of the 2nd Moldovan-American Convention 

Chicago, Illinois, USA


FRIDAY, MAY 1st, 2015:

Arrival of participants/delegates

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
  • Dorin PARASCA, Founder and Principal of FLUX LLC, Chicago, IL
  • Elena CANT, Director, Vaccine Business Operations, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Chicago, IL 

12:00 pm         WORKING LUNCH with “Open Door” workshops: PROVIDING ASSISTANCE TO OUR DIASPORA

Moderator – Evghenia BERZAN, Co-founder of “Promovam Moldova @ New York”, Westfield, NJ
Workshops’ topics & presenters:

§  How to get legal assistance for immigrants:
     Andreea Dumitru, Esq., Andreea Dumitru & Associates, PC, New York, NY

§  How to register a Diaspora Association and apply for 501(C)(3) status:
Nicolae Carabut, Community of Moldovans from California, San Francisco, CA

§  How to choose a career path and apply for Colleges:
Romina Hendrzak & Natalia Tampiza, Chicago, IL

§  How to preserve our Cultural Heritage through kids education:
Alexandru Dragalin, Scoala noastra din Oakville, Toronto, Canada 

1:30 pm         Thematic Panel Discussion: EDUCATION & RESEARCH

Moderator – Igor Cialenco, Associate Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL


  • Maia SANDU, Minister of Education of Moldova, Chisinau, MD (remote presentation)
  • Vladimir DRAGALIN, PhD, VP, Scientific Fellow, Johnson&Johnson, Philadelphia, PA
  • Viorica MARIAN, PhD, Professor, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • Jeanne BATALOVA, PhD, Senior Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute, Washington DC
  • Mircea ENI, Architecture Designer, Harvard graduate, Chicago, IL 

3:00 pm           Plenary session: POWER OF CONSOLIDATED DIASPORA

Moderator – Elena DRAGALIN, Chairperson of Moldova AID, Philadelphia, PA


  • Arthur COVAS, Boca Raton, FL
  • Galina BARBASCUMPA, Promovam Moldova @ New York, New York, NY
  • Dorin CIUPAC, President of Moldova Canada Link, Toronto, Canada
  • Nata ALBOT, Founder of Koolture Tricolore, Montreal, Canada (remote presentation)


Mini-exhibition of Moldovan paintings “My Moldova” by NOROC Events & Promotions, Westfield, NJ
Castel Mimi - Moldovan wine presentation & tasting by Soroca Imports, Dayton, Oh
Champagne toast with Cricova sparkling and Rose de Purcari & Moldovan placinte


6:00 pm           CLOSING DINNER

3-course American dinner paired with Chateau Vartely wine
Musical program “Kaleidoscope of Diaspora”: Elena NEGRUTA (lyric mezzo-soprano)
Nicolae HAHEU (pan flute), Scott FRIERY (


SUNDAY, MAY 3rd, 2015:

9:00 - 1:00 pm       Chicago Sightseeing program for participants/delegates

Departure of participants/delegates