Olivia Toderean

Olivia Toderean is a specialist in Political Science, having graduated from and taught at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj Napoca between 1999-2006. She holds an MA with distinction from the University of Manchester’s Department of Government, specialisation in International Relations, and a PhD magna cum laude from the Faculty of Political Science at the National School of Political Science and Public Administration in Bucharest.Ms Toderean was also a grantee and fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, the Michigan State University and the Sussex University.

She joined the Romanian Foreign Ministry in 2003, heading the Policy Planning Division from 2006 to 2010 and currently, since September 2016. She was Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Romania to the Kingdom of Belgium, in 2012-2013 and 2014 – 2016 and has the diplomatic rank of Minister plenipotentiary.

As a policy planning director, she and her team were involved in the formulation and adaptation of Romania’s foreign policy priorities, the elaboration of strategic foreign policy documents, the monitoring of implementation of these priorities, as well as in special multidisciplinary projects covering special topics of high priority for Romania. Ms Toderean has an extensive experience in Black Sea related matters, based on her direct responsibilities over the years within the planning department (2004-2010, 2016 – to present) in placing this topic on the EU priority agenda.

O. Toderean is the author and editor of a number of books in fields such as European Studies, International Organisations and Gender Studies, and has written articles in Political Science and International Relations journals on IR Theories, Theories of Development, Gender in IR. She has also been the translator in Romanian of several books in the same fields. Her latest publication, as co-editor, is a collection of 37 essays  by 43 Romanian and foreign authors about the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic on the medium to long run, in various fields of social and international life (Lumea de mâine. Ce urmează după pandemie? Curtea Veche, 2020)



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