BRCC Awards Gala

Date:26/01/2023 6:00 pm
Location: JW Marriott Grand Hotel Bucharest

The British Romanian Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce the launch of the BRCC AWARDS GALA, recognising the champions of 2022 in business, NGO’s and Education.

The awards gala dinner will take place on the 26th of January at the Marriott Hotel, Bucharest where we will be celebrating those BRCC members who have truly excelled in 2022.

Stay tuned for the full details and criteria for submitting your nomination(s)  plus details of the prestigious gala dinner and evening that will provide the perfect setting for celebrating everyone’s success in 2022.

Join us in celebrating business success stories from every corner around the UK and Romania.

Booking information

Tickets can be purchased online (via the following links) or by issuing a fiscal invoice.

BRCC members – 400 RON (VAT included)

Non-members – 600 RON (VAT included)

Registration is available below or by sending an email to iulia.serbanescu@brcconline.eu




As we are only allowed to welcome a limited number of participants, reservations are allocated in the order in which they are received. Please be aware, that only registered participants can be admitted. So, please let us know if you can attend by registering below until the 15th of January. Limited availability, members are prioritized.

Bookings are non-refundable after 10th of January, but at the discretion of the organizer, you can change the name of the person(s) attending.


About the Categories:


1.           Entrepreneur of the year
2.           New Business Innovation (less than 2 years old)
3.           Excellence in SME Business (Less than 100 employees)
4.           Excellence in Business (More than 100 employees)
5.           Employee of the Year
6.           Community Impact Award (CSR)
7.           Sustainability and Environment Award
8.           Personality of the year (Business-Culture-Education-Humanitarian)
9.           NGO Initiative of the year
10.         UK/Romania initiative of the year

Submit your application by 15th of January


Why apply:

Applying to the BRCC Business Awards is the perfect opportunity to:

  • Have your achievements recognized through the year
  •  Boost your reputation and be considered a Champion in your field
  •  Increase your visibility in front of the British Business community and obtain recognition of your success
  • Benefit from media exposure and make your success story visible from other members of the community
  • Share the knowledge and expertise with other peers in your field
  • Get access to C-level executives

All the applicants will be mentioned on our social media and website and all the application forms will be seen by our jury of C-level representative.

The winners will enjoy extensive visibility through our PR and communications announcement through the event and after the awards ceremony.


Can all members apply?

  • The awards are open to BRCC members active in the UK and Romania, and we encourage businesses from all sectors to apply, regardless of their size or current resources.
  • New members joining in January 2023 will also be considered, pasted members won’t be considered
  • The initiative(s) put forward in the application must have taken place in Romania and/or in the UK to be considered applicable
  • Membership of BRCC is a mandatory to apply to different categories, applications are not limited to only one category if it fits company’s profile and current projects.


Can I apply to several categories?

Each initiative can only be entered for one award category If an organization wishes to apply for more than one category, they can do so if they submit different projects.

What happens after you submitted your application?

We will notify you once the application and/or project is submitted.

Afterwards, the applications will then be reviewed by our jury who will shortlist 3 companies per category depending on the importance and impact of the project.

The winners will be announced during a black-tie dinner and awards ceremony on 26th of January.


Information about judging criteria can be found HERE.

Submit your application HERE




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Jury for the BRCC Awards Gala


Catalina Rousseau – Majority Shareholder, President & CEO of BDR Associates Communication Group

