Simona Spinaru is a career diplomat and has been working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania since November 2003. She currently holds the diplomatic rank of Minister Plenipotentiary. Prior to becoming a diplomat, she was a university law teaching assistant. She graduated from the Law School of Iași ‘Alexandru Ioan Cuza’ University in 2000. During her diplomatic career, she has fulfilled multiple responsibilities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the diplomatic service abroad, both in bilateral and multilateral fields. She has held various positions within the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, gaining expertise mainly in strategic and European affairs, international legal affairs and human rights. Her last managerial position was as director of the Romanian Diplomatic Institute, a three-year mandate that she finished in 2020.
Her continuing education encapsulates various MA programmes and other specialised courses at SNSPA in Bucharest, the ‘Edmund A. Walsh’ School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University in Washington D.C., the Law School of University College of London, the Aspen Institute in Bucharest, the ENA in Paris, the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the European Law Institute in Florence, the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy, the European Law Academy in Trier, the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, the UN Office in Geneva and the OSCE. In her spare time, she likes to play piano, as well as golf and tennis, and likes to go skating and skiing. She enjoys visiting the world’s museums and arts centres, but most of all she likes travelling with like-minded people to get a glimpse of our beautiful world.