On December 6, 2019, at the Palace of the National Military Circle, Aspen Institute Romania will host the 9th edition of the ASPEN LEADERSHIP AWARDS AND GALA DINNER, our most special annual event, marking 13 years of existence of the Institute and of our common quest for a “Good Society”.

Already a treasured tradition, the Aspen Institute Romania Leadership Awards and Gala Dinner represent the opportunity for the thriving and growing Aspen community to reunite and revisit its shared values and interests. A pleasant night among friends, a celebration of values-based leadership, innovation and excellence, the event aims to allow all of our guests a moment of reflection on what is the added value of our community. The AIR founders and team were tenacious enough to establish, build and carefully support through the years the embodiment of the Aspen Idea in Romania.

The Aspen Gala offers to the Aspen Young Leaders, Aspen Fellows and Alumni the opportunity to present their accomplishments from the past year and to reaffirm their ambition of producing a significant impact on societies across Central and Eastern Europe. At the same time, through the Aspen Leadership Awards we acknowledge specific efforts and personal commitment to values-based, creative and transformative leadership of people that have had a significant contribution to the over-all advancement of society.

The Aspen Gala is a fundraising event for which we invite each year our community, partners and friends to join us as sponsors, in support of our Leadership Initiatives. With the help of the generous contributions of our sponsors, we are able to offer each year scholarships for public sector and NGO representatives to attend the Aspen Seminar for Leaders, to organize the Aspen Junior Seminar (program attended by students and young professionals aged 20 to 24) and also the newly launched Aspen Public Service Leadership Program, a fellowship based program dedicated to the promising representatives from various authorities, who can become promoters of change and improvement in the public sector. Moreover, the continued commitment of our partners to our activities enables us to provide recognition to a social project developed by a fellow or an alumnus/ alumna, to be chosen by the vote of the Aspen Community and presented at the Gala.

The Gala is a Black tie, table seating event, open only to members of the Aspen community.