Catalina Rousseau is the majority Shareholder and President & CEO of BDR Associates Communication Group, that she founded in November, 1995. Aa a reputed senior strategic communication consultant, Catalina is specialized in elaborating and developing communication strategies for private national and multinational companies, as well as for governmental institution in Romania and in the Republic of Moldova. She has extended experience in developing media strategies and media campaigns, as well as in creating communication strategies aiming at solving crisis situations and consolidating companies ‘ s reputation in the local market. Along the years she has received outstanding recognition for her professional achievements among which: Certificate of Merit from the US government for an USAID funded IEC campaign in the Republic of Moldova; elected four times in the top 100 business women of Romania by Capital magazine; recently nominated by the Forbes Romania magazine in top 50 most influencing personalities in communication; awarded the “Women who change Romania” trophy, by Piata financiara magazine, along with other reputed business women. Catalina is a standing member in International Juries for PR competition like: The European Excellence Awards, the US Stevie Awards/Women in Business , the Romania PR Awards competition, the Best PR Leader-2020 WCFA Regional Awards, other international competition of the kind. She was also elected twice, as a member of the Business Review Jury awarding recognition for outstanding  business performance, acting once as the president of the jury. In the past she was a Board member of the British Romanian Chamber of Commerce (BRCC) business association.


Mihai Marinescu – Business Transformation Director at EY Romania

Mihai is a director on BRCC’s board since 2019. His life journey took him to New York and London, where he spent 15 years working on major transformation initiatives in the investment banking industry before returning to Bucharest in 2018 to become EY Romania’s Business Transformation Director. Besides EY, Mihai is also involved in a local startup activating in the craft beer industry and is an associate teacher at FABIZ / Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, teaching Digital Transformation for the Masters programme.


Daniela Necefor – Managing Partner at TBS

Senior Human Resources Professional with over 20 years of experience in Executive Search and Recruitment, Career & Vocational Management and Personal Development Counseling, HR Strategy, Workshops Facilitator, Trainer, Points Of You Coach.

Managing Partner at Total Business Solutions – Executive Search and Recruitment and HR Services.

Member of Global Executive Search Network – covering over 60 countries worldwide


  • Human resources consultancy and strategy
  • Executive Search and Recruitment
  • Career management
  • Audit in the field of human resources and organizational consulting
  • Training and development strategy
  • Personnel evaluation: personality, leadership, professional integrity, motivation, evaluation center
  • Career strategy and counseling


Alina Popescu – Founding Partner at MPR

Private practice counsel specializing in EU and Competition Law, Technology, Mergers & Acquisitions and Arbitration. Co-founder and co-managing partner of leading independent law firm with offices in Bucharest and London.

Accolades: Lexology Client Choice Award Competition 2021 and 2020, finalist in the European Managing Partner of the Year category at The Lawyer European Awards 2021, Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, Best Lawyers International.

In particular Alina stands out in finding new opportunities in times of potential adversity; seeing the next levels of strategic importance and attracting talent to deliver on that. Here we have someone running ahead and taking the rest of the firm along. Great leadership instead of just keeping the boat afloat.

As a Co-head, Alina Popescu brings vast experience in corporate, commercial and M&A matters & in competition matters pertaining to M&A and commercial transactions and related arbitration.


Joseph Khoury – Partner at Cambridge School of Bucharest

Joseph is an engineer who worked for more than 20 years in the gas industry with multi-national companies, mainly in the MENA region and France.

He was involved in different corporate areas ranging from plants erection, projects and industrial management, business development, organization and restructuring, and companies’ management. With his partners, they acquired Cambridge School of Bucharest six year ago, and he has been involved since in its improvement and enlargement to make it one of the best British international schools in Bucharest. Joseph is married to Yara and father of three daughters.


Cosmin Georgescu – CEO of Cluster Power

Cosmin Georgescu, CEO of ClusterPower, is an energy expert and has 15 years of experience in management and 20 years of experience in the field of energy infrastructure and complex technological projects.

Responsible for all activities related to development, including due diligence on all new construction, finance and feasibility, consultant procurement and oversight, property management and construction supervision, sales and leasing management, and handover / delivery.
Kennesaw State US MBA
Certified Sotware Developer, Cisco Professional, Network Design Professional
Project Management Certification, Security Systems Professional
EPC for Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant
Design and permitting first Wind Farm for Electrica Romania 52 MW
EPC for First Photovoltaic in Romania 1MW
EPC for First Cogeneration Plant of Bucharest 2MW, Brasov 1MW and Vatra Dornei 3MW
EPC for Microsoft data center
EPC for Bosch data center
EPC with Siemens for Radet Constanta data center
EPC for main hub of Fan Courier facility including data center.


