Under the auspices of
Ministry of Transport, Constructions and Tourism

Gold Partners


Backed by




Jonathan Scheele, Head of Delegation of the European Commission in Romania

Mr. Jonathan Scheele was born on 7 November, 1948. He gained an M.A. in Mechanical Sciences and Economics at Trinity Hall, Cambridge before becoming a Unilever Management Trainee. In 1970 and later worked at BLMC, Longbridge, Birmingham . He joined the European Commission in Brussels in 1974. From 1975 to 1982 he held positions as Administrator at the European Commission Textiles Division and later in the Mediterranean Division of the Commission. From 1982 to 1988 he was First Secretary and later Counsellor to the Permanent Delegation of the EC in Geneva with responsibility for trade matters, especially GATT and later Geneva international organisations generally. From 1988 to 1992 he was Principal Administrator and later Head of Services Section, Directorate General for External Relations at the European Commission and Community Negotiator in the Uruguay Round on Trade in Services. From 1993 to 1999, as Head of Division International Transport Relations, Mr. Jonathan Scheele had responsibility for international questions on transport, particularly enlargement issues, including all transport policy aspects, infrastructure development in third countries, and PHARE projects. From 1999 to 2002, he was Head of Division Southeast Asia and from 2000 to 2001 Acting Director Asia (except Japan and Korea ). Mr. Scheele has been in Romania since October 2001.

Claudiu Dumitrescu, General Manager For Rail Transport and Infrastructure - The Ministry of Transports, Construction and Tourism




Adriaan Johannes Toet, Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies - (CER) AISBL (Adviser Central and Eastern Europe )

Ad Toet started his career as logistics expert working for the United Nations in 1979. Since 1991 he has been working on rail development projects mostly in the new EU Member States. Since 1995 he has been responsible for the activities of Netherlands Railways on management consulting and business development in the new EU Member States. From 2003 he has been working for the Community of European railway infrastructure and operating companies (CER) in Brussels for giving special support to the railways in Central and Eastern Europe.

Miroslaw Kanclerz, – UIC (Manager CEE )

1994 - Master of Science - Technical University of Warsaw , Transport Faculty; January 2002 - Now - Chief Expert - PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A., Head Office, Product Development and Sales Office. Main activities and responsibilities : preparing directional guidelines for system of services (provided for company's clients) within the frame of executed processes, representing company in the following organisations and projects: UIC: member of Support Group, Market & Development sector; European Infrastructure Charging Information System (EICIS) project, member of working group which developed the system (versions I, II and III.1), data manager; EURAILINFRA project, regional coordinator; COMCONIA project, providing data (concerning Polish railway sector) requested by the project; RNE: Network Statement working group, member of the group which works on harmonisation of structure and content of different Network Statements; OSJD: Commission I, participation in development of passports for transport corridors; CENTROPA: active participation in cooperation of infrastructure managers from Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia; active participation in cooperation with Byelorussian, Ukrainian, Russian and other OSJD railways monitoring execution of tasks resulting from national and European legislation; cooperation with strategic clients and local authorities on new products and services; 2000 – 2002 - Sales Coordinator - Eden Springs Poland Sp. z o.o; 1997 – 2000 - Sales and Technical Coordinator - Galposter S.C. – advertising agency; 1995 – 1996 - Installation Manager - ElektroVakuum Sp. z o.o. - daughter company of ElektroVakuum Norway; 1994 – 1995 - Senior Specialist - Polish Radio in Toronto (Canada); 1991 – 1992 - Music Producer - Radio “ZET”

