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a candle for my son!

Cristina Balan
National Information Officer
United Nations Information Center, Bucharest

Born: July 8, 1967, Constanta, Constanta County

Married to Razvan Balan (2000)

Nationality: Romanian

Studies

  • 1990 – graduated engineer in Land Reclamation, University for Agricultural Studies, Bucharest
  • 1994 – graduated engineer in Environmental Protection, same University
  • 1998 - Master Degree (post-graduate) in Marketing, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest
  • Enrolled as student on the Social Communication and Public Relations Faculty (to graduate in October, 2001)
  • 1999 - Specialization on Public Information, United Nations Information Center, Athens
  • Training on “Building Partnerships and Engaging Businesses” (organized by the UN Staff College, the New Academy of Business, and The Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum)

Professional Career

  • April 1990-June 1994 - engineer (civilian specialist), Military Chemical Research Institute, Bucharest
  • 1994-1995 - economic editor, Nine o’clock Daily (English-language
    newspaper), published by Athena Com SRL, Bucharest. Also covered international business relations. Accompanied the Romanian Foreign Minister in his official visits to Bulgaria (July 1994) and Switzerland (December 1994)
  • March 1995-July 1997 - head of department, Romanian Business Journal (Economic weekly newspaper - in English). in May 1995, covered the Council of Europe Conference on Social Policies in Lisbon, Portugal, being the first Romanian journalist to interview Daniel Tarschys, the Council Secretary General. Also traveled to Netherlands, at the invitation of the Dutch Ministry of Trade (October 1995), to prepare a series of articles/interviews with top Dutch investors willing to come to Romania
  • July 1997-November 1998 - deputy editor-in-chief, Romanian Business Journal. Accompanied President of Romania during his official visit to the USA (July 1998) 
  • Since 1998 - National Information Officer, United Nations Information Center in Bucharest (Deputy Head of UN Mission). Developed close contacts with opinion-makers, advisors to the President and Prime Minister, government officials, parliamentarians, NGO leaders, academics, as well as journalists and built up partnerships with private sector.

Other Skills

  • technical/communication/management skills; computer literate (Windows, MS Office, Internet)

Hobbies

  • knitting, goblins, traveling

Foreign Languages

  • English (very well), French (beginner)

Contact Address

  • United Nations Information Center, Bulevardul Primaverii nr 48A, sector 1, Bucuresti, cod 011975
    Phone: +40-21-211.3242, 211.8828, Fax: +40-21-211.3506, E-mail!
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