Madalina Racovitan – Head People Services at KPMG Romania

Mădălina is a Partner, Head People Services at KPMG Romania.

Mădălina has developed KPMG’s Global Mobility Services practice and further set-up the People Services function in Romania. The People Services practice now combines the teams of Global Mobility, Immigration Services, Payroll Outsourcing, Employment Law and Human Resources Advisory, who work together to help clients with many different issues related to the management of their human capital. She also coordinated the internal HR function of KPMG in Romania & Moldova where she implemented a series of forward thinking projects which aimed at improving the people experience at KPMG.

She is an active member of various workgroups, proposing a variety of suggestions and lobby actions for improving the fiscal, immigration and employment framework in Romania. She is also a frequent contributor to specialized publications and active speaker at conferences and events on Future of Work and HR, Reward, Employment and labor market matters.


Ciprian Sandu – Senior Public Affairs Manager of Provident Financial Romania

Ciprian is the Senior Public Affairs Manager of Provident Financial Romania and certified coach, member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. With more than 15 years experience in the governmental field, communication, public affairs and reputation management, Ciprian possess an in-depth knowledge of both domestic and European institutional architecture and decision-making process, ensuring proper stakeholder management by deploying integrated strategies of public affairs and communication.

Before joining Provident Financial Romania, Ciprian served in government bodies, public affairs consultancy and the Brewers of Romania association.  His educational background includes a bachelor degree in public administration and a master degree in European integration. Furthermore, he completed several courses in Coaching, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Process Communication Model, Strategy Execution, Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, European Affairs and Management.


Agnieszka Blas – Managing Director DHL Express Romania from July 2020

For 21 years professionally associated with DHL Express. For 8 years Operations Director for DHL Express Poland. Having wide experience in managing international logistics, operations and customs process. She considers as a success building a strong and committed International Team at DHL.

Mature manager, with extensive experience in building strategy in organization, team management, building partnerships and building employee engagement. At DHL Express, she is the facilitator and coach of the Certified International Manager development program. Strong supporter of programs DHL4HER and DHL4ALL.

Certified Mentor and Coach associated with Women in Leadership Foundation and Vital Voices in Poland. She graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics and the SWPS University in Warsaw.

Privately, she loves long and short journeys to various parts of the world, which she captures in photographs. She likes to spend free time reading a good book, as well as playing sports. Her hobbies are also decoration and interior design. She is a theater lover.


Nicolas Georghiades – COO and Director of the Alison Hayes Group

Nicolas Georghiades was born in Nicosia, Cyprus, in 1971. He has obtained a BA in Accounting and Financial Management from Essex University, as well an MSC in Internal Audit and Management from City Business School. He is the COO of the Alison Hayes Group, one of the leading UK companies designing and manufacturing clothes for Top UK Retailers. The company has also a significant presence in Romania, Moldova, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. During the pandemic the Group has evolved introducing medical and protective clothing and equipment to is portfolio.

Nicolas has served as Director and Vice Chairman of the British Romanian Chamber of Commerce, a Director in Cyta, Cyprus main telecommunication company as well as several companies in UK, Romania and Cyprus. He is also the current Chairman of Romania Cyprus bilateral Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Board of Omonia Nicosia Football Club.


Ionut Nache – General Director INAQ Consulting

Lead Auditor in more then 1000 first and second party since 1996;

Lead Auditor in more then 200 third party audits since 1998;

Trainer for quality management systems experts, internal auditors, second party and third party auditors since 2000;

IFS Management Partner in Romania and CEE since 2012;

GLOBAL G.A.P. Partner in Romania since 2013;

EuropeSpa Med & Wellness Partner in Romania since 2013;

Temos International Healthcare Accreditation Partner in Romania since 2014;