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Our Mission

Alianta empowers Romanian and American institutions and individuals through education, networking, and facilitating opportunities that benefit the citizens of both nations. In doing so Alianta will heighten and strengthen the image of Romania in the United States of America, especially amongst key U.S. opinion makers.

2019 Gala Sponsor Showcase

Sponsor Showcase

Gold Level ($10,000)
  • Oracle
  • Walbridge Corporation
  • Prof. Allan Cruse (ret.)
  • Highlander-Partner
  • Grampet
  • UiPath
  • Franklin Templeton
  • DFM Solutions
Silver Level ($5,000)
  • Amb. Mark Gitenstein (ret.)
  • DAW Benta Romania
  • Chang Oh-Turkmani
  • Hon. Consul Dan Dimancescu
  • Vulpoi & Toader Mgmt.
Small Business Sponsor ($2,500)
  • OLM Advisors, LLC
  • MD Diligence
  • ITS
  • Charles Frank / Eleanor Sebastian
  • Amb. Jim / Sheila Rosapepe
  • Liviu Tudor
  • CulinArt Srl
  • Repcom Srl
  • Concelex Construction
Host Committee Sponsor ($1,000)
  • Tiberius / Elena Vadan
  • Edward Ip
  • Eugene Vasilescu
  • Law Office Andrei Popovici
  • Romanian United Fund
  • Ro-Am Society Wash. State
  • Nicholas, John and Radu Florescu
  • Ratiu Family Foundation

We welcome you the Sixth Annual Alianta Gala!

Please review our full schedule for the Gala evening and following day Roundtable events at the Romanian Embassy on October 4 and other special events. 

Please register below to buy individual tickets ($250) for you and your guests, Host Committee Sponsorships ($1000) or Small Business Sponsorships ($2500).  For sponsorship levels larger than $2500, please contact Lauren Rakolta, Gala Chair, (313) 910-7757), or Executive Director Bill Avery at or Tel: 612-356-9948.

We appreciate your support and your involvement. 

Evening Program - October 3

6th Annual Alianta Gala

Time: 6:00 PM – 10.30 PM (and later)

Venue: The Conrad Hotel, Washington, D.C.


6.00-7.30 - Cocktail Reception - second floor ballroom lobby

7:30-9:30 Dinner Program – second floor ballroom

Featured Honorees and Special Guests

Award for Tech Innovation:

Accepting the Award is UiPATH Director of Sales, Eastern Europe, Razvan Atim

Award for Entrepreneurship:

Anastasia Soare, Founder/CEO Anastasia Beverly Hills

Special Musical Guest: Singer/Songwriter Paula Seling

9:30-10:30 Dessert and Networking

10:00-01:00 AM: Afterparty

Friday, October 4, 2019

2019 Alianta Gala Roundtables (9 AM – 5:00 PM)

Location: Romanian Embassy

Thanks to the Romanian Embassy leadership and staff for their generous support!

Please note that - due to space limitations - only Host Committee level sponsors ($1000) and above will have access to the security and business roundtables at the Romanian Embassy the following day, including the Tech Bridge event

[University Students who are sponsored by Allan Cruse will be exempted from this policy and welcome to attend all the roundtable sessions].

All Gala ticket holders are welcome to attend the Cultural and Community Roundtables starting 2 PM through the 5 PM cocktail hour.


8:15-9:00 Registration and Networking

Location: Romanian Embassy (capacity 120-select audience)

Security Roundtable - Date and Time: October 4, 9:00-10:15 am (followed by coffee break)

Welcome remarks by the George Maior, Ambassador of Romania to the United States

Theme: "Europe, Whole and Free; Perspectives on Romania 30 years since 1989."
Confirmed speakers: 

  • Moderator - Steve Blank, Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council
  • Panelist – Prof. Dennis Deletant, Georgetown University
  • Panelist – Damon Wilson, Vice President, Atlantic Council

Coffee Break 10:15-10:30


Location: Romanian Embassy (capacity 120-select audience)

Time: 10:30-1.30 pm (followed by lunch)

Theme: Tech-Bridge is a new initiative designed to bring together Romanian start-ups with proven capabilities together with US-based VC's, Angel Investors and Industry experts, in a supportive, constructive atmosphere to grow and scale these businesses with capital and Silicon Valley-style management know how.

Part one: Romanian entrepreneurs share their experience in scaling their market presence in the US

  • Moderator - Radu Georgescu, Bucharest Founder Gecad Ventures
  • Calin Vaduva - CEO and co-founder, Fortech
  • Razvan Atim- Head of Sales Eastern Europe, UiPAth
  • Florin Banateanu, Founder and CEO, FTapp

Part two: VC's and Accelerators and event ecosystems outline the biggest needs of Romanian start-ups and how the Tech-Bridge network can support.

  • Confirmed Speakers:  Iulian Calinov, Amazon
  • Mike Costache, TaaS Capital Partners
  • Ionut Georgescu, FWEI
  • George Rotariu - BTR Exchange

Part three: Defining Romania's Hi-Tech Brand: AI, Security or Niche?

  • Confirmed Speakers: Cristina Scheau - Director of Engineering in AI/machine learning Facebook
  • Valentin Bercovici – Founder, Pencildata Cyber Security firm;
  • George Roth, UIPath

General Attendees Lunch: 1:30-2:30

Special Working Lunch, 1:30-2:30

Community leaders, Hon. Consuls and Consuls General gather for special working session regarding the upcoming US 2020 census, designed to maximize Romanian-American Community Participation

Cultural & Community Roundtables: Time: 2.30-5:00 pm

  • Successful projects in the Romanian American Community in 2019
  • Financing Community Projects in America and Romania;
  • Projects and organizations looking for volunteers and involvement.

Conclusions and Networking (followed by refreshments)

For More Information

Sponsorship: Lauren Rakolta, Gala Chair, (313) 910-7757),

Tickets: Bill Avery, Executive Director, (612) 356-9948,

Cultural and Community Roundtable: Daniela Kammrath, (202) 505-0335;


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