PROGRAM of the 4th Moldovan-American Convention

Diaspora Civic Engagement

What should Diaspora do and how can it best contribute
to the communities and people here and back home?


Arrival of participants

5:00 – 8:00 pm   WELCOME HAPPY HOUR with networking & socializing 
                     MO Bar & Lounge, 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, FL



8:30 – 9:30 am     REGISTRATION

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts; Peacock Foundation Studio. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL


9:30–9:45 am       OFFICIAL OPENING: Welcome address on behalf of MAC4 Organizing Committee:

§  Sergiu GHERMAN, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Moldova in Florida, Miami, FL

§  Viorica STEINMAN, Marketing & Operations Manager, CVS Pharmacy, Boca Raton, FL


9:45 -12:30pm      THEMATIC DISCUSSIONS. PANEL 1:

Republic of Moldova current state of affairs – a reality check

Moderator: Ion BOTNARU, Ambassador, Former Director for UN General Assembly, New York, NY


§  Veaceslav IONITA, Public Finance Expert, IDIS Viitorul, Chisinau, Moldova

§  Sergiu TOFILAT, Chairperson, Community, Chisinau, Moldova

§  Valeriu PASHA, Community, Chisinau, Moldova

§  Sorin IONITA, President, Expert Forum, Bucharest, Romania

§  Stella JEMNA, Fulbright scholar, Project Manager at ATFC, Atlanta, GA

§  Violeta GASITOI, Attorney, Moldovan Community in California, San Francisco, CA 

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


12:30 - 1:30 pm   LUNCH (BRAVA Restaurant)


1:30 - 2:30 pm     THEMATIC DISCUSSIONS. PANEL 2: 

Moldovan Diaspora Evolution. What’s next?

Moderator: Victor LUTENCO, Public Policy and Migration Executive, Minneapolis, MN


§  Nata ALBOT, Director, Koolture Tricolore, Montreal, Canada

§  Oleg PLOPA,  Florida Manager, MoldCable, Miami, FL

§  Constantin CIORTAN, Co-Founder, Aqua Jet Razor, Miami, FL

§  Natalia GHILASCU, Editor-in-chief, Moldova Times, Los Angeles, CA

§  Pasha PARFENI, Vocile Curajului, Chisinau, Moldova

Q&A session facilitated by Irina VAN PATTENFreelance writer, Seattle, WA


2:30 - 3:30 pm      THEMATIC DISCUSSIONS. PANEL 3:

The Power of Diaspora’s Social Projects   

Moderators: Irina BASARABEANU, Love is Kind, Boston, MA 
              Tatiana SIDOROVA TORREALBA, UNICEF, Mrs. Florida 2017, Windermere, FL


§  Camelia CRACIUN, Project: "Promoting Female Entrepreneurship in Moldova through the Integration of Markets", Boca Raton, FL

§  Corina DOBINDA, Project: "Building Bridges to Provide Support Back Home/Diaspora App", Miami, FL

§  Cristian ZARA, Project: "MentorMe", Madison, WI

§  Marta IACOB, Project: "Touching A Life", Chicago, IL (remote presentation)

§  Veaceslav CRETU, Project: "DigiKidz", Atlanta, GA  (remote presentation)

§  Natalia BORTA, Project: "Women Negotiation Academy", Malibu, CA

§  Natalia GHILASCU, Project: "Gallop Moldova", Los Angeles, CA

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



Express your opinion, share the experience, make a suggestion, and propose an idea

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

Moderator: Veronica PANOV, Immigration Lawyer, Miami, FL


5:00-5:30 pm        OFFICIAL CLOSING of the Fourth Moldovan-American Convention

                               (Next MAC – why and where? MAC as the instrument of auto organization for diaspora in North America.)

 §  Elena DRAGALIN, Founder and Chairperson of Moldova AID, Philadelphia, PA

 §  Evghenia BERZAN, Real Estate Consultant, Events Organizer, Cranford, NJ


7:00 - 9:30 pm      CLOSING DINNER and CONCERT OF PASHA PARFENI (Moldova)

  La Vendetta Restaurant. 1909 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, FL, 33020



Departure of participants