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Mihai Adrian Albulescu
Hon. Mihai Adrian Albulescu
Ministry of Energy

Mr. Albulescu has been Secretary of State at the Ministry of Energy since 2013. He coordinates mainly the implementation of government programs in the fields Energy policy. He also represents the interests of the Romanian Government with the World Bank, the IMF and the European Commission on Energy Strategy for Romania Secretary Albuelscu is a key member of the privatization committees of Nuclearelectrica, Transgaz and Romgaz, three of the giants of the energy industry in his country.

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Mircea Jorj
Hon. Mircea Jorj
Ministry of Transportation

Since 2014 Mr. Mircea is the General Secretary within the Ministry of Transportation. Prior to his current position, Mr. Mircea was appointed President of ROMATSA’s Board (The Romanian Administration of Air Traffic Services), position that he is still holding. During his career he served as a member of the Financing Department within EXIM Bank Romania, various executive positions with the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration, Ministry of Internal Affairs and companies from the private sector. He is a graduate of the Law University of Oradea and Dimitrie Cantemir in Cluj-Napoca. With a Master degree in law studies Mr. Mircea has a PhD in Administrative Law Studied at the University of Bucharest.

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Gabriel Florin Puscau
Hon. Gabriel Florin Puscau
Ministry of Health

Mr. Gabriel Florin Puscau is the secretary general of the Ministry of Health. The secretary general ensures the overall management of the ministry, effectively and efficiently administering the budgetary and human resources of the ministry and providing adequate oversight and unbiased professional and correct advice to competent authorities. His duty also includes the continuous coordination with the Prime Minister’s office on the legislation proposed by the Ministry of Health. Mr. Puscau has a broad experience in the public administration both at the central and local levels serving previously as Secretary General at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, general director for public procurement ad advisor of the minister at the ministry of Regional Development and tourism, county manager at Tulcea Local County. His professional background also includes experience in the implementation of European funded projects and in IT sector.

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Ion Jiga
H.E. Ion Jinga
Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations Organization – New York

Ambassador Jinga is a senior Romanian diplomat, currently serving as the Permannet Representative of Romania to the United Nations in New York. Mr. Jinga is a graduate of both Faculty of Physics and Faculty of Law within the University of Bucharest and he has a PhD in Law with a thesis on “The Institutional Reform of the European Union in the context of the Intergovernmental Conference for the revision of the Maastricht Treaty”. Other professional training includes master’s degrees in Advanced European Studies at College of Europe, Belgium, NATO’s Research Fellowships and Political and Administrative Studies at the Romanian National School. Prior to his current position, ambassador Jinga served as the Ambassador of Romania to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Ambassador of Romania to Belgium, or General Director for European Union Affairs (MFA).

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Ioana Gabriela Costache
Hon. Ioana Gabriela Costache
Consul General of Romania in New York

A career diplomat, Ioana Gabriela Costache was appointed Consul General of Romania in New York in September 2013. Prior to this, she served as Chargé d'Affaires a.i. at the Romanian Embassy in the Republic of Poland. From 2007 to 2010, she worked as counselor/minister counselor with the UN and International Organizations Department, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and previously, from 2005 to 2007, served as Deputy Head of Mission with the Romanian Embassy in Ireland.

Ioana Gabriela Costache holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Bucharest, with a dissertation on the "Development of the Principle of Non-Use of Force in International Relations and the Crime of Aggression" (2010). She is a graduate of the Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest, with a major in International Law (1987 - 1992).

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Loretta Sanchez
Hon. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, (D – CA)
Co-Chair Romanian Caucus

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is the U.S. Representative of California's 46th Congressional District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Santa Ana, Orange and Garden Grove in Orange County. Rep. Sanchez began her congressional career in January of 1997 and is currently serving her tenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She holds senior positions on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Homeland Security Committee, as well as the bicameral Joint Economic Committee. She is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and serves as the co-chair of the Immigration and Border Task Force. Congresswoman Sanchez received her undergraduate degree in Economics from Chapman College in Orange in 1982, obtained her MBA from American University in Washington, DC in 1984, and was a financial analyst until she entered the House of Representatives.

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Mihai Daraban
Mr. Mihai Daraban
President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania

Mr. Mihai Daraban is the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania (CCIR),
as well as the President of the Constanta Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Shipping and Agriculture.
As president of the CCIR Mr. Daraban remains a recognized ambassador, supporter and promoter of the CCIR mission at the national and international level. The CCIR president accomplishes many of his tasks by initiating and conducting activities meant to enhance sustainable development and innovation. The strengthening of the Chamber's cooperation with its international counterparts is a top priority in stimulating economic and commercial relations for CCIR. Before becoming President of the CCIR, Mr. Daraban served as the Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania from July 2002 to December 2007 and June 2011 to June 2014.

