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Pinar Akcayoz De Neve, Turkey
A native of Ankara, Pinar enrolled in the two-year Master in Public Administration program in September 2011. She holds a Master in General Management from Ghent University (Belgium) and a BSc in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University. Prior to coming to HKS, Pinar worked as a project director for the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey, which is part of the Prime Minister’s office. Her previous experience also includes working in Belgium as the global process improvement leader at Cummins, Inc., and as a consultant for the Defense Investment Department at NATO headquarters.
Milan Kondić, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Born in Banja Luka, Milan enrolled in the Master in Public Policy program in September 2011. He graduated with a BSc in International Business from Pepperdine University in California. Prior to attending HKS, Milan worked as a trainee and then as an associate at the Republic of Srpska Government, Bosnia-Herzegovina, first at the Ministry of Economic Relations and Regional Cooperation and later at the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. He is also a regular contributor to the economics journal Financing.
Lidija Levkovska, FYROM
Born in Skopje, Lidija holds a BSc degree in Financial Management from University Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje and a master’s degree in international relations and European studies from Central European University in Budapest. Since 2003, Lidija has been working in various capacities of escalating responsibility with Booz Allen Hamilton’s defense modernization and transformation team in FYROM. Most recently, she has served as defense resource management specialist, advising the country’s Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Cooperation in areas pertaining to defense planning and resource management, NATO integration, security sector reform, workforce development and gender mainstreaming focused on women’s role in peace and security. Her previous experience includes development and implementation of an innovative defense resource management computer based training program for the armed forces of FYROM; working on NATO financial standardization; and supporting the U.S. Embassy Department of Justice ICITAP project in combating human trafficking. Lidija is the author of numerous articles on security issues in Southeastern Europe, as well as of the book The Limits of Rhetorical Entrapment: NATO Enlargement in South EastEurope (2008). She is the recipient of numerous awards, including from the U.S. Embassy and the NATO Advisory Team in Skopje. She will begin the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration Program this summer.
Razvan Orasanu, Romania
A native of Timisoara, Razvan is a student in the Master in Public Policy program. He obtained a BA in Philosophy and Economics from the London School of Economics in 2003. In 2005, he was appointed senior advisor to the prime minister of Romania. In 2006, at the age of 24, he was promoted to the position of minister of privatization (head of the Authority for State Assets Recovery – AVAS.) There, he undertook over 82 privatization transactions, one of which was Eastern Europe's largest transaction in 2006: the privatization of the Commercial Bank of Romania (BCR). He came back to work for the prime minister of Romania on economic policy until January 2009. Prior to coming to HKS, Razvan worked as director of cabinet for the president of the Competition Council, Romania's anti-monopoly body, and as short term consultant on regulatory issues for the World Bank in Romania. Razvan serves as the executive director of the Pilkington Ratiu Business School, an executive education school started in 2011. In 2008, he helped to found the Start Internship Program, which was recognized by the OECD as a model public-private partnership. It allowed over 620 students to undertake summer internships in 64 companies. Razvan is also a regular commentator on current affairs issues who appears regularly on television talk shows and has written over 150 articles for a variety of newspapers and news websites.
Panagiotis Vlachos, Greece
A native of Athens, Panagiotis holds a BA in Law from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece), an MA in EU Developing Countries from Panteion University and an MSc in EU Politics and Governance (LSE). A founding and leading member of non-governmental movements (Greek European Youth Association and Forward Greece), he has worked as a political and political communications advisor to political parties, institutions and politicians among many other internships and research positions. During his tenure at the Greek Ministry of Growth & Competitiveness in 2010-2011, Panagiotis implemented a cohesive strategy for youth entrepreneurship, spearheaded the use of new media for public sector agencies, and coordinated the first-ever “OpenGov” public consultations on the ministry’s draft laws and presidential decrees. As a spokesman and communications director for the Ministry of Citizens’ Protection from 2009-2010, Panagiotis pioneered a series of open data policies relevant to crime, road safety, illegal migration, as well as implemented an innovative web-based tool for the minister to communicate and consult thousands of police officers on new homeland security policies. He has served as a research assistant on labor affairs at the Hellenic Parliament. Panagiotis is currently a member of the Hellenic Bar Association and writes for the web-based think tank Progressive Politics as well as for the online political journal Metarrythmisi, and is a founder and leading member of the newborn progressive political community “Forward Greece.” Panagiotis will commence the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration program this summer.
Stoica Cristinel Popa, Romania
A native of Braila, Stoica enrolled in the Master in Public Policy program in September 2011. He graduated with a BA in Political Science from Stanford University in 2011. Stoica was the youngest member elected to the board of the National Liberal Party of Romania, where he worked in direct contact with the mayor of Braila and members of the Romanian Parliament and Government. He also served as a campaign coordinator for the Christian Democratic Party in Germany, among many other internship experiences and leadership positions at Stanford.