Before joining the Aspen Institute Romania, Ioana worked in the field of management of projects financed through European funds, especially within projects dedicated to human resources development through entrepreneurial and managerial education, in the non-profit sector.
During the year 2016, she was personal advisor to the Secretary of state responsible with the SMEs, business environment and tourism, at the Ministry of Economy, Commerce and Relations with the Business Environment in Romania. As personal advisor, she coordinated the implementation of “My First Business Plan”, an entrepreneurial education program targeting university students and she was also part of activities supporting the cultural and creative sectors entrepreneurship and innovation.
She holds a BA in “International Relations. European Studies” from the University of Bucharest and a MA in ”Management of the Structural Funds of the European Union”, from the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Faculty of International Business and Economics.