Nicolae is a lawyer with extensive experience in European Affairs, currently holding the position of General Secretary of the Ministry of European Investments and Projects.

He worked in units that controlled the EU funded projects for transport and regional development areas, dealing with sanctions regarding the irregularities in the implementation of projects.

After working in the Legal and Policy Affairs Unit of the European Food Safety Authority, he became the Deputy General Director for Food Safety in the Romanian Food Safety Authority, coordinating the European Affairs activities of the institution. He also acted as EFSA Advisory Forum member and EFSA Focal Point in Romania.

Nicolae is a fellow of the third edition of the Aspen Public Service Leadership Program, Autumn Cohort 2021-2022.