Mr Henri Paul, 55, has been appointed as French Ambassador to Bucharest. With a degree from the Political Studies Institute in Paris, Mr Paul also has a degree in law. Prior to this position, he worked as cabinet director for the French Minister of Culture and Communication, president of the Institute for Financing Cinemas and Cultural Industries, chief counsellor for the Court of Accounts as well as Economic, Social and Cultural Overseas Director in the French Ministry for Overseas Territories. Mr Paul was waiting to present his credentials to President Basescu as we went to press.
Presently Indian High Commissioner to Tanzania, Mr Debashish Chakravarti, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Romania, pending presentation of credentials.
Mr Iuliu Winkler, 43, is Romania’s new Minister of Information Technology and Communications (IT&C), replacing Mr Zsolt Nagy, who was suspended pending DNA investigations. Former state secretary for trade in the Minister for SMEs, Trade and Liberal Professions as well as Delegate Minister for Trade, Mr Winkler is a diplomat engineer in electronics and telecommunications and a licensed economist in finance and insurance. Mr Winkler is a member of the Hungarian Democratic Union (UDMR) and speaks fluent Hungarian and English, as well as French and German.
Mr Zoltan Somodi has been appointed state secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, replacing Mr Balint Marton Porcsalmi. Mr Somodi worked as personal counsellor for the IT&C Minister between 2005 and 2006 and, starting in 2006, was operational manager for the ‘Economy based on knowledge’ programme run by the Ministry of IT&C with the support of the World Bank.
Mrs Nicoleta Almaj-Murariu has joined law firm Mares si Asociatii as a partner supervising the mergers & acquisitions department and in issues on eneregy. Mrs Almaj-Murariu previously worked as senior associate for Stefanica, Dutu & Asociatii. She graduated from the Law School at Bucharest University and has a Degree in European Community Law issued by the French-Romanian College of European law from the Sorbonne, Paris.
Mr Guy Burrow is now a partner in Candole and Partners, a consultancy firm defining political and regulatory risk across southeastern Europe, including advice on M&A and Equity. Candole and Partners incorporates Mr Burrow’s firm CEC Government Relations.