POPA Cristina Oana
Romanian Ambassador to Serbia
Dr. Oana-Cristina POPA presented the accreditation letters to the President of the Republic of Serbia on September 8th, 2016. Prior to this position she was Ambassador of Romania to the Republic of Croatia (2005-2009). Her diplomatic career included deputy head of mission to the Embassy of Romania to Croatia (2003-2004), head of the North America division in the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs on Euro-Atlantic affairs (2002-2003). Before joining the Romanian Foreign Service in 2002, Dr. Popa was Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission for educational exchanges between the United States of America and Romania (1998-2002).
In addition to the diplomatic career, Dr. Popa has a rich activity in the academic and non-governmental fields. In the past 5 years she has been teaching course of International Affairs and European Integration at the “Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj and the Western University of Timisoara. She is the recipient of two NATO fellowships (1997 and 2001) and was a post-doctoral fellow of the Romanian Academy in the field of European Social Sciences (2011-2012). She has published a significant number of research papers and articles, as well as delivered lectures at numerous conferences in Romania and abroad on the topic of Euro-Atlantic integration, regional cooperation in Southeast Europe and international security.
Dr. Popa holds a Ph.D in History and International Relations (2001) and a BA in Psychology and Education (1994), both from the “Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj, as well as an MA in International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, US (1996). In 2007 she received a certificate in Executive Education from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, US.
She has been involved in a number of civil rights campaigns, most importantly the one dedicated to the fight against domestic violence, both in Romania and abroad.
Dr. Popa is born in Cluj Napoca, Romania, is married and has a son.