacu is an entrepreneur with extensive experience in the software and business applications industry (ERP, CRM, BI systems) and has been managing BITSoftware for over 25 years, a company with an innovative business solutions portfolio, over 300 clients, medium and large companies, Romanian and global, and present in over 70 countries. 

Brian McKown

Vice President, Kinze Manufacturing, Lithuania

Partner/Kinze is an innovative manufacturer with a 54-year history of developing and producing precision seeders, grain carts, and high-speed tillage products. As Executive Vice President, Brian McKown leads Kinze’s international business including Sales and Marketing and operations in Lithuania.

Alexandr Pešák

Central & Eastern Europe Manager, Kleffmann Group, Czechia

Partner/ Since 2007 Alexandr Pešák works for Kleffmann Group, shortly as project manager, then 10 years as managing director of Czech branch. Since 2017 he works as regional manager of Central and Eastern Europe at Kleffmann Group.  

Cătălin Viziru

Marketing Manager, FMC Agro Operational, Romania

Partner/ He started his career in agribusiness in 2009 as a promoter for DuPont Romania SRL in South-Est part of the country and 6 years later – in 2015, he was promoted as a Key Account Manager within the same company. At present he is Marketing Director at FMC Agro Operational Romania.



Ștefan Stănescu

General Manager, Agromec Vișina SA, Olt, +3500 ha

Tim Hassell

Farm Manager, Goodwood Farm, Marea Britanie, +1300 ha

Puiu Ilisei

Manager, PILIS SRL, Călărași, +1000 ha

Gabriel Dumitrașcu

Project Manager, Agri Consortium, Caraș-Severin, +6000 ha

Dimitrie Muscă

General Manager, Combinatul Agroindustrial Curtici, Arad, +7500 ha

Vasile Lungu

Administrator, Agro Industrial Ceres, Iasi, +2000 ha

Vlad Bontaș

Manager, AGROVOC, Galați, +5500 ha

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Dimitrie Muscă

General Manager, Combinatul Agroindustrial Curtici, Arad, +7500 ha

Guest Farmer

I am working in western Romania, where we are exploiting a surface of 7600 hectares in two industrial complexes, i.e. the one from Curtici and the one from Olari. We have integrated everything, from sowing crops in the field – wheat, corn, rapeseed, soybeans, to processed products from our stores, everything in closed circuit. On this segment, which is fairly long, nobody interferes with anything.

Tim Hassell

Farm Manager, Goodwood Farm, Marea Britanie, +1300 ha

Guest Farmer

I must say I was very impressed with how the day went, how friendly and helpful everybody was and I got a sense of how proud everybody is of Romania. On a personal note this was the first time I had spoken to such a large group of people so thank you for the opportunity. The venue was top quality with excellent facilities, I could see how you arranged the speakers to give the young farmers of Romania an idea of how other farmers in Europe are building their farm business, and to give them an idea of the opportunities that are around. It showed there are different ways from single units with high levels of mechanisation, looking for the lowest cost of production, to farms such as Goodwood who look to produce quality products to sell directly to the consumer and the role social media can play in developing the business. Listening to your Romanian farmers it was fascinating to hear the scope of the potential for your agricultural sector and by listening to others can only help it move forward.

Ștefan Stănescu

General Manager, Agromec Vișina SA, Olt, +3500 ha

Guest Farmer

Such a meeting, organized every year, is very important from the perspective of exchanging experiences with the guest farmers from the EU and the new technologies they use to increase production efficiency. Only by being open can we gain more, together!

Puiu Ilisei

Manager, PILIS SRL, Călărași, +1000 ha

Guest Farmer

The event was very beneficial to me, because although I think we have modern equipment, you always find something new, you meet people with different experiences from different parts of the world. Such events have to be organized more often, even in different places in the country, and showed the farmers what you showed to me.

Gabriel Dumitrașcu

Project Manager, Agri Consortium, Caraș-Severin, +6000 ha

Guest Farmer

I am glad that Agri Consortium has the opportunity to attend the premiere of this event in Romania. The reunion during the event of experts, local and foreign farmers, will help providing a better understanding of complementary and competitive European initiatives in agriculture, succeeding to create the conditions for a comfortable relation.

