Jun 27, 2020 — Jul 09, 2020

Sailing Ancient Trade Routes: Helsinki to Copenhagen Aboard Sea Cloud II

With L.J. Stambuk

About the Tour

Join L.J. Stambuk as you sail under midsummer skies to Scandinavian and Baltic cities on this classic cruise. Fly to lively Helsinki for an overnight stay before boarding the magnificent Sea Cloud II. Call at Turku, the oldest city in Finland; take in the scenery as the crew navigates the picturesque Stockholm archipelago before an overnight call in the Swedish capital; and step ashore at tiny Visby, Gotland to stroll among medieval ruins. Visit the port of Gdansk, one of Poland’s oldest cities, and continue to Lübeck, Germany, for a full day excursion to Hamburg. Optional St. Petersburg prelude and optional Copenhagen postlude.

From $9,999 per person plus airfare.

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About the lecturer

Ljubomir (L.J.) Stambuk joined the World Affairs Council of Charlotte as President and CEO in 2006. Through his dynamic leadership and systematic approach to development and asset building, Stambuk rebuilt the Council’s branding and standing in the community through strategic community partnerships, quality programming and fundraising initiatives. He is also credited for leading the Council to its best financial performance from 2008-2019 and promoting Charlotte as a hub for international business in the Carolinas in partnership with corporate and community organizations in the area.


Stambuk is well-traveled with extensive experience and knowledge in leading travel programs. Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, he spent his childhood in Burma and Holland with his diplomat family. His early career led him to the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Council (WFC) International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the UN Development Program (UNDP) which included extensive travel around the world. Stambuk has been to over 72 countries, most recently: Peru, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Poland, The Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Germany, Dominican Republic, Martinique  (France), and St. Lucia. He has had the fortune to travel all over Europe, Asia, Central and Latin America and Africa.


As part of his long-term vision for innovative global issue programming in the Queen City, the Council regularly engages the greater Charlotte community through dialogue on world affairs by recruiting speakers of exceptional caliber to this region to discuss foreign policy, international business and politics and Charlotte’s role in an increasingly global world as part of Stambuk’s long-term vision for innovative global issue programming in the Queen City.

Stambuk has 25+ years of senior leadership and management experience in operations man­agement, business development, marketing and human resources and strategic planning in various multinational corporations around the world including Applied Semiconductor Inc. (Chief Operating Officer), Ahold USA (Senior Vice-President, Corporate) and Centrocoop (Executive Vice President & Division President).

As a local expert on international relations and economics, he has frequently been mentioned and appeared in panel discussions hosted by Charlotte Talks (WFAE), Charlotte Business Review (WTVI), The Charlotte Observer, The Charlotte Business Journal, and area trade and international organizations.

Stambuk was recognized with the 2017 International Leader Award by the Charlotte Business Journal, and was also recognized by the Charlotte International Rotary with the 2018 Global Service Award for his exceptional leadership and role in promoting a broader understanding of world affairs to ensure that Charlotte, North Carolina, continues to grow as a competitive global city in the Southeast.

Under his leadership, the WACC was also recognized as the 2017 Richard Vinroot Award recipient at the Mayor's International Community Awards ceremony on May 11th. This award recognized the Council’s contributions to the international community through its international education programs and initiatives. 

Stambuk has served on the board of the World Affairs Council of America (WACA) in Washington D.C. (2013-2019) and the advisory boards of the United States Global Leadership Coalition, North Carolina (USGLC) and the Charlotte Economics Club (CEC). He has also served on the board of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

He received his undergraduate degree in International Economics and Business from the University of Belgrade, where he graduated in the top one percent of his class. In addition, he has a Master’s degree in Business and Organizational Development from Cornell University.

"LJ Stambuk was continually dedicated to seeing that the tour went smoothly and that travelers were enjoying themselves."

Janet Perper, Wyncote, PA