Sorin Ducaru to take over position as head of NATO’s Emerging Security Challenges Division

Ambassador Sorin Ducaru is to take over, on Wednesday the office of head of the Emerging Security Challenges Division within the North Atlantic Alliance.

 Sorin Dumitru Ducaru was born on June 22, 1964, in the town of Baia Mare ( north).

He graduated from the Faculty of Electronics, the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, in 1988. Following the fall of communism in 1989 and the political changes in Romania, he was part of the first generation of university graduates who attended political studies in a democratic society; in the period 1990-1993, at the National School of Political and Administrative Sciences (SNSPA) in Romania and, then, at the Amsterdam School of International Relations, graduating with distinction and getting a Master in International Relations of the University of Amsterdam.

Between 1993 and 1998, Sorin Ducaru held the associate lecturer position, specialized in „European and International Studies” at SNSPA, in Bucharest

In 2005 he obtained a PhD in International Economics at the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest .

Ambassador Sorin Ducaru joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993, holding various positions in a raw within the team of the Department of Political Planning for Euro-Atlantic Integration, Advisor to the Minister, Director of the Minister’s Cabinet, spokesman of the Foreign Ministry and Director of the NATO and Strategic Issues Department.

In 2000-2001 he occupied the position of Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations Organization (UN ) – New York , then, between 2001 and 2006, he served as Ambassador of Romania to the United States of America.

In September 2006, Ambassador Sorin Ducaru was appointed as Permanent Representative of Romania to the North – Atlantic Council, also holding the position of Dean of the North Atlantic Council in the past 17 months.

On May 22, 2013, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen appointed Sorin Ducaru as NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Risks aimed at the leadership of the Emerging Security Challenges Division. The office was set to be taken over in September 2013.

The Representative of Romania to NATO have been awarded the following distinctions : the National Order for Faithful Service in the rank of Commander in 2000, the Order of the Diplomatic Merit in the rank of Officer in 2007, the National Order „Star of Romania” in the rank of Knight, in 2008.

Ambassador Ducaru speaks German, English and French.

He is married to Carmen Ducaru ( a graduate of the Academy of Economic Studies and of the National School of Political and Administrative Sciences / Faculty of International Relations ) and has two children : Maria-Teodora and Matei-Nicolae.

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