Vasile Lungu

Administrator, Agro Industrial Ceres, Iasi, +2000 ha

Guest Farmer

Exchanges of experience are beneficial to the progress in any field of activity not only in agriculture. Thus we can identify similarities and differences, ways of working, having the possibility of transferring knowledge of good practice, being essential for the development.

I want to attend

Jens Jakob Gustmann

Philips Health Systems Sales Leader CEE

Master Partner ROHO


“Philips’ mission is to improve people’s lives through meaningful innovations across what we call the “health continuum”. The vision of ROHO is similar to ours, and we are delighted to be the Master Partner of this event.

I want to Become a Partner

Chef Ștefan Popescu

Executive Chef, Pullman Bucharest World Trade Center

FORO Guest 

A restaurant is itself a complex investment. One of the current problems in this field is the quality of services, which is why it is imperative to invest in this direction. A restaurant can remain “top” only by maintaining quality – that is why this concept must be understood in detail. Competition is growing in all sectors and the best way to distinguish yourself from others is the reputation you build. The decision to use reputation as a career building tool differs from one sector to another and depends on the professional objective. However, being a professional with visibility becomes an increasingly necessary means of career development.

Bogdan Arsene

General Manager, Best Western Stil Hotel 4*, Bucharest

FORO Guest

The policy of the Best Western Stil hotel has a very important component of customer service. We care about our guests and are very attentive to the feedback they send us through various forms (directly at the hotel reception, in direct meetings with our staff, through the hotel feedback forms, through the pages of TripAdvisor, Booking, Facebook etc.). Feedback from our guests helps us to maintain the level of services and facilities we offer to a certain standard and to make improvements. In the last 2 years we have made significant investments in this regard.

Ciprian Dogaru

Executive Manager, Hotel Ambient 4*, Brașov

FORO Guest

The quality of the services must be continuously improved, and this is done through regular trainings and last-minute information shared with the relevant departments. Maintenance of hotel spaces is also a priority, as good hotel services cannot compensate for unattended space and vice versa. A mix between the two components is ideal and leads to the success of the customer relationship. A hotel’s reputation is its business card. In the online environment, the grades given by the guests are the mirror of the activity of the hotel, and they can be improved by good management and communication with the client.

Vlad Bontaș

Manager, AGROVOC, Galați, +5500 ha

Guest Farmer

First and foremost, I want to thank you for your invitation and to congratulate you on the organization of the Forum, which was very well structured, both in terms of the guests, as well as of the topics addressed. It was a day full of – we hope – useful information; when the breaks allowed it, we made the most of the networking part to become acquainted with other Romanian colleagues and to talk about the problems in our farms and what could be improved.

Dr. Mircea Cinteză

Șeful Secției Cardiologie 1, Spitalul Universitar de Urgență București

Medic Invitat ROHO

“A fost impresionant interesul pentru Convenția Română a Spitalelor. Un mare număr de participanți au venit la București din întreaga țară. Temele dezbatute sunt importante pentru oricine este implicat în activitatea de management medical.”

Dr. Alina-Bondoc

Director Medical, Medlife Titan, București

Medic Invitat ROHO

”Vă mulțumesc pentru invitatia la ROHO 2017 și mă bucur că am avut prilejul să particip și să ascult profesioniști din managementul medical, atât din România, cât și din străinătate. Consider că un asemenea eveniment pune România pe hartă, ca țară europeană, care oferă servicii de sănătate populației, la standarde de înaltă calitate. Este extrem de important schimbul de experiență și de viziune la nivel de management, pe care îl oferă un eveniment de acest tip, și nu în ultimul rând, posibilitatea de a cunoaște persoane-cheie din acest domeniu și de a lega relații profesionale de durată. Am apreciat în mod deosebit oportunitatea de a crește vizibilitatea sistemului medical privat în fața guvernanților, atât pe plan național, cât și internațional, prin promovarea unor organizații cum ar fi European Union of Private Hospitals (EUHP).”

