Diplomat and legal expert with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, the General Directorate for European Affairs. Previous responsibilities involved assignments such as chief of the Consular Agreements Service (January 2003), member of the task force on Justice and Home Affairs (January 2004), and Consul of Romania in the Kingdom of Belgium (October 2004). Involved in policy analysis and recommendations, primarily with regard to the reform of the Romanian justice and home affairs, visa policy and the consular activity abroad. In 2003 he was awarded the "Prize for Most Successful Young Diplomat" by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Research fellow and Master of Jurisprudence with Stanford Law School (2005- 2006 Stanford Program in International Legal Studies). Graduate of the Law School of the University of Bucharest (JD equivalent) - class of 2002. Honors received included membership of Bucharest University team at the "2002 JEAN PICTET International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition"-Lisbon and President of European Law Students Association, ELSA, Bucharest chapter, 2000-2002. Member of the Bucharest legal clinic (an initiative of ABA CEELI), and an intern with the Romanian Constitutional Court. Post graduate studies include European Law Special Course at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and a Master Degree on migration issues with the University of Oradea, Romania. Speaking engagements include talks at the Romanian Diplomatic Academy and the Romanian National School of Political Science on topics such as diplomatic and consular law, as well as accession negotiations with the EU in the field of justice and home affairs.