American–Romanian Partnerships to be Honored at the 8th Annual Alianta Gala & Summit – Alianta – Strengthening the Romanian American Alliance

American–Romanian Partnerships to be Honored at the 8th

Annual Alianta Gala & Summit

WASHINGTON – Alianta, a national non-profit on a mission to strengthen the American–Romanian ties, is pleased to announce its eighth annual gala and summit taking place at The Willard Hotel in Washington Wednesday, Nov. 30 – Thursday, Dec. 1.

“With Putin’s war on Ukraine, the Strategy Partnership between the U.S. and Romania has never been more important for both our countries,” said Alianta Board Chair Ambassador Jim Rosapepe (Ret.).

Alianta continues its tradition of promoting achievements of individuals and organizations that strengthen the American–Romanian partnership by bringing together people who inspire positive change through their work and bolster the strong relationship between the two countries.

During the Nov. 30 gala, NuScale will be announced as the Business Innovation Awardee, while Dr. Adrian Krainer, recipient of the Wolf Prize in Medicine, will be awarded the Scientific Excellence Award. Alianta will posthumously honor U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski with the Humanitarian Award for her work to provide medical supplies and help impoverished children in Romania.

Alianta will mark the special anniversary of its Strategic Partnership honoring two of those who shepherded its launch in 1997 – Ambassador Mircea Geoană, NATO Deputy Secretary General, and Ambassador Alfred Moses (Ret.).

The event will resume the next day with summit roundtables on Black Sea regional security, food security, energy security and visa waiver, including a lunch conversation with Slovakian Ambassador Radovan Javorcik and Moldovan Ambassador Viorel Ursu.

Confirmed speakers are:

  • Col. Catalin Mihalache, Romanian Military Attaché
  • Charles Busick, Oshkosh Defense
  • Brandon Tseng, President of Shield AI
  • Gabriel Ciordas, Creatopy
  • Jeff Kamins, Integrated Trade Finance
  • Amb. Allan Mustard (Ret.)
  • Ben Todd, EBRD
  • Clayton Scott, NuScale Executive Vice President
  • Amb. Robert Cekuta (Ret.)
  • Dr. Robert F. Ichord, Jr., Atlantic Council
  • Radu Florescu, Romanian Friends of Alianta Board member
  • Cristian Gaginsky, Romanian Embassy DCM

Alianta is also partnering with OvidiuRo, a nonprofit providing access to early education in Romania, as its charitable partner during the events. In addition, Alianta will shine a special spotlight on the county of Dolj, Romania.

The 2022 Alianta Gala and Summit represent an opportunity for the American–Romanian community to strengthen ties, reciprocity and understanding, serving also as a great networking event.

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About Alianta – Alianta is the Washington, D.C.-based national organization of Americans, companies and other institutions working to strengthen the cultural, economic, and security ties between the United States and Romania. For more, visit