With a Master degree in Political Sciences and with a dissertation in EU Law, Andrea has been working in the field of EU Structural funds for more than 18 years. As a civil servant in public administration and as a consultant in Technical Assistance projects, he has been covering key positions in the management systems of ERDF and ESF, with a particular experience in the sector of co-financed aids to enterprises, economic conversion and public infrastructures.
After more than 12 years in several positions of responsibility in the Italian public administration , both at central and local level, Andrea has worked as a consultant in several EU or accessing countries, extending his ability to compare different styles and traditions in organizing the management systems of public funded interventions.
After he joined ACZ in 2010, Romania has become, for more than 5 years now, his main working environment.
Teacher of a 6-credits course in Structural Funds at the University of Florence between 2004 and 2015, Andrea is also one of the most appreciated professional trainers in management and control procedures for Managing Authorities and Intermediate bodies, providing regular trainings addressed to public professionals dealing with the management of EU financial resources, in all Europe.
Carmen is the Economic Director of ACZ Consulting, being also the financial responsible of different projects and contracts implemented by the company. Within projects funded through ESF, Carmen was responsible primarily for developing, managing and verifying the economic and financial documents.
Having bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Engineering and Economics, also considering her vast knowledge in cost-benefit analysis and economic forecasts, Carmen is involved as expert in economic analysis in various regional studies and strategies (for example regarding smart specialization or agriculture) and is an expert in financial evaluation of projects funded through structural funds for various national Operational Programmes. Last but not least, Carmen is a certified trainer in various business related courses.
Cristina graduated the Faculty of Social Sciences (International Relations and European Studies) and she obtained a master degree in National and Euroatlantic Security. With an extensive experience in the fields of regional development and European funding, Cristina developed solid leadership skills and successfully coordinated several teams, contracts or projects. Up to this moment, she directly coordinated and effectively implemented more than 20 contracts awarded to ACZ Consulting in the last 7 years, which addressed different types of beneficiaries such as local, regional or national public authorities.
Through the acquired working experience, Cristina is specialized in areas such as: consultancy for the public administration and strategic planning; European programmes and projects evaluation, being involved in the impact, ex-ante, ex-post and on-going evaluations of the programmes and public policies; elaboration of studies in various fields (state aid, smart specialization, innovation, marketing, tourism etc.), local, regional and national development strategies; management of EU funded projects; delivery and organization of professional training sessions on different topics (entrepreneurship, communication, equal opportunities etc.); communication, organization of thematic working groups and informal trainings.
With a bachelor degree in European Studies and a double master degree in Public Policy and Human
Development, Robert is the newest member of our team. His area of expertise relates to social
protection policy, impact evaluation and EU policy-making. As well, he writes in his free time for Vocal
Europe, a Brussels based think-tank which focuses on the relation between the EU and its neighbors.
Capable at applying himself to a wide variety of responsibilities, Robert is always open to acquire new
skills and come up with new approaches. As a research trainee for Vocal Europe, Robert wrote
commentaries and op-eds on the Eastern Partnership while as a Schuman trainee at the European
Parliament Liaison Office in Bucharest, he had tasks in organizing cultural and awareness campaigns to
promote the values of the European Union and democracy. Thus, due to his academic and professional
background, Robert has a strong grasp on EU policies and public policy analysis and he always brings
excitement in applying his knowledge and skills on various projects.
Rebeca graduated from the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in business administration, her primary areas of expertise being focused on the analysis and research of economic, social and public institutional phenomena.
As an expert within the Consultancy and Technical Assistance Department, Rebeca has been actively involved in implementing several contracts having as an objective the evaluation of programmes financed through EU funds, such as the ex-post and on-going evaluation of NRDP, the ex-ante evaluation of OPFMA 2014-2020, the impact evaluation of different key areas of intervention of ROP 2007-2013, the evaluation of horizontal principles regarding gender equality and non-discrimination within the CBC Programme Hungary-Romania and Interreg V-A Romania-Hungary etc.
At the same time, Rebeca has participated, as a member of the research team, to the elaboration of local and regional strategies, studies and analyzes on various themes (such as smart specialization, administrative simplification, agriculture and rural areas, tourism etc.), having as beneficiaries public administration institutions.
Corina has finalised her PhD studies at Durham University (United Kingdom) in 2016, analysing in her thesis Romania and Bulgaria’s post-accession trajectory and developing in this sense an evaluation methodology based on normative layers existent at the European level (starting from the classic dichotomy between Soft and Hard law). Her research interests include European integration and the development and impact of European conditionality mechanisms, the impact of public strategies and policies and the sustainable development of local communities.
In addition to her research background, Corina has over 4 years of professional experience, being involved, among others, in the development and implementation of EU funded projects, in assisting large economic actors to identify relevant funding opportunities, and in developing evaluation and impact studies. Being the newest member of the ACZ Consulting team, Corina is involved in the development of an analysis regarding the impact of national state aid with regards to regional development and is also contributing to the evaluation of the relevance and efficiency of an inter-European project developed in the field of sustainable development.
Alexandra, the newest member of our team, graduated from the University of Essex with a Bachelor degree in International Studies focusing on EU policies, political development and conflict analysis. She is also pursuing her Masters in International Studies and Diplomacy which has already involved professional trainings in negotiation, mediation and policy writing.
Always trying to learn new skills and gain more knowledge on the fast changing International and Political environment, she has participated in numerous internships and work experiences linked to policy writing, parliamentary and non-governmental organizations. Participating in the European Parliament traineeship program she spent time working on political, educational and cultural projects which permitted her to acquire a significant understanding of creating EU policies and the processes required in order to implement them.
Being a bachelor graduate of the International Business and Management Studies and having a master’s degree in Finance and Business Administration, Tiberiu`s area of expertise relates to the financial - economic analyses, with an emphasize on multicultural – international dimension.
As part of the Consultancy and Technical Assistance team, Tiberiu has been involved in the implementation of several contracts concerning State Aid Specialized Assistance or Programme Evaluations (eg. On-going evaluation of NRDP 2014-2020), as well as in drafting local and regional strategies and studies, contracted by local and national public authorities. His activity within the projects includes qualitative and quantitative analyses, taking care of organizational/administrative procedures and collection of primary and secondary data.