Ambassador from Moldova: Who is Igor Munteanu?

Saturday, September 24, 2011
Igor Munteanu, a political analyst and journalist, has served as Moldova’s ambassador to the United States since August 2010. He has also served as ambassador to Canada since February 2011.
 
Born August 10, 1965, in Costuleni, Ungheni, Munteanu holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and journalism from Moldova State University (1989). He earned his master’s degree in political analysis and administration in 1992 from Romania’s National School of Political and Administrative Studies and his law degree in 2002 from Free International University of Moldova.
 
From 1992 to 1994, Munteanu served as an advisor to the Office of the President of Moldova.
 
In 1993, he helped found one of Moldova’s first think tanks, the Institute for Development and Social Initiatives (IDIS) Viitorul. Three years later, he became executive director of IDIS Viitorul and served in this capacity until 2010. Munteanu also served as a senior expert for the institute, working on international and national research projects devoted to public policy elaboration, regional development, political research and comparative studies.
 
From 1994 to 1996, he was an assistant to the director of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems.
 
From 1997 to 2005, he provided political commentary to Radio Free Europe.
 
Munteanu lectured at the Academy of Economic Studies from 2007 to 2010.
 
He has been a member of the advisory board of The Balkan Trust for Democracy and The Black Sea Trust Fund for Regional Cooperation, as well as a member, since 2008, of the international board of PASOS (Policy Associations affiliated to the Open Society) based in Prague, and the Institutional Committee of The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.
 
Munteanu has been a board member of the Moldova Foundation, a non-governmental organization based in Washington DC, focused on advocacy matters for Moldova and seeking to build long-lasting ties between the West and Moldova.
 
He knows three languages—Romanian, Russian and English—and has a basic understanding of French and Estonian. Munteanu and his wife, Angela, have one daughter.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
Curriculum Vitae (Moldova Embassy)
Profile (Wikipedia)
Articles by Igor Munteanu (Central and Eastern European Online Library)

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