IPIS Members

The Institute for Strategic Initiatives (IPIS) unites professionals with different views around the country’s core development agenda to support informed decision-making.

IPIS team

President

Vladislav Kulminksi is an expert in strategic and political analysis and planning, public
administration and conflict resolution. He worked on public administration reforms at the World
Bank. Vladislav was Senior Adviser to Moldova’s Prime Minister when Moldova signed the
Association agreement with the EU, leading a strategic analysis unit. In 2019, he was invited to
the Government led by Maia Sandu, as Prime Minister's Adviser on foreign policy and strategic
planning. Vladislav developed and ran conflict resolution programs in the region, including
confidence-building programs, and worked as a political expert for US and UK Embassies in
Moldova. He has an MPA degree from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and an

MA degree in International Relations and European studies from the Central European
University. He is a Fulbright, John Smith and Munich Security Conference Young Leaders
Fellow.

MEDIA EXPERT

Maria has been working in the field of journalism since 2009, having established herself as an
objective journalist with critical thinking. She has been an international correspondent for the
Russian service of Radio France from 2013. In parallel, she created and ran the daily social and
political program “Honestly Speaking” on Realitatea TV channel. As part of IPIS team, she
created and produced the «Three Million» TV project as well as our others video products.

In 2011, Maria completed an internship in TV journalism at the Paris Journalism Training Center
(CFPJ), and taught television journalism at Moldova International University for two years

Executive Director

Expert in human rights, Inna is a former Member of the Parliament (2009 – 2019) and
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (2018 – 2019). Last four years of her
parliamentary activity she was a member of the Committee on Human Rights and
Interethnic Relations. Since December 2015 till 2019 Inna Șupac was a chairwoman of
PCRM parliamentary group. She was a Vice-chair of the European Union – Moldova
Parliamentary Cooperation Committee in 2011-2014. Inna has graduated from the
Faculty of History and International Relations (ULIM) in 2006 and has a Master Degree
in History of European Culture and Civilization (University of High Anthropological
School, Moldova).

Project coordinator

Marina has 5 years experience in implementing projects in such areas as respecting human rights,
local governance, preventing and combating discrimination and experience in managing grants,
working with USAID, UN, UNDP, Council of Europe, and Delegation of the EU to Moldova. In 2019,
Marina acted as consultant in the field of public administration and foreign policy in the office of the
Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova.
Marina graduated the State University of Moldova.

PROJECT COORDINATOR

From 2015 until 2018 Victoria worked in the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova
as Parliamentary Assistant to Vadim Pistrinciuc MP. Before that she did an
internship at the Government, within the Bureau for Diaspora Relations, the
economic programs division. Victoria also has experience in project management
in areas such as civic engagement, political education and social inclusion.
Victoria holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a master’s degree in
Financial Tax Law from the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova.

Executive director

Vadim is an expert in social policy and development, community development and public policy.
Mr Pistrinciuc has been a member of Parliament of Moldova from 2014 until 2019. He served as
the Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Protection from 2009 until 2012 and was Senior Adviser
to the Prime Minister from 2012 until 2013. He advised Prime Minister on public administration
reforms, political programs and strategies. Prior to that, Vadim served an expert, project manager

and consultant to international organizations (UNDP, UNICEF) in the areas of social protection,
human rights, public administration reforms and anti-corruption. Mr Pistrinciuc has a PhD in
sociology. In 2019 he activated as researcher in European Council on Foreign Relations, Berlin
office (ECFR), also as scholar of Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

IPIS founders

VASILII ȘOVA

Is currently the Reintegration Adviser to Moldova’s President

Is currently the Reintegration Adviser to Moldova’s President Igor Dodon. Mr. Șova has had a
long and distinguished career in the public sector and is a universally respected regional
authority on conflict resolution. A member of the Moldovan parliament who signed the
Declaration of Independence on August 27, 1991, Mr Sova went on to work as a Deputy Foreign
Minister and Moldova’s Ambassador to China. He served as the Minister for Reintegration and
the Chief Negotiator for the Transnistrian conflict from 2002 to 2009 under President V.Voronin,
and was a member of the Moldovan Parliament from 2009 until 2014. In June – November 2019
he served as Deputy prime minister on reintegration.

VLADISLAV KULMINSKII

President IPIS

Vladislav Kulminksi is an expert in strategic and political analysis and planning, public
administration and conflict resolution. He worked on public administration reforms at the World
Bank. Vladislav was Senior Adviser to Moldova’s Prime Minister when Moldova signed the
Association agreement with the EU, leading a strategic analysis unit. In 2019, he was invited to
the Government led by Maia Sandu, as Prime Minister's Adviser on foreign policy and strategic
planning. Vladislav developed and ran conflict resolution programs in the region, including
confidence-building programs, and worked as a political expert for US and UK Embassies in
Moldova. He has an MPA degree from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and an
MA degree in International Relations and European studies from the Central European
University. He is a Fulbright, John Smith and Munich Security Conference Young Leaders
Fellow.

ANDREI POPOV

Ambassador–at-large, MFAEI

Andrei Popov is a diplomat, political analyst and journalist. In June 2020 Andrei was appointed
as Ambassador–at-large, MFAEI. He is a former Member of Parliament (2009), Deputy Minister
of Foreign Affairs and European Integration (2009-2013), Ambassador of Moldova to Austria,
Slovakia and the OSCE in Vienna (2013-2016) and IPIS President (2016 – 2020). Andrei was the
author of the weekly TV program “Popular Diplomacy” and co-host of the weekly political talk-
show „Botan+Popov”. In 2004-2009, Mr. Popov was Executive Director of the Foreign Policy
Association of Moldova and founder of the Transnistrian Dialogues program. From 1997-2004,
he was in Moldovan diplomatic service: Embassy of Moldova in Washington (1997-2001) as
Second/First Secretary, Foreign Ministry’s General International Security Department (2001-
2004) as Deputy Director/Director. Mr. Popov studied at Geneva Centre for Security Policy
(2002-2003), Faculty of International Relations of the Bucharest National School of Political and

Administrative Studies (1994-1996) and Faculty of Journalism and Communication Studies of the
Bucharest University (1990-1994). He is a John Smith and Munich Security Conference Young
Leaders Fellow.

Iulian Groza

Is an expert on foreign policy, European affairs and good governance. He is a former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova responsible for European Integration (June 2013 to February 2015). Before that, he served in different capacities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, including as Director General at the Directorate for European integration. He was posted as well to Brussels at the Moldovan Mission to the EU. Mr. Groza was a member of the Moldovan negotiation team of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement and led the Moldovan Task Force in the EU-Moldova Visa Liberalization Dialogue. Currently he is the Executive Director of the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE). Mr. Groza is a PhD candidate at the Moldovan State University and holds a degree in law. He also did postgraduate European Studies at Birmingham University and NATO Security Studies at National School of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA) in Bucharest.

VADIM PISTRINCIUC

Executive director

Vadim is an expert in social policy and development, community development and public policy.
Mr Pistrinciuc has been a member of Parliament of Moldova from 2014 until 2019. He served as
the Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Protection from 2009 until 2012 and was Senior Adviser
to the Prime Minister from 2012 until 2013. He advised Prime Minister on public administration
reforms, political programs and strategies. Prior to that, Vadim served an expert, project manager
and consultant to international organizations (UNDP, UNICEF) in the areas of social protection,
human rights, public administration reforms and anti-corruption. Mr Pistrinciuc has a PhD in
sociology. In 2019 he activated as researcher in European Council on Foreign Relations, Berlin
office (ECFR), also as scholar of Konrad Adenauer Foundation.