Mircea Arnautu - Romanian Rail Authority (AFER), Manager

Mircea Arnautu graduated the Faculty of Transports, the specialisation (section) Transport Technology and Railway Distance Control ; 01.04.2005 –present – Manager of Infrastructure Department within Romanian Railway Authority – AFER; 10.02.2003-01.04.2005 – Manager of licences within Romanian Railway Authority – AFER; 16.03.2000-10.02.2003 – Chief of Service I, SNTFM "CFR Marfa"-SA, Local Traffic Service; 01.07.1999-15.03.2000 – general inspector SC and synthesis, SNTFM “CFR Marfa”-SA, The Service for Safety of Running, Instruction; 01.10.1998-30.06.1999 – general inspector SC, SNTFM “CFR Marfa”-SA, The Service for Safety of Running, Instruction; 01.08.1998-30.09.1998 – general inspector SC, SNCFR- General Direction of Control and Safety of Running, Technical Service, Synthesis and Regulation; 15.12.1997-01.08.1998 – general inspector SC, SNCFR- General Inspectorate for Safety of Running, SC Service; 01.01.1996-15.12.1997 – Chief of station I, coordinator, Bucharest Grivita Railway station; 01.06.1995-01.01.1996 – assistant chief of station, Bucharest Grivita railway station, period in which he also was chief of Bucharest Baneasa station for two months; 15.01.1995-01.06.1995 – inspector of sector SC- Department of Traffic, CF Regional Bucharest, through reorganization; 15.12.1994-15.01.1995 – inspector of sector SC- Department of Movement, CF Regional Bucharest; 01.06.1993-15.12.1994 – assistant chief of station, Bucharest Triaj station; 15.03.1990-01.06.1993 – station engineer, Bucharest Triaj Station, CF Regional Bucharest, period in which he also was chief of Sabareni, Otopeni, Pasarea stations; 02.09.1988-15.03.1990 – station engineer, Lacu Sarat station, CF Regional Galati.

Constantin Axinia – CFR S.A. (General Manager) – Romanian railway infrastructure manager




Ray Chambers - Seneca (Chairman)

Mr. Chambers graduated magna cum laude from the University of Redlands in California and holds a Masters in Government from Rutgers University in New Jersey . Mr. Chambers has 43 years of experience advising American and international clients in the transportation area. He was a Chief of Staff in the U.S. House of Representatives, and served in government as a Deputy Assistant Secretary & finally Director of Congressional Relations for the US Department of Transportation. In 1974 he created government relations firm, now Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell-LLC. He is currently Chairman of CC&H and its management consulting subsidiary Seneca Group International. Seneca has been core advisor on Romanian Railway restructuring since 1997. Mr. Chambers currently serves as President of the National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association which is composed of over 150 companies in the railroad construction industry. He is Transportation Fellow of the Discovery Institute in Seattle , Washington .

Joachim Kroll, RailNetEurope - General Secretary

Masters Degree in Business Administration at the University of Goettingen / Germany in 1992; Since June 2004 Joachim Kroll has been Secretary General at RailNetEurope (RNE); 2002 - Project Leader FreeFloat at DB Netz in Frankfurt; 1998 - Head of Market Development at DB Netz in Frankfurt; 1997 - Consultant for Marketing and Strategy at DE-Consult in Berlin and Frankfurt; 1994 - Expert for Benchmarking at the Corporate Development of Deutsche Bahn AG in Berlin; 1993 - First Professional experiences at an advertising agency in Frankfurt


Sorin Gifei, Director – General - Inspectorate of Romanian Police, Transport Police Directorate

Studies: 2006 - Doctoral studies – ,,Alexandru Ioan Cuza ” Poli ce Academy , domain Public Order & National Safety; 2005 – 2006 - Master Course Ecologica University Bucuresti – The Law of Intelligence and Private Security; 1988-1993 - Police Academy „Alexandru Ioan Cuza”, law domain. Professional experience: 2006 - Participant to different conferences and working groups of RAILPOL and COLPOFER. Coordinator of the Regional Working Group ,,DACIA”, composed by Rail Police Forces and Rail Operators from Romania, Ungary, Austria, Bulgaria (within COLPOFER); 09.2005 - Director – General Inspectorate of Romanian Police, Transport Police Directorate; 2002 – 2005 - General Inspectorate of Romanian Police Specialist officer Organized Crime & Head of Project Reflex Romania (a British – Romanian Project dealing with trafficking in human beings and illegal migration); 2004 – 2005 - Director si Adviser of the Director of Logistics Directorate Kosovo Police; 2003 – 2005 - UN Civillian Police Officer UNMIK (United Nations Mission in Kosovo); 2003 - Head of Traffic Office and Insurances, Transport Police Kosovo; 2003 – 2004 - Chief of Transport Police Kosovo; 1998- 2002 - Deputy Chief Vaslui Municipal Police Department; 2001 - OSCE Mission in Kosovo and Montenegro; 2001 - Senior anti – fraud officer elections Gjilan – Kosovo; 2001 - Senior review and appeals officer Montenegro; 2001 - Manager OSCE - Counting and Results Center Pristina Kosovo; 2001 - Head Weapons and Ammunitions Bureau Kosovo Police; 2000 – 2001 - Head of Logistics Central Base Kosovo Police; 2000 - Head of Opeartions, liaison officer between UN and KFOR Mitrovica Region; 1999 – 2001 - UN Civillian Police Officer Kosovo ; 1999 – 2000 - Manager Crisis Situations Pristina Main Headquarters; 1999 - Police officer no. 1 Police Station Pristina; 1999 - Deputy Team Leader no. 1 Police Station Pristina; 1992 – 1997 - Head of Investigations Vaslui Municipal Police Department; 1990 – 1992 - Investigations officer Vaslui Municipal Police Department

