Romanian Academic Society, Romania (SAR)
The Romanian Academic Society (Societatea Academica din Romania, SAR) is the longest-standing think tank still active in Romania. Established in 1996 as an academic association of reputable figures, throughout the years it has operated as a public policy research institute, a leading force in the promotion of good governance, a consultant of the Romanian Government and of other governments, a long-haul partner during the transition and state reform processes for the United Nations, the World Bank, the European Union, pre- and post-accession.
is a graduate of the Faculty of Political Science, English language department (Bucharest University) and holds two graduate degrees: a Master of Arts in Political Science from the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest (Hungary) and a Master of Arts in European Integration Studies from the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) in Bonn (Germany). Ms. Dimulescu is also a Fellow of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Bucharest office (KAS).
Ms. Dimulescu manages SAR’s activities in international research consortia and acts as Managing Editor of the Romanian Journal of Political Science. In addition, she has published articles in international academic journals on topics related to Romanian politics and European affairs.
Regarding her research interests and activity, Ms. Dimulescu specializes not only on the administration of European funds issue, but also on monitoring corruption cases and good governance problems in this sector. Moreover, she is interested in European policies in the energy sector, the EU anti-trust procedure, liberalization of state monopolies and competition law in network industries (electricity, gas).
Ioana Avadani is the executive director of the Center for Independent Journalism (CJI) in Bucharest, Romania. In 2013 she was awarded the European Citizen of the Year prize of the European Parliament. Her experience in the media field spans over a 20 years period, having worked as a news agency deputy-in-chief editor, a TV editor and as a media developer with CIJ.
As the CIJ director, Avadani coordinated programs ranging from professional training for journalists to targeted assistance for media operations, from advocacy for transparency, press freedom and protection of journalists to curricula development and strengthening the journalists associations in Romania. She was instrumental in the passing of critical legislation such as Access to Information and Sunshine laws, Broadcast law, Public Broadcast Services and public procurement legislation. She has also been central to the media self-regulation in Romania.
Between 2004 and 2006, she served two successive mandates as the president of the South East European Network for the Professionalization of the Media, a network gathering 18 training centers and media institutes in 10 countries in the South-Eastern Europe. She is a member of Team Europe, a group of independent experts in EU issues, created by the European Commission.
Avadani published several articles and studies dedicated to the media developments in Romania and SEE region. She was a Visiting Fellow within the Media and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe Program, St. Antony College, University of Oxford. She appeared as a speaker in many national and international events and taught numerous courses for various audiences. She is also active in literature translation from English.
Ana Demsorean (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer at the Politechnical University of Bucharest and a lawyer, member of the Bucharest Bar Association. She has collaborated on different research projects and publications, some of which conducted by Stanford University or Freedom House Inc. She co-authored the book "International Actors, Democratization and the Rule of Law", published by Routledge. In addition to having a PhD, she has a degree in Law and a degree in Economics, as well as a Masters Diploma in European and International Business Law from the Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Mădălina Doroftei is Economics researcher at the Romanian Academic Society and Assistant Lecturer at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies. She holds a PhD in Economics and a MA in International Economics and European Business, both from the Bucharest University of Economic Studies. Prior to her current position, she trained with the European Comission Representation in Bucharest, in the Political Department.
Main research interests: central banking, monetary policy, economic crises and good governance.
In 2014, Mădălina authored "At a slow speed: Romania’s intra-Community trade" (chapter in SAR Annual Policy Analysis and Forecast Report). In 2013, she authored “The never-ending story of the state reserve fund” (SAR Policy Brief #65) on the topic of good governance. Other relevant publications include her contribution to SAR policy analysis and forecast reports for 2012 and 2013, and academic articles such as “Monetary Policy and Central Bank Independence in a Former Communist country; Curious Evolutions in Romania”, Journal of Eastern Europe Research in Business and Economics, Vol. 2013 (2013) (with Cristian PĂUN); “Some considerations on the challenges to the economic science”, Romanian Journal of Fiscal Policy, Vol. 3, 2012; “Risks of corruption and the management of EU funds in Romania”, Romanian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 13, 2013 (with Valentina DIMULESCU and Raluca POP).
Natalia Milewski, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer with the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Bucharest. In the past seven years she has participated as a quantitative and qualitative researcher in a number of international projects, such as: Worlds of Journalism, Fourth Global Media Monitoring Project, and Women and Media Industries in Europe. She is the author of several works on media and journalism in Central and Eastern Europe: “New technology, new professional practices: A study on Romanian news media” (2012), “Does Religion Matter in Journalists’ Representations about Profession?” (2012), and “Mapping the Moldovan Media System and Journalism Culture” (2013), “Three countries, one profession: the journalism cultures in Poland, Romania and Moldova” (2014).
Martin Mendelski is a leading academic expert on the rule of law in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Luxembourg and currently lectures at the University of Trier. In his award-winning PhD thesis, he has analyzed empirically the impact of the European Union on the development of the rule of law in CEE, focusing on Romania, Moldova and Poland. Dr. Mendelski has held visiting positions at Harvard University, European University Institute, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, University of Georgia, Bilkent University, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, European Law Academy and Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, among others. His publications appeared in Constitutional Political Economy, Comparative European Politics, East European Politics, Southeastern Europe, Polish Sociological Review and The Routledge Handbook of East European Politics (forthcoming). His current research addresses the political economies in CEE, including research on law & capitalism, varieties of capitalism, legal pluralism, anti-corruption and judicial reform.
Ovidiu Olar is a Researcher of the “N. Iorga” Institute of History of the Romanian Academy (Bucharest). His PhD thesis, to be defended at the parisian École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Centre d’études byzantines, néo-helléniques et sud-est européennes), is entitled “La boutique de Théophile. Les relations de Kyrillos Loukaris (1570/2-1638) avec la Réforme”. Apart from Loukaris, the (in)famous Greek “Calvinist Patriarch” of Constantinople, he is interested in the religious reforms and in the confessional “Cold War” of the 17th century, as well as in the history of political ideas. His latest publications include: Răzbunare împotriva tiranilor. Teoria politică a protestantismului francez [Vindiciae contra Tyrannos. The Political Theory of the French Protestantism], Bucharest, Nemira, 2007, 299 pp.; “Orthodoxie et politique. Le Synode de Târgovişte (Janvier 1659)”, New Europe College Yearbook 2007-2008, Bucharest 2011. He is a member of the Romanian Association for the History of Religions, and a member in the advisory board of JEMS (Journal of Early Modern Studies).