Director, Global Focus Centre
Oana Popescu is Director and founder of Global Focus, a think-tank which aims to foster public and multi-stakeholder foreign policy debate and contribute to the shaping of the country’s foreign policy, leveraging Romania’s Euro-Atlantic position in relation to major international strategic issues.
Editor-at-large of Foreign Policy magazine Romania, contributor to Stratfor, Aspen Review and other international publications. Formerly a journalist and then Foreign Affairs Adviser to the Romanian Senate President, she was also Programmes Director of the Aspen Institute Romania.
Oana is also a business consultant focusing on strategic business development, working now with Romania’s largest multinational group of companies, Grampet, a rail freight operator currently linking the North Sea to the Adriatic and the Black Sea and expanding into Asia. Oana is an expert in foreign affairs and political strategy, often invited as a commentator and analyst on TV and radio and as a university lecturer. She carried out research projects for the European Council on Foreign Relations and the Swedish Crisis Management Research and Training Institute (Crismart).
Oana Popescu was a Fulbright grantee at Yale University. She also served as Teaching Assistant to the former UN Secretary General advisor Charles Hill and to the prominent historian Paul Kennedy. She holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the National School of Political and Administrative Studies, Bucharest.