Special Adviser on European Defence and Security Policy Michel Barnier, Romania’s national rugby team, scientist Dan Vodnar, Romania’s first woman jet pilot Simona Maierean as well as the RFI Romania radio station were among the winners of Aspen awards presented on Monday evening at the 5th edition of the Aspen Leadership Gala.
Also attending the event were Romania’s Foreign Minister Lazar Comanescu, Minister of Economy, Trade and Liaison with the Business Community Costin Borc, Minister of Education and Scientific Research Adrian Curaj, presidential adviser Laurentiu-Mihai Stefan, as well as Chairman of the Aspen Romania Institute Mircea Geoana.
The Aspen Leadership Prizes acknowledge personalities that have marked the Romanian society, innovated, set examples for ethic and professional conduct in areas such as culture, public service, sports and research.
Among the Aspen Leadership Award recipients so far are Chairman of The German Marshall Fund US Craig Kennedy, first Romanian woman graduate of the West Point Military Academy Larisa Tudor, artistic director of the George Enescu Music Festival Ioan Holender, Governor of the National Bank of Romania Mugur Isarescu, Chairman of the Romanian Olympic Committee Octavian Morariu, as well as manager of the New Horizons Foundation Diana Certan.
Continuing the tradition of the previous years, the event is held to raise funds to finance the institute’s leadership programmes.
The Aspen Romania Institute is an apolitical, not-got-profit organisation which main mission is to promote an educated and critical dialogue over various themes of interest to the Romanian society. Established in 1950, The Aspen Institute is based in Washington DC. It has campuses also in Aspen, Colorado. It has so far opened local offices in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, the Czech Republic and Mexico.
The affiliated Aspen institutes are self-financing and independently managed organisations that promote a set of shared values. Aspen Romania turns ten in December 2016.