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The 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.

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Research areas

Adrian Lupuşor

Adrian Lupuşor

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Executive Director

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)

  • 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.

Alexandru Fala

Alexandru Fala

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„Monetary sector and economic modeling” Program Director

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

  • 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.

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Ana Popa

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"Sustainable Development" Program Director

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

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

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

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Constanța Popescu

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"Political Economy and Advocacy" Program Director

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)

  • 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. 

Denis Cenușă

Denis Cenușă

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”Energy Security” Program Director

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

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

Dumitru Budianschi

Dumitru Budianschi

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

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

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

  • 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.

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Ion Gumene

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"Public policy and public administration reform" Program Director

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)

  • 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.

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Iulia Sîrghi-Zolotco

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Head of the Administrative, Financial and Communication Service

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

  • 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.

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Sergiu Gaibu

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”Financial and Banking Sector” Program Director

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

  • 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.

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Vadim Gumene

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

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

  • Trade provisions of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA).

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Dumitru Pîntea

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Economist

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

  • Financial sector;
  • International trade;
  • European integration.

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Eugen Ghilețchi

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Economist

MS in Finance and Accountancy Imperial College London, Great Britain

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

  • Capital market development;
  • Financial sector;
  • State-owned enterprises;
  • Corporate governance.

Iurie Morcotylo

Iurie Morcotylo

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Economist

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

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

  • Labour market;
  • Public finances;
  • Public procurement;
  • Budgetary transparency.

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Natalia Chitii

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Communications Consultant

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)

  • Communcation and Public Relations;
  • Digital Marketing;
  • Strategic Marketing.

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Sergiu Tornea

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Chief accountant

BA in Accounting at the Academy of Economid Studies of Moldova

  • Bookkeeping;
  • Drafting financial, tax and statistical reports;
  • Payments.

Tatiana Savva

Tatiana Savva

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Economist

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)

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