Petru Șușca

Manager, Spitalul Clinic Județean de Urgență, Cluj

Manager Invitat ROHO

“Convenția Română a Spitalelor se evidențiază în peisajul evenimentelor din România. Reunind profesioniști din domeniul medical, evenimentul devine un prilej de a împărtăși experiență, dar și o ocazie de a interacționa cu oameni cu preocupări similare. Am apreciat alegerea atentă a speakerilor. Cunoștințele acestora sunt de un real folos în munca zilnică și pentru rezolvarea unora dintre problemele cu care ne confruntăm. Calific ediția din 2016 a Convenției Române a Spitalelor drept un eveniment constructiv și de calitate.”

Dr. Elisabeta Raț

Manager, Spitalul Municipal Carei, Satu Mare

Manager Invitat ROHO

”Vă mulțumesc pentru faptul că și în acest an m-ați onorat cu invitația de a participa la acest eveniment. Din prezentările Speakerilor din sănătate, de la noi și din străinătate, am observat că preocuparea deosebită pentru asigurarea calității actului medical și siguranța pacienților câștigă tot mai mult teren în managementul spitalelor publice și private. Cred că, în activitatea zilnică din unitățile sanitare, protocoalele terapeutice și procedurile de lucru implementate, definesc bune practici de eliminare a riscurilor clinice, combaterea infecțiilor asociate asistenței medicale și nu în ultimul rând, o abordare corectă și eficientă a diagnosticării și a tratamentului pacienților.”

Dr. Cristian Radu Jecan

Director Medical, Spitalul „Prof. Dr. Agrippa Ionescu”, București

Medic Invitat ROHO

“Mulțumesc organizatorilor pentru conceptul și formatul evenimentului Convenția Română a Spitalelor ROHO 2017. A fost o onoare și în același timp o experiență remarcabilă să onorez invitația primită. Conferința a oferit un cadru de întâlnire ideal pentru membrii echipelor de management din spitalele românești, prin asigurarea unui cadru propice de schimbare a informațiilor, de împărtășire a problemelor întâlnite în cadrul procesului de management spitalicesc și mai important, a soluțiilor găsite. Participarea specialiștilor și a profesioniștilor din sănătate din alte țări europene în cadrul ROHO, mai ales a celor din zonele învecinate cu România, a asigurat o diseminare largă a unor proiecte și soluții specifice implementate de aceștia, care pot constitui un model și pentru țara noastră.”

Vlad Bontaș

Director, AGROCOV, Galați, +5500 ha
Fermier Invitat
Vreau în primul rând să vă mulțumesc pentru invitația acordată și să vă felicit pentru organizarea Forumului, una foarte bine structurată, atât în baza invitaților, cât și a subiectelor abordate. A fost o zi plină de acumulare de informații, sperăm noi folositoare, iar când ne-au permis pauzele am profitat pe partea de networking cunoscând alți colegi din țară și povestind unii altora cu ce ne lovim în fermele noastre și ce putem îmbunătăți.

Ene Gîrban

Manager, G, AGRO-IND COM, Buzău, +2000 ha
Guest Farmer

The RALF event, which succeeded in uniting large Romanian farmers, was a real success. There were very clear views and at the same time the guests had a remarkable presence. The whole event had a gala outfit.

Proiect: Openville

Timisoara, Romania


Openville este cel mai mare proiect de tip mixt din vestul României, aflat în plină dezvoltare în centrul Timişoarei, în proximitatea Iulius Mall. Acesta va fi principalul pol de business, retail şi entertainment din regiune şi va fi inaugurat în primăvara anului 2019, odată cu finalizarea primei etape. Openville va reprezenta o destinaţie cosmopolită de lifestyle, care va include: şapte clădiri de birouri, 450 de magazine, un parc de peste 55.000 mp, restaurante şi cafenele tematice, un nou concept de cinema, carusel pentru copii şi săli de evenimente. Valoarea investiţiei este de peste 220 de milioane de euro.

Presented by

Raluca Munteanu
Business Development Manager IULIUS
Speaker DEVO 2018
Raluca Munteanu
Business Development Manager IULIUS
Speaker DEVO 2018

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