Mircea Geoană is the founder and president of the Aspen Institute Romania and a prominent international public figure. He formerly served as the President of the Romanian Senate and President of the Social Democratic Party, and he ran for the presidency of Romania in 2009. Prior to embarking on his political career, he was a successful diplomat, having been appointed Ambassador to the United States at the age of 37, the youngest ambassador in the Romanian diplomatic corps. From 2000 to 2004, he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania. An expert on European and transatlantic integration, he lectures on foreign policy, transitional economies and globalization at major universities and think tanks, is a contributor to important Romanian and international publications, and the author of several books.

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