Oxford, 15th of October 2017: Ion Țiriac, Romanian billionaire , Former Grand Slam Tennis Winner Talk+Q&A

22449841_1484894728230737_1681897078193270237_nThe Oxford Guild is delighted to welcome a very special, high profile and unique guest as its first speaker of the term, Ion Țiriac, billionaire founder of a sprawling business empire that has made him Romania’s richest person and the wealthiest professional tennis player ever, former Grand Slam Tennis champion and Top 10 ranked player, architect of Boris Becker’s rise to fame, coach for Nastase, Goran Ivanisevic and Guilermo Vilas and part of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, will be speaking in a specially organised event this Sunday 15th October from 12pm. The talk and Q&A session plus reception will take place in the Danson Room of Trinity College and will be in collaboration with the Oxford University Romanian Society.

This is a truly unique and unprecedented opportunity to hear from and ask questions of such a high profile and prestigious speaker with such a fascinating story from the tennis court to the boardroom who is specially visiting Oxford this Sunday to speak to you. DO NOT MISS OUT ON WHAT PROMISES TO BE A HIGHLY INTERESTING, INSIGHTFUL AND EXCITING TALK AND OCCASION where you can hear from and ask questions of the man the Washington Post called ‘Tennis’ Mystery Man’ who made unparalleled successful transition from professional sports to high-stakes business!

Ion Țiriac started out his career as an Olympic Level ice hockey player for then Communist Romania, before making the switch to professional tennis. He became a Top 10 ranked player and won the French Open doubles tournament in 1970 with former world no.1 Ilie Nastase, before becoming a coach for stars like Nastase, Goran Ivanisevic, Marat Safin, Dinara Safina and Guilermo Vilas; as an agent, he orchestrated Boris Becker’s rise to fame in the 1980s, joining the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2013. After ending his career as a professional tennis player, Mr. Țiriac continued his activity within the sports environment as a coach, promoter, manager, consultant and organiser of tennis tournaments. He is currently the owner of several major tennis tournaments, including the Madrid Mutua Open, one of the biggest sporting events every year. His outspoken opposition to equal women’s pay in tennis has created significant controversy in the past year. After 1989, upon retiring from sport, he build a sprawling business empire in post-communist Romania, including the country’s first private bank and its biggest insurance firm. Building on his sporting experience and contacts, he managed to become the richest Romanian in the world, with an estimated fortune of $1.5 billion that puts him in the global Forbes Top 1000 and he is the first Romanian to appear there. His business empire, Tiriac Holdings, is active in a huge range of areas from finance to real estate and car dealership.

According to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, “by definition, the word “character” can describe a person’s peculiarities and eccentricities, which in many aspects aptly summarizes Ion Ţiriac. The man known as ‘Count Dracula’ or the ‘Brasov Bulldozer’, played the part to perfection. From his bushy Fu Manchu mustache to a piercing stare, Ţiriac was an intriguing and unique “character” in tennis, melding a substantial career as a player, coach, and businessman. In early December 2014, Romania-Insider.com reported that Ţiriac had amassed a personal fortune of $2 billion, making him the richest former sportsman in the world, according to Celebrity NetWorth. Not bad for a doubles specialist who made a few million dollars on tour during the 1960s and 1970s, but whose style on and off the court led to celebrity appeal.”

The will be an opportunity for questions and if you would like to ballot for the chance to meet Mr Ţiriac and speak to him directly over drinks and take photos in a private reception please email: president@theoxfordguild.com ASAP.

Come on Sunday to learn about Ion Tiriac’s fascinating life journey, and hear his invaluable insights into sports and exciting and unique stories during the course of his career that meant he came to be the richest man tennis has ever spawned! THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL!

WHEN: 12pm, Sunday 15th October 2017
WHERE: Danson Room, Trinity College, Oxford
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE: https://tinyurl.com/TiriacOxfordTalk


The Brexit Alternatives and their Implications

downloadHosted by the European Institute and the Institute of Public Affairs

As the UK and the EU look ahead to their long-term relationship post-Brexit, what might the UK learn from the experiences of other European states that are outside the EU but have endeavoured to maintain close economic ties to it? What does life outside the EU offer? Is there a trade-off between market access and sovereignty? What are the implications for domestic politics and economics? This expert panel will probe beyond the rhetoric to outline the key issues.

This lecture is part of the LSE Programme on Brexit.

Joachim Blatter is Professor of Political Science at the University of Lucerne.

Erik O Eriksen is the Director of ARENA and Professor of Political Science, University of Oslo.

Sieglinde Gstöhl is Director of the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies, College of Europe (Belgium).