Mr. Daraban's received a degree in Mechanics from the Polytechnic University in Bucharest in 1992,
a specialization in Ship Management from the Norwegian Academy of Shipping in 1995 and he is a graduate of the National College of Defense in 1995. His different areas of expertise include: commerce and services, tourism, transportation, energy and agriculture.

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Ludwik Sobolewski
Mr. Ludwik Sobolewski
CEO of the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB)

Ludwik Sobolewski was appointed as CEO of the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB) in August 2013. Before joining BVB, Sobolewski was President and CEO of the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE) between 2006 and 2013. During his mandate, WSE became the leading stock exchange in CEE and a listed company on its own regulated market since 2010, after the rolling of a successful IPO. Sobolewski supported the business development of the stock exchange, by attracting new companies for listing, increasing the number of international members of the WSE, and by promoting the services and products of the exchange. He also played an active role in the creation of the capital market infrastructure, with NewConnect, a market for start-ups, early stage and small and medium-size companies, with Catalyst market, the first organized, exchange-type market for non-treasury debt securities in Poland, with the BondSpot SA and the Polish Power Exchange SA acquisition.

Before WSE, Sobolewski spent several years as the Executive Vice-President of the Polish National Depository for Securities (and Clearing House). He was also chairman of a number of supervisory boards of the following companies: PAK, IDEA TFI, National Depository for Securities SA, Polish Power Exchange SA, BondSpot SA, Exchange Centre SA, WSE InfoEngine SA, National Board for Research and Development, "Poland Now" Foundation.

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Wesley Clark
Gen. (ret) Wesley Clark
Chairman UGR Corporation

In 38 years of service in the United States Army, Wesley K. Clark rose to the rank of four-star general as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. Since retiring from the military in 2000, he has become an investment banker, businessman, commentator, author and teacher. In September 2003, he ran as a Democratic candidate for President of the United States, where his campaign won the state of Oklahoma and launched him to national prominence before he returned to the private sector in February 2004. Clark has chaired several public and private companies, and is a progressive leader in pursuing energy solutions. His awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Defense Distinguished Service Medal (five awards), silver star, bronze star, purple heart, honorary knighthoods from the British and Dutch governments, and numerous other awards from other governments. Clark founded Wesley K. Clark & Associates in 2004, which uses his expertise, relationships, and extensive international reputation and experience in the fields of energy, alternative energy, corporate and national security, logistics, aerospace and defense, and investment banking.

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John Didiuk
Mr. John Didiuk
Senior Investment Officer of Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

Specializing in International Trade and Development, John Didiuk held a position as a "Senior Investment Officer" at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). In December of 2012, Mr. Didiuk spoke on behalf of OPIC during the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce's 8th Annual U.S.-Afghanistan Business Matchmaking Conference discussing the agency's mission, private sector development and Afghanistan's potential for business finance. John Didiuk is a graduate of Harvard University.

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Matthias Loening
Mr. Matthias Loening
Senior Advisor, Health & Pharma, EBRD

Matthias Loening has wide ranging experience in healthcare and pharmaceutical industry in the international environment. His professional experience spreads from North America, Latin America, Western and Eastern Europe, to Middle-East, Asia and Africa. His current activities include acting as the Senior Health and Pharmaceutical Advisor to the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). At the EBRD, Matthias’ role is to provide support in the strategy and evaluation of investment projects in the health and pharmaceutical sector. Matthias has acted as the in-house Health Care Specialist to the International Finance Corporation/World Bank for over 10 years. Responsibilities included: implementing privatization/PPP mandates including assessment of health facilities and services; evaluating options for structuring transactions; and assisting in preparing the financial and clinical terms of the contracts.

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Mark Meyer
Mr. Mark A. Meyer
Chairman Romanian-American Chamber of Commerce (RACC)

Mark A. Meyer is a leading international lawyer with a widely recognized expertise in international joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, privatizations and international arbitrations for major U.S., European and Israeli corporations engaged in manufacturing, energy, tourism, transportation, telecommunications, real estate development and capital-raising activities in Southeast Europe and the United States, coupled with similar extensive experience in Western Europe and Israel. Mr. Meyer is the founder and President of the Romanian-American Chamber of Commerce and the Moldovan-American Chamber of Commerce. In recognition of his contributions to the business relations and cultural understanding between these respective nations and the United States, he was awarded Romania's National Order of Merit in the rank of Commander in 2004, and Moldova's highest civilian decoration, the Medal of Civic Merit, in 2006.

