City under Microscope Bucharest

– Speakers

Gheorghe Patrascu, Chief Architect, City of Bucharest

Gheorghe Patrascu graduated from the Institute of Architecture and studied urbanism at the University of Paris VI. After working as a project manager of many national and international design projects, he became a counsellor at the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Tourism. He also worked as an expert within the European Council Construction Committee, and was the Romanian representative at the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers for Spatial/Regional Planning. He was also a lecturer at the Institute of Architecture Ion Mincu and the National Institute of Administration and is an active member of several organisations in the architecture and urban planning fields in Romania.

Cosmin Gheorghiu, Executive Director, Public Utilities Department, City of Bucharest

Cosmin Gheorghiu graduated from the Technical University of Civil Engineering in Bucharest. He previously worked as an engineer, Head of Division, Chief Engineer and Director of Bucharest Public Transport Operator (RATB). Today, his main responsibilities at the City of Bucharest are to analyse the strategy for the rehabilitation, modernisation and development of Bucharest public services; to coordinate the implementation of the public lighting service, infrastructure works and the energy supply services.

Valentin Littera, Head of the Lighting Department, City of Bucharest

Valentin Littera graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, Faculty of Electro-Technic, in 2000. He worked at RATB (Bucharest Public Transport Operator) in the sector of electric bus service for 5 years and became the Executive Chief of Technological Equipment and Runway Construction Office, coordinating the activity of more than 300 drivers and mechanics. In 2011, he joined the City of Bucharest as the Head of the Lighting Department, coordinating the activity of one of the most important public services in Bucharest.

Magdalena Iuga, Deputy Executive Director, Public Utilities Department, City of Bucharest

Magdalena Iuga studied metal engineering and has a Master’s degree in Public Services from the National School of Political Science and Public Administration. She is also a European funds and public procurement expert. She represents the City of Bucharest within the Romanian Sanitation Association. Among other responsibilities, she coordinates public lighting activities specifically related to monitoring performance parameters.

Ema Stoica, Head of Cultural Projects Service, CreArt – the municipal centre for creation, art and tradition

Ema Stoica graduated from the National School of Political Science and Public Administration. She has a Master’s degree in Public Sector Management from the National School of Political and Administrative Studies.

Since 2007, she has initiated and coordinated projects and cultural programmes of local, regional, national and international interest and has contributed to the development of cultural, educational and social partnerships.

Stefan Voloaca, Creative Director Spotlight, Bucharest International Light Festival

After studying Philosophy at the University of Bucharest and Paris, Stefan Voloaca joined the nascent Romanian advertising industry. Since then his professional competences have increased with a strong emphasis on Creative Event Production.

Alexandru Ion, Manager – Design Department, LUXTEN Lighting Co.

Alexandru Ion is an architect and designer. He graduated from the Bucharest Architecture Faculty in 1974, and the Decorative Arts & Design Faculty in 1977. He started working with Luxten Lighting Company SA in 1993 and coordinated the design of street, architectural and festive lighting projects in Romanian cities like Bucharest, Oradea, Timisoara, Drobeta, Constanta and Iasi. He has worked on some of the most important projects in Bucharest such as the Arch of Triumph, the Royal Palace, the Justice Palace, the Airman Statue, Stavropoleos Church and Christmas Festive lighting.

Alina Rizescu, Designer and Architect, RIZI Design

Alina Rizescu studied architecture and has a varied experience in the design media, through architecture and urban planning in Bilbao and Barcelona, to founding her own design studio in Bucharest. Her areas of interest are user experience design, Smart Cities, sustainable development and a mix of art and technology.


Mihai Savin, Executive Director, APA NOVA

Mihai Savin has worked within Apa Nova Bucuresti for 21 years and is currently the Executive Director of the organisation. His main responsibility is to manage the Operational Performance Department. In 1991 he graduated from the University of Technology of Constructions Machines and also holds an Executive Master of Business Administration. Since 2014 he manages the rehabilitation and modernisation of fountains in Bucharest.


Florin Marius Legea, Deputy Executive Director, Planning and Project Preparation Department, City of Bucharest

Florin Marius Legea is an economist. He works within the Transport, Roads and Circulation Planning Department of the city. He is responsible for the elaboration of documents for infrastructure and transport projects – including technical approval, feasibility studies, acquisition, and evaluation of technical parameters. He also participates in elaborating the financial forecast of the Department, as well as preparing the Decisions of the General Municipal Council. Florin is certified as an expert of public acquisitions and European funds and has an extensive experience in environment, safety management systems, health at work and quality management.


Radu Stanescu, Director of Major Infrastructure Division, LUXTEN Lighting Co

Radu Stanescu has over 10 years of experience in the IT security industry, focused on network and web application penetration testing and training services. He worked as an IT Security Consultant for several large companies from the public sector and among his certifications you can find ISO27001, OSCP, CEH, ECSA, LPT, CEI, Security+, ISS, CCNA, CCAI and APT. Radu makes speaking appearances and gives seminars at security events such as HackerHalted, DefCamp CyberGov Security, NATO and Hacktivity.


Leena Tähkämö, Research Scientist, Lighting Unit, Aalto University

Leena Tähkämö received her double doctoral degree from Aalto University (Finland), and Toulouse III University (France) in 2013. Her research topic focuses on total sustainability of light sources and lighting systems, including environmental and economic analyses, as well as social impacts.


Jorge Muñoz Estrada, Senior Specialist in Public Lighting, City of Malaga

Jorge Muñoz is an electrical engineer and holds an MBA. He has been working as a Senior Specialist in Public Lighting for the City of Malaga (Spain) since 2007. Previously, he worked as a researcher and assistant professor at the University of Malaga. He participated in the EU Task Force on Solid State Lighting for Cities. In the past few years, he has been in charge of several LED lighting projects in Malaga. The team he was leading won the 2nd Prize in the Auroralia 2014 Award competition with the Soho Malaga lighting facility.