Kevin Featherstone is Head of the European Institute, LSE.

The LSE European Institute (@LSEEI) is a centre for research and graduate teaching on the processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe. In the most recent national Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) the Institute was ranked first for research in its sector.

The Institute of Public Affairs (@LSEPubAffairs) is one of the world’s leading centres of public policy. We aim to debate and address some of the major issues of our time, whether international or national, through our established teaching programmes, our research and our highly innovative public-engagement initiatives.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEBrexit

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries see LSE Events FAQ or contact us at events@lse.ac.uk or 0207 955 6043.

Source: LSE

London: The 3rd edition of the Elite Business Club takes place on October 21st

22489718_1504770572923432_7698400362522445817_nElite Business Women continues Elite Business Networking & Entrepreneurship Sessions with the 3rd edition of the Elite Business Club event, to be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017, between 10:00 and 14:00, in London, UK. The Waterside Imperial Wharf.

Founded by Bianca Tudor, ELITE Business Women is the first Romanian women entrepreneurship organization to create more than just a business community, a space that facilitates the sharing of business experience and growth by creating a network focused on performance and profitability.

Thus, the monthly business events, ELITE BUSINESS Club, come as a natural complement to the activities initiated by Elite, helping to initiate and increase connections within the community, and to increase the knowledge and abilities of the limbs and all those who participate.

During the event you will be able to:

  • Meet potential customers and business partners
  • Identify best practices in your industry and adjacent industries
  • Learn from the experience of others
  • Learn about opportunities and trends that are not published anywhere
  • Widen your horizon and open new doors to opportunities

ELITE Business Club is an event organized for:

  • entrepreneurs
  • Managers and representatives of small and medium enterprises
  • freelancers
  • authors and speakers

ELITE encourages diversity and promotes successful business models. Thus, ELITE BUSINESS Club invites both ladies and gentlemen!

In October in London, we will have with us:

ÖZLEM-IMIL-10171172_10152385069117754_1411712552_n-300x300Özlem Imil is a qualified High Performance & Leadership Coach, a DISC accredited professional, a personal development trainer and an NLP practitioner. She is passionate about helping people fulfill their potential, expand their leadership capacity and create a life they love. Described by her clients as ‘very easy to connect’, ‘inspirational’, ‘warm and intuitive’, ‘kind yet challenging’ Özlem builds strong rapport with them and is dedicated to bringing results to everyone she coaches and trains.

Lena-Kay-300x300Lena Kay – Transformation Consultant, International speaker and Trainer

Lena works with individuals, entrepreneurs and groups to maximize their potential and take their results to the next level turning their targets, goals and visions into a reality.


daniel-farmache-foto-300x300Daniel Farmache: works for Citigroup in London, managing mergers & acquisitions and capital market transactions for companies in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  He began his career in corporate banking in Romania, also at Citigroup. In 2016-2017, he was part of the Ciolos government, as the cabinet director of the Minister of Labor and councilor in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, on the economic portfolio.

Register here: http://elitewomen.org/elite-business-club/?lang=en

20% Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority reports featured victims from Romania

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Press Release, 04 October 2017

‘Spot the signs’

  • Crimestoppers partners with the GLAA to tackle slavery in the UK
  • 20% GLAA reports featured victims from Romania

Independent charity Crimestoppers is today partnering with the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) to help the UK public ‘Spot The Signs’ of slavery in a bid to tackle this growing issue.

Modern Day Slavery takes a variety of forms, many of which operate openly in public places. Whilst anyone can become a victim of this crime, it predominantly affects vulnerable people and immigrant populations with 20% of victims originating from Romania according to a study by the GLAA looking at intelligence reports from 01 January 2014 to 01 July 2016.

Industries affected by this issue include agriculture, car washes, construction, maritime, nail bars, restaurants and takeaways.

There are many common signs of slavery that victims of abuse share and it is these that Crimestoppers and the GLAA have come together to promote in a bid to highlight this issue and encourage people to report suspicions.

Signs to spot include:

  • Show signs of injury, abuse and malnourishment
  • Look unkempt, often in the same clothing and have poor hygiene
  • Be under the control and influence of others
  • Live in cramped, dirty, overcrowded accommodation
  • Have no access or control of their passport or identity documents
  • Appear scared, avoid eye contact, seem untrusting
  • Be collected very early and/or returned late at night on a regular basis
  • May have inappropriate clothing for the work they are performing, and/or a lack of safety equipment
  • May be isolated from the local community and their family

Crimestoppers’ statistics alone show a 126% increase in information received on slavery in the past six months compared to the previous six month period. It is this general rise in slavery figures nationwide which reflects why the GLAA has recently been granted a broader remit and stronger powers to tackle labour exploitation across the economy, introducing the capacity to search and seize evidence and investigate modern slavery where it relates to labour abuse and other offences.

