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Adrian Curaj

Adrian Curaj

General Director, UEFISCDI

Adrian Curaj is a professor of Research Management and the Director of the Centre for Strategic Management and Quality Assurance in Higher Education at the POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest. He is the Chair holder – UNESCO Chair on Science and Innovation Policies at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration.

Adrian Curaj has a PhD in Control Engineering from the POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest, graduated the EMBA program of the ASEBUSS Bucharest and University of Washington in Seattle-Business School and the Global Management Program –Kennesaw State University.

Adrian Curaj is the General Director of the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation since 2010. He was acting as the Romanian Prime Minister’s Advisor on Science, Technology, ICT and e-Governance (2007-2008), and as the President of the National Authority for Scientific Research – Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sport in Romania (2009-2010).

Adrian Curaj has been working as a consultant with World Bank, UNESCO, UNIDO, ETF and EC for studies in Tertiary Education, Science and Innovation, and Foresight. He has been actively involved as project leader or expert in many research projects, most of them in research management, higher education management and foresight, areas where he also published scientific articles and books. Two of the inventions he is co-author received gold medals at the Geneva Invention Salon 2009 and 2013.

Adrian Curaj is a member of the RISE- Research, innovation and Science Policy Experts HLEG. He was a member of EFFLA-European Forum for Forward Looking Activities (2012-2014), and a member of PEOPLE Advisory Group – EC (2007-2012). He is a member of the Romanian Commission for UNESCO and a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Fulbright Commission in Romania. He was acting as the Romanian representative at the Bologna Follow-Up Group.

Adrian Curaj was twice awarded with Romanian National Distinctions, For Merits-Cavalier in 1999, and For Merits-Officer in 2008 for his contributions to Science and Innovation.