Friday, November 16, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM EST
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United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC 
2301 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037

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Bill Avery 
(612) 356 9948 

2018 ALIANTA Awards Gala Registration 

We are honored to have you beside us at our annual event.  We invite you to be part of an elegant evening celebrating achievements in the Romanian-American Community and strengthening the ties between Romania and the United States. Please review our full schedule of Roundtable events at the Romanian Embassy earlier in the day on November 16, along with special post-gala activities on Saturday, November 17.

Please register below to become a sponsor or to buy individual tickets for you and your guests.  We appreciate your support and your involvement. 

Friday, November 16, 2018
2018 Alianta Gala Roundtables - New in 2018!
Thanks to the Romanian Embassy leadership and staff for their generous support!

Security Roundtable - Date and Time: Nov 16, 2018, 9:00-10:30 am (followed by coffee break)
Theme: Romanian/East Europe Security and NATO
Partner: Center for European Policy and Analysis (CEPA)
Presenters: CEPA, Gov’t officials and other experts
Confirmed Speakers/Attendees: 
  • Brian Withmore, Senior Fellow and Director of the Russia Program, CEPA (Moderator)
  • US Ambassador to Romania, Hans Klemm
  • Romanian Ambassador to the US, George Maior
  • Steve Blank, Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council
Business Roundtable - Time: 11.00-1.00 pm (followed by lunch)
Theme: Start-ups, Investment and Trade – Romania business snapshot
Partners: Key gala partners, Romanian and American officials, business leaders, and partner orgs
Confirmed Speakers/Attendees:  

11:-00-12:30 Part One – The Romanian investment experience, and growing start-up community

Moderator: Chang Oh-Turkmani, Associate Prof. Georgetown and Managing Director, The Mega Company


  • Doing Business in Romania: Investors, Entrepreneurs and Trade
  • Start-up climate and the new breed of Romanian Entrepreneur


  • Confirmed – Jay Burgess, Dept. of Commerce (ret.)
  • Confirmed - George Roth, Director US operations, UiPath
  • Confirmed - Gursh Kundan – Platform Capital
  • Confirmed - Ionut Georgescu – Founder FEPRA and Entrepreneur
  • Confirmed – Eric Stewart, Director American-Romanian Business Council
  • Confirmed – Marius Dan, Franklin Templeton Romania

Part Two:


12.30-1:00 Special Topic  

Romanian Health Care and Pharma environment

Moderator: Wajiha Haris    Medical services & Pharma industry in Romania


  • Romanian Healthcare System in development
  • Romanian Private and Public medical services trends and opportunities
  • Pharma environment


  • State Sec Dan Dumitrescu
  • Dr. Andrei Baciu
  • Claudia Carravetta, Abbvie


Thank you to our partner, Romanian Embassy, for hosting us and for the hospitality.

Cultural Roundtable - Time: 2.00-4.30 pm (followed by refreshments)
Theme: Thriving Romanian culture, language and education in the USA
Presenters and Audience: Romanian Affinity groups


Introductions 2:00-2:20 PM

2:00 - Welcome remarks, Bill Avery, Executive Director Alianta;

 2:05 - Guest Speaker, Dorian Branea, Director ICR New York;

2:10-2.20 - Alianta's approach to Community Projects support/research. Daniela Kammrath, Community Projects Director. 

The Art of organizing a Romanian Film Festivals in U.S.A. (2:20- 3:10 pm)

Case studies: Romanian Film Festival in Seattle, WA; Romanian Film Festival in DC; Romanian Film Festival in San Francisco area.

 Panel: Otilia Baraboi  (ARCS, Seattle), Dorian Branea (ICR NY), Lucian Purcareanu (Romanian Embassy), Dana Beldiman & George Roth (SF).

 (includes Q&A 10 min.)

The know-how behind a Romanian Language Schools: Best Practices  (3:10 – 3:40 pm)

Case study: Romanian Language in High School, Seattle, WA; 

Presentation by: Ileana Marin (ARCS Seattle, WA) 

(includes Q&A 10 min.)

Volunteering and building communities. (3:40 pm- 4:10 pm)

Panel: Iulian Calinov (ARCS Seattle, WA), Daniel Murariu  MD (Pittsburg, PA).

(includes Q&A 10 min.)

Conclusions and Networking (4:10 pm- 4:30 pm).

Evening Program - November 16
5th Annual Alianta Gala
Time: 6:30 PM – 10.30 PM (and later)
6.30-7.30 - Cocktail Reception - Upper level
7:30-9:30 Dinner – Main level

Featured Honorees:
Public Service: Nicolae Ratiu, Director of the Ratiu Family Foundation
Business: Michael Sheridan, Vice President, International Government Affairs, Ford Motor Company
Cultural: Romanian-American Novelist Norman Manea

9:30-10:30 Dessert and Networking
10:00-01:00 AM: Afterparty at L2 Lounge

Saturday, November 17, 2018
Alianta Breakfast at Cafe Deluxe www.cafedeluxe.com
Located at 2201 M Street NW; Washington D.C. 20037
Hours 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Come to our reserved area at the Cafe Deluxe, and get your morning coffee!
Full-course Breakfast/Brunch offered for a fixed price of $25. Jut tell them you're with the Alianta Group.

-Blueberry Pancakes with Bacon and Eggs

-Bistro Scramble (French Toast) with Bacon and Eggs

-Eggs Benedict with Home Fries and Fresh Fruit

-Lox Bagel with Fresh Fruit

-Croque Madame (Texas Toast, Ham, Dijon Mustard, Sunny Side Up Egg) with Home Fries and Fresh Fruit

Academic Roundtable - Romania’s Centenary – Historical perspective and prospects
Sign-up here: mail Link https://conta.cc/2QJELlp
Time: 1.00 PM – 3.00 PM
Venue: Romanian Embassy
Georgetown University Professor Dennis Deletant - Visiting Ratiu Professor of Romanian Studies, leads a discussion as Romania marks 100 years as a modern nation-state. Open to all Gala Ticket holders.

Guided Tour of the Freer Gallery of Art by Sonia Coman, 
Sign up Here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1oFqD_9rq9nXxH4A3KyDQ_bkhYN_PbTCh1oa0PVrPZuc/edit

Time: 1:00 PM – 3.00 PM

Columbia Ph.D and Anne van Biema Fellow Sonia Coman will be offering two back-to-back guided tours of the Freer Gallery of Art, part of the Smithsonian.
Limit: Two groups of 20 Host Committee members and sponsors. 
For More Information
Sponsorship: Lauren Rakolta, Gala Chair, (313) 910-7757), lrakolta@dfm.solutions.com
Tickets: Bill Avery, Executive Director, (612) 356-9948, ba.alianta@gmail.com