The Expert-Grup Team

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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 "Political Economy and Advocacy" Program Director

  • 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.

MS in Finance and Accountancy Imperial College London, Great Britain

BA in Finance, Belmont University, Nashville, TN, USA (2013) 

Eugen Ghilețchi Economist

  • Responsibilities / Research areas
  • Capital market development;
  • Financial sector;
  • State-owned enterprises;
  • Corporate governance.

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).
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