Dinu Patriciu, founder of the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center and a member of the Council's International Advisory Board died today at age sixty-four due to complications related to lymphatic cancer.
Mr. Patriciu provided crucial vision and support for the Council’s work on Eurasia and provided the initial vision and support for its annual Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit in Istanbul.
“The Atlantic Council will be forever grateful for Dinu’s wisdom, ingenuity, and generosity. We will miss his vision and friendship,” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council president and CEO. “He was always ahead of the curve in recognizing the Black Sea region’s geopolitical and economic importance as well as its volatility. He understood the historic challenges the region faced following the Cold War and, more recently, through Russia’s heightened aggression in Ukraine.”
Patriciu was a founder and architect of the National Liberal Party in Romania and a pioneer of his country’s democratic evolution in the early 1990s. He was also one of Romania’s most successful entrepreneurs, with businesses that ranged from energy and real estate to automotive technologies and supermarkets. Patriciu also was one of Central Europe’s earliest philanthropists. Beyond his work at the Atlantic Council, his Dinu Patriciu Foundation, inspired by his passion for education, has empowered thousands of young Romanians to pursue degrees and careers that have contributed positively to Romania’s democratic development.
The Atlantic Council's Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center combines in-depth understanding of Eurasia's history with expertise on politics, economics, and energy, to provide distinctive research and advice to governments and businesses worldwide. It seeks to promote an agenda of regional cooperation and integration based on shared values and common interest in a free, prosperous, and peaceful future.