of the 1st Moldovan-American Convention

February 25, 2014, Powell Room - 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 US

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

  • Valeriu Ghilețchi – Chairperson of Moldova-US Parliamentary Friendship Group, Secretary of the Committee for Foreign Policy and European Integration
  • Michael Scanlan, Director, Office for Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, US Department of State
  • Vadim Brinzan, Founder and Managing Partner, Logos Advisors, LLC
  • Felicia Belostecinic, student, Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service
  • Petru Cioclea, Vice-President of the Association of Moldovan Churches in US and Canada
  • 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 Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Moldova
  • Ceslav Ciobanu PhD, Professor of Economics, VSU Eminent Scholar, Former Ambassador of Moldova to the USA
  • Betsy Hafner, Deputy Assistant USTR for Russia and Eurasia
  • Vlad Spânu, Chairman, Moldova Foundation
  • Lilia Burunciuc, Manager, Operations Policies and Country Services, World Bank; Former Deputy Governor of Moldova
  • Lilian Gaibu, Entrepreneur, Chair of the Association of Moldovans in Chicago

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 

On behalf of the Organizational Committee of the Moldovan – American Convention, 

Vlad Spânu, Lilian Gaibu, Elena Dragalin


5.00pm - 6.00pm                 Buffet


Co-sponsors:    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




7:00 – 10:00 pm    WELCOME DINNER

3-course dinner with a musical program by Moldovan singer Gheorghe Topa





9:30 am       OPENING SESSION 

  • Dorel NASUI, Honorary Consul of Moldova to Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Veaceslav PITUSCAN, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of Moldova to the USA
  • Ala BELEAVSCHI, Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova to Canada (remote address)
  • Gheorghe PREDESCU, General Consul of Romania in Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Florin PINDIC-BLAJ, Honorary Consul of Moldova to North Carolina, Hickory, NC
  • Marta FARION, President of Kyiv-Mohyla Foundation, Chicago, IL 

10:00 am      KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Republic of Moldova - Challenges and opportunities 

arising from recent geopolitical developments in the wider Black Sea area

  • Ion BOTNARU, Ambassador, Former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova, Director, UN General Assembly, New York, NY

10:30 am        Thematic Panel Discussion: BUSINESS & ECONOMY  

Moderator – Victor CULIUC, Managing Director, Healthios Investment Bank, Chicago, IL

  • Sergiu GHERMAN, Honorary Consul of Moldova to Florida, Miami, FL