Thursday, 22 August 2019 06:15

The Expert-Grup Team

Understanding that any think-tank is only as good as its human resources are, Expert-Grup hires a pool of top quality consultants with research and advocacy expertise in many areas. Our staff members hold advanced degrees in Economics, Law and other relevant fields from European, American and Moldovan top universities and are fluent in Romanian, English, Russian and other languages.

PhD candidate at the Institute of Economic Studies, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

MS in Economics and Finance, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic (2012)

MA in Financial and Bank Administration, Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova (2010)

BA in Economics, Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova (2008)

Adrian Lupușor Executive Director

  • Responsibilities / Research areas
  • Strategic Management of the organization;
  • Individual projects' management;
  • Development and monitoring of the economic and social research methodology;
  • Research in the following fields: Macroeconomics, Economic development, foreign trade, financial industry, pension system, demography;
  • Communication with the organization’s partners;
  • Coordination of the Expert-Grup’s main publications.

PhD candidate at Institute of Economy, Finance and Statistics

MA, Academy of Public Administration of the Republic of Moldova

BA in Economics, Academy of Economic Studies

Alexandru Fală „Monetary sector and economic modeling” Program Director

  • Responsibilities / Research areas
  • Program development, coordination and implementation of research and advocacy activities under "Monetary Sector and economic models”;
  • Economic research in monetary policy, macroeconomic indicators, trade policies, regional development strategies, financial markets and policies, banking system, inflation, pensions’ system, demographics, economic models;
  • Offering methodological support for developing research quantitative instruments.

MA in Economics, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary (2007)

BA in Economics and Finance, Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova (2005)

Ana Popa "Sustainable Development" Program Director

  • Responsibilities / Research areas
  • Labour market and human capital;
  • Sustainable economic growth and anti-poverty policies;
  • Demographic economy;
  • Research, development and innovation;
  • Financial management in education and healthcare.

MA in Political Economy, UCL, University of London (2003)

Postgraduate studies in Democracy and Public Policy, London School of Economics (2003)

BA in International Economic Relations, Academy of Economic Studies (2001)

Constanța Popescu Associate expert

  • Responsibilities / Research areas
  • Developing the program ”Political economy and Advocacy” and identification of public policy solutions;
  • Project management and technical assistance, NGO sector development;
  • Research in the areas: political economy, social and economic policies, planning of reforms and public communication about the reforms;
  • Coordination and implementation of lobby/ advocacy activities aimed at central public authorities (Government/ Parliament);
  • Comparative policy studies in the Republic of Moldova/ region and the best practices in the EU and member states;
  • Experience of research/ advocacy in policies related to child protection/ family;
  • Trainer of economic journalism/ experience in media relations. 

MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Europe (Natolin), Warsaw, Poland

MA in political science, State University of Moldova

BA in Political Science, State University of Moldova

Denis Cenușa ”Energy Security” Program Director

  • Responsibilities / Research areas
  • Energy security;
  • Economics of European integration;
  • Political economy of reforms;
  • International economic relations;
  • Migration.

MA in Economics, Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova (2017)

Bachelor's Degree in Applied Mathematics, State University of Moldova (1985)

Dumitru Budianschi "Public Sector: Economy, Finance, Management" Program Director

  • Responsibilities / Research areas
  • Program development, coordination and implementation of research and advocacy activities under "Public Sector: Economy, Finance, Management" Program;
  • Economic research in: management of public finances, public management, regulation of public utilities.

Diploma in Banking, Romanian Banking Institute

Post-graduate studies in Applied Economic Policies, Joint Vienna Institute, Vienna, Austria

MA in International Economic Relations - Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova

BA in Economics - Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova

Dumitru Pîntea Economist

  • Responsibilities / Research areas
  • Financial sector;
  • International trade;
  • European integration.

MA in International Relations, Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Moldova (2018)

Bachelor's Degree in applied modern languages English-Italian, Moldova State University, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures (2016)

Inga Agachi Project Assistant

  • Responsibilities / Research areas
  • Organizing and providing logistical, administrative and communication support for public events and project activities;
  • Communication support for the implementation of project objectives;
  • Monitoring the online media and TV appearances of the organization;
  • Participation in public events concerning the presentation and discussion of publications within projects;
  • Implementation of communication strategies and campaigns;
  • Preparation and dissemination of the necessary materials for public presentations.

MA in European Studies (specialization EU law), Centre international de formation européenne (2017); MA in Internațional Trade (ASEM, 2010); Bachelor's Degree in Global Economy and International Economic Relations

Swedish Academy for Young Professionals (Local Governance through Human Rights Perspective, Lund, Sweden, 2017); John Smith Fellowship alumni (Edinburgh, London, 2013); Economic and monetary integration in Europe (Joint Vienna Institute, Vienna, Austria, 2010).

