Florin NITA is a Romanian diplomat currently working as political assistant to the EEAS Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia in charge of foreign policy files ranging from Turkey, Russia and EaP countries to Norway, Switzerland and Western Balkans. Previously he served as the European Economic Area Coordinator at the EEAS HQ in Brussels and European Commission's enlargement negotiator on trade, energy as well as foreign and security policy. He has been a member of the Policy Planning Unit within the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he covered the economic, political and security aspects of the EU-US relations. He studied Philosophy and Politics in Bucharest, Vienna, Tübingen and Nice, graduated the Master in Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, specializing in public management and economics, and has been reading between 2011-2015 for a PhD in Government/International Political Economy with the London School of Economics (LSE). He was the 2015 US German Marshall Fund's Memorial Fellow and has been awarded prestigious leadership fellowships with, among others, the Harvard Kennedy School, the Aspen Institute, Bertelsmann Foundation, German Council for Foreign Relations (DGAP) and die Zeit/Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance (2009).