About Us

Executive Committee and Board Members

 

Bogdan Banu
President

Bogdan serves as the Director for Program Management of the Center for Global Leadership at Meridian International Center, a global leadership organization located in Washington, DC. He oversees the division’s overall relationship with U.S. Embassies around the world, private and corporate partners, and other governmental entities to ensure the successful implementation of its short-term study tours and other people-to-people and virtual exchange programs. 

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Cosmin C. Cornea
Vice President

Cosmin owns, since 2010, a remodeling business called CC Remodeling, LLC that operates in the DMV area and is specialized in emergency disaster services, water and fire damage restoration, natural disaster restoration, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, basement and exterior reconstruction.

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Gabriel Ciucur Vine
Vice President

Gabriel is a practicing attorney and mediator, and the managing member of Vine Law Firm, LLC. Born in Romania, he moved to the U.S. in 1985. He attended California State University, Fresno, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. In 1997, he moved to the Washington, DC area to attend American University’s Washington College of Law.

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Gabriela Enache Sandoz
Treasurer

Gabriela is currently serving as the Assistant Deputy for Accounting and Treasury Management with the Virginia Arlington County Treasurer’s Office where she is responsible for safeguarding, management, and accounting for revenues and all financial assets; forecasting short-term investments and capital activities and representing her office in interagency committees and working groups.

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Aurica Balmuș
Secretary

Aurica is a gender and entrepreneurship specialist dedicated to closing the gender gaps in access to finance, markets, and non-financial services. She has over a decade of experience working with financial institutions on increasing their capacity to reach small to medium firms, including women-led enterprises.

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Board of Directors

Marcel Bărbulescu
Member of the Board

Marcel is a leading and recognized technologist in the field of AI, software engineering, and telecommunications. He is the President and CFO of Espresoh Tech, LLC, a US-based software engineering company, and serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at Alpine Consolidated. Formerly, he served as the President & COO of AudioNow Holdings from 2008 to its successful sale in 2017, with responsibility for finance, technology, and operations.

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Adina Bora
Member of the Board

Adina is the Associate Director for Finance and Administration in the Department of Epidemiology at the George Washington University. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, and a Master of Law in International Law from The George Washington University.

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Felicia Ionescu
Member of the Board

Felicia is a Chief of Banking and Financial Analysis section in the Monetary Affairs Division at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. She joined the Federal Reserve Bank in 2013 as an economist in the Division of Research and Statistics, the Household and Real Estate Finance section.

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Mădălina Petric
Member of the Board

Mădălina a professional classical pianist since the age of five, is the founder and owner of Mădălina Petric Piano Studio. She has extensive experience in the nonprofit and profit sector with expertise in leadership, programming, fundraising, social media marketing, being a frequent speaker and mentor.

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Mihnea Rotariu
Member of the Board

Mihnea  is an Associate Director at Forensic Risk Alliance (FRA) with over 13 years of experience in matters involving bribery and corruption, investigations and financial crimes. Prior to joining FRA’s Forensic Accounting team, Mihnea was a member of PwC’s investigations department in Washington, DC and Bucharest, Romania. 

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Greg Scărlătoiu
Member of the Board

Greg is the Executive Director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) in Washington, DC. He is also a visiting professor at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Republic of Korea and instructor and coordinator of the Japan and Korean Peninsula class at the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI). Greg is Vice President of the Executive Board of the International Council on Korean Studies (ICKS).

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