Advisory Board

Cosmin Marian

Cosmin Marian is professor of Political Science at Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Since 2016 he serves as Chair of the Political Science Department at the same university.  He is specialized in research methods and social data modeling. He is the author and co-author of a series of articles published in specialized journals, including: Electoral Studies, East European Politics and Societies, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, International Journal of the Commons, European Political Science. In recent years, part of Cosmin's research interest focuses on analyzing the regime of common properties.

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Raluca Răducanu

Raluca Răducanu is one of the top Romanian experts on EU and Romania relations with the Republic of Moldova. After a degree in sociology at the University of Bucharest and post-universitary studies in social sciences at Ecole Doctorale Francophone en Sciences Sociales – Europe Centrale et Orientale, she worked as an adviser to members of the European and Romanian Parliament, focusing on EU and Romania relations with the eastern neighbours and the Russian Federation. She later joined the analytical field of civil society. Her domains of expertise are: EU policies, Russia, Eastern EU policy.

Cora Moţoc

Cora Moţoc is currently a Senior Political Officer at the British Embassy in Bucharest. She has previously been adviser to the Romanian Government (PM’s Office) with the Unit for Sustainable Development, in charge of Prince Charles’ initiatives in Romania and Coordinator of Projects with the Rule of Law Program of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. She is a graduate of Political Science (University of Bucharest). She also spent her high-school senior year in the USA, on a Department of State Scholarship.

Mihai Cazacu

Mihai Cazacu is a graduate of a Military High School, holding a degree in Law issued by the Police Academy in Bucharest. He worked for the Ministry of Administration and Interior for almost 12 years, during this period he investigated a large number of cases of trafficking in human beings (THB) related to many European countries. For two years he acted as the Romanian Coordinator on a THB case in London in the first European Joint Investigation Team, with New Scotland Yard.

Vlad Zigarov

Vlad Zigarov is Programme Manager for the Central and South-East Europe Programme at LSE IDEAS, the main foreign policy and international strategy think-tank of the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also a member of the Cold War Studies Project at the same institution. He holds an MSc in International History from LSE and an MA from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at UCL. He previously studied Philosophy, History and International Affairs at the University of Bucharest and worked in a number of state and private organisations in Romania and the UK.

Mădălina Mocan

Mădălina Mocan is a civil society professional associated with the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD Cluj). With a long experience in developing, coordinating and advising civil society organisations, she maintains an academic and civic interest in human rights issues, particularly human trafficking, inequality, and political participation. Her current research interests relate to the role of national and international donors and grant givers in Romania while continuing to advise and work with national and international partners in anti-human trafficking projects, as well as working with national civic organisations on projects related to social innovation or public participation. She is an Aspen Institute Romania fellow (2009) and moderator, German Marshall Transatlantic Fellow (2014) and serves as a proud board member for Techsoup Romania.