Moldova Foundation

Annual Moldovan-American Convention in Washington, DC (Feb. 25, 2014)

Annual Moldovan-American Convention in Washington, DC (Feb. 25, 2014)

October 08
15:22 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 1:00PM – 6:00PM

Cosmos Club
2121 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

1.00pm – 1.30pm                   

Registration of Participants

1.30pm – 1.50pm                  

Inaugural Remarks and Key-Note Address

Inaugural Speakers and Special Guest Speakers introduced by Elena Dragalin, Chairperson, Moldova AID

H.E. Igor Munteanu, Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova to the USA

H.E. Igor Corman, Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova

1.50pm – 2.10pm      
Special Guest Speakers:

Elaine Marshall, Secretary of State, North Carolina

H.E. Asif Chaudhry, Former US Ambassador to Moldova

2.10pm – 3.10 pm
First Session: Post-Vilnius developments. Why does Moldova matter to the USA?

Moderator: Mark Meyer, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Moldova in New York

Ion Botnaru, Ambassador, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Former Permanent Representative of Moldova to the UN

Vadim Brinzan, Founder and Managing Partner, Logos Advisors, LLC

Michael Scanlan, Director, Office for Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, US Department of State

Vasile Bînzari, Pastor, Church in Tampa, FL, Chairman of the Association of Moldovan Churches in US and Canada

Lilian Gaibu, Entrepreneur, Chair of the Association of Moldovans in Chicago

Ray West, President, Moldova World Children’s Fund

Including Q & A: (20 min)

3.10pm – 3.30pm
Coffee break

3.30pm – 4.30pm

Second Session: How can the US-Moldova Partnership be Enhanced?

Moderator: Florin Pindic Blaj, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Moldova in North Carolina 

Veronica Bacalu, Banking Professional, former Vice Governor of the National Bank of Moldova

Betsy Hafner, Deputy Assistant USTR for Russia and Eurasia

Vlad Spânu, Chairman, Moldova Foundation

Felicia Belostecinic, student, Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service

Ceslav Ciobanu PhD, Professor of Economics, VSU Eminent Scholar, Former Ambassador of Moldova to the USA

John Oselsky, Senior Pastor at Grace Family Church, Sacramento, California

Including Q & A: (20 min)

4.30pm – 4.45pm
Messages to the Participants of the Moldovan-American Convention

Introduced by Vlad Lupan, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova to the UN

Karl Altau, Managing Director, Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc.

Bogdan Banu, Chairman, Association of Students and Young Professionals from Romania (ASTROM)

Nadia McConnell, Chairperson US-Ukraine Foundation

4.45pm – 5.00pm
Concluding remarks

5.00pm – 6.00pm                    



Association of Moldovans in Chicago

Embassy of the Republic of Moldova to the USA Honorary Consul of the Republic of Moldova in New York, Mark Meyer (Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C.)

Honorary Consul of the Republic of Moldova in North Carolina, Florin Pindic Blaj
Moldova Aid
Moldova Foundation                         

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The Moldovan-American Convention is a public platform for dialogue and communication, advocating for expanding the ties between the United States of America and the Republic of Moldova. The aim is to amplify the web of economic, cultural and political connections, and enhance political relevance and opportunity to assist Moldova’s path of transition towards the Western group of functional democracies. The Moldovan-American Convention welcomes and invites all communities of Moldovans living in the USA, individuals from business and academia recognized for excellence in their professional fields and affiliated with Moldova, groups and individuals of Moldovan descent, and American supporters of the Republic of Moldova, to join. The goal is to engage in providing assistance to the Republic of Moldova in its strive for full democracy and economic development. Participation to the Convention is open to individuals and groups sharing the above objectives.


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