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Fri, Dec 15


Online Conference

Fifth Annual Conference of Romanian American Professionals

Building Bridges for Societal Resilience -The annual gathering highlights and honors Romanian Americans’ contribution to American society. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the service, courage, and dedication of those committed to building transatlantic and local diaspora community .

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Fifth Annual Conference of Romanian American Professionals
Fifth Annual Conference of Romanian American Professionals

Time & Location

Dec 15, 2023, 2:00 PM – Dec 16, 2023, 3:00 PM

Online Conference

About the event

We cordially invite you to join us in celebrating the service, courage, and dedication of those committed to building transatlantic and local diaspora community bridges. Our annual gathering highlights and honors the contributions of remarkable Romanian Americans to American society. The event will feature outstanding diaspora public figures from each field, their peers in Romania and Moldova, and we will take this opportunity to showcase selected projects of excellence that address the evolving needs of our diaspora.

Our communities of practice affirm our shared cultural identity and the values we bring to our host nation. By nurturing a social capital of trust mobilized in assisting those in need, especially in situations of crisis such as pandemics and refugee crises, we are building a national diaspora community that is increasingly effective in implementing targeted interventions and finding efficient solutions to challenges at home and abroad.

As in previous years, we will take stock of developments within our academic and professional councils, including Arts and Culture, Medicine and Public Health, Legal Counseling, Development and Public Policy, STEM and IT, Community Civic Engagement, and Social Entrepreneurship.

Thank you for considering our invitation. We look forward to your participation!

2023 Featured Speakers:

  • H.E. Andrei Muraru, Ambassador of Romania to the United States, Washington, DC;
  • H.E. Viorel Ursu, Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova to the United States, Washington, DC;
  • Sandra Pralong, Ph.D., State Advisor and Member of the Cabinet of the President of Romania, responsible for relations with Romanians abroad;
  • Valentin Vătăjelu, State Counsellor in the Prime Minister’s Chancellery, National Coordinator for Romania’s accession to the US Visa Waiver Program
  • Dorian Branea, Director of Romanian Cultural Institute;
  • Dennis Deletant OBE, Emeritus Professor, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, Formerly the Visiting Ion Rațiu Professor of Romanian Studies, Georgetown University;
  • Ambassador Jim Rosapepe (ret.), Alianta President, Maryland State Senator and board member of the Council of American Ambassadors;
  • Stefania Magidson, President Blue Heron Foundation;
  • Honorary Consul of Romania to Connecticut, Immigration Attorney Dana R. Bucin at Murtha Cullina LLP;
  • Erica Lutes, Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission for Educational Exchange, the Fulbright Schuman Program;
  • Jackson Howard, Regional Coordinator EURAXESS North America (Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions and the European Research Council);
  • Liliana Pinete, MD, MPH public health executive, Chief Operating Officer for the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey;
  • Raluca Negulescu-Balaci, Executive Director of UiPath Foundation;
  • Dr. Mihai Adrian Dobra, Assistant Professor of Urology, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest;
  • Vero Nica, Co-founder & President of VAR Cultural, Bucharest;
  • Mioara Larion, PhD Principal Investigator, Head of the Cancer Metabolism Research Program at the Neuro-Oncology Branch (NOB) of the NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE'S Center for Cancer Research;
  • In Memoriam Prof. Dr. Mircea Fotino, Boulder Lab for high voltage electron microscopy, Univ. of Colorado;
  • Dr. Marius Stan, Senior Scientist and Leader of Intelligent Materials Design in the Applied Materials Division at Argonne National Laboratory; Senior Fellow, University of Chicago and Northwestern University;
  • Razvan E. Miutescu, Partner Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP, Intellectual Property & Technology  DC Cyber Task Force;
  • Mirela Panaitisor, secretary of The Federation of Romanian American Organizations (FORA);
  • Mihai Lehene, President of Romanian United Fund (RUF);
  • Eugenia Popa and Dana Voller, The Heritage Organization of Romanians in Minnesota, St. Paul's, MN;
  • Ionel Dragos Hau, President of the Romanul Corp. of CT;
  • Roxana Cazan, PhD. Executive Director ARCHER, Senior Lecturer, University of Oklahoma;
  • Adela Sinclair and Cristina A. Bejan, “Bucharest Inside the Beltway,” (BiB) – Colorado & New York;
  • Simona Sirghie and Sebastian Doreanu, Mircea Eliade Cultural Association, Colorado;
  • Domnica Rădulescu, Distinguished Service Professor of Comparative Literature, Washington & Lee Univ.
  • Claudia Serea, founding editor of NationalTranslation Month, NY
  • Dr. Lucia Cherciu, Professor, Department of English, Dutchess Community College, NY.

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