Inga Iovu Development Manager

  • Responsibilities / Research areas
  • Monitoring national and international financing opportunities;
  • Issuing technical and financial offers for grant opportunities and tenders;
  • Participation in the process of identifying relevant experts and partners in consortium and projects;
  • Participation in the process of preliminary discussions / negotiations with potential partners of consortium / projects, as well as with potential and current donors / clients / beneficiaries of the organization.

MA in Financial and Banking Administration, Academy of Economic Studies from Moldova (2004)

BA in International Economic Relations, Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova (2003)

Ion Gumene "Public policy and public administration reform" Program Director

  • Responsibilities / Research areas
  • Public policy cycle: ex-ante analysis of public policy impact, decision making process, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Public administration reform: functional review, institutional development, strategic planning and public policy development, modernisation of public services;
  • Research in social policies: education, health, social protection;
  • Training in mentioned areas.

BA in Economics, Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova (2007)

Iulia Sîrghi-Zolotco Head of the Administrative, Financial and Communication Service

  • Responsibilities / Research areas
  • Development and maintenance of the integrated information management and financial planning system;
  • Keeping records of the human, financial and material resources of the organization;
  • Ensuring transparent and competitive procurements and recruitment competitions for the organization;
  • Integration of project activities in the internal corporate management system;
  • Financial monitoring of project implementation and preparation of financial statements.

Postgraduate Studies, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation, (2013)

BA in International Economic Relations, Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova (2007)

Iurie Morcotîlo Economist

  • Responsibilities / Research areas
  • Labour market;
  • Public finances;
  • Public procurement;
  • Budgetary transparency.

Master Degree in Marketing Analysis and Strategies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iași, România (2014)

Erasmus Scholarship, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy (2012)

BA in Marketing, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iași, România (2012)

Natalia Chitii Communications Consultant

  • Responsibilities / Research areas
  • Communcation and Public Relations;
  • Digital Marketing;
  • Strategic Marketing.

BA in International Economic Relations, Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova (1998)

Sergiu Gaibu ”Financial and Banking Sector” Program Director

  • Responsibilities / Research areas
  • Strategic management of the organisation;
  • Project management;
  • Kaizen of Operations and Continous Development Techniques;
  • Corporate governance, organisational restructuring;
  • Banking;
  • Research in the following areas: macroecnomics, economic development, financial sector, investments, ICT sector.

BA in Accounting at the Academy of Economid Studies of Moldova

Sergiu Tornea Chief accountant

  • Responsibilities / Research areas
  • Bookkeeping;
  • Drafting financial, tax and statistical reports;
  • Payments.

MA candidate in Public Administration, Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Moldova

MA in Viticulture Management, Technical University of Moldova (2011)

Bachelor's Degree in Engineering and Food Technology (2009)

Tatiana Savva Economist

  • Responsibilities / Research areas
  • Research and analytical support in: public policies, open data and budgets, development policies for agricultural sector, public management.

Diploma in applied economic policy - Joint Vienna Institute & IMF Institute (Vienna)

Diploma in implementation of WTO commitments - International Development Law Organization and WTO Training Institute (Rome)

Master's degree in economics - Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova

Vadim Gumene ”Trade policies & Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement" Program Director

  • Responsibilities / Research areas
  • Trade provisions of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA).

MA in Applied Mathematics, Moldova State University

Bachelor's Degree in Economics, Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova


Valeriu Prohnițchi „Research and Methodology” Program Director

  • Responsibilities / Research areas
  • Economic modelling, macroeconomic forecasts;
  • Business environment;
  • Agriculture;
  • Economics of development;
  • Migration.
Thursday, 02 April 2015 12:54

Our priorities

In the next five years, the Expert-Grup activity will focus on the following goals, which derive from the economic and social realities of the country but also from our institutional capacities:

  1. Functional market economy: free competition and property rights protection;
  2. Reasoned and rational economic and social policies, developed in the interest of citizens;
  3. Free trade based on real competitive advantages;
  4. Efficient, transparent and accountable public sector;
  5. Business climate that is friendly and appealing for SMEs;
  6. Fair labor market conditions for both the employers and employees;
  7. Flexible educational system that is connected to the economic, social and demographic realities;
  8. Equal access to economic and social opportunities for all citizens;
  9. Society that is familiar with the economic trends and basic principles of the economy;
  10. Balanced regional development.

Therefore, organization’s projects, public interventions and advocacy activities will be focused namely on these 10 priorities, which we believe are crucial for the sustainable development of the Republic of Moldova.


