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

Coordinates programs and research in the areas of foresight and digital transformation

Lucia is an expert in political analysis and communications, a trainer in public sector communications and a researcher of the transition to a digital society. For the past 5 years, she advised the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and other public bodies in the area of ​​strategic communication and promoting reforms. She worked as a producer of TV debates and news programs at Publika TV, Prime and 2Plus. In previous years she also headed the Department for international relations of the Parliament Secretariat and worked as a political and media expert at the US Embassy. Lucia Aprodu graduated from the Faculty of International Relations of Moldova State University and was trained in exchange programs of the Moscow State University and the US Department of State. Since 2018, Lucia Aprodu is deputy chair of the Board of the Soros Foundation Moldova.

Executive Director

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. 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.

Coordinator of Media and Communications programs

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. 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

President

Andrei Popov is a diplomat, political analyst and journalist. He is the author of the weekly TV program “Popular Diplomacy” and co-host of the weekly political talk-show „Botan+Popov”. He is a former Member of Parliament (2009), Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration (2009-2013) and Ambassador of Moldova to Austria, Slovakia and the OSCE in Vienna (2013-2016). 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.

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 5 year 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.

 

IPIS founders

Vasile Șova

Is currently the Reintegration Adviser to Moldova’s President Igor Dodon. Mr Sova 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 Voronin, and was a member of the Moldovan parliament from 2009 until 2014.

Vladislav Kulminski

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. 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

Andrei Popov is a diplomat, political analyst and journalist. He is the author of the weekly TV program “Popular Diplomacy” and co-host of the weekly political talk-show „Botan+Popov”. He is a former Member of Parliament (2009), Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration (2009-2013) and Ambassador of Moldova to Austria, Slovakia and the OSCE in Vienna (2013-2016). 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

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 present. 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.