High Representative of the Romanian Prime Minister for ecosystem development based on science, innovation and entrepreneurship associated ELI-NP pan-European infrastructure and former minister of national education and scientific research
Adrian Curaj has a PhD in Control Engineering from the POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest, graduated the EMBA program of the ASEBUSS Bucharest and University of Washington in Seattle-Business School and the Global Management Program –Kennesaw State University. He is also alumni of the Institute of Education –UCL and Harvard Kennedy School.
He was acting as the Romanian Prime Minister’s Advisor on Science, Technology, ICT and e-Governance (2007-2008), and as the President of the National Authority for Scientific Research - Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sport in Romania (2009-2010). Adrian Curaj was also acting as the General Director of the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation since 2010.
Adrian Curaj has been working as a consultant with World Bank, UNESCO, UNIDO, ETF and EC for studies in Tertiary Education, Science and Innovation, and Foresight. He has been actively involved as project leader or expert in many research projects, most of them in research management, higher education management and foresight, areas where he also published scientific articles and books. Two of the inventions he is co-author received gold medals at the Geneva Invention Salon 2009 and 2013.
Adrian Curaj was member of the RISE- Research, innovation and Science Policy Experts HLEG and also member of EFFLA-European Forum for Forward Looking Activities (2012-2014), and a member of PEOPLE Advisory Group – EC (2007-2012). He was member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Fulbright Commission in Romania. He was acting as the Romanian representative at the Bologna Follow-Up Group. Mr. Curaj is also Board Member of The Princes Margareta of Romania Foundation and member of the Romanian Association for the Club of Rome.
Adrian Curaj was twice awarded with Romanian National Distinctions, For Merits-Cavalier in 1999, and For Merits-Officer in 2008 for his contributions to Science and Innovation.