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Tuesday, 04 September 2012 14:43


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Tuesday, 27 November 2012 09:18

Euromonitor, nr. 25

Această ediție a Euromonitorului acoperă evoluțiile din trimestrul III anul 2012 în implementarea reformelor determinate de vectorul de integrare europeană. În domeniile economice monitorizate, un progres important a fost atestat în domeniul piețelor și instituțiilor financiare, printr-o serie de modificări regulatorii pentru sporirea transparenței băncilor comerciale și ajustării procedurilor de raportare financiară la standardele internaționale. Problema principala care persistă este transparentizarea drepturilor de proprietate în sistemul financiar, atât bănci, cât și instituții nebancare. Publicarea legilor în domeniul concurenței și ajutorului de stat încă nu este urmată și de restructurarea agenției reglementatoare și consolidarea cadrului regulator și metodologic. Au continuat activ negocierile pe marginea ZLSAC cu UE și Acordului de Liber Schimb cu Turcia, dar, deoarece regiunea transnistreană nu este parte activă a procesului, deocamdată nu este prea clar cu va fi asigurată implementarea efectivă a acestora pe teritoriul întregii țări. În domeniul dezvoltării durabile și sociale, nu a fost observat nici un progres în ceea ce privește crearea Consiliului Economico-Social, autoritățile implicate demonstrând un interes minimal pentru crearea efectivă a acestuia.


Tuesday, 27 November 2012 13:51


Project title: Support to the Moldovan Parliament Standing Committees;

Implementation period: April 14, 2011 – December 15, 2011;

Funded by: Council of Europe / Delegation of the European Union in Republic of Moldova;

Project goal: The key goal of this project was to provide expert-level consultancy services to the Parliament of Republic of Moldova parliamentary standing committees to support the Moldovan Parliament's law-making, representation and oversight functions;

Main activities:

  • Prepare knowledge products, such as studies, analyses, assessments, policy papers and others requested by the Standing Committees of the Moldovan Parliament;
  • Provide assistance in drafting legislative documents per written requests from Standing Committees Chairs;
  • Organize public debates on draft legislation, public hearing, etc.;
  • Organize round-tables, seminars and/or trainings on topics suggested by Parliamentary Standing Committees’ Chairs;

Main outputs and outcomes:

Project impact:

This project has enabled an enhanced cooperation between civil society and the country's supreme forum - the Parliament. As a result of this project, a series of reforms were initiated (such as the reform of the state policy for research and development and the reform of the fiscal instruments to support philanthropy). Other initiatives that would have negative economic and social impacts were stopped as result of the analysis conducted in this project (such as reviewing social welfare policy principles, liberalization of the mandatory health insurance market, the decision to invest public money to create a Food Center, which should be a purely private project). The project informed MPs about the risks associated with the hostile corporate takeovers phenomenon and argued the need for urgent legislative interventions to stop it. Due to this project, MPs were informed about the problems pertaining to the state border management and how to manage the consequences of Romania's accession to the Schengen area for Moldovan citizens. Serving as a positive example, the project will help to intensify cooperation between the Moldovan Parliament and civil society in the long term.

Începând cu anul 1995, Rapoartele Naționale de Dezvoltare Umană elaborate sub egida Programului Națiunilor Unite pentru Dezvoltare au explorat subiecte critice pentru dezvoltarea umană la nivel național și au contribuit semnificativ la formulare a strategiilor și politicilor naționale. Rapoartele au arătat cum abordarea colaborativă poate genera beneficii pentru toți actorii direct implicați și pentru întreaga națiune. Dezvoltarea umană presupune implicarea activă a cetățenilor în procesul de dezvoltare. Astfel, aceștia joacă rolul de inițiatori precum și de beneficiari ai procesului de dezvoltare umană, atât ca indivizi, cât și ca grup de persoane.

Raportul ce urmează să fie lansat oferă o analiză aprofundată a conexiunilor dintre aspirațiile de integrare europeană și dezvoltarea umană, precum și explică felul în care aceste procese se influențează reciproc. Raportul identifică cele mai fezabile soluții ce ar asigura valorificarea integrală a noilor oportunități asociate participării largi a țării în procesul de integrare europeană  cu minimizarea riscurilor asociate. Lansarea Raportului menționat este o oportunitate de a aduce împreună actori din diverse domenii (parteneri de dezvoltare, guvern, reprezentanții societății civile și a mediului academic) pentru a discuta aspirațiile de integrarea europeană și impactul acestora asupra dezvoltării umane.

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This report examines the role of civil society and private sector in the Republic of Moldova in achieving the Millennium Development Goal 8 “Develop a Global Partnership for Development” (MDG 8). As part of the research process, representatives of the civil society, private sector, relevant governmental institutions and international organizations were interviewed. This document assesses the major trends and current situation in the areas covered by MDG 8. In case of the civil society organizations, the document studies main practices used by these organizations to promote the MDG 8, mainly throw policy advocacy,  raising awareness and information. The role of the private sector is assessed from the perspective of their daily activites. The study ends with a set of recommendations designed to increase the role of the private sector and civil society in achieving the national targets of the MDG 8.

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