Romania (Germany)

Brief description of the legal entity

The Hertie School of Governance (HERTIE) is one of the German professional schools of public policy. It was founded in 2003 and has since developed an important presence in research and higher education. In February 2005, it was awarded state recognition as an institution of higher learning by the Berlin Ministry of Science, Research and Culture.

Short profile of the team members

Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, the scientist in charge of the research team of the Hertie School of Governance, is a leading expert on the process of democratic transition and economic transformation in East and Central Europe. She studied political science at Harvard University after completing a PhD in Social Psychology in 1995 at the University of Iasi in Romania. She taught at the University of Bucharest and SNSPA Romania, and was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford, Harvard, the European University Institute and St. Antony’s College of Oxford University, among others. She is a board member of the International Forum of Democracy Studies and the Journal of Democracy. She has a thorough knowledge of Romanian media policy and consults for various international and state institutions. In 1996 she founded the think tank Romanian Academic Society, which has since played an important role in promoting good governance in Romania.

Title: Prof. Dr.
Position: Professor of Democracy Studies
Tel: +49-30-259219-301
Fax: +49-30-259219-224

Address: Hertie School of Governance
Quartier 110, Friedrichstr. 180
10117 Berlin

Alexander Kleibrink is a doctoral researcher at the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies. His research interests cover post-socialist transition and public policy. He worked as a freelance journalist on the EU enlargement process in Southeast Europe and as a Policy Officer for European Affairs at the German Federal Ministry of Finance.


Cristian Ghinea is the Director of the Romanian Center for European Policies. After eight years of writing for the Romanian media he studied EU Governance at the London School of Economics in 2007 – 2008. Upon his return to Romania he set out to combine academic approaches to shape a credible and influential public discourse on EU-related issues. He has been involved in civic projects with the Romanian Academic Society, the Center for Independent Journalism, the Helsinki Committee and the Freedom House – Romania. Mr. Ghinea has published in international reports such as the ‘Media Sustainability Index’ (IREX) and the ‘Nations in Transit’ (Freedom House).