Manuela PlăpcianuManaging Partner & Founder, Education for All & Artmark

Starting 2009 Manuela has essentially branded and set up an effective and professional domestic art market as CEO and shareholder of Artmark Group. Collector since 1985, Adviser and cowriter of the Romanian Art Market Index. In less than 7 years Artmark reached 80% market share, as well business complementarity and synergies through the 7 Artmark companies (Artmark Auction House, LavaCow, ArtSociety, Art Games, Artmark Institute of Art Management, Artmark Historical Estates)

Manuela, is also the founder of Education for All Foundation. A private initiative and a non profit organization aiming to offer to about 500 000 poor children from mainly rural areas, a learning platform complementing school curricula .

Over 15 years of experience within relevant international financial institutions. Board Member within Citibank, HVB Unicredit Tiriac, CEO of EFG Eurobank Romania (BancPost, EFG Insurance, EFG Mutual Funds, EFG Property, EFG Investment Banking etc ). Manuela has a relaxed relationship with limits and with impossible challenges. She was involved in green field projects, mergers & acquisitions, turnarounds, restructuring, winning hearts and minds of people and more.
With a degree in Power Plants, Manuela has also various certifications like: ABNAMRO Banking College, EMBA Asebuss (Washington University), Columbia University NY- Business Excellence and Coaching, INSEAD – Business Superiority etc

Forbes, top 50 most influential women in Romania, 2015; Tefaf Art Market nomination, 2014; Entrepreneur of the year, awarded by Business Review,2012; Top 100 Capital 2007 and 2008; Bucharest Business Week, Banker of the Year, 2008; Euro Money, The best managed bank in CEE, 2007; Saptamana Financiara, Bank of the year in 2007; Bucharest Business Week, Most admired business women, 2007 etc.