The East Mediterranean Business Cultural Alliance (EMBCA, Inc.) was established in New York by professionals and scholars, from various backgrounds and expertise, to organize and promote the professional and educational interests of East Mediterranean Americans. Although a relatively new organization EMBCA currently has over 5,000 contacts and members in the community including among others executives from various industries including the development, design and construction community as well as from the legal, banking, educational/scholar, think tank, research, art, music professions and communities. EMBCA’s goals are to organize, promote and fund all manner of business, educational, artistic and cultural programs, seminars, concerts, recitals, performances, exhibits and similar events for the benefit of all persons in the New York area and beyond interested in the business, history, culture, activities, affairs, and accomplishments of the Eastern Mediterranean and its people and of the people of East Mediterranean ancestry in the United States and elsewhere in the world. Among our goals are to work with other organizations to promote through collaborate efforts our mission and enhance theirs, to provide resources and strengthen our professional and social ties among members, and to expand our membership and mission.

EMBCA is an organization exempt from Federal Income Tax under Internal Revenue (IRC) Section 501(c)(3), classified as a public charity, and qualifies to receive tax deductible bequests, devises,transfers or gifts under Section 2055, 2106, or 2522 . Donors can deduct contributions they make under IRC Section 170.

Our History

The Eastern Mediterranean was the cradle of western and eastern civilization. It gave the world its art, politics, and philosophy - all of it fueled by a combination of trade and transmission of cross-cultural learning. Its people, for millennia, were traders and merchants, scholars and artists...

We celebrate our roots in this region in America, and are reconnecting to its common legacy of culture and commerce. EMBCA will be working with others to promote these ideals. We welcome you to join us!

American Hellenic Revolution of 1821 Bicentennial Committee

For the 200th Anniversary of the Hellenic Revolution of 1821 in 2021 EMBCA is, and will be, hosting various educational, artistic and cultural programs, and panel discussion seminars in 2020 and 2021 around the Anniversary. These events will include showing the role the Hellenic diaspora and Philhellenes played around the world in making the revolution a success, and also how it triggered causes for freedom beyond Greece’s borders (as an America’s abolitionist and the women’s suffrage movements for example). They will also focus on the Revolution as an international historical event, not of just Hellenic importance, but an Anniversary important to the descendants of all the participants who supported the Revolution 200 years ago.

Due to the numerous programs EMBCA has planned for this it has created a special "American Hellenic Revolution of 1821 Bicentennial Committee” to help coordinate them. The Committee includes both Co-Chairs of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Congressman Gus Bilirakis, Rhode Island State Senator Lou Raptakis, Paul Kotrotsios , Dr. Panos Stavrianidis. HANC President Bill Mataragas, Alexander Billinis, Eric Hill, John Fotiadis and others. EMBCA and the Committee will work also with various organizations, as appropriate, including AHEPA, HANC, etc. as its goal has always been to work with other organizations to promote through a collaborative efforts our mission and enhance theirs around the country and internationally.

Enclosed find, among others, a recent article on EMBCA's American Hellenic Revolution of 1821 Bicentennial Committee. Read more

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney Congressional Record Citation for EMBCA’s “Hellenic/Philhellenic Women and Their Effect on the Hellenic Revolution” and EMBCA’s American Hellenic Revolution of 1821 Bicentennial Committee. Read more

Our Team

  • Lou Katsos

  • Marina A. Belessis Casoria

  • Prof. Nicholas Alexiou

  • Stamatis Ghikas

  • Alexander Billinis

  • Konstantinos Drougos

  • Peter S. Giakoumis

  • Eric Hill

  • Richard S. Khuzami

  • Constantine Sirigos

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