The Institute hosts in May the first 2012 Aspen Seminar for Leaders, at the Susai Mountain Resort. For almost sixty years, the Aspen Seminar on leadership, values, and the good society has challenged leaders in every field to think more critically and deeply about the good society. Our proven method of text-based dialogue offers participants a neutral forum in which to reflect on timeless human values, pursue common ground, and cultivate a richer understanding of the human condition. Participants emerge from the Aspen Seminar personally renewed, professionally re-focused, and better prepared to lead as they confront the difficult choices of our ever-changing world. For more impressions on the Seminar check what Aspen Members like Alexandrina Gatej (President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Romania), Mircea Geoana (President of the Aspen Institute Romania) or Florin Pogonaru (Vice President of Aspen Romania, President of the Romanian Businessmen's Association) have to say about it.
Participants range from top corporate executives to leading entrepreneurs with significant impact in the business environment of Romania and its region; high ranked public leaders from justice, administration and central government; significant civil society actors and esteemed representatives from the academic sector from Europe, the United States, Japan or India. Aspen Seminar participants find themselves at an inflection point in their lives and careers, ready to take even higher leadership roles in their communities at local, regional or global level.
The group of twenty participants debate a series of fundamental readings guided by Aspen US Seminars Director, Dr. Todd Breyfogle, reflecting on values and solidarity into successful and valuable action, as the main thrusts of societal progress. The readings go from classical texts from Aristotle, Plato or Hobbes to more modern thinkers like Nelson Mandela, Milton Friedman or Peter Singer, in a complex and challenging mix of discussions on liberty and equality; ethics and responsibility; faith and spirituality or freedom and dissent-just to name a few.
The 2012 participants include:
Investment Committee President
Business Capital for Romania - Opportunity Fund
Fresenius Medical Care
SBS Radio Romania
Partener, Head of Audit and Assurance
"Traian Lalescu" Foundation
Decât O Revista
Senior Vice President
Pierre David Naquet
Founding & Managing Partner
The Institute for Conflict Dynamics Europe
Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Founder & Board Member
Romcolor 2000SA & CEFS Group of Companies
Vice-president, Operations & IT Division
Raiffeisen Bank Romania