Business breakfast with Mr. Luca Niculescu, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The importance of Romania’s accession to the OECD for Romania-UK business relationship.

Date:24/05/2023 9:00 am
Location: The Marmorosch Bucharest

The British-Romanian Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce that it will be hosting a business breakfast on Romania’s accession to the OECD, on May 24, 2023. The event will take place at the Marmorosch Hotel in Bucharest, commencing at 08:30. The discussion will focus on the implications of Romania’s OECD membership for the bilateral relationship between Romania and the UK, as well as the potential benefits for the UK-RO business community. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with key business players in strategic steps for Romania’s growth.

The discussion will be moderated by BRCC’s Vice-Chairman, Mr. Dan Schwartz, and the confirmed panelists so far are:

  1. Luca Niculescu – Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affaires
  2. Sorin Sterie – Director, Ministry of Foreign Affaires
  3. Tanya Collingridge – Deputy Head of Mission at British Embassy in Bucharest



Luca NICULESCU – State Secretary, National Coordinator for Romania’s OECD accession process

Luca NICULESCU was appointed Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Coordinator for Romania’s OECD Accession Process in September 2022.

He was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to France, Andorra and Monaco between 2016-2022. In this capacity, he also represented Romania to other international organizations with headquarters in Paris, such as the OECD and the Francophonie International Organisation. Between 2019-2022, he was also President of the Francophone Ambassadors’ Group in France.

A former Romanian journalist and editor-in-chief of Radio France International Romania (since 2000 until 2016), Luca Niculescu has a wide-ranging professional experience, with a solid background in covering international affairs. He hosted and produced several TV shows in Romania, including “Foreign Affairs”, on Romanian Money Channel television, “Public Arena”, “Europe is watching us” and “Without Borders” on the Romanian National Television TVR 1, from 2007 to 2012. He also hosted two acclaimed TV shows “Impartial” and “Diplomatic Passport” on Digi24, one of the main news channels of Romania. At the same time, he acted as Romanian correspondent for numerous French media: France Info, France Culture, France Inter, TV5, Libération.

Luca Niculescu graduated from the Bucharest University of Journalism in 1995 and earned a Master’s degree in European Journalism from the Strasbourg University Center for Journalism Education in 1996. He was born on April 25, 1971, in Bucharest.

Sorin STERIE – Director/Chief of Staff Office of the State Secretary, National Coordinator for Romania’s OECD accession process

Sorin STERIE is a senior career diplomat (minister counsellor), appointed last year to manage the executive team of the National Coordinator for the OECD accession process.

Among his most important tasks at national level, he was the coordinator or the Romania’s Presidency of the Community of Democracies (2021-2022), charge d’affaires and deputy head of mission in Dublin (2020-2021), executive coordinator of Romania’s participation within the area of security issues of the Stability Pact for Southeast Europe (2001-2002), preparing also the inter-institutional coordination linked to NATO accession process, in particular regarding the non-proliferation aspects, export control of arms and dual-use items, as well as regional cooperation among the NATO candidate countries.

But more than half of his diplomatic career (2002-2014), he worked as an international diplomat, coordinating from Brussels initiatives to support NATO and EU candidate countries and being promoted from expert and counsellor to director and head of department. He was also head of mission for two important regional offices – on fighting corruption and on combating organized crime.

Tanya Collingridge – Deputy Head of Mission at British Embassy in Bucharest

Tanya Collingridge is a career diplomat, whose career has taken her on postings to Warsaw, Vienna, Lagos, Tel Aviv, Bucharest, Brussels and Paris.

Much of her career has been spent in multilateral and security policy work, including a year at the OSCE working on conventional armed forces and five years at the UK Delegation to NATO, where she worked on NATO operations, covering the Balkans, Afghanistan and Operation Active Endeavour.

Following a change in direction, Tanya served for three years as the Honours Secretary, before being posted to Paris, where she spent four years as Counsellor at the UK Delegation to the OECD. Following her return to London, Tanya headed up a team dealing with cyber security policy in the FCO, before moving back to Bucharest to take up her role as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy.



  • 08:30-09:00- Registration
  • 09:00-10:00- Panel presentations and discussions
  • 10:00-11:00- Networking


Kindly RSVP at iulia.serbanescu@brcconline.eu in case you are interested to attend

Please note that the number of participants is limited and you can attend by invitation only!