Permanent Representative of Romania to NATO
Dan Neculăescu has been appointed Permanent Representative of Romania to NATO in February 2022. Prior to assuming his position as Permanent Representative, he was State Secretary for Strategic Affairs in the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Between June 2016 and July 2017, he held the position of State Counselor for Foreign Affairs of the Romanian Prime Minister.
He is a career diplomat working in the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs since October 2002, holding the diplomatic rank of Ambassador. During his diplomatic career, he fulfilled responsibilities in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the diplomatic service abroad.
He held high-ranking positions in the Romanian MFA from which he contributed to the preparation for NATO Summits in the US (Chicago – 2012), UK (New Port – 2014), and Poland (Warsaw – 2016). He also contributed to the development of the strategic partnerships of Romania with the United States of America, Poland and Turkey, especially on the security dimension. In the period January – November 2013, he was responsible for the planning of monitoring activities in the headquarters in Tbilisi of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM).
Between December 2006 and May 2009, he was Deputy Permanent Representative of Romania to the political-military dialogue in Vienna (Forum for Security Dialogue/FSC, Open Skies Consultative Commission, Common Consultative Group/JCG) and OSCE Security Committee, created in 2006.
From May 2009 to September 2011, he was Deputy Permanent Representative of Romania to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, and the Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Test Ban Nuclear Treaty (CTBTO). From this position he contributed to the preparation and carrying out Romania’s mandate as Vice-president of the IAEA Board of Governors (2009 – 2011), respectively Chair of the IAEA General Conference (September 2011).
At the same time, he supported the fulfilling of Romania’s mandate as coordinator at the level of the Agency in Vienna for negotiations with IAEA Secretariat and member states on the IAEA budget for 2010 – 2011 and the IAEA Medium Term Strategy for 2012 – 2017.
Previously, between March 2004 and December 2006, he served as Head of office and subsequently Director of the OSCE, Nonproliferation and Arms Control Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Between 2002 and 2004 he held several positions such as advisor to the Minister’s Cabinet and Third Secretary, then Second Secretary, within the Analysis and Policy Planning Directorate and NATO Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He graduated from the Faculty of Political and Administrative Science of the University of Bucharest and the Faculty of Law of the University “Nicolae Titulescu” of Bucharest.
In addition, he graduated courses of the Diplomatic Academy of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2002), and the NATO College in Rome (2003).