PROGRAM of the 5th Moldovan-American Convention

Diaspora, Engage!

Building social, economic and cultural bridges between Moldova and North America 


 

9:00 - 9:30am  REGISTRATION

 

9:30 - 9:45am   OFFICIAL OPENING: Welcome address on behalf of MAC5 Organizing Committee:

§  Elena DRAGALIN, Philadelphia, PA

 

§  Oleg CIUBOTARU, San Francisco, CA

§  Natalia Borta, Malibu, CA 

 

9:45 - 11:30am  THEMATIC DISCUSSION PANEL 1: Republic of Moldova current state of affairs – a reality check

Moderator: Natalia MORARI, Chisinau, Moldova

Presenters:

§  Sergiu TOFILAT, Chairperson, Community Watchdog.md, Chisinau, Moldova

§  Valeriu PASHA, Community Watchdog.md, Chisinau, Moldova

§  Stefan GLIGOR, Program Director, Center for Politics and Reform, Chisinau, Moldova

Q&A session facilitated by  Irina VANPATTEN, Freelance writer, Seattle, WA

 

11:45 -12:30pm  THEMATIC PRESENTATION: Diaspora's role in supporting independent media and civil society 

                             Presenter: Natalia MORARI, Chisinau, Moldova

 

12:30 - 1:30pm   LUNCH

 

1:30 - 2:30 pm   THEMATIC DISCUSSION PANEL 2: From Moldova to California and back: Building a better future together

Moderator: Oleg CIUBOTARU, San Francisco, CA

Participants:

§  Valeria VULPE, Google, San Francisco, CA

§  Anastasia MIRON, Entrepreneur, San Francisco, CA

§  Sergiu MATEI, Entrepreneur, San Francisco, CA

§  Alex PELIN, Entrepreneur, San Francisco, CA

Q&A session facilitated by  Irina VANPATTEN, Freelance writer, Seattle, WA

 

2:30 - 3:30pm   THEMATIC DISCUSSION PANEL 3: Blending Entrepreneurship and Social Responsibility    

Moderators: Natalia BORTA, Malibu, CA & Evghenia BERZAN, Cranford, NJ 

Presenters:

§  Corina DOBINDA, "Moldova Diaspora App", Miami, FL

§  Victoria MOROZOV, "The Moldova Project", Chisinau, Moldova 

Discussion Participants: 

§  Irina VANPATTEN, Author of the book "Welcome to America, Welcome Home!", Seattle, WA

§  Natalia GHILASCU, Editor-in-Chief, Moldova Times, Hora in America, Los Angeles, CA

§  Vasile GOLOGAN, Enterpreneur, Dream Toy Flowers, Miami, FL  

§  Nadia VAMES, Interior Designer, Linden, NJ

 

§  Mariana IRWIN, Fashion Designer & Founder of "Nooca" brand, Malibu, CA

§  Dmitriri GALILIUK (TBD), Business Expert LLC, Founder of MOLDMARKET, Pensacola, FL/Moldova

Q&A session facilitated by Anna PANOVICI, Journalist, Miami, FL  

 

3:45 - 4:00pm  MOLDOVAN ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD CEREMONY

                           Presenters: Evghenia BERZAN, Real Estate Professional, Cranford, NJ & Sandu SIRBU, "Papionul Calator", Sacramento, CA 

 

4:00 - 4:20pm  BUSINESS IDEA PRESENTATION: MOLDOVA THROUGH THE EYES OF HOLLYWOOD

 

                           Presenters: Ian Neil Irwin, Malibu, CA and David Larson, Malibu, CA (TBC)

4:20-5:00 pm   OPEN DISCUSSION & MAC5 RESOLUTION: Express your opinion, share the experience, propose an idea

                         To present at this session, sign up at the Convention registration (max 3 min for each signed presenter)

Moderator: Elena DRAGALIN, Founder and Chairperson of Moldova AID, Philadelphia, PA

 

6:30 - 9:30 pm  CLOSING DINNER and FASHION SHOW by IRINA MADAN (Moldova-USA)

                           Master of Ceremony: Sandu SARBU, Founder of "Papion Events", Sacramento, CA. RSVP is required. 3 course dinner - $65/person (cash/check) 

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

11am - 4 pm   PICNIC organized by Comunitatea Moldovenilor din California 
Paradise Beach Park | 3450 Paradise Dr, Belvedere-Tiburon, CA