Thierry Legrand, CEN - Programme Manager Transport and Packaging, Standards Development

Thierry Legrand graduated as a master in nautical sciences from the University College of Antwerp, Belgium in 1988. He has worked for PETROFINA for most of his career predominantly in the North Sea Transport and Offshore business. He then worked for two years in GGIS Brussels as Marine and Cargo handling expert before taking up his present position as Project Manager in the CEN Management Centre where he is responsible for the development of a series of standardization projects amongst others: Railway applications, Transport of dangerous goods, Cableways transport, Packaging, Intermodal and interoperable transport, Recreational craft and the Marine Equipment Directive. His main tasks as a Project Manager have been so far: the development of the joint CEN, CENELEC, ETSI standardization programme to support the directives on the interoperability of trans-European rail systems; to bring the work programme related to packaging and packaging waste and cableways transport to a successful conclusion.

Bernard von Wullerstorff, UNIFE - Manager of International Affairs

Bernard von Wullerstorff has been working for UNIFE as the International Affairs Manager for over 2,5 years. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Washington in Seattle , WA ( USA ). He is specifically responsible for matters related to the urban transport sector and is also the secretary of the UNIFE Innovation and Harmonisation Committee (I&H). Moreover, he is also responsible for the management of joint non-competitive research projects. He speaks fluent English, French, German, Italian and Dutch.


Helmut Schreiner, Director - Swietelsky Railway Constructions




Tim Gray, International Business Development Director - Railway Industry Association

Career started in rail industry as a trainee with pre-privatisation British Rail in 1983.  Early work involved development of measurement equipment and analysis techniques for the testing and commissioning of new rolling stock and investigation of service problems on existing vehicles.  At privatisation I was Technical Sales Manager for the (Serco) Railtest Serco).  Moved into account management with Interfleet Technology, an International Railway System Consultancy, managing services provided to Train Operators, Leasing Companies and Manufacturers.  Moved to Alstom as Engineering Manager for the West Coast Mainline fleet with responsibility for engineering standards and safety of the 12-year maintenance contract with Virgin Trains.  Re-joined Interfleet to establish a regional office in Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia and to undertake business development in the SE Asia region.  On return to UK headed Interfleet's strategic consultancy team providing advice in railway operation franchising and other commercial transactions.  Joined RIA in November 2005 with responsibility for all export related activities on behalf of the Association and it's members.

Alvaro Urech, INECO-TIFSA - Galileo Joint Undertaking representative

Alvaro Urech has a MsC degree in Physics by the University of Madrid . He worked for eight years in Space Systems Engineering at the Spanish Institute for Aerospace Technology as controller and system engineer of the Spanish national space programs, like Minisat01. Since 2001, he works at INECO-TIFSA, the largest engineering and consultancy company in Spain specialised in the transport sector. In his post as Project Manager in the Systems and Air Navigation Area, he has participated in a number of European research projects in the aviation sector and in the application of Satellite Navigation to safety of life transport applications, in particular to railway, where he was the coordinator of the GADEROS Galileo Pilot Project for Railway in FP5 and currently is the coordinator of the GRAIL Galileo FP6 project for the introduction of GNSS in the rail sector.

Luca Repetti, Ansaldo Segnalamento Ferroviario

Mr Repetti is the recipient of a Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Genoa, Italy. He firstly joined one of the major Italian private consulting engineering companies, for whom he worked in the field of Rail Transportation Safety on international projects like the new driverless metro system in Copenhagen, Denmark. For the same company he had then been consultant for 3 years to the Italian consortium supplier of the technological systems for the new Italian High Speed railway infrastructure, most notably of the innovative European ERTMS/ETCS train control system (ERTMS/ETCS is the European signalling system mandatory for the interoperable railways as defined in directives 96/48/EC and 2001/16/EC amended by 2004/50/EC). After a stint as independent Assessor for the railway technology department of a major international consultant company and Notified Body, Mr Repetti then joined Ansaldo Segnalamento Ferroviario, a company of the Ansaldo Signal group leader in the field of Railway Signalling, for whom he is following the European works on the innovative signalling systems. Mr Repetti is presently working on the evolution of the ERTMS/ETCS signalling system specifications, as Ansaldo Segnalamento Ferroviario member of the dedicated UNIFE group of experts ( UNISIG Supergroup) in the framework of the Change Control Management lead by the European Railway Agency (ERA).

