The 1st energy studies Think-Tank in Romania.

Brief history and mission statement

ROEC is Romania’s first English language energy studies think tank, an independent organization focused on energy research and analysis, established in 2010. ROEC is a non-partisan organization that can best be described as a hybrid entity: part think tank, part consultancy. We specialize in complex analytics, energy market fundamentals, diagnostic and trend analysis, forecasting, energy policy, political risk assessment, monitoring of the energy regulatory framework, and analysis of business opportunities. Our mission is to engage Romanian and foreign energy professionals on various energy matters, to tackle analysis worthy topics that escape the radar of the public eye, to enrich the current understanding of SEE energy markets through a strong Romanian perspective. We do this by delivering sharp analytical products on topics that we deem to be of interest. As a thought leader, ROEC sets the stage for our readers to better understand unfolding events and develop informed opinions of their own.

Expertise

Energy markets, investments and infrastructure

Country, industry and company specific analysis

Geopolitics and resource nationalism

Energy security, politics, and policies

Worldwide upstream/midstream/downstream projects

Monitoring and analysis of energy regulatory framework

Advantages

Independent thinking

Reliability of research

Thorough and persuasive analysis

Invaluable local knowledge

Time-saving and straight to the point market intelligence

Excellent value for money

Director & Founder

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Eugenia

Gusilov

Director

is the director and founder of ROEC. A Fulbright alumna and a graduate of Columbia University, New York (USA), she has a Master of International Affairs with a concentration in International Energy Management and Policy and a Certificate from the Harriman Institute with a thesis analyzing the Russian Production Sharing Agreements. Her work experience includes political analysis, energy consulting, academic and business research, and business strategy. Her areas of expertise cover: strategic and commercial analysis of energy markets, oil and gas policies, and energy economics.

Eugenia leads and represents the center, forges partnerships and maintains relationships with all relevant stakeholders. Responsible for planning, coordination and effective implementation of ROEC projects and events, she oversees and enforces QC for all ROEC analytical work. She charts the course for organization development and chooses the strategies used to achieve that vision. As a fellow energy analyst, she carries out research and analysis work, and contributes to all ongoing projects.

Managing team

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Razvan

Alexe

Operations Manager

is an experienced entrepreneur and a knowledgeable advertising professional. He is the manager, owner and majority shareholder in a number of companies with activities spanning over the entire media spectrum. Razvan co-founded ROEC and contributed with the start-up infrastructure for the project. At ROEC, he oversees the integrated approach to innovation and growth, and is involved in the day-to-day activities of the center on an operational level, making sure that organizational resources and capabilities are streamlined to match the requirements of projects and activities in the most efficient manner.

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Aurelia

Alexe

Economic Director

is an expert accountant and expert valuator as well as Director of Avemar’iis Cont, a Bucharest based accounting services company. An economist with over 35 years of experience in the financial-banking sector and a portfolio of professional experience which includes over 20 years worked at CEC Bank and 15 years in the construction field in positions such as economic or financial director, Aurelia is a member of CECCAR (Body of Expert and Licensed Accountants of Romania) and ANEVAR (National Association of Romanian Valuators). She is also the founder of the Avemariis Lotus Foundation, a local NGO which takes care of homeless dogs.

Advisory board

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Teodor

Chirica

Special Adviser

is a nuclear engineer with a rich experience (40+ years) in Romanian nuclear industry. He was instrumental in setting up ROMATOM in 2000 and in its affiliation to FORATOM. Actively involved in development of the CANDU project in Romania since early ‘70s, Teodor worked for ISPE, CITON and RENEL, as well as for CANDU Owner Groups, before serving in different managerial positions at Nuclearelectrica (1998-2009) which he lead as CEO between March 2005 and January 2009. He acted also as Managing Director of AMEC Nucleare Romania (2009-2013), before being appointed CEO of EnergoNuclear – SPV for Cernavoda Units 3&4 – in November 2013. He holds a PhD in nuclear science from the Politehnica University in Bucharest and is a FORATOM Executive Officer since 2006.

