Annual Galas – Alianta – Strengthening the Romanian American Alliance

Alianta Honorees 2014 to Date

  • Michael Carroll

    2014 Humanitarian Award - Michael Carroll, Award-winning photographer, founder Romanian Children’s Relief
  • Leslie Hawke, Maria Gheorghiu and Ethan Hawke

    2016 Humanitarian Award - Leslie Hawke and Maria Gheorghiu, cofounders of Asociatia OvidiuRo
  • Anastasia Soare

    Anastasia Soare, Founder and CEO, Anastasia Beverly Hills, will receive the Entrepreneurship Award

  • Radu Georgescu, founder of Gecad Group

    2015 Business Innovation Award: Radu Georgescu, Founder of Gecad Group
  • President George W. Bush

    2017 Public Service Award: George W. Bush
  • Safra Catz, Oracle Corporation

    2016 Tech Innovation Award - Safra Catz, Oracle Corporation
  • Ford Motor Company

    2018 Business Award - Ford Motor Company
  • Lt. General Frederick ‘Ben’ Hodges

    2017 Security Award - Ben Hodges
  • Norman Manea

    2018 Arts and Letters Award: Norman Manea
  • Robert Kaplan

    2015 Arts and Letters Award - Robert Kaplan, best-selling author and journalist
  • Dennis Deletant

    2017 Arts and Letters Award – Prof. Dennis Deletant, Georgetown University
  • Adrian Bejan

    2015 Award - Prof. Adrian Bejan, J.A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Duke University
  • Ileana Orlich

    2014 Award - Dr. Ileana Orlich, Director Romanian Studies, Arizona State University
  • Daniela Rusu

    2014 Tech Innovation Award - Dr. Daniela Rus, Director Artificial Intelligence, M.I.T.
  • Nicolae Ratiu

    2018 Public Service Award – Nicolae Ratiu/Ratiu Foundation
  • John Rakolta Jr.

    2016 Business Award: John Rakolta, Honorary Consul to Detroit, Chairman and CEO of Walbridge

2019 Alianta Gala and Summit

2019 Alianta Gala Honorees

Special Musical Guest


Paula Seling

2019 Sponsors

Sponsor Showcase

Platinum Level Sponsor ($25,000)
Anastasia Beverly Hills
Gold Level ($10,000)
  • Oracle
  • Walbridge Corporation
  • Concelex
  • 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.
  • Maramures County Council
Small Business Sponsor ($2,500)
  • OLM Advisors, LLC
  • Market Data Diligence
  • Katie and Alex Vasilescu
  • Charles Frank / Eleanor Sebastian
  • Amb. Jim / Sheila Rosapepe
  • Liviu Tudor
  • CulinArt Srl
  • Repcom Srl
  • Concelex Construction
  • FWEI
  • Aurachain
  • CyBourn
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

2019 Program

Evening Program - October 3

6th Annual Alianta Gala

Time: 6:00 PM – 10.00 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
  • 10:00-01:00 AM: Afterparty 

Friday, October 4, 2019

2019 Alianta Gala Roundtables 

Location: Romanian Embassy

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


  1. Security Roundtable 
  2. TechBridge Event
  3. Cultural & Community Roundtables
  4. Alianta Romanian-American Cultural Awards

Tech Bridge Agenda

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
VC's and Accelerators and event ecosystems outline the biggest needs of Romanian start-ups and how the Tech-Bridge network can support. · Moderator: Iulian Calinov, Facebook · Mike Costache, TaaS Capital Partners · Ionut Georgescu, FWEI · George Rotariu - BTR Exchange
Defining Romania's Hi-Tech Brand: AI, Security or Niche? · Moderatror: George Roth, UIPath · Cristina Scheau - Director of Engineering in AI/machine learning Facebook · Valentin Bercovici – Founder, Pencildata Cyber Security firm; · Daniela Florescu - Mathematician, Computer Scientist, Entrepreneur in Database Architecture

Gala Leadership

Gala Chair

Lauren Rakolta

Lauren is President and Chief Executive Officer of DFM Solutions. She also has extensive experience as a strategic consultant to political and legislative clients and has successfully served on numerous statewide and congressional campaigns for elected officials.

Honorary Chair

Eleanor Sebastian

Eleanor Sebastian was born in Bucharest and immigrated to Chile at age 15. She has a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Chile and has worked at the World Bank and various UN agencies in the US. In the early 90s she assisted in the founding of the Agency for Privatization in Romania and in 2006 she got the license and published TimeOut in Bucharest.