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Elias Wexler
Mr. Elias Wexler
President Emeritus of Zero International

Through his leadership and remarkable expertise, Elias Wexler has expanded his operation from one small factory in the Bronx to an international company, with many plants in the US over 43 countries around the world. Zero’s products are found today in many high-profile building projects. Zero International is now an Allegion Company, listed in the NY Stock Exchange. Elias Wexler is also the President of the New York Critical Manufacturing Sector Coordinating Council, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

He has served as the President of the New York Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He is a member of the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association, which advises and writes American National Standard Institute standards. Elias also represented the United States Door and Hardware Industry in negotiations with the European Committee (ARGE) in Budapest in 2002. He has been a guest speaker at CSI and DHI trade conventions, and has been published in many trade magazines. He served as a visiting lecturer at the Pratt Institute of Design from 2007-2009, teaching modular design to future architects.

Elias is also an active and respected member of the Romanian-American community. He currently serves as the President of the New York Chapter of the Romanian-American Chamber of Commerce. Elias Wexler a remains crucial and active contributor to the television news program Romanian Voice Television of New York.

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Andre Cappon
Mr. Andre Cappon
President The CBM Group Inc

Andre Cappon is president and founding partner of the CBM Group, Inc. He has over twenty five years' experience as a consultant to financial institutions.

Prior to founding the CBM Group, he was a senior partner of Oliver, Wyman & Co., a Vice-President and shareholder of Booz, Allen and Hamilton, Inc., a manager with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). He began his career as an analyst for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Mr. Cappon graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with a B.Sc. in Mathematics and from Columbia University, with an M.S. in Operations Research.

He is fluent in English, French, Romanian, Portuguese and Spanish.

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Mr. David C. Stevens
CEO of Ascending Markets Financial Guarantee (AMF)

David C. Stevens is CEO of Ascending Markets Financial Guarantee (AMF), a financial guarantee insurance company focused on overseas markets. AMF is finalizing its capital raise with the expected support of leading private sector investors and development banks in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Africa. It is expected to launch in late 2015. He previously served as CEO of XL Capital Assurance, a New York-based financial guaranty insurance company; as Chief Underwriting Officer for Public Finance and Head of Insured Portfolio Management at MBIA Insurance Corporation; and as a banker at Bank of America and First Interstate. He holds a BA from Stanford University, an MAT in English Education from Duke University, and an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He is married with one adult daughter and two grandchildren. He was born and raised in Argentina, and is fluent in both Spanish and English.

Ascending Markets Financial Guarantee Holdings, Inc. (AMF)

AMF’s business is to provide financial guarantees on creditworthy essential infrastructure and public services financings, for the benefit of local and international investors. The financial guarantees will be rated A on the global scale when denominated in foreign currencies or AAA on the national scale when denominated in local currency. The financial guarantees will help mobilize some of the over $9 trillion in emerging nation pension funds, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds for investment in critical local development – roads, schools, hospitals, airports, ports, and power, along with “economic infrastructure” projects like microfinance, housing, and MSME financing. AMF also provides consulting services through its subsidiary, Affinity MacroFinance.

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Stefan Minovici
Mr. Stefan Minovici
President International Chapter RACC

Stefan A. Minovici is the great-grandson of the Minovici brothers, Mina, Nicolae and Stefan, the founders of the modern medicine in Romania. He is the first member of the family to continue the work of two generations in trying to establish the first American University Hospital in Europe (Romania), covering key medical specialties such as oncology, cardiology and neurosurgery. Stefan is a Romanian-American developer and businessman that has worked on various projects with Fortune 100 and 500 companies from CEMEX to Raytheon, ITT Defense, Honeywell and Johns Hopkins International on projects such as defense/homeland security, healthcare, environment and infrastructure. Stefan Minovici lobbied hard for Romania's entry into NATO more than a decade ago and for the strengthening of Romanian-American relations. A community leader and former president of the Union and Leagues of Romanian Societies of America (2002-2004), Stefan is the producer of Romania Day Festival on Broadway, the largest event outside the country’s borders. He is also the president of MIC & Associates, a New York consultancy firm and the president of the International Chapter of the Romanian American Chamber of Commerce. Stefan holds a degree in communications/journalism from CUNY – Hunter College and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.

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