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Mircea Geoana is a Senator, Chairman of the Joint Committee of the Romanian Senate and Chamber of Deputies regarding Romania’s Accession to the Schengen Area, and a prominent political figure in Romania.
He served as the President of the Romanian Senate between December 2008 and November 2011 and Chairman of the Social Democratic Party, the largest political party in Romania, from 2005 to 2010. Between 2006 and 2009 he was also Vice-‐president of the European Socialist Party.
He is the founding member and President of the Aspen Institute Romania and member of the board of Aspen Institute US, Aspen Italia and Aspen Germany. Mircea Geoana is also Chairman and founding member of the National Development Committee public policy think-‐ tank and Chairman and founding member of the “Romania Noastra” (Our Romania) civic platform.
Mircea Geoana ran for the Presidency of Romania in 2009. In an unprecedented narrow and contested election, he received 49.6% of the casted ballot.
Previous to his political career, Mircea Geoana had successful diplomatic activity. Appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to the United States of America at age 37, in February 1996, he was the youngest ambassador in the Romanian diplomatic corps. From 2000 to 2004, Mircea Geoana served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania. He also served as OSCE Chairman-‐in-‐Office in 2001 and during 2005 he was the personal representative of OSCE Chairman in office for Georgia.
Mircea Geoana is an expert on European and Trans-‐Atlantic integration. He also was a NATO fellow on democratic institutions in 1994. He lectured on foreign policy, transitional economies, and globalization at major universities and think-tanks: Sorbonne, Harvard, Georgetown, Yale, CSIS, Atlantic Council, GMF, Chatham House, and Policy Network, and is a contributor to important Romanian and international publications, like New York Times, International Herald Tribune, The Atlantic,and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Also, he has been invited on foreign policy issues at CNN, BBC, PBS, Bloomberg, TV5, Fox Business.