With over fifteen years of experience working in the international exchanges industry, Bogdan is a seasoned Program Officer responsible for the development and implementation of numerous professional exchange programs funded by the U.S. and foreign governments, private clients and public entities. As part of the GlobalConnect team, he is responsible for the implementation of the YTILI – Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative, of numerous exchange programs developed in partnership with U.S. Embassies abroad, and of highly customized programs for private clients including Visa Corp. and Cargill. Bogdan also managed in previous years all the international development grants awarded to Meridian by the U.S. Department of State and USAID including projects in Iraq, Iran and West Bank. He also directed for seven years the U.S. Congress – Korean National Assembly Exchange Program which brought together highly motivated Congressional Interns and students from the two countries for an opportunity to broaden their perspectives and knowledge about the legislative processes, the history of U.S.-Korean bilateral relations, and current economic, political and security aspects of the bilateral relationship. Previously, Bogdan has worked as a Program Officer in Meridian’s Professional Exchanges Division where he implemented short-term professional exchanges for foreign officials and dignitaries coming to the U.S. as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program; as a Project Manager of the Health Care Partnerships in Northern Iraq; and as a Program Coordinator for the Open World Leadership Center Program. Bogdan has a Master’s in Political Management from the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management and a B.A. in International Relations from Brigham Young University. He also holds Graduate Certificate in PACs Management at George Washington University and a Certificate in Professional Grant Proposal Writing with the Institute for Communication Improvement, Grant Institute. Having extensively traveled throughout Asia, Middle East, North America and Europe, Mr. Banu speaks Romanian, French, Aromanian (Vlach) and has basic knowledge of Italian.