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Armando

Guedes

Special Adviser

is a tenured Professor at the Faculty of Law, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. He is also the Professor and Chair for Geopolitics at the Portuguese Joint Higher Staff and Command College. He studied at the Univesidade Nova, at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, in Paris. A world recognized scholar in International Relations, Diplomacy, Security, Strategy, Political Science and Geopolitics, Armando has a distinguished academic and professional career, which has taken him over the years to numerous countries in various roles (as a diplomat, guest professor, researcher, lecturer, president of the Portuguese Diplomatic Institute). He authored 16 books and over 100 scientific articles and studies.

Affiliated experts

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Eliza

Gheorghe

Sr. Analyst

is a post-doctoral fellow at Cornell University, where she is writing a book on nuclear technology transfers. She pursued her PhD at the University of Oxford with a thesis on Romania’s nuclear acquisition strategy during the 1960s and 1970s. A Fulbright alumna, Eliza graduated with honors from the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University (2010). She was a pre-doctoral fellow at Sorbonne-Paris I, the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies – Bologna Center, and the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies. Her work appeared in think-tank publications (at ROEC and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars) and peer-reviewed journals (Cold War History, European Review of History). Eliza specializes in energy history and diplomacy with a focus on nuclear policy.

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Armand

Gosu

Sr. Russia Expert

is Romania’s top expert on Russia, Ukraine and contemporary political developments in the CIS countries. An associate professor at Bucharest University’s Faculty of Political Science (since 2004), Armand has been the adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs on Former Soviet Union (FSU) countries (2010-2012) and Editor in chief at Revista 22. A graduate of the University of Bucharest with an MA in history (1986-1991) and a PhD in Russian Studies (1995-1998), he has been engaged in sustained academic activity as a senior researcher at the Romanian Academy’s Institute of History “N. Iorga” (1991-2001) and at the Romanian Institute for Recent History (2002-2004). Key areas of expertise: Russian foreign policy, history and politics; Ukraine; Central Asia; Caucasus; international affairs.

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Popescu

Stefan

Sr. Analyst

has a PhD in international relations from Paris 1 – Sorbonne (2013) with a thesis on Albania in French foreign policy (Summa cum laude). In addition, he has a joint MA degree in geopolitics from ENS and Paris 1 – Sorbonne, a second MA in international relations from Paris 1 – Sorbonne, and a postgraduate specialization in international public administration from ENA. In the past, he interned with the French MoD on nuclear and anti-missile deterrence, worked as an adviser at La Francophonie, High Council, office of the former UN Secretary General Boutros-Boutros-Ghali; as an adviser for Francophonie and State Secretary at the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs; and director for external cooperation at the Romanian Cultural Institute. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at SNSPA.

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Octavian

Manea

Analyst

is a Fulbright alumnus and a graduate of Maxwell School of Public Affairs with a MA in International Relations (Syracuse University, 2013) and a Certificate in Security Studies from the Institute for National Security and Counter-terrorism. An editor on international security and defense at ‘22’ weekly (since 2007) and at Foreign Policy Romania (since 2010), a contributor to Small Wars Journal (since 2011), he has written extensively on Euro-Atlantic security affairs and interviewed key counterinsurgency practitioners (Generals David Petraeus and John Allen) and COIN thinkers (John Nagl, David Kilcullen). Octavian is the recipient of the 2011 Freedom House Romania award for Young Journalist of the Year in Foreign Policy. At ROEC, he specializes in energy security.

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George

Visan

Analyst

is a graduate of the University of Bucharest (MA in International Relations, 2009). Currently, his main research focus is the Black Sea security architecture in the aftermath of the Ukrainian crisis. George joined ROEC in 2013. In the past, he has collaborated with various Romanian and international publications and institutions such as “22” magazine, Foreign Policy Romania, Center for European Policy Analysis, Al Jazeera Center for Studies and Diario de Noticias and, was an assistant political analyst for the Limited Electoral Observation Mission of the OSCE/ODIHR in Romania. George co-founded civitaspolitics.org, a portal dedicated to analysis of Romanian politics. Key expertise at ROEC: foreign policy, international security, NATO, grand strategy, military affairs and naval policy.