Kennedy, Inayeh Honored by Romanian Government for Service in Black Sea Region
BUCHAREST (March 8, 2013) —In a ceremony last night, Craig Kennedy, president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), Alina Inayeh, director of the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation (BST), were honored by the Romanian government for their service to the Black Sea region. Kennedy received the National Order “Star of Romania” as Commander, and Inayeh received the National Order “Faithful Service” as Knight.
Romanian President Traian Basescu presented Kennedy and Inayeh with their awards and praised their work to strengthen regional cooperation, democracy, and civil society in the Black Sea region.
The ceremony coincided with BST’s 5th anniversary celebration and commemorates the efforts that the grantmaking organization has made to assist people in the region since its inception.
The Black Sea Trust promotes regional cooperation and good governance in the Wider Black Sea region; accountable, transparent, and open governments; strong, effective civic sectors; and independent and professional media.
The founding donors of the Black Sea Trust are GMF, the United States Agency for International Development, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the government of Romania, and the Ministry of Defence, Republic of Latvia.
To celebrate the milestone, the Black Sea Trust partnered with Kindergarten of Grasshoppers, the winner of a BST competition that asked entrants to create an artistic installation to reflect the spirit and essence of the Trust; and with Romanian Public Television (TVR).
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) strengthens transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan.
GMF does this by supporting individuals and institutions working in the transatlantic sphere, by convening leaders and members of the policy and business communities, by contributing research and analysis on transatlantic topics, and by providing exchange opportunities to foster renewed commitment to the transatlantic relationship.
In addition, GMF supports a number of initiatives to strengthen democracies. Founded in 1972 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has offices in Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, Bucharest, Warsaw, and Tunis. GMF also has smaller representations in Bratislava, Turin, and Stockholm.