Alexandru Noaptes – CFR Calatori (General Manager) – Romanian state-owned passenger operator

Mr. Alexandru Noapte s has been invested as Chairman & CEO of “ CFR Calatori ” , on March the 9 th 2005 . He graduated the Academy of Economic Studies from Bucharest , Economic Cybernetics and Planning Faculty in 1983. His economical background gave him the opportunity to work in different fields of activity: telecommunication, foreign trade, administration, in private and public companies, occupying managerial positions, since 1990. Being aware of the importance of integrating the national  Romanian  passenger railway operator into the European transport system, he leads “ CFR  Calatori” Company towards achieving higher standards of transport operation, thus attracting the Romanian and European clients to travel by train.

Bogdan Focsa - Siemens Romania - Head of Rolling Stock Unit

Bogdan Focsa was born on November 11 th 1967 in Bucharest . He graduated the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, the Faculty of Car Construction Technology, in 1992 and then the post-graduate course “The Law of International Trade” within the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest , 1993. Starting with 1993, he worked at Auto Rom SRL, General Mercedes-Benz Importer for Romania . In 1994 he was Sales Manager and then Manager of Central Unit Bucharest, having in his suborder the after-sales activity. From 1998 he worked as a Sales Manager for Automobiles Bavaria SRL, General Importer for BMW, Mini, Land Rover (until 2004), MG-Rover, MAN and contributed to the development of sales and leasing activities within the company. From 2005 he is the Manager of the Department Rolling Stock Transport Systems within Siemens SRL.

Diana Spinciu , Legislation and Development Director - BRM




Klaus Uhl, Chief Executive Officer - Vienna Consult

Klaus-Jürgen Uhl was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Vienna Consult in January 1998 after twelve years of consultancy work with Deutsche Eisenbahn-Consulting and five years as Head of International Freight Traffic Northern, Northwest and South Europe, Through-Traffic, Ferryboat and Shipping Management of Deutsche Bahn AG. As financial analyst, marketing and privatisation expert for railways, ports and road transport, he worked for the World Bank, European development agencies, and private companies in all five continents, in particular in South-East Asia and North/South America . Due to his Asian experience, he is particularly concerned with TQM, the establishment of international multi-modal chains of transport, and supply chains. Mr. Uhl studied Business and Economics at Brussels , Aberdeen and Mannheim University .

Liviu Bobar, General Director - CFR Marfa

Born on January 20th 1959, in Criscior, Hunedoara County. College : The Polytechnic Institute “Traian Vuia” – Timisoara, Faculty of Mechanics, graduated in 1984. Specializations – Refresher courses : “Management of Transition” – Carl Diusberg Gesselschaftev Koln, 1992; “Management of Organizations” – West University Timisoara, Economical Sciences College, 1999. Professional experience: Starting from 1984 – engineer at Astra Vagoane Arad, was promoted chief engineer, division manager up until the function of administrator. Since 2005General Director of SNTFM CFR Marfa SA

George Buruiana, ServTrans - General Manager

2002 - untill present SERVTRANS INVEST SA - G eneral Manager; 2001-2002 AFER - Counselor; 2000-2001 UIC Good Commission - Chief of the Working team regarding the "Intrenational good trains”; 1998 - 2001 SNCF CFR MARFA SA - General Manager; 1997 -1998 SNCFR (Commercial General Division) General Manager; 1979 - 1997 CFR Different managing posisions as: Railway station manager ans Railway Yard manager


Kurt Bauer, Railistics

After graduating from University of Innsbruck (A) and Aston Business School, Birmingham (UK) in the subject "International Economic and Business Studies" in 2000, Mr. Bauer has worked for Accenture, a global consultancy, in the areas of financial analysis, accounting and controlling, before specialising in transport. In 2003 he started his career with Railistics as a Senior Consultant and conducted in this role several international rail related projects in restructuring of State Railways in CEE countries, in benchmarking, business process reengineering, outsourcing and marketing. His main focus in consulting is on all aspects of processes optimisation and business administration at railways. In 2004 he was awarded an MSc in Transport at the Civil Engineering Department of Imperial College, London .


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