Before joining the Aspen Institute Romania, Vlad worked nine years as a policy advisor for the Netherlands Embassy in Bucharest, promoting Dutch economic interests in Romania. He facilitated Dutch – Romanian partnerships, focusing on the energy, maritime, infrastructure and transport & logistics sectors.

During his earlier involvement in the implementation of several technical assistance EU funded projects, Vlad gained extensive experience in technical and financial management of large projects. Also, he has a good understanding of the functioning of the Romanian public sector and the EU institutions. In addition, having lived fourteen years in the Netherlands, he has a strong ability to identify and deal with cultural differences.

Vlad holds a MA in “International Relations” from the University of Amsterdam, where he specialized in the transition of former communist countries from a centrally planned economy to a free market economic system.