Emily Van der Lely, Crimestoppers Lead on Slavery, said: “It’s so awful to hear that slavery is even an issue in this day and age, but we want to reassure victims that it is an issue that is taken extremely seriously, and make it clear to perpetrators that they will be found and prosecuted.

“By launching this campaign, we will educate the public as to the signs to spot and let them know that they can take action on this horrendous crime, without compromising their anonymity. They will never have to give a statement to police, or go to court. No-one will ever know where the information came from.”

Paul Broadbent, Chief Executive of the GLAA, said: “The public need to understand and be aware that modern slavery is happening right now, in and around the communities they live.

“Exploiting someone for their labour, forcing them to work, using people as commodities – these practices are abhorrent and we need the public’s help to stamp it out. Crimestoppers’ support will be invaluable in giving people the confidence to report their concerns.”

The campaign will predominantly spread messages using social media, particularly Facebook and Twitter. Crimestoppers is also partnering with local councils and other organisations to encourage them to promote the campaign through their social media channels, but also to display posters and leaflets which can be downloaded from the Crimestoppers website at crimestoppers-uk.org/modernslavery.

Crimestoppers is the independent charity that provides the 0800 555 111 telephone number and online form at crimestoppers-uk.org. We take information in around 200 languages and guarantee that those who contact us will remain 100% anonymous, they will never have to give a statement to the police or go to court.

Our extensive language translation service, whether it is our live telephone service or online information form translation, enables communities to contact us even when English is not their first language. The Crimestoppers’ website also has five foreign language microsites linked from its home page, including Romanian at crimestoppers-uk.org/ro/, with more extensive Crimestoppers information that explains our service, something that we are looking to expand further in the future.

If you have any information, please contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org, safe in the knowledge that you will never have to give a statement to the police or go to court.


  • Crimestoppers is an independent charity which helps the police to solve crimes, making communities safer. It does this by operating the 24/7 telephone number 0800 555 111 which people can ring to pass on information about crimes anonymously. They can also use our ‘giving information’ form via our website http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
  • Around 11 people are arrested and charged every day as a result of information given to Crimestoppers.
  • Since Crimestoppers began in 1988, it has received over 1.6 million pieces of actionable information, resulting in over 134,000 arrests and charges. Over £132 million worth of goods has been recovered and over £325 million worth of drugs has been seized.
  • In 2005, Crimestoppers launched the UK’s Most Wanted on its website which allows the public to view images of criminals and pass on vital information about their whereabouts. It has been highly successful with over 3,800 arrests to date.
  • Crimestoppers UK was founded by Lord Ashcroft, KCMG PC, Chairman of Trustees. In 1988, he launched Crimestoppers in the Metropolitan Police area. Crimestoppers’ ‘call to action’ is built on a three-way partnership between the business community, the police and the media.
  • The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) is the foremost investigative agency for labour exploitation in the UK. Its mission is to prevent, detect and investigate worker exploitation across the entire economy. Find out more at http://www.gla.gov.uk

Brexit: How might it affect Romanian businesses in the UK?

https-cdn.evbuc.comimages353900349934508151originalThe British Romanian Chamber of Commerce in London is pleased to invite Romanian SMEs and entrepreneurs to an event on the potential implications of Brexit for their businesses.

Bringing together two expert speakers, David Geary of the Federation of Small Businesses, and Dr Lusine Navasardyan of OTS Solicitors, the event will explore questions about the potential post-Brexit regulatory environment with particular reference to cross border trading and immigration/work permits.

The meeting will be followed by a reception sponsored by Halewood International, the UK’s leading distributor of Romanian wine.

About the speakers

David Geary, Federation of Small Businesses

David is Deputy Head of EU and International Affairs within the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), the UKs leading business organisation for small and micro businesses. Having led the organisation’s EU Referendum campaign, David has developed the small business response to Brexit curating four major research projects on trade, labour, funding and regulation. Leading FSB engagement at a European level, David ensures the voice of UK small businesses is heard across a diverse range of policies and audiences, including the European Commission, the European Parliament and key pan-European stakeholders. David represents FSB on EMOTA, the pan-European e-Commerce association.

A former political advisor to Irish President Michael D Higgins, David has led advocacy for a number of leading international organisations including Amnesty International USA and European Movement UK.

Dr Lusine Navasardyan, OTS Solicitors

Dr Navasardyan joined OTS Solicitors in 2015. With an extensive knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the challenges businesses face from their inception and throughout their existence, Lusine advises clients in respect of relocating their businesses to the UK, via the Tier I (Investor), Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), Tier 2 (General), Tier 2 (ICT) or Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa categories.

Working in the Corporate and Business Immigration Departments, her role is instrumental for businesses looking to widen their talent search pool. She advises in respect of all business immigration issues for both employers and employees including sponsor licence applications, the sponsor’s duties and obligations and general employment compliance issues for the businesses.

Lusine has been a member of the Bucharest Bar since 2005 and a registered European lawyer since 2015. She is fluent in Romanian, Russian, and Armenian.


Thu 12 October 2017, 18:30 – 20:30


Romanian Cultural Centre

Manchester Square, 18 Fitzhardinge Street, W1H 6EQ, London


28th of September: The Annual Salon of the UK-based Romanian Artists

https-cdn.evbuc.comimages348269281262828158671original     The third edition of our “Annual Salon of UK-based Romanian Artists” exhibition showcases the vibrancy and formal diversity of an ambitious creative medley: Alexandra Larion, Călina Lefter, Ana Maria Morar, Doina Moss and Adeline Timiş.

Alexandra Larion is a Romanian artist living in London. After having pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Plastic Arts at the Art and Design University of Cluj-Napoca, she did a Master’s at the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts. Alexandra is currently collaborating with the IAGA Contemporary Art Gallery from Cluj-Napoca. The artist exhibited her works in various international exhibitions such as “Just Beneath the Skin: Investigations and Revelations” (Poland, 2016), “Identities” (2016, Bucharest), Parallax Art Fair (London, 2017). Currently Alexandra is studying Graphics at the Westminster University in London.

Călina Lefter was born in the Republic of Moldova. She finished her studies in 2002, at the “Nicolae Grigorescu” University of Arts in Bucharest, and straight after her graduation, Călina became member of the Romanian Artists’ Union. The artist moved to Milan in 2008, exhibiting her pieces in different Italian galleries. Some of the highlights in her career are: “Expo Milano” (2015), “Affordable Art Fair” (2013), “After East” (2010). At present, she is living in London, where she is exhibiting at different galleries.

Ana Maria Morar graduated from the “Babeş-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca, where she studied communication and public relations. She later moved to the USA, where she got into the arts. Ana-Maria studied sculpture with Leonid Lerman at the “Art Students League” in New York, and is a candidate in the MFA sculpture programme at the NYSS (The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture), under a Jane Chace Carroll Scholarship. She was the recipient of a Marion R. Netter Merit Scholarship in 2015 and, since then, her works have won awards every year at The Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York.

Doina Moss is an alumna of both the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism (Bucharest), and Sotheby’s Institute of Art (London). In 1988, Doina Moss moved to Great Britain and became member of the “Royal Institute of British Architects”. The artist has participated in several group exhibitions, killing two birds with one stone – her passion for architecture and that for visual arts. Doina Moss was invited this summer to exhibit her works at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

Adeline Timiș studied traditional graphics at the Art and Design University of Cluj-Napoca, where she focused on engraving and drawing techniques. In September 2013, the artist moved to Luton (Great Britain), and went for a study programme at the University of Bedfordshire. Adeline Timiș displayed her works within the International Impressionist Paintings Exhibition from Vaserului Valley (Romania, 2013), within a group exhibition at the University of Bedfordshire (Great Britain, 2015), and Yellow Dots (Great Britain 2016).

LOCATION: Romanian Cultural Institute

1 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PH, United Kingdom


Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-annual-salon-of-the-uk-based-romanian-artists-tickets-37479619551

London: Wine tasting with a truly Romanian flavor


Romania has a proud history of wine making stretching back over 6000 years. And, with over 75,000 acres of fresh vineyard planted since 2007, it’s a country the wine experts have begun to get really excited about.

Join us to taste an outstanding selection of the very best the region has to offer. Hear Mihnea Vasilache, Founder of the award-winning Dagon Clan Wines talking, at 7pm, about the history of Romanian wine and his passion for wine-making. There will also be the opportunity to order wine on the night.  All proceeds from this evening will go towards building a ground-breaking Children and Family Centre at Adunatii Copaceni, in Romania.

Hospices of Hope have been pioneering health care for patients with life-limiting illnesses in Romania, Serbia and Moldova for the past 25 years. The property, donated in 2012 by the Florescu family, is currently being renovated to provide a 12 bed in-patient respite centre for children with rare and life-limiting illnesses. The estate includes a historic conac (manor) which has been sympathetically restored as a listed building and there will be an exhibition of the progress of these works and more information on the project at the event.