“Valori de România” 2019 Gala by Biz chose its winners

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Romanian personalities that proved to be examples of excellence on an international level in business, culture, sport, science and innovation were celebrated on May 8th, at the fourth edition of the Romanian Values Gala (Valori de Romania). Among the celebrated winners of the night were Oana Pellea, Dumitru Prunariu and Horia Ciorcila.

The complete winners’ list, for their role as architects of the country’s brand during  2017 and 2018 – in sports, culture, innovation,  management, entrepreneurship and social life was:

  • Stere Gulea, director honored at the Gopo Gala this year with 9 trophies, among which the Big Award, for “Morometii 2”, the sequel for the 1987 movie.
  • Gabriela Adamesteanu, writer and publicist, that has been running “Revista 22” and the supplement “Bucurestiul Cultural” (Cultural Bucharest) for more than 13 years and published several novels, among which: “Drumul egal al fiecarei zile”, “Dimineata pierduta”, “Intalnirea” sau “Fontana di Trevi”.
  • Oana Pellea, that has been recognized twice as the best Romanian theater actress and won twice the UNITER award for the best actress, that received the award of the Romanian Cultural Foundation for the Remarkable International Career and has various international awards won.
  • Tiberiu Soare, the Bucharest National Opera conductor
  • Horia Ciorcila, President of the Board for Banca Transilvania, the biggest financial group in Romania with over 10.000 employees and over 2 million daily operations through the bank.
  • Daniel Dines, co-founder UiPath, the first unicorn from Romania, a company that received a new round of investment of USD 568 million.
  • Silvian Centiu, founder Transiris. Last year he was employed by the American State Department in order to create the image strategy for USA worldwide. He has been an entrepreneur since 2012 when he launched in Bucharest and California his first company that offers marketing services and technologies. Meanwhile he opened offices in  Canada, Austria, Spain and UK.
  • Silviu Popovici, since 2017 he is running PepsiCo’s operations in over 65 countries worldwide.
  • Madalin Mihailovici, CEO Veolia Romania. He took Apa Nova into a complex process of organizational transformation. For the registered results the company received the award “Best Business Transformation Project” at the edition of this year’s OPEX Week Business Transformation World, the industry’s event that takes place each year in Orlando, Florida.
  • Ingrid Cotoros. She started her studies at the Phisics Institute at Magurele and has a PhD in physics at the American University Berkeley. Between 2003 and 2013 she worked at a series of projects for the American army and now is working in US as VP Imaging and Audio Technology at GoPro, in Sillicon Valley.
  • Marcel Cobuz, Region Head Europe, LafargeHolcim. He run the company’s operations in six different countries among which Indonesia, Iraq and Morocco. He handled the pre-integration company process in the fusion process of the two world giants Lafarge and Holcim, the biggest transaction in the constructions global industry in this century.
  • Gianina-Elena Beleaga. Double world champion at rowing (2012-2013), she won in 2017 the gold metal at the World Championships in Plovdiv (Bulgaria). Also in 2017, alongside Ionela-Livia Lehaci she forme4d the youngest team at the Seniors’ World Championships at Sarasota-Bradenton (SUA), winning the gold medal for Romania.
  • Romania’s Invictus team. After being on the podium at Toronto in 2017 and Sydney in 2018, from which it returned with gold, silver and bronze medals. Next year the team’s members will take part for the third time at the Invictus Games that will take place in Hague, Holland, alongside sports men from  18 countries.
  • Bogdan Deac takes the first place in the chess players category under 18 years old. He was in 2016, at only 14 years old and 8 months the youngest chess master in the world and the youngest Romanian chess master of all times.
  • Dumitru Prunariu. The only Romanian cosmonaut until now, member of the Administration Council of the Romanian Spatial Agency and runs the Academy’s Astronautics Commission. He takes part actively in representing Romania at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and he was chosen the committee’s President during 2010-2012. Right now he is the Vice-President of the work group that elaborates the Space Agenda for 2030.
  • Cristian Bodnar, winner of the Nobel Junior Award in Computer Science in 2018.
  • Cleo Cabuz. Heathrow Airport in London, the Ermitaj museum in Sankt Petersburg or Burj Khalifa in Dubai are secured objectives against fires run by her. With a PhD at Politehnica in Bucharest and other in Japan, got involved also in creating laboratories dedicated to the developing of the Internet of Things technologies in many university centers in Romania.


We proposed ourselves to award each year the people that make us proud that we are Romanians and, on our joy, at each new edition we find new Romania’s values that shine at international level. Through the Values of Romania Gala we assumed the mission of promoting these personalities and to honor their activity as they deserve to,” said Marta Usurelu, Owner & Publisher, Revista Biz.

The design of the trophy was created by the artist Albert Sofian, and the creating of the trophies was done with the help of the plastic artist Ovidiu Toader.

The artistic moment was offered by Zoli Toth, the promoter of the unconventional percussion music in Romania, and the event’s host Alex Grecu.