General Manager

ELENA LUIZA NIȚĂ, director general Institutul de Studii Avansate pentru Cultura și Civilizația Levantului ELENA LUIZA POPA



1993-1997, Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Philology, Ancient Greek and Latin from the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature, University of Bucharest

2006-2008, Master’s Degree in International Relations and European Integration, specializing in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest

2008, Graduation of a Study grant offered by the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, Austrian Centre for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, Schlaining, Austria

2010, Graduation Diploma for completing the principal course on “Security and National Defence”, National Defence College, Bucharest

1997, Translator accreditation, Greek – Romanian, Ministry of Culture, Bucharest

2006, CAE Cambridge English Certificate, British Council, Bucharest


Training Courses

Entrepreneurial training course under the Youth Programme for Developing Entrepreneurial Skills – START Programme, Bucharest (2006); course on Communications and Public Relations (2009); Project Management course, accredited by the CNFPA –European and Internationally-Funded Project Management (2012); courses of the “Geopolitics” International Summer School – Implications of Middle Eastern Conflicts and of the Migration Phenomenon in Turkey (2016)


Professional Experience

Programme and Project Coordinator for the Black Sea – Caspian Sea International Cooperation and Partnership Fund (2009-2014). Themes of projects coordinated: international relations; public diplomacy; analysis and resolution of protracted conflicts in the former Soviet space; educational programmes for the youth of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea regions; multiculturalism; interfaith dialogue; sessions and workgroups on the problematics of the Black and Caspian Seas, organized in Bucharest, Brussels, Kishinev, Istanbul and Tbilisi


Counsellor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, OSCE, Council of Europe and Human Rights Department (2008-2009). Areas of activity: facilitating cooperation with international Jewish organizations and other international institutions focusing on Jewish culture, education and the history of the Holocaust, as well as with Jewish organizations and communities in Romania; implementation of OSCE commitments with regard to the monitoring and combatting of antisemitism and discrimination, and the upholding of human rights; management of the rapport with the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the Helsinki Commission)


Public Relations and Communications Coordinator at the “Elie Wiesel” National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania (2006-2008). Areas of activity: cooperation with international Jewish organizations, as well as with other institutions in Romania and abroad on educational programmes focusing on the history of the Holocaust, the contemporary problematics of the memory of the Holocaust and the combatting of antisemitism; organization of scientific symposia and exhibitions under the patronage of the Institute

Collaborations with business development associations and private firms for the elaboration of PEST analyses in countries of the Black and Caspian Sea regions (background, framework and context analysis for ulterior strategic planning), management of communications with international partners, conference and event organization


Publications, abridged

Author of several articles, reports, analyses and interviews published in Romanian and in English, in specialistic publications in Romania and the Republic of Moldova on themes of regional cooperation, geopolitics, interethnic relations, human rights, multiculturalism and interfaith dialogue, protracted conflicts


Co-author of the volume titled Romanians, Bessarabia and Transnistria, Artemis Publishing, Bucharest, 2009 (Russian translation – Kishinev, 2010; 2nd ed., Bucharest, 2012)


Co-author of the volume titled The Path to Reconciliation. The economic, social and political consequences of the protracted conflicts in the Black Sea – Caspian Sea region and prospects for their settlement, Discobolul Publishing, Bucharest, 2014, edited in English and in Russian


Translator of a number of studies published in edited works under the auspices of the National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania: The Iași Pogrom, July 28th-30th, 1941 (Polirom, Iași, 2006); The Third Reich and the Holocaust in Romania. 1940-1944. Documents from the German archives, (eds.) Ottmar Trașcă, Dennis Deletant (INSHR publishing, Bucharest, 2007)


Awards and distinctions

The „Magazin Istoric” Cultural Foundation Award for the volume titled Romanians, Bessarabia and Transnistria, Artemis Publishing, Bucharest, 2010

The „Pulsul Geostrategic” Magazine Award for Best Young Geopolitical Analyst, 2008-2009 edition



Member of the Romanian Society of Classical Studies

Member of the International Black Sea – Caspian Sea